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September 06, 2012
FARM NEWS
Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods
Stanford CA (SPX) Sep 06, 2012
You're in the supermarket eyeing a basket of sweet, juicy plums. You reach for the conventionally grown stone fruit, then decide to spring the extra $1/pound for its organic cousin. You figure you've just made the healthier decision by choosing the organic product - but new findings from Stanford University cast some doubt on your thinking. "There isn't much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you're an adult and making a decision based solely on your health," said Dena Bravata, ... read more

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EARLY EARTH

Gardener's delight offers glimpse into the evolution of flowering plants
The Pink Double Dandy peony, the Double Peppermint petunia, the Doubled Strawberry Vanilla lily and nearly all roses are varieties cultivated for their double flowers. The blossoms of these and othe ... more
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FARM NEWS

Spinach power gets a big boost
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, ... more
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FARM NEWS

Bees, fruits and money
Two thirds of the crops humans use for food production and the majority of wild plant species depend on pollination by insects such as bees and hover-flies. This ecosystem service, however, provided ... more
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INTERN DAILY

'Magic carpet' could help prevent falls
Plastic optical fibres, laid on the underlay of a carpet, can bend when anyone treads on it and map, in real-time, their walking patterns. Tiny electronics at the edges act as sensors and relay sign ... more
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WATER WORLD

Human Impact Felt on Black Sea Long Before Industrial Era
When WHOI geologist Liviu Giosan first reconstructed the history of how the Danube River built its delta, he was presented with a puzzle. In the delta's early stages of development, the river deposi ... more
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WATER WORLD

Coastline erosion due to rise in sea level greater than previously thought
A new model allows researchers at UNESCO-IHE, TU Delft and Deltares to much more accurately predict coastline erosion due to rising sea levels. It would appear that the effects of coastline erosion ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Less ferocious Tasmanian devils could help save species from extinction
Evolving to become less aggressive could be key to saving the Tasmanian devil - famed for its ferocity - from extinction, research suggests. The species is being wiped out by Devil Facial Tumour Dis ... more
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What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

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ABOUT US

Benign malaria key driver of human evolution in Asia-Pacific
Their finding challenges the widely-accepted theory that Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the most lethal form of malaria, is the only malaria parasite capable of driving genome evolution in huma ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Experts propose 'cyber war' on cancer
In the face of mounting evidence that cancer cells communicate, cooperate and even engage in collective decision-making, biophysicists and cancer researchers at Rice University, Tel Aviv University ... more
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WIND DAILY

Analysis sets price of global wind farms
Renewable energy sparks increased interest from investors. But how much should they in fact pay for a megawatt? Based on data from 162 global on- and offshore transactions, Deloitte has prepared an ... more
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ENERGY NEWS

Renewable Energy Sources Could be the Key to Reaching Through to Iran
Why are we even talking about Iran's nuclear program when renewable energy offers a clear way out of this conundrum? If we can remove bad politics from the equation for a moment and get back to busi ... more
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ENERGY TECH

The Real Cause of High Oil Prices - An Interview with James Hamilton
Nowadays the energy picture is confusing at best as the more information we are shown the more blurred our vision seems to become. Mixed messages, poor reporting and a media hungry to sensationalize ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Greensmith now providing distributed energy storage systems
Greensmith Energy Management Systems is now with fourteen customers, including eight electric utilities using the company's field-tested suite of product offerings. By expanding its line-up of energ ... more
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WIND DAILY

SeaRoc charter MPI Adventure for Narec's Offshore Anemometry Hub Installation
International marine engineering company SeaRoc can confirm that they will charter MPI Adventure to install Narec's Offshore Anemometry Hub (NOAH), scheduled to take place in October 2012. Sea ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR

Westinghouse Awarded Contract to Provide Feasibility Study for Hybrid Reactor Unit at Kozloduy NPP
Westinghouse Electric Company has announced that it has received a contract from the Kozloduy NPP - New Build PLC of Bulgaria to perform a feasibility study on a potential seventh unit at the Kozlod ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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ENERGY NEWS

Electricity prices spark welcome political collaboration
The inquiry into Australia's rising electricity prices is welcome news for both consumers and the clean energy industry, according to the Clean Energy Council. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive D ... more
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WOOD PILE

Controversy in Liberian forest logging
Liberia's rainforests are at risk from uncontrolled logging by private companies that could deprive people of economic benefits, an environmental group warns. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Australia scraps 'dirty' plant closures
Australia has scrapped its contract for closure program aimed at retiring 2,000 megawatts of highly emissions-intensive power generation by 2020. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Romney vs. Obama
With the U.S. economy sputtering, President Barack Obama would like voters to believe he faces tougher challenges than any president since Franklin Roosevelt and needs two terms to turn things around. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Amazonian deforestation may cut rainfall by a fifth
Deforestation may cause rainfall in the Amazonian basin to decline disastrously, British scientists said in a study published on Wednesday by the journal Nature. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Huge quake jolts Costa Rica, two killed
A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Costa Rica's Pacific coast Wednesday, killing two people, briefly knocking out power and phone lines, and triggering tsunami warnings, authorities said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Champagne drought threatens
First the bad news: there is going to be a lot less champagne to go round this year. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Nigeria navy retakes control of hijacked oil tanker
Nigeria's navy on Wednesday retook control of a Singapore-owned tanker carrying a fuel cargo that had been hijacked near Lagos, and its crew of 23 Indian nationals was unharmed, the company said. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

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ICE WORLD

Russia charges Greenpeace activists in polar bear protest
Russia on Wednesday charged 10 Greenpeace activists, some in polar bear costumes, after breaking up a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic outside the headquarters of energy giant Gazprom. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Leslie becomes a hurricane in Atlantic: US forecasters
US forecasters warned Wednesday that former tropical storm Leslie had swollen to become hurricane, the sixth of the Atlantic season. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Cathay bans shark fin from cargo flights
Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it would no longer carry unsustainably sourced shark products on its cargo flights, dealing a blow to Hong Kong's huge shark fin industry. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Cameroon palm oil plantation deal 'must be stopped'
A large palm oil plantation project in development in Cameroon since 2010 will put livelihoods and ecosystems in peril if allowed to continue, a US-based think-tank warned Wednesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Biophysicists unravel secrets of genetic switch
When an invading bacterium or virus starts rummaging through the contents of a cell nucleus, using proteins like tiny hands to rearrange the host's DNA strands, it can alter the host's biological co ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Japan to help US, Canada with tsunami debris
Japan will draw up a plan to help the United States and Canada with debris along their Pacific coasts, as it looks to pay back support received after last year's tsunami, officials said Wednesday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Global climate talks make headway: UN
The United Nations on Wednesday hailed "concrete progress" at week-long climate talks in Bangkok, but environmental campaigners warned much faster action was needed to combat global warming. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Unexpected finding shows climate change complexities in soil
In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually ... more
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