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September 07, 2012
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Loss of tropical forests reduces rain
Leeds UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2012
Deforestation can have a significant effect on tropical rainfall, new research confirms. The findings have potentially devastating impacts for people living in and near the Amazon and Congo forests. A team from the University of Leeds and the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology found that for the majority of the Earth's tropical land surface, air passing over extensive forests produces at least twice as much rain as air passing over little vegetation. In some cases these forests increased rainfa ... read more

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Concern about plans to close unique Canadian environmental project
The Canadian government's plans to discontinue in 2013 a unique environmental research project that has yielded insights into water pollution, climate change and other topics for almost 40 years wou ... more
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Yale team finds order amidst the chaos within the human genome
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Major advances in understanding the regulation and organization of the human genome
The National Human Genome Research Institute has announced the results of a five-year international study of the regulation and organization of the human genome. The project is named ENCODE, which s ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Research reveals contrasting consequences of a warmer Earth
A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records going back 540 million years, suggests that biodiversity on Earth gen ... more
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ICE WORLD

Glacial thinning has sharply accelerated at major South American icefields
For the past four decades scientists have monitored the ebbs and flows of the icefields in the southernmost stretch of South America's vast Andes Mountains, detecting an overall loss of ice as the c ... more
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Trout will become extinct in the Iberian Peninsula in less than 100 years
Climate change, pollution, the extraction of water for irrigation and overfishing all threaten the survival of the common trout. This fish is very sensitive to changes in its environment and, accord ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Harnessing anticancer drugs for the future fight against influenza
Medical Systems Virology group at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) at the University of Helsinki, together with its national and international collaborators, developed a new cell ... more
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UAE's Masdar to build $125-million wind farm in Oman

Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

Italy keen to take a fast boat to China

Beijing's focus on coal lost in haze of smog: experts

Areva names number two Knoche as interim CEO

Soft Cost Reduction Through Power Electronics

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WATER WORLD

Changes in water chemistry leave lake critters defenseless
Imagine that the players on your favourite football team were smaller than their opponents, and had to play without helmets or pads. Left defenseless, they would become easy prey for other teams. Si ... more
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FARM NEWS

Wild bees: Champions for food security and protecting our biodiversity
Pollinating insects contribute to agricultural production in 150 (84%) European crops. These crops depend partly or entirely upon insects for their pollination and yield. The value of insect pollina ... more
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Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods
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'v ... 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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WATER WORLD

Study identifies prime source of ocean methane
Up to 4 percent of the methane on Earth comes from the ocean's oxygen-rich waters, but scientists have been unable to identify the source of this potent greenhouse gas. Now researchers report that t ... 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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No-Till Farming Helps Capture Snow and Soil Water
A smooth blanket of snow in the winter can help boost dryland crop productivity in the summer, and no-till management is one way to ensure that blanket coverage, according to U.S. Department of Agri ... more
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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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U.S Navy sending Aegis-equipped destroyers to Japan

Japan deputy PM directly urges China to hold summit

Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: alliance

China ponders action against Hong Kong stars

Iraq's Yazidis facing 'attempted genocide': UN

USAF looks at commercial satellite control networks

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate change stories from the abyss
A team of scientists including those from the University of Southampton have shed new light on the world's history of climate change. The Pacific Ocean has remained the largest of all oceans on the ... 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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FARM NEWS

Study offers new hope for increasing global food production, reducing environmental impact of agriculture
Can we have enough to eat and a healthy environment, too? Yes-if we're smart about it, suggests a study published in Nature this week by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and Mc ... 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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ICE WORLD

Russia's unique economic position in the Arctic
Historically, the Arctic Region has been part and parcel of the Russian economy. Due to the decades-long support from the Russian government, it boasts a powerful industrial infrastructure and the s ... 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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WATER WORLD

Tracking fish through a coral reef seascape
Ocean scientists have long known that juvenile coral reef fishes use coastal seagrass and mangrove habitats as nurseries, later moving as adults onto coral reefs. But the fishes' movements, and the ... more
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Tigers take the night shift to coexist with people
Tigers don't have a reputation for being accommodating, but a new study indicates that the feared and revered carnivores in and around a world-renowned park in Nepal are taking the night shift to be ... more
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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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SHAKE AND BLOW

Mount Fuji 'under more pressure than last eruption'
Pressure in the magma chamber of Japan's Mount Fuji is now higher than it was the last time the volcano erupted more than 300 years ago, scientists say, according to a report Thursday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Oil spill ship's officers deported from New Zealand
The captain and second officer of a ship that caused New Zealand's biggest sea pollution disaster were deported to the Philippines Thursday after completing half of their seven-month jail terms. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Floods kill 18 in Burkina Faso, leave 21,000 homeless
Heavy rains and flooding since the start of June have claimed 18 lives in Burkina Faso and made more than 21,000 people homeless, an emergency aid official said Thurday. ... more
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Extinction fears shadow global conservation forum
The world's largest conservation forum opened in South Korea Thursday with warnings that reckless development was ruining the planet's natural health, pushing thousands of species towards extinction. ... more
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Hurricane Michael weakens in Atlantic: forecasters
Hurricane Michael weakened on Thursday as it churned far from land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with no expected threat to land, US forecasters said. ... more
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