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September 11, 2012
WATER WORLD
New study examines how ocean energy impacts life in the deep sea
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 10, 2012
A new study of deep-sea species across the globe aims to understand how natural gradients in food and temperature in the dark, frigid waters of the deep sea affect the snails, clams, and other creatures that live there. Similar studies have been conducted for animals in the shallow oceans, but our understanding of the impact of food and temperature on life in the deep sea - the Earth's largest and most remote ecosystem - has been more limited. The results will help scientists understand what to ex ... read more

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EARLY EARTH

Dinosaur die out might have been second of two closely timed extinctions
The most-studied mass extinction in Earth history happened 65 million years ago and is widely thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs. New University of Washington research indicates that a separate ... more
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ABOUT US

Researchers identify biochemical functions for most of the human genome
Only about 1 percent of the human genome contains gene regions that code for proteins, raising the question of what the rest of the DNA is doing. Scientists have now begun to discover the answer: Ab ... 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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BLUE SKY

Smelling The Grimsvotn
While piloting a commercial transatlantic flight last year, Captain Klaus Sievers and his crew got a whiff of an unusual odour. In a confined space 10 km up in the air, there was only one thing it c ... more
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WATER WORLD

Deep-Sea Crabs Seek Food Using Ultraviolet Vision
Some deep-sea crabs have eyes sensitive to ultraviolet light, which they may use to snatch glowing plankton and stuff it in their mouths, a new Nova Southeastern University study suggests. Tam ... more
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WATER WORLD

Chikyu Sets a New World Drilling-Depth Record of Scientific Ocean Drilling
Scientific deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu sets a world new record by drilling down and obtains rock samples from deeper than 2,111 meters below the seafloor off Shimokita Peninsula of Japan in the ... more
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WATER WORLD

Bright life on the ocean bed: Predators may even color code food
Sinking through the inky ocean, it would seem that there is little light at depth: but you'd be wrong. 'In the mesopelagic realm [200 m] bioluminescence [light produced by animals] is very common', ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Russia may lose energy game over Ukraine, U.S. says

Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US

Fracking study in Pennsylvania finds few water concerns

Deep sea rocks may be future source for rare earth metals

BOEM extends planning time for OCS renewables

N.D. governor questions coal pollution limits

Chinese dream trumps environment as cars sales boom

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WATER WORLD

Destroyed Coastal Habitats Produce Significant Greenhouse Gas
Destruction of coastal habitats may release as much as 1 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a new Duke led study. Publ ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Ecosystems cope with stress more effectively the greater the biodiversity
Higher average temperatures and increasing salt concentrations are stress factors that many ecosystems face today in the wake of climate change. However, do all ecosystems react to stress in the sam ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Threat to wildlife haven in 'scariest place on Earth'
An unlikely and unique cradle of biodiversity that runs the length of the world's most heavily-militarised border is being threatened by encroaching development, conservation experts say. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Nicaragua eruption forces 3,000 to evacuate
The San Cristobal volcano in Nicaragua rumbled to life Saturday with three explosions, forcing the evacuation of 3,000 residents, authorities said. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Dutch polls a close race in uncertain times for Europe
The Netherlands votes Wednesday to elect a new parliament for the second time in two years after a tight race dominated by economic uncertainty thanks to Europe's seemingly endless debt crisis. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Dutch Labour leader Samsom seen as PM after meteoric rise
Dutch Labour leader Diederik Samsom handed out roses and promised a new Europe as he campaigned Saturday to achieve what seemed impossible just weeks ago: become the Netherlands' next prime minister. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Hong Kong votes in crucial legislative polls
Hong Kong voters went to the polls Sunday in legislative elections seen as a crucial test for the Beijing-backed government, as calls for full democracy grow and disenchantment with Chinese rule surges. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Two tornadoes hit New York City
Two small tornadoes touched down in New York City on Saturday, stunning residents who associate twisters more with the US Midwest, the National Weather Service said. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia to 'boost military presence' on disputed Kurils

Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world

F-35 in first international flight

US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel

ISS to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

US settlement reached to sell Iran-owned skyscraper in New York

Iraq policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21

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SHAKE AND BLOW

China quakes kill at least 80
At least 80 people were killed in earthquakes that hit southwest China, state media said Saturday, as crippled infrastructure in the remote area complicated efforts to assess the scale of the disaster. ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU mackerel sanctions urged for Iceland
Scotland is urging the European Union to slap sanctions on Iceland after negotiations over Northern Atlantic mackerel quotas broke down this week. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Canadian city to cut down its trees
A Canadian city says an invasion of the emerald ash borer has led it to decide to cut down every ash tree in the city in the next 10 years. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan slams brakes on $63 billion in spending
Japan said Friday it would delay 5.0 trillion yen ($63 billion) in spending as the government faces a severe cash crunch that could see it run out of money within months. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Vietnam hit by new 'highly-toxic' bird flu: reports
A new highly-toxic strain of the potentially deadly bird flu virus has appeared in Vietnam and is spreading fast, according to state media reports. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Indonesian lives risked on 'world's most polluted' river
With dozens of bright green rice paddies, flocks of kites in the sky and children laughing nearby, at first glance the village of Sukamaju in western Java has all the charms of rural Indonesia. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Vietnam warns of water conflicts
Nations could soon be engaged in conflicts over access to water, Vietnam's president warned Friday, as he called for sustainable exploitation of Southeast Asia's Mekong River. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate: Kyoto scheme sees billionth tonne of saved CO2
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a Kyoto Protocol device to curb greenhouse gases through market forces, has now issued a billion tonnes of carbon credits, the UN climate forum announced on Friday. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Quest for extraterrestrial life not over: experts

Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers: researchers

First Earth-sized planet found in 'habitable zone': NASA

Growth of Antarctic ice sheet triggered warming in the Southern Ocean during Miocene

Xi urges China to build up joint space and air power

Russia launches its new ICBM from Plesetsk space centre

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EPIDEMICS

Third person dies from Yosemite park virus
A third victim has died from a rare rodent-borne virus contracted in Yosemite National Park, out of eight cases now confirmed with the disease, authorities at the US tourist spot said Thursday. ... more
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FIRE STORM

Singapore chokes on smoke from Indonesia
Singapore registered its worst level of air pollution for the year on Friday as smoke from forest fires in Indonesia blew over the city-state, triggering a health warning. ... more
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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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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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FLORA AND FAUNA

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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ABOUT US

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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