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September 13, 2012
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Next generation of advanced climate models needed
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2012
The nation's collection of climate models should advance substantially to deliver more detailed, smaller scale climate projections, says a new report from the National Research Council. To meet this need, the report calls for these assorted climate models to take a more integrated path and use a common software infrastructure while adding regional detail, new simulation capabilities, and new approaches for collaborating with their user community. From farmers deciding which crops to plant next sea ... read more

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WATER WORLD

NASA Voyage Set to Explore Link Between Sea Saltiness and Climate
A NASA-sponsored expedition is set to sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to get a detailed, 3-D picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean's upper layers and how these variations ar ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Researchers emphasize evaluation of tradeoffs in battling urban heat island
A team of researchers from Arizona State University have found that warming resulting from megapolitan expansion is seasonally dependent, with greatest warming occurring during summer and least duri ... more
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WOOD PILE

Droughts are pushing trees to the limit
As temperatures rise and droughts become more severe in the Southwest, trees are increasingly up against extremely stressful growing conditions, especially in low to middle elevations, University of ... more
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WATER WORLD

Former world leaders call on UN Security Council to recognize water as a top concern
The world confronts a water crisis with critical implications for peace, political stability and economic development, experts warn in a new report being launched Sept. 11 jointly by the InterAction ... more
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WHITE OUT

Study Ties Forest "Greenness" in Western U.S. to Snowpack Extent
Results of a new study tie forest "greenness" in the western United States to fluctuating year-to-year snowpack extent. The results show that mid-elevation mountain ecosystems are the most sensitive ... more
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WOOD PILE

Salt Seeds Clouds in the Amazon Rainforest
It's morning, deep in the Amazon jungle. In the still air innumerable leaves glisten with moisture, and fog drifts through the trees. As the sun rises, clouds appear and float across the forest cano ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Norway supplies $168M for famine relief
Norway said this week it is donating $168 million to help finance efforts to relieve the food crisis in North Africa's semi-arid Sahel region. ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Future batteries: Lithium-sulfur with a graphene wrapper

Choreography of an electron pair

Organic electronics could lead to cheap, wearable medical sensors

Pilot plant for the removal of extreme gas charges from deep waters

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough

Electron spin could be the key to high-temperature superconductivity

Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Giant 'balloon of magma' inflates under Santorini
A new survey suggests that the chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini's volcano expanded 10-20 million cubic metres - up to 15 times the size of London's Olympic Stadium - between January 2011 and ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Damned political parties
Were Voltaire alive and asked to comment on the multiple collisions between rhetoric and fact that resonated throughout the presidential nominating conventions in Tampa, Fla., in Charlotte, N.C., he might have quipped: "Lies, damned lies and political parties." ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Progress claimed in quest to clone mammoth
There may be some life left yet for the woolly mammoth, according to controversial research by Russian and South Korean scientists that has raised hopes the extinct animal could be cloned. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Cambodian journalist found murdered: police
A Cambodian journalist who exposed rampant illegal logging has been found murdered in the boot of his car, police said Wednesday, in a country where environmental activists often face violent retribution. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Australian super-trawler ban in doubt
Australia's hopes of blocking a controversial super-trawler from fishing in its waters looked uncertain Wednesday with the opposition speaking out against the move and a key independent lawmaker expressing reservations. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

N. Korea refuses S. Korea's flood aid
North Korea has refused to receive flood relief supplies from South Korea after checking details of the aid on offer, a government official in Seoul said Wednesday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate change: Research questions 'worse drought' warnings
Some computer models for global warming may be over-estimating the risk of drought, according to a study published on Wednesday by the journal Nature. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Europe wins in Netherlands vote, extremism loses: exit polls
Dutch voters overwhelmingly rejected anti-EU extremism in favour of pro-European pragmatism on Wednesday, electing centrist parties that will remain committed to debt-busting austerity. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
N. Korea slams UN vote, vows to bolster nuclear capacity

3 countries eye pooled acquisition, operation of airlifters

China protests US frigate sale to Taiwan

Poland orders more Norwegian missiles

Clock ticking on Mistral decision, Russia tells France

Canada increases global reach with new military transporter

US says delivered 10 Apaches to Egypt

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SINO DAILY

Chinese man wrongly sent to labour camp: panel
A Chinese man who served two years in a "re-education through labour" camp is entitled to compensation after a local panel ruled he was unlawfully sent there, his lawyer said Wednesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Lake, not quake, source of Californian bad smell
A rotten egg smell which had Californians turning up their noses was caused by dead fish or algae in a nearby lake, and nothing more sinister, experts said Tuesday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Japan tsunami 'miracle pine' cut down, preserved
A lone pine tree that stood as a symbol of hope in Japan, after surviving the huge tsunami that swept away a forest of 70,000, was being cut down Wednesday in a bid to preserve it. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

NASA's Global Hawk Hurricane Mission Kicks Off
NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight that began in California an ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

New Research Suggests Bacteria Are Social Microorganisms
New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveals that some unlikely subjects--bacteria--can have social structures similar to plants and animals. The research shows that a few ind ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Istanbul and the earthquake risk of a megacity
Today the drilling starts for a seismic monitoring network on the Marmara Sea near Istanbul. Specially designed seismic sensors in eight boreholes on the outskirts of Istanbul and around the eastern ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Ancient, bottom-dwelling critter proves: Newer isn't always better
Tiny sea creatures called rhabdopleurids reside on the ocean floor, building homes of collagen on the shells of dead clams. Rhabdopleurid colonies are small, and the critters are by no means the dom ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Influenza research: Can dynamic mapping reveal clues about seasonality?
Influenza outbreaks in the United States typically begin with the arrival of cold weather and then spread in seasonal waves across geographic zones. But the question of why epidemics can vary from o ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
NASA's Spaceborne Carbon Counter Maps New Details

Kepler Proves It Can Still Find Planets

NASA releases video of Orion spacecraft re-entry from astronaut's perspective

NASA just emailed the space station a new socket wrench

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

DARPA developing first-ever maneuverable bullet

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INTERN DAILY

Alberta medical scientists first in the world to look at structure of vital molecule
Molybdenum is an essential metal required in all living beings from bacteria to plants to humans. But as vital as this metal is, no one understood the importance of its structure until the Faculty o ... more
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FARM NEWS

Turf study to monitor runoff, establish fertilizer management practices
Improperly applied fertilizer to newly placed sod may result in nutrient runoff into the water supply, but just when is the best time to apply fertilizer and what kind is the best for new turf? ... more
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INTERN DAILY

ORNL's newly licensed neutron detector will advance human disease research
A neutron detector developed for studies focused on life science, drug discovery and materials technology has been licensed by PartTec Ltd. The Indiana-based manufacturer of radiation detection tech ... more
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ABOUT US

Mapping a genetic world beyond genes
Most of the DNA alterations that are tied to disease do not alter protein-coding genes, but rather the "switches" that control them. Characterizing these switches is one of many goals of the ENCODE ... more
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ABOUT US

UC Santa Cruz provides access to encyclopedia of the human genome
A massive international collaboration has enabled scientists to assign specific functions for 80 percent of the human genome, providing new insights into the mechanisms of gene regulation and giving ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: A tale of two parties
The juxtaposition of Bill Clinton's speech and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's introduction at the Democratic National Convention begged the question whether the Democrat Party of Barack Obama was indeed an extension of the Democrat Party of Bill Clinton, or whether it is a party whose central message is more in line with the economic populism of Elizabeth Warren. We can find the answer by comparing the Clinton presidency with the Obama presidency. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Year so far the hottest in US history
The continental United States has recorded its warmest ever year so far with all but one of the 48 states clocking temperatures above the historical average, official data showed Monday. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Motherhood makes actress Alba in tech entrepreneur
Film star Jessica Alba swapped Hollywood for Silicon Valley on Monday, introducing fellow technology entrepreneurs to her new Internet firm, inspired by motherhood. ... more
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