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September 14, 2012
WOOD PILE
Forest mortality and climate change: The big picture
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 14, 2012
Over the past two decades, extensive forest death triggered by hot and dry climatic conditions has been documented on every continent except Antarctica. Forest mortality due to drought and heat stress is expected to increase due to climate change. Although research has focused on isolated incidents of forest mortality, little is known about the potential effects of widespread forest die-offs. A new analysis of the current literature on this topic by Carnegie's William and Leander Anderegg is published S ... read more

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FLORA AND FAUNA

100 most threatened species
For the first time ever, more than 8,000 scientists from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) have come together to identify 100 of the most threatened animals, plants and fungi on the pl ... more
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FARM NEWS

Researchers Use "Banker Plants" to Help Battle Whitefly Pests
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is showing growers how to combat whiteflies and other crop pests by using plants as storehouses for predatory insects that can migrate to cash crops ... more
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FARM NEWS

Screening technique uncovers five new plant activator compounds
A new high-throughput screening technique developed by researchers at the RIKEN Plant Science Center (PSC) has been used to uncover five novel immune-priming compounds in Arabidopsis plants. Discove ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Body heat, fermentation drive new drug-delivery 'micropump'
Researchers have created a new type of miniature pump activated by body heat that could be used in drug-delivery patches powered by fermentation. The micropump contains Baker's yeast and sugar in a ... more
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CLONE AGE

Beacons light up stem cell transformation
A novel set of custom-designed "molecular beacons" allows scientists to monitor gene expression in living populations of stem cells as they turn into a specific tissue in real-time. The technology, ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Measuring mercury levels: Nano-velcro detects water-borne toxic metals
A strip of glass covered in hairy nanoparticles can cheaply and conveniently measure mercury, which attacks the nervous system, and other toxic metals in fluids. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Ins ... more
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ICE WORLD

Little Ice Age led to migration of island hopping arctic foxes
The Little Ice Age allowed a new wave of arctic foxes to colonise Iceland, according to new research. A "bridge" of sea ice appeared during a dip in temperatures between 200 to 500 years ago allowin ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

Making quantum dots glow brighter

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

Border stand-off overshadows China leader's India trip

Finnish Greens quit government in nuclear row

Asia's billionaires see fastest wealth growth: report

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Researchers Devise More Accurate Method for Predicting Hurricane Activity
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new method for forecasting seasonal hurricane activity that is 15 percent more accurate than previous techniques. "This approach sho ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Crows react to threats in human-like way
Cross a crow and it'll remember you for years. Crows and humans share the ability to recognize faces and associate them with negative, as well as positive, feelings. The way the brain activates duri ... more
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WATER WORLD

A minute crustacean invades the red swamp crayfish
The small ostracod Ankylocythere sinuosa measures no more than half a millimetre in length and lives on other crayfish. And, Spanish scientists have discovered it for the first time in Europe. The f ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Santorini sees growth spurt
In the south Aegean Sea, the islands of Santorini have been showing signs of unrest for the first time in over half a century. Satellite data confirm that the islands have risen as much as 14 cm sin ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Precautions for Tick-Borne Disease Extend "Beyond Lyme"
This year's mild winter and early spring were a bonanza for tick populations in the eastern United States. Reports of tick-borne disease rose fast. While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne d ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Dutch PM Rutte starts tough task of building coalition
Dutch Liberal Prime Minister Mark Rutte began hammering out behind closed doors Thursday the coalition he will lead after receiving a solid mandate to battle Europe's debt crisis. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Niger floods and cholera claim 162 lives: UN
Floods in Niger have killed 81 people since July, the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs announced Thursday, adding cholera outbreaks have killed a further 81 people. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Drought sends US producer prices surging
US producer prices jumped 1.7 percent in August, the largest monthly rise in three years, sparked by skyrocketing crop prices due to drought and higher energy costs, fresh data released Thursday showed. ... more
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Iran slams US as 'obsessed' with sanctions as talks resume

Ukraine says Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

Space control Airmen ensure constant communication

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

Founding Day of Air and Missile Defense Command of Aerospace Defense Forces

Twin crises could shape Obama's twilight years in office

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Storm Nadine shifts course, no threat to land: NHC
Tropical Storm Nadine shifted course to the northwest Thursday, still packing powerful winds near hurricane strength but posing no threat to land, the US National Hurricane Center said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts, thousands evacuated
Guatemala's Volcano of Fire had its strongest eruption in a decade Thursday, prompting the evacuation of around 1,500 families, officials announced. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

What a scorcher: California ousts Libya for heat record
The world's all-time heat record lowered a tad on Thursday, as the World Meteorological Organisation declared a phenomenal 58 degrees Celsius (136.4 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded in Libya 90 years ago was wrong. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Australian lawmakers block super-trawler
Australia blocked a controversial super-trawler from fishing in its waters Thursday in a narrow parliamentary vote which forced concessions from the centre-left Labor government. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

How Dutch populist Wilders got it all wrong
Dutch populist Geert Wilders seems for once to have misjudged voters after his resounding defeat in the Netherlands election but his political career is far from over, analysts said Thursday. ... more
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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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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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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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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines

France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

Reinterpreting dark matter

India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

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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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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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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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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Next generation of advanced climate models needed
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 ... 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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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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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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