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September 17, 2012
WATER WORLD
Parched soils trigger more storms
London, UK (SPX) Sep 17, 2012
Afternoon storms are more likely to develop when soils are parched, according to a new study published this week in Nature which examined hydrological processes across six continents. The results have important implications for the future development of global weather and climate models which may currently be simulating an excessive number of droughts. The research team included scientists from the UK, Holland, Austria and France and was led by Dr Chris Taylor from the NERC Centre for Ecolog ... read more

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The Gravity of Water
The signature of drought was easy to read in the southern United States in the summer of 2011. It was in the brown, wilted crops and the bare fields. It was in the clouds of dust that rolled across ... more
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ICE WORLD

Surviving without ice
With sea ice in the Arctic melting to record lows in summer months, marine animals living there face dramatic changes to their environment. Yet some crustaceans, previously thought to spend their en ... more
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WOOD PILE

Old Deeds, Witness Trees Offer Glimpse of Pre-settlement Forest in West Virginia
Using old deeds and witness trees, a U.S. Forest Service scientist has created a glimpse of the composition of the forests that covered today's Monongahela National Forest before settlement and logg ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Powerful Typhoon Sanba pounds S. Korea
Typhoon Sanba, packing winds of 137 kilometres (85 miles) per hour, slammed into South Korea Monday, bringing torrential rains across the country and shutting down flights and ferry services. ... more
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Some gains but many mysteries as Alzheimer's epidemic looms
More than 100 years after it was first caught in the act of decaying a patient's brain, Alzheimer's remains one of medicine's greatest challenges as it robs ever more people of their memory and independence. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Summer rain more likely over drier soils
Summer rain is more likely over drier soil - this is the conclusion scientists have drawn from a detailed analysis of satellite data. State-of-the-art computer models predict the opposite effect; th ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Cambodians fight malaria with the push of a button
Cambodian villagers armed with a little medical know-how - and their mobile telephones - are the nation's new foot soldiers in the fight against drug-resistant malaria. ... more
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Stress breaks loops that hold short-term memory together
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How early social deprivation impairs long-term cognitive function
A growing body of research shows that children who suffer severe neglect and social isolation have cognitive and social impairments as adults. A study from Boston Children's Hospital shows, for the ... more
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Trouble in paradise: Does nature worship harm the environment?
Consumers nurture romantic ideas of nature by engaging in practices that are often harmful to the environment, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. Could eco-friendly produc ... more
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Environmental group says 'Nemo' endangered
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Nicaragua ups volcano response as San Cristobal rumbles
Nicaragua boosted its responses to volcanic activity in the northwestern region Saturday, as the San Cristobal volcano acted up for the second time in a week. ... more
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India landslide death toll jumps to 45: minister
The death toll from a series of landslides and floods reached 45 in northern India on Saturday as rescuers pulled 17 more bodies from the debris, a state government minister told AFP. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Chavez election bid divides Venezuelans
Speculation over President Hugo Chavez's future health is dividing Venezuelans three ways as the momentum for Oct. 7 election builds up. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Powerful typhoon on course to hit Japan's Okinawa
A powerful typhoon packing winds of up to 270 kilometres (170 miles) per hour was churning towards Okinawa in southern Japan on Saturday, grounding nearly 80 flights, officials said. ... more
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Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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Online freedom falls prey to anti-Islam film violence
Internet rights champions on Friday were fearful that free speech online may be among the victims of violence spurred by an anti-Islam video posted to YouTube. ... more
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OZONE NEWS

UN hails 25-year ozone treaty for preventing disaster
The United Nations treaty to protect the ozone layer signed nearly 25 years ago prevented an environmental disaster, a chief UN scientist said Friday, cautioning though that the Earth's radiation shield is still under threat. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Eruptions weaken at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire
Eruptions at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire weakened Friday, one day after powerful blasts sent columns of smoke and ash high into the sky and forced authorities to order a mass evacuation. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Yosemite extends hantavirus alert to 230,000
California's Yosemite National Park has said that it has extended its hantavirus warning to 230,000 people after three people died from the rodent-borne disease. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Dutch pro-Europe vote winner Rutte nixes left-bloc coalition
The Liberal winners of Dutch elections Friday categorically rejected a left-wing bloc joining government, a move that could critically weaken the pro-Europe poll winners' commitment to austerity. ... more
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Wild animals on the increase in Switzerland
Wild animals including bears, wolves and jackals are on the increase in Switzerland, a government agency said Friday, as it reported a spike in the figures across the country. ... more
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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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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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ICE WORLD

Little Ice Age led to migration of island hopping arctic foxes
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Measuring mercury levels: Nano-velcro detects water-borne toxic metals
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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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WOOD PILE

Forest mortality and climate change: The big picture
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 stre ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

100 most threatened species
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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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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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