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September 18, 2012
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Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions but not others
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 18, 2012
Glaciers in the eastern and central regions of the Himalayas appear to be retreating at accelerating rates, similar to those in other areas of the world, while glaciers in the western Himalayas are more stable and could be growing, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report examines how changes to glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, which covers eight countries across Asia, could affect the area's river systems, water supplies, and the South Asian population. The mou ... read more

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Studies shed light on how to reduce the amount of toxins in plant-derived foods
A number of environmental toxins pose considerable health threats to humans, and the heavy metal cadmium (Cd) ranks high on the list. Most of us are exposed to it through plant-derived foods such as ... more
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ICE WORLD

How fast can ice sheets respond to climate change?
A new Arctic study in the journal Science is helping to unravel an important mystery surrounding climate change: How quickly glaciers can melt and grow in response to shifts in temperature. Accordin ... more
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FARM NEWS

Genes render some rice species sterile
Researchers have identified a set of three genes that are responsible for hybrid sterility in rice, or the inability of many hybrid rice species to pass their genes on to the next generation. These ... more
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New analysis in Science tells how world eradicated deadliest cattle plague
A new analysis published in Science traces the recent global eradication of the deadliest of cattle diseases, crediting not only the development of a new, heat-resistant vaccine, but also the insigh ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Long menopause allows killer whales to care for adult sons
Scientists have found the answer to why female killer whales have the longest menopause of any non-human species - to care for their adult sons. Led by the Universities of Exeter and York and publis ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

U.S. underestimates costs of carbon pollution and climate change
The U.S. federal government is significantly underestimating the costs of carbon pollution because it is using a faulty analytical model, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environ ... more
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WATER WORLD

Most coral reefs are at risk unless climate change is drastically limited
Only under a scenario with strong action on mitigating greenhouse-gas emissions and the assumption that corals can adapt at extremely rapid rates, could two thirds of them be safe, shows a study now ... more
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What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

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FARM NEWS

Food industry's high-quality co-streams used effectively as raw material for new products
European, Canadian, African and Indian researchers are developing together new ways of using the substantial co-streams from fish and oil plant processing. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland c ... more
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WATER WORLD

Amazon's flying water vapor rivers bring rain to Brazil
As devastating drought spreads across much of the globe, British-born pilot Gerard Moss flies above the Amazon rainforest to show how its "flying rivers" - humid air currents - bring rain to Brazil and South America. ... more
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FARM NEWS

New gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants
The discovery of a new gene could lead to better bug-resistant plants. Research led by Michigan State University and appearing on the cover of this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Scie ... more
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ICE WORLD

Brazil to begin rebuilding its burned Antarctic base
Three navy supply ships will head for Antarctica next month to begin rebuilding a Brazilian naval base destroyed by a deadly fire in February, Defense Minister Celso Amorim said Monday. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

China, US conduct joint anti-piracy drill: Xinhua
Chinese and US navy vessels conducted a joint military exercise on Monday as part of an anti-piracy drill in the Gulf of Aden, state media reported. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Powerful Typhoon Sanba pounds South Korea
Typhoon Sanba pummelled South Korea on Monday, uprooting trees, shutting down flights and ferry services and unleashing torrential rains that left at least one person dead in a landslide. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Elton John cites US discrimination of HIV inmates
The US states of Alabama and South Carolina discriminate against HIV-positive prisoners by separating them from others and excluding them from early release programs, singer Elton John said Monday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Giant panda in Washington zoo gives birth
A giant panda lent to the United States by China and living at the National Zoo in the US capital has given birth to a cub, zoo officials said Monday. ... more
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Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

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ABOUT US

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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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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WATER WORLD

Parched soils trigger more storms
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 resu ... more
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WATER WORLD

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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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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ABOUT US

Stress breaks loops that hold short-term memory together
Stress has long been pegged as the enemy of attention, disrupting focus and doing substantial damage to working memory - the short-term juggling of information that allows us to do all the little th ... more
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China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

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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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WOOD PILE

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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WATER WORLD

Environmental group says 'Nemo' endangered
The orange clownfish - think of the animated movie fish Nemo - is in danger of extinction and needs protection, a U.S. environmental group says. ... 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

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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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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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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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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