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September 19, 2012
FLORA AND FAUNA
Rapid urban expansion threatens biodiversity
New Haven, CT (SPX) Sep 19, 2012
A brief window of opportunity exists to shape the development of cities globally before a boom in infrastructure construction transforms urban land cover, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at Yale, Texas A and M and Boston University predict that by 2030 urban areas will expand by more than 463,000 square miles, or 1.2 million square kilometers. That is equal to 20,000 American football fields becoming urban every day for the first three decad ... read more

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Effectiveness and impact of climate change mitigation measures unclear
Strict targets for mitigating climate change require effective climate policy and emission reduction measures. In his thesis, Sampo Soimakallio, M. Sc. (Tech.), Senior Scientist at VTT, analyses unc ... more
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WATER WORLD

When it rains, it pours
Extreme precipitation in the tropics comes in many forms: thunderstorm complexes, flood-inducing monsoons and wide-sweeping cyclones like the recent Hurricane Isaac. Global warming is expected to in ... more
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ICE WORLD

Alpine glaciers contribute to carbon cycling
An international collaboration led by Tom Battin from the Department of Limnology of the University of Vienna unravels the role of Alpine glaciers for carbon cycling. The scientists uncover the unex ... more
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ICE WORLD

Shrinking snow depth on Arctic sea ice threatens ringed seal habitat
As sea ice in the Arctic continues to shrink during this century, more than two thirds of the area with sufficient snow cover for ringed seals to reproduce also will disappear, challenging their sur ... more
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BLUE SKY

High-Flying NASA Aircraft Helps Develop New Science Instruments
Over the next few weeks, an ER-2 high altitude research aircraft operating out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., will take part in the development of two future satellite ins ... more
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FIRE STORM

Study shows wildfires' positive and negative economic impacts
Despite the disruptions they cause, large wildfires are a mixed economic bag for nearby communities, according to findings from a research project by the University of Oregon's Ecosystem Workforce P ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Researchers find our inner reptile hearts
An elaborate system of leads spreads across our hearts. These leads - the heart's electrical system - control our pulse and coordinate contraction of the heart chambers. While the structure of the h ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Physicists build reversible laser tractor beam

Superconducting circuits, simplified

Brighter energy-saving flat panels using carbon nanotubes

Catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells cab be synthesized in microwave oven

Social trust eroded in Chinese product-tampering incident

Goldilocks principle wrong for particle assembly

Better lectricity access has little impact on climate

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life
A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study may reshape the univ ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

World's hottest temperature cools a bit
If you think this summer was hot, it's nothing compared to the summer of 1913, when the hottest temperature ever recorded was a searing 134 F in Death Valley, Calif. But while that reading was made ... more
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FARM NEWS

Warmer Temperatures Make New USDA Plant Zone Map Obsolete
Gardeners and landscapers may want to rethink their fall tree plantings. Warming temperatures have already made the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new cold-weather planting guidelines obsolete, ac ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Britain grants first licence for badger cull
Up to 3,000 badgers could be killed in England after a government agency on Friday issued the first licence for a pilot cull in a bid to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in cattle. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Italian architect designs world's biggest vertical garden
A shopping centre near Milan is claiming an unusual record - the biggest vertical garden in the world, covering a surface of 1,263 square metres (13,600 square feet) with a total of 44,000 plants. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Farmers accuse Madagascar mining giant of killing bees
A swath of farmland around a giant nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar has been contaminated by pesticides that have wiped out local bee populations, a group of farmers claimed Tuesday. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Chinese, US ships conduct joint anti-piracy drill
Chinese and US naval vessels have conducted their first joint anti-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, officials said Tuesday, citing the drill as a sign of improving security ties. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

US zoo gets quick peek of newborn panda
Staff at the National Zoo said Tuesday they have stolen a few brief video peeks of its baby panda, in which the newborn healthily squeals and squirms in response to its mother. ... more
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Russia to Orbit 9 MilCom Satellites by 2020

China Completes Country's Largest Spaceport

1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

3rd X-37B test vehicle lands at Vandenberg

A simple and versatile way to build 3-dimensional materials of the future

Engineers find a way to win in laser performance by losing

Lockheed Martin claims nuclear energy breakthrough

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FARM NEWS

China's Synutra in $130 mn French milk factory deal
Chinese infant formula producer Synutra will make its first foray abroad with a 100 million euro tie-up with Sodiaal to build a dried milk plant, the French dairy company said Tuesday. ... 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

Sunset Solar Eclipse

Storms to obscure peaking meteor shower in the Northeast

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Descent Data May Help With Future Mars Landings

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Studies Comet Flyby

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FARM NEWS

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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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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FARM NEWS

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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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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ICE WORLD

Himalayan glaciers retreating at accelerated rate in some regions but not others
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
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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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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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