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September 24, 2012
WATER WORLD
Zimbabwe city orders 'big flush' amid water rationing
Harare (AFP) Sept 22, 2012
Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo has ordered its residents to flush toilets at the same time once a week to prevent blockages during frequent periods of water rationing, the mayor said Saturday. "We are going to have a big flush every Monday to push all the waste that would have accumulated during the water rationing," Thaba Moyo, mayor of Bulawayo, told AFP. "It means everybody has to flush their toilet at the stipulated time which will be 7:30 pm. This is done to prevent any sewer blockages as ... read more

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In half century, Brazil lost 80% of coral reef: study
In just five decades, Brazil has lost 80 percent of the coral reef once found along 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) of its northeastern coast, according to a study cited by local media Sunday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Million displaced by floods in India: officials
Devastating floods have forced more than one million people to flee their homes in northeastern India where authorities have called a health alert, officials said on Monday. ... more
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Hurricane Miriam in the Pacific strengthens to Category 2
Hurricane Miriam, churning far off the Mexican coast in the Pacific Ocean, strengthened to a Category 2 storm early Monday, US forecasters said. ... more
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'We heard screams... then it hit': Nepal avalanche survivors
Huddled in their sleeping bags, the climbers first heard the avalanche roar towards them and then the sound of screaming before being swept hundreds of metres down the slopes of "Killer Mountain". ... more
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FIRE STORM

Forest fire forces 2,000 to evacuate in Spain
Firefighters battled a forest fire whipped up by strong winds in the Spanish region of Valencia on Monday, forcing the evacuation of about 2,000 people, officials said. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China police kill homeowner in demolition protest
Police in northeast China shot and killed a homeowner who set himself on fire while trying to protect his property from a demolition crew, an official and state media said Monday. ... more
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WHITE OUT

Hopes fade for missing climbers after Nepal avalanche
Rescuers scaled down a search Monday for two French climbers and a Canadian missing in a Nepal avalanche which killed at least nine people attempting to scale one of the world's highest peaks. ... more
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Earth's resource budget for 2014 already spent: NGO

Obama strategist jumps aboard controversial Uber app

Bidding starts for wind energy offshore Maryland

Australia tycoon blasts Chinese government 'mongrels'

Sunrun Brings Affordable Home Solar Service to Nevada

Yingli Solar Powers School in Laos with Clean Energy

Green power blooms as Japan unveils 'hydrangea solar cell'

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ABOUT US

Breaking up harder to do on Facebook
Breaking up is hard to do and staying friends on social networking sites such as Facebook may make it harder, British researchers say. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

DR Congo conflict puts endangered mountain gorillas in peril
Home to the famed mountain gorillas, Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been overrun by armed groups who have slaughtered wildlife and scared off much-needed tourists. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Workers beg Romney to stop latest Bain outsourcing
Being told to train his replacement was humiliating and surreal, but Tom Gaulrapp said the worst part was when the plant's US flag was taken down before the Chinese engineers arrived. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Turkish 'coup plotters' jailing a warning to army: analysts
A Turkish court's landmark conviction of some 300 military officers accused of plotting to oust an elected government sends a stark warning to the armed forces, whose dominance may have reached its end, according to analysts. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Growing corn to treat rare disease
The seeds of greenhouse-grown corn could hold the key to treating a rare, life-threatening childhood genetic disease, according to researchers from Simon Fraser University. SFU biologist Allis ... more
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WOOD PILE

Forest killer plant study explores rapid environmental change factors
It's called mile-a-minute weed or "forest killer." Mikania micrantha is an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Horticultural hijacking
It's a battleground down there - in the soil where plants and bacteria dwell. Even though beneficial root bacteria come to the rescue when a plant is being attacked by pathogens, there's a dar ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

An Expedition to the Earth's Fiery Heart
On 22. September, a French-German team sets out from La Reunion to map the upwelling of hot magma that powers one of the oldest and most active regions of volcanic activity in the world. An expediti ... more
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Ground X-Vehicle Program Aims to Break The "More Armor" Paradigm

General Hyten takes control of AFSPC

Aerojet Rocketdyne To Develop Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

Russia's First Exoskeleton to Help Physically Impaired

World must act to halt Iraq 'genocide': Yazidi leader's son

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

SM-6 missile undergoes follow-on testing

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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Solving the stink from sewers
The rotten egg gas leaking from sewer pipes and costing billions of dollars worldwide in odour control may soon be far less of a problem thanks to new research discussed at the 2012 International Wa ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

How bumblebees find efficient routes without a GPS
Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have tracked bumblebees for the first time to see how they select the optimal route to collect nectar from multiple flowers and return to their nest. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Global economic pressures trickle down to local landscape change, altering disease risk
The pressures of global trade may heighten disease incidence by dictating changes in land use. A boom in disease-carrying ticks and chiggers has followed the abandonment of rice cultivation in Taiwa ... more
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FARM NEWS

Pesticides not yet proven guilty of causing honeybee declines
The impact of crop pesticides on honeybee colonies is unlikely to cause colony collapse, according to a paper in the journal Science. More research is now needed to predict the impact of widely-used ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate scientists put predictions to the test
Climate-prediction models show skills in forecasting climate trends over time spans of greater than 30 years and at the geographical scale of continents, but they deteriorate when applied to shorter ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Discovering Hot Towers
Two hours before Hurricane Isaac made landfall, a satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above the storm used a radar instrument to map the storm's inner structure. The instrument on the Tropical Rain ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Uruguay's Mujica suffers popularity slump
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica is facing a sharp drop in approval ratings as the country's development targets slip through a combination of external factors and the president's alleged lackluster performance. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Vietnam bloggers set for 'anti-state propaganda' trial
Three high-profile Vietnamese bloggers, including one whose case has been raised by US President Barack Obama, are set to go on trial Monday for "anti-state propaganda", a lawyer told AFP. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Suspect in murder of Chinese sailors admits guilt
A gang leader accused of masterminding the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River last year has pleaded guilty at a trial in southwest China, state media said Saturday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy: EU watchdog
A swine flu vaccine used in 2009-10 is linked to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teens in Sweden and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Friday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Three ex-generals jailed for 20 years in Turkey coup trial
A Turkish court on Friday handed down 20-year prison terms to three former generals accused of plotting to overthrow the government in 2003. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Arrest threat overshadows Myanmar peace rally
Several hundred people defied authorities to march through Yangon on Friday calling for an end to the festering conflict between Kachin ethnic minority rebels and Myanmar's army. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Emerging powers press rich nations on emissions cuts
Brazil, China, India and South Africa urged industrialized nations to commit to deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions at a United Nations meeting later this year. ... more
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FARM NEWS

EU seeks to clarify honey
Honey is the purest of foods which under European Commission proposals Friday should remain so once rules about pollen from genetically modified plants found in it are straightened out. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Philippine forces rescue Chinese hostage, kill kidnappers
Philippine security forces rescued a Chinese hostage and killed five Islamic militants Friday during a raid in the south, police said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Researchers propose new way to save Africa's beleaguered soils
A Washington State University researcher and colleagues make a case in the journal Nature for a new type of agriculture that could restore the beleaguered soils of Africa and help the continent feed ... more
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