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September 27, 2012
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Human Brains Develop Wiring Slowly, Differing from Chimpanzees
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2012
Research comparing brain development in humans and our closest nonhuman primate relatives, chimpanzees, reveals how quickly myelin in the cerebral cortex grows, shedding light on the evolution of human cognitive development and the vulnerability of humans to psychiatric disorders, a GW professor finds. Myelin is the fatty insulation surrounding axon connections of the brain. Recent research by Chet Sherwood, associate professor of anthropology in Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, along ... read more

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TECTONICS

Big quake was part of crustal plate breakup
Seismologists have known for years that the Indo-Australian plate of Earth's crust is slowly breaking apart, but they saw it in action last April when at least four faults broke in a magnitude-8.7 e ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Study reveals complex rupture process in surprising 2012 Sumatra quake
The massive earthquake that struck under the Indian Ocean southwest of Sumatra on April 11, 2012, came as a surprise to seismologists and left them scrambling to figure out exactly what had happened ... more
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WATER WORLD

Coral Hotspots Found in Deepwater Canyons off Northeast US Coast
For the first time in decades, researchers have conducted an extensive exploration for deep-sea corals and sponges in submarine canyons off the northeastern coast of the US. The survey revealed cora ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Biology and Management of the Green Stink Bug
The green stink bug is one of the most damaging native stink bug species in the United States. Stink bugs feeding on cotton, soybeans, tomatoes, peaches, and other crops can result in cosmetic damag ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Images of 300 million old insects revealed
Writing in the journal PLoS One, the scientists have used a high resolution form of CT scanning to reconstruct two 305-million year old juvenile insects. Without the pioneering approach to imaging, ... more
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WOOD PILE

Study Examines Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change
Mid-elevation forests - those between approximately 6,500 to 8,000 feet (1,981 to 2,438 meters) in elevation - are the most sensitive to rising temperatures and changes in precipitation and snowmelt ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Satellites to the rescue: Disaster monitoring network extends its services to all
Building on a decade of success in making satellite data available to users for disaster response, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' has opened its doors even wider and is now pr ... more
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Westinghouse Aims to Bring Benefits of AP1000 Reactors to Western US

'Robo Brain' will teach robots everything from the Internet

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic

Process Overcomes Obstacles To Produce Renewable Fuels And Chemicals

The power of salt

Scientists craft atomically seamless semiconductor junctions

Researchers map quantum vortices inside superfluid helium nanodroplets

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Lib Dems, Labor call for decarbonization
Political opponents this week increased pressure on Britain's Conservative-led government to commit to a decarbonization of the energy sector by 2030. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Bangkok groups clash over lese-majeste law
Bangkok police contained a street confrontation of government and opposition supporters who clashed over an investigation under the country's controversial lese-majeste law. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Sixteen hospitalised in chemicals leak in Slovakia
Sixteen people were hospitalised for exposure to poisonous gasses in a leak Wednesday at a former chemical plant in Slovakia's capital Bratislava, the police said. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Poachers target rhinos in flood-hit NE India
Suspected poachers Wednesday killed a one-horned rhino in a flood-hit wildlife park, taking to 14 the number of the beasts slaughtered this year in the remote Indian region, officials said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Two million flee India floods as aid effort struggles
Rains hampered a military air operation to help flood victims in northeastern India, where more than two million people have been forced from their homes, officials said Wednesday. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Mexico troops clash with gunmen, 11 dead
Troops clashed with gunmen as people headed to work and school in a southern Mexican town on Wednesday, leaving 10 suspects and one soldier dead, prosecutors said. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Tibetans seek signs of hope in China's next leader
In their long and fruitless struggle against Chinese rule, Tibetans have often leapt on any reason to stay optimistic - and, for some, a new leader in Beijing offers a fresh glimmer of hope. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Patients in Denmark not suffering from new virus: hospital
Five people in isolation in a Danish hospital are suffering from a typical influenza strain and not a new SARS-like respiratory illness as feared, the Odense University Hospital said Wednesday. ... more
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BAE Systems ships carrier hull section to Scotland

Space Command team wins national award

Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

Obama's executive order: computer chip implants to heal injured troops

Japan seeks to double budget for disputed islands patrol

US weighs mission to help besieged Turkmen in Iraq

Iraq forces ready bid to break jihadist siege of Shiite town

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Indian Ocean's 2012 mega-quake broke the records
An 8.7 earthquake that struck west of Indonesia on April 11 was the biggest of its kind ever recorded and confirms suspicions that a giant tectonic plate is breaking up, scientists said on Wednesday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Managing Soil Copper in Crops Irrigated with Cattle Footbath Wastewater
Getting a head start on stopping soil copper buildup will now be a bit easier, thanks to studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. This research could help Pacific Northwest farme ... more
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WATER WORLD

Scientists predict major shifts in Pacific ecosystems by 2100
What if you woke up every day to find that the closest grocery store had moved several miles farther away from your home? Over time, you would have to travel hundreds of extra miles to find essentia ... more
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ICE WORLD

Melting Arctic ice cap at record low
Think of a poor hamster on a spinning wheel, caught up by momentum and unable to stop until it's overwhelmed, sent tumbling, crashing out of control inside. That's the analogy John Yackel, hea ... more
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FARM NEWS

WASTED; NRDC report finds that Americans waste 40 percent of all food
At a time of rising food prices and growing food insecurity, Americans are wasting more food than ever before-up 50 percent since the 1970s. Agriculture sucks up an incredible 80 percent of th ... more
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EXO LIFE

Curious About Life: Interview with David Grinspoon
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Constraining world trade is unlikely to help the climate
Instead, researchers were able to pin down a number of factors explaining the pronounced imbalances between emission importers and exporters, the US current account deficit being one of them. Their ... more
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WATER WORLD

Warning of 'water bankruptcy' for many regions after reviewing 200 major global projects
A study of almost 200 major international water-related projects over the past 20 years has identified a suite of existing and emerging challenges and how science can offer remedies. The Globa ... more
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NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018

Sentinel-1 poised to monitor motion

New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon Flight

Update on Galileo launch injection anomaly

Best View Yet of Merging Galaxies in Distant Universe

US Space Debris Tracking Site To Be Build In Western Australia

NASA Captures Images of a Late Summer Flare

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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Remarkable enzyme points the way to reducing nitric acid use in industry
An enzyme in the bacterium that causes potato scab could help create new, environmentally-benign biocatalysts with the potential to cut use of the highly corrosive chemical nitric acid. Chemis ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Boycotted Belarus election declared valid
Enough residents voted in otherwise-boycotted Parliamentary elections in Belarus to make the results valid, the country's Central Election Commission has declared. ... more
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WOOD PILE

U.N.: World must sustain its forests
A country's forests must be carefully managed because they play a crucial role in helping achieve sustainable development, a senior U.N. official says. ... more
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WHITE OUT

Nepal avalanche survivors tell of bodies at sunrise
Climbers who survived an avalanche in the dark on one of the world's deadliest peaks told Tuesday of their horror as breaking dawn revealed the bodies of their companions littering the mountain. ... more
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WATER WORLD

El Nino may soon return: UN weather agency
The El Nino weather phenomenon could return within days but will be relatively weak compared with past episodes, the UN's weather agency said Tuesday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

S. America's Pacific coast eyes tsunami warning system
Officials from countries along South America's Pacific coast met at a UNESCO-sponsored event in Peru's capital Tuesday to design a tsunami early-warning system. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Global warming slows down world economy: report
Climate change caused by global warming is slowing down world economic output by 1.6 percent a year and will lead to a doubling of costs in the next two decades, a major new report said Tuesday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

New SARS-like mystery illness emerges in Mideast: WHO
The World Health Organisation issued a global alert on Monday for a new SARS-like respiratory virus which left a man from Qatar critically ill in a London hospital and killed at least one more in Saudi Arabia. ... more
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