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September 28, 2012
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Rare Great Earthquake in April Triggers Large Aftershocks All Over the Globe
Menlo Park, CA (SPX) Sep 27, 2012
Large earthquakes can alter seismicity patterns across the globe in very different ways, according to two new studies by U.S. Geological Survey seismologists. Both studies shed light on more than a decade of debate on the origin and prevalence of remotely triggered earthquakes. Until now, distant but damaging "aftershocks" have not been included in hazard assessments, yet in each study, changes in seismicity were predictable enough to be included in future evaluations of earthquake hazards. ... read more

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CLONE AGE

Making it easier to make stem cells
The process researchers use to generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)-a special type of stem cell that can be made in the lab from any type of adult cell-is time consuming and inefficient. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Global Grain Production at Record High Despite Extreme Climatic Events
Global grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4 billion tons in 2012, an increase of 1 percent from 2011 levels, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute's N ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Large 2012 earthquake triggered temblors worldwide for nearly a week
This year's largest earthquake, a magnitude 8.6 temblor on April 11 centered in the East Indian Ocean off Sumatra, did little damage, but it triggered quakes around the world for at least a week, ac ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Cutting-Edge Technology Makes NASA's Hurricane Mission a Reality
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2012 Cutting-edge NASA technology has made this year's NASA Hurricane mission a reality. NASA and other scientists are currently flying a suite of state-of-the-art, auton ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Mexico captures Zetas cartel capo 'El Taliban': navy
The Mexican navy brought a suspected leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel before news cameras Thursday, after catching the capo amid a violent rift within the powerful criminal gang. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Indian state in grip of a drug epidemic
On a muggy evening in the north Indian city of Amritsar, Sunil Sharma prepares for another heroin hit in a decrepit, abandoned building. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

6.0 magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands: USGS
A quake measuring magnitude 6.0 hit off the Solomon Islands on Friday, but Australian seismologists said there was little risk of a tsunami. ... more
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Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline

North Dakota reviews oil train safety measures

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

China: successful commissioning of Taishan EPR reactors full-scope simulator

Iran Negotiations, OPEC Meeting Loom For Oil Markets

How the hummingbird achieves its aerobatic feats

Single-atom layers that snap together like Lego

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WEATHER REPORT

Japan braces as typhoons loom
Japan was on alert for violent winds and torrential rain on Friday as two typhoons loomed nearby. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Loss of species makes nature more sensitive to climate change
High biodiversity acts as an insurance policy for nature and society alike as it increases the likelihood that at least some species will be sufficiently resilient to sustain important functions suc ... more
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FARM NEWS

Argentina looks to soybean windfall
Argentine expectations of windfall profits from recent hikes in soybean prices are complicating the government's fraught relationship with farmers. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Seven Britons, five Chinese dead in Nepal air crash: police
Seven Britons and five Chinese are among the dead in a plane crash Friday on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu which killed all 19 on board, according to a revised police toll. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Italy's Slow Food movement prepares giant food fair
Italy's Slow Food movement announced plans Thursday to host the world's biggest gourmet food fair next month in the city of Turin with a particular focus on "the foods that change the world". ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Chinese crew rescued as boat burns in Japan
A dozen Chinese crew members were rescued by Japan's coastguard when their Panama-registered boat caught fire in a Japanese bay, an official said Friday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Taiwan issues warning against Typhoon Jelawat
Taiwan on Thursday issued a warning over a strong typhoon approaching the island which could bring torrential rains and trigger landslides, a month after another heavy storm left six dead. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Organised crime moving into logging: UN, Interpol
Organised crime is now a big player in illegal logging, which accounts for up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally, the UN and Interpol warned on Thursday. ... more
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China ships pay first post-Japan summit visit to disputed isles

Russia studies construction of its own orbital station

Stealthy spy software snooping for years: Symantec

China Military Advance in South China Sea to Test US Outreach

Ukraine's NATO hopes still a long way off

Iran won't be brought to knees on nuclear issue: Khamenei

France delays warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

EU grants Pakistan flood, unrest aid
The European Commission said Thursday it will release another 15 million euros in aid ($19 million) to Pakistan where tens of thousands of people are affected by flood and unrest. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Mexico captures Zetas cartel capo 'El Taliban': navy
Mexico's navy hauled a suspected leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel before news cameras Thursday, after catching the capo amid a violent rift within the powerful criminal gang. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Hopes dim for Indian rhino mutilated by poachers
Vets in northeast India battled on Thursday to save a rare rhino whose horn was hacked off by poachers who are stepping up attacks on animals fleeing rising floods in Assam state. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Scientists say fish populations can still be saved
Fish populations - a staple source of protein in many parts of the world - are being decimated by over-fishing, but a new study Thursday said the trend can still be reversed. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Outside View: The militarization of aid
Although aid and the military are often seen as being diametrically opposed, the skill sets and approaches that both efforts require for success are like a horse shoe, where the seemingly opposite ends are in fact closer to one another than the views and practices represented by the majority who hold space in the middle ground. The U.S. government first recognized the utility of foreign aid as a tool of diplomacy during World War II with the Marshall Plan. The U.S. military and international aid infrastructures both grew over the intervening decades and their identities have diverged in the public eye, but in practice are increasingly intertwined. ... more
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WOOD PILE

5,000-year-old tree unearthed in Britain
The trunk of a giant oak tree unearthed from a field in Britain may be more than 5,000 years old, forestry experts say. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China court rejects artist Ai Weiwei's tax appeal
A Chinese court on Thursday rejected Ai Weiwei's appeal against a hefty fine for alleged tax evasion which the acclaimed artist and government critic has called an attempt to silence his activism. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Ex-Aussie PM criticises UN on food security
Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday criticised the UN food agency for failing to do enough on food security, as fears mount of a repeat of the 2007-2008 food crisis. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Storms deluge historic British city
Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York on Thursday and threatened chaos for much of northern England. ... 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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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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Human Brains Develop Wiring Slowly, Differing from Chimpanzees
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 hu ... 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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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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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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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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