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October 02, 2012
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Semi-dwarf trees may enable a green revolution for some forest crop
Corvallis, OR (SPX) Oct 02, 2012
The same "green revolution" concepts that have revolutionized crop agriculture and helped to feed billions of people around the world may now offer similar potential in forestry, scientists say, with benefits for wood, biomass production, drought stress and even greenhouse gas mitigation. Researchers at Oregon State University recently outlined the latest findings on reduced height growth in trees through genetic modification, and concluded that several advantageous growth traits could be achieved ... read more

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FARM NEWS

An Old Pest Reemerges in Organic Orchards
The apple flea weevil, a sporadic insect pest in the early 1900s, has reemerged as a severe pest in organic apple orchards in Michigan, where outbreak population levels have been observed since 2008 ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Stanford bioengineers introduce 'Bi-Fi' - The biological internet
If you were a bacterium, the virus M13 might seem innocuous enough. It insinuates more than it invades, setting up shop like a freeloading houseguest, not a killer. Once inside it makes itself at ho ... more
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TECTONICS

Active Faults More Accessible to Geologists
An October GSA article, "Open-source archive of active faults for northwest South America," by Gabriel Veloza and colleagues, is now online. The article introduces the "Active Tectonics of the Andes ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Reclassifying protists helps us understand how many species remain undiscovered
Since the Victorian era, categorizing the natural world has challenged scientists. No group has presented a challenge as tricky as the protists, the tiny, complex life forms that are neither plants ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Uranium-contaminated site yields wealth of information on microbes 10 feet under
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have sequenced nearly all the genes in an underground community of microbes at a contaminated uranium mill site in Rifle, Colo., providing information ... more
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WATER WORLD

China's dams a threat to the Mekong
China's most recent hydropower project on the Mekong River, the Nuozhadu Dam, threatens the ecosystem of the river, experts warn. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Plant scientists create 'see-through' soil
Researchers in Scotland say they have developed a see-through soil that will enable scientists to study roots in detail for the first time. ... 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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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

World facing unprecedented refugee crisis: UNHCR
UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres warned Monday that a surge in the number of refugees around the world was causing a crisis that was unprecedented in recent history. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Sandia probability maps help sniff out food contamination
Uncovering the sources of fresh food contamination could become faster and easier thanks to analysis done at Sandia National Laboratories' National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NIS ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Saudi take steps to thwart epidemic at hajj: report
Saudi Arabia has taken measures to deal with any epidemic that may break out during the annual hajj pilgrimage, a minister said in remarks published Monday, stressing that the spread of a mystery illness from the same family as the deadly SARS virus was "limited." ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Twenty-five killed in Hong Kong ferry collision: official
Twenty-five people were killed and dozens injured when two passenger boats collided and one sunk off Hong Kong late Monday, officials said. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Great Barrier Reef coral halved in 27 years: study
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral cover in the past 27 years due to storms, poisonous starfish and bleaching linked to climate change, a study found Tuesday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Powerful typhoon hits Japan mainland
Powerful Typhoon Jelawat hit the Japanese mainland Sunday, sparking the evacuation of thousands a day after it tore across southern Okinawa island, where local media said it left one dead and some 140 injured. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Scaling down: Warming will make fish smaller
A hearty fillet of fish, already a rare treat because of over-trawled oceans, will become even more infrequent in the future when global warming starts to reduce fish size, scientists said on Sunday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

What to give a Chinese boss who has it all, or nothing?
Giving gifts is crucial if you want to get ahead in Chinese politics or business, but what do you do when you don't know whether your boss is about to be promoted or tossed out of a job? ... 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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EPIDEMICS

In Africa, deadly intestinal disease helped by AIDS: study
A deadly version of an intestinal germ has spread through sub-Saharan Africa, helped by genetic mutation and diseases such as HIV that weaken the immune system and expose the body to infection, researchers said Sunday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Jordanian thirst for water grows
"I wish I could live at the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp because there is water there," a Jordanian man says, frustrated that he has not had any tap water of his own in months. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Salt marsh carbon may play role in slowing climate warming
A warming climate and rising seas will enable salt marshes to more rapidly capture and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, possibly playing a role in slowing the rate of climate change, accor ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Extreme climate change linked to early animal evolution
An international team of scientists, including geochemists from the University of California, Riverside, has uncovered new evidence linking extreme climate change, oxygen rise, and early animal evol ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Slave rebellion is widespread in ants
Ants that are held as slaves in nests of other ant species damage their oppressors through acts of sabotage. Ant researcher Professor Dr. Susanne Foitzik of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) ... more
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ABOUT US

Compelling evidence that brain parts evolve independently
An Evolutionary Biologist at The University of Manchester, working with scientists in the United States, has found compelling evidence that parts of the brain can evolve independently from each othe ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Unusual Symbiosis Discovered in Marine Microorganisms
Scientists have discovered an unusual symbiosis between tiny single-celled algae and highly specialized bacteria in the ocean. The partnership plays an important role in fertilizing the oceans by ta ... more
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ABOUT US

Anti-aging pill being developed
A British doctor says anti-aging drugs that can lower the risk of diseases such as cancer and dementia, as well as wrinkles, will soon be available. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
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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FLORA AND FAUNA

Two rare Indian rhinos die after poaching attack
Two rare rhinos brutally attacked by poachers this week in northeast India have died, veterinarians said Saturday, triggering protests at local authorities' failure to protect the animals. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Libyans surrender hundreds of weapons to army
Libyans turned over hundreds of weapons at collection points in the capital and the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday following rallies which called for disarmament and the disbanding of militias. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Bereaved China elderly suffer under one-child norm
When Wu Rui's 12-year-old daughter died she lost not just the only child she would ever have but also her source of security and support in old age. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Typhoon Jelawat on course to hit mainland Japan
Strong typhoon Jelawat was moving toward the Japanese mainland on Saturday, the national weather agency said, after it battered southern Okinawa island with gusts strong enough to flip cars. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Iceland, Faroes may face EU fish sanctions
Iceland and the Faroe Islands could face EU sanctions over "unsustainable" mackerel catches after an EU Fisheries Council agreement this week. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

First elected leader faces trial in the Maldives
The first democratically elected president in the Maldives goes on trial Monday on abuse of power charges, seven months after being toppled in what he calls a "coup d'etat" in the tourist paradise. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Toll from Spain floods rises to 10: regional officials
Ten people, including a young girl and an elderly woman, have died in Spain as a result of floods brought on by downpours, regional officials said on Saturday. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Lightning sparks mass power cut in Azerbaijan
A lightning strike that damaged a key power station caused a mass power cut Friday in Baku and other parts of Azerbaijan, halting the capital's metro and creating traffic chaos for several hours, officials said. ... more
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