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October 10, 2012
EPIDEMICS
Glowing DNA invention points towards high speed disease detection
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 10, 2012
Many diseases, including cancers, leave genetic clues in the body just as criminals leave DNA at the scene of a crime. But tools to detect the DNA-like sickness clues known as miRNAs, tend to be slow and expensive. Now a chemist and a biologist from University of Copenhagen have invented a method that promises to shave days off the lab work done to reveal diseases, using cheap methods and easy to use analytical apparatuses. Fast, quick and elegant Chemistry researcher Tom Vosch and plant molecular bio ... read more

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building, street level for US cities
Arizona State University researchers have developed a new software system capable of estimating greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, all the way down to roads and individual buil ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

New Commercial Imaging Spacecraft Progressing at Lockheed Martin as IKONOS Satellite Achieves 13 Years in Operations
Lockheed Martin is making steady progress in a key test phase on GeoEye's next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, as IKONOS, the world's first commercial remote sensing spacecr ... more
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WOOD PILE

Study finds nearly 50% of retail firewood infested with insects
A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47% of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations and grocery stores in Colorado ... more
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FARM NEWS

Significant wheat production potential in 8 African nations-climate, soil and economic data analysis
In releasing the first ever comprehensive report on sub-Saharan Africa's economic and biological potential for producing wheat, scientists said [today] that the region's farmers may be growing only ... more
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WATER WORLD

River Thames invaded with foreign species
Almost 100 freshwater species not native to the UK have invaded the River Thames catchment making it one of the most highly invaded freshwater systems in the world, according to scientists at Queen ... more
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ICE WORLD

DRI scientist co-authors study outlining vast differences in polar ocean microbial communities
An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Alison Murray, an Associate Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute's Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences reported this week in the P ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Demographic miracle in the deserts
Dryland ecosystems cover 41% of the Earth's land surface. These ecosystems are highly vulnerable to global environmental change and desertification. But climate change seems to have a positive impac ... more
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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

Making quantum dots glow brighter

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

Border stand-off overshadows China leader's India trip

Finnish Greens quit government in nuclear row

Asia's billionaires see fastest wealth growth: report

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SINO DAILY

Calls to free China activist Liu two years
Activists on Tuesday urged democracies to speak out for the release of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, fearing that pressure on Beijing has eased two years after he won the Nobel peace prize. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Floods kill 7 in Russian Caucasus: official
Seven people were killed when overnight torrential rain unleashed heavy flooding in Russia's North Caucasus region of Dagestan, officials said Wednesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Brazil activists occupy controversial Amazon dam
More than 150 fishermen and indigenous natives occupied Brazil's Belo Monte dam on Tuesday, claiming the project will do irreparable damage to the Amazon ecosystem and their way of life. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

U.S.-China climate action suggested
Australia's former prime minister urged China and the United States - the top two emitters of carbon dioxide from fuel combustion - to cooperate on climate change. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Rearing Technique May Bolster Biocontrol Wasp's Commercial Prospects
Two to three millimeters long, the parasitoid wasp Habrobracon hebetor is a top candidate for use in programs to biologically control Indianmeal moths and other stored-product pests. But despi ... more
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FARM NEWS

Contracts for Community Support Agriculture clarify expectations for producers and consumers
University of Illinois professor of agricultural law A. Bryan Endres and his wife are both lawyers so, between the two of them, they've read a lot of legal documents, but when they became members of ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

USC develops software to facilitate large-scale biological inquiry
The world's leading mass spectrometer manufacturers have agreed to license technology that enabled University of Southern California (USC) researchers to develop software that, for the first time, a ... more
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A Welcome Predictability
Synthetic biology is the latest and most advanced phase of genetic engineering, holding great promise for helping to solve some of the world's most intractable problems, including the sustainable pr ... more
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Iran slams US as 'obsessed' with sanctions as talks resume

Ukraine says Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

Space control Airmen ensure constant communication

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

Founding Day of Air and Missile Defense Command of Aerospace Defense Forces

Twin crises could shape Obama's twilight years in office

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Swimming with hormones: Researchers unravel ancient urges that drive the social decisions of fish
Researchers have discovered that a form of oxytocin-the hormone responsible for making humans fall in love-has a similar effect on fish, suggesting it is a key regulator of social behaviour that has ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Moving forward with controversial H5N1 research
Last winter, scientists at the University of Wisconsin and Erasmus University (Netherlands) shocked the world by announcing they had developed strains of H5N1 influenza that could easily pass betwee ... more
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FARM NEWS

Stanford researchers show oil palm plantations are clearing carbon-rich tropical forests in Borneo
Expanding production of palm oil, a common ingredient in processed foods, soaps and personal care products, is driving rainforest destruction and massive carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new ... more
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FARM NEWS

Delaying harvest of fodder maize results in a higher starch concentration and lower methane emission
Harvesting fodder maize at an increased stage of maturity improves the starch content of maize silage and the proportion of rumen by-pass starch without negative effects on silage preservation, feed ... more
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EPIDEMICS

'Brain-eating' amoeba kills 10 in Pakistan: officials
Authorities in Pakistan's largest city have launched an urgent investigation after a rare water-borne "brain-eating" amoeba killed 10 people in four months, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Gates to focus on charity, rules out presidency
Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates said Tuesday that he will focus on charity rather than running for US presidency. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Israel PM calls early election
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called an early general election, presenting himself as the only option in the face of the Iranian nuclear threat, upheavals in the Middle East and the global economic crisis. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Japan tsunami gives lessons on disaster management
The experiences of survivors of the massive quake and tsunami that smashed into Japan last year were being mined Tuesday at an international meeting on disaster management. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines

France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

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WATER WORLD

Southern Hemisphere becoming drier
A decline in April-May rainfall over south-east Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone according to research published in Scientific Reports, a primary resear ... more
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ICE WORLD

ESA satellites looking deeper into sea ice
This year, satellites saw the extent of Arctic sea ice hit a record low since measurements began in the 1970s. ESA's SMOS and CryoSat satellites are now taking a deeper look by measuring the volume ... more
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WATER WORLD

Freezing water droplets form sharp ice peaks
Researchers at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, placed water droplets on a plate chilled to -20 degrees Celsius and captured images as a freezing front traveled up the droplet. Th ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Duck-bill dinosaurs had plant-pulverizing teeth more advanced than horses
A team of paleontologists and engineers has found that duck-billed dinosaurs had an amazing capacity to chew tough and abrasive plants with grinding teeth more complex than those of cows, horses, an ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Evolution In Action Everyday All About Us
Take a good look around on your next nature hike. Not only are you experiencing the wonders of the outdoors - you're probably also witnessing evolution in action. New research from the University of ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Researchers Find Ancient Carbon Resurfacing in Lakes
A new study reveals that a significant amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from lakes and rivers in Southern Quebec, Canada, is very old - approximately 1,000 to 3,000 years old - challeng ... more
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BLUE SKY

International research group shows that the aging of organic aerosols is caused by OH radicals
Atmospheric aerosol particles have a significant effect on climate. An international team of researchers has now discovered that a chemical process in the atmosphere called aging determines to a maj ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Nevada mountain lions moving into Calif.
Many mountain lions in Nevada are migrating westward and moving into California, a finding scientists say is the reverse of what they expected. ... more
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