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October 12, 2012
FLORA AND FAUNA
Cambrian fossil pushes back evolution of complex brains
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 11, 2012
The remarkably well-preserved fossil of an extinct arthropod shows that anatomically complex brains evolved earlier than previously thought and have changed little over the course of evolution. According to University of Arizona neurobiologist Nicholas Strausfeld, who co-authored the study describing the specimen, the fossil is the earliest known to show a brain. Embedded in mudstones deposited during the Cambrian period 520 million years ago in what today is the Yunnan Province in China, the appr ... read more

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INTERN DAILY

Filming bacterial life in multicolor as a new diagnostic and antibiotic discovery tool
An international team of scientists led by Indiana University chemist Michael S. VanNieuwenhze and biologist Yves Brun has discovered a revolutionary new method for coloring the cell wall of bacteri ... more
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ICE WORLD

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum Extent
Two weeks after a new record was set in the Arctic Ocean for the least amount of sea ice coverage in the satellite record, the ice surrounding Antarctica reached its annual winter maximum-and set a ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

New methods might drastically reduce the costs of investigating polluted sites
New methods might allow polluted sites to be investigated and monitored long term at significantly reduced costs. Authorities and those who have to remediate polluted sites in Europe might therefore ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Glaciers cracking in the presence of carbon dioxide
The well-documented presence of excessive levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere is causing global temperatures to rise and glaciers and ice caps to melt. New research, published in ... more
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ICE WORLD

Polarstern returns with new findings from the Central Arctic during the 2012 ice minimum
Polarstern is expected back from the Central Arctic expedition "IceArc" in Bremerhaven on 8 October 2012 after a good two months. 54 scientists and technicians from twelve different countries conduc ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Sitting on top of the world
Do you have it in mind to go to a mountain top and study beetles that nobody else has ever seen? Well, there are two fewer such mountains available now that beetle species discovered on Mont Tohiea ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Advanced computer simulator to manage hospital emergencies
Researchers of the group High Performance Computing for Efficient Applications and Simulation (HPC4EAS) of the Department of Computer Architecture and Operating Systems of the Universitat Autonoma d ... more
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Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy

Making dams safer for fish around the world

Ultra-fast electrical circuits using light-generated tunneling currents

Tiny Step Edges, Big Step for Surface Science

Quantum superconductor-metal to glass transition observed

Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries

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FARM NEWS

Halving the food losses would feed an additional billion people
More efficient use of the food production chain and a decrease in the amount of food losses will dramatically help maintaining the planet's natural resources and improve people's lives. Researchers ... more
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WATER WORLD

Small fish can play a big role in the coastal carbon cycle
A study in this week's issue of Scientific Reports, a new online journal from the Nature Publishing Group, shows that small forage fish like anchovies can play an important role in the "biological p ... more
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SINO DAILY

Mo Yan of China wins Nobel Literature Prize
Mo Yan, one of China's leading writers of the past half-century, on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for his writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Freshwater Flows Into the Arctic and Southern Oceans Appear to Determine the Composition of Microbial Populations
Differing contributions of freshwater from glaciers and streams to the Arctic and Southern oceans appear to be responsible for the fact that the majority of microbial communities that thrive near th ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Developmental biologist proposes new theory of early animal evolution
A New York Medical College developmental biologist whose life's work has supported the theory of evolution has developed a concept that dramatically alters one of its basic assumptions-that survival ... more
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WATER WORLD

Fisheries benefit from 400-year-old tradition
A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University says that coral reefs in Aceh, Indonesia are benefiting from a decidedly low-tech, traditional management system that dates ... more
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TECTONICS

Researchers ID unique geological 'sombrero' uplift in South America
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have used 20 years of satellite data to reveal a geological oddity unlike any seen on Earth. At the border of Argentina, Boliv ... more
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FARM NEWS

Scientists Use New Method to Help Reduce Piglet Mortality
To help increase the survival of newborn piglets, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a new method that predicts animals' mortality and nursing ability. Physiologis ... more
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China faces 'most complex time in history' at home and abroad - Xi Jinping

ATK supplying hardware, composites for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle

Russian Rockets used by the US

21st Space Wing reaches inspection milestone

Lockheed Martin Contracted To Maintain MK-48 Torpedoes

Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking

China to boost space defense in 'new-type combat force'

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FARM NEWS

Unusual genetic structure confers major disease resistance trait in soybean
Scientists have identified three neighboring genes that make soybeans resistant to the most damaging disease of soybean. The genes exist side-by-side on a stretch of chromosome, but only give resist ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Researchers work across fields to uncover information about hadrosaur teeth
An unusual collaboration between researchers in two disparate fields resulted in a new discovery about the teeth of 65-million-year-old dinosaurs. With the help of University of Florida mechan ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Obama looks to woo young voters
U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to head to western states for fundraising with celebrity figures may come down to one factor: getting the college vote in the remaining four weeks before Election Day. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Belarus, Russian activists and EU Nobel Peace favorites: TV
Jailed Belarussian activist Ales Belyatsky, veteran Russian activist Lyudmila Alekseeva, Mexican Bishop Raul Vera Lopez and the European Union are the top contenders for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, public broadcaster NRK reported Thursday. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Dutch navy detains alleged Somali pirates after attack
Dutch sailors taking part in NATO's piracy-busting operation Ocean Shield on Thursday detained seven suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia after an attack on a Spanish vessel. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

19 killed, 1,500 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm
At least 19 people were killed and an estimated 1,500 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh's southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said. ... more
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SINO DAILY

'Stunned' Mo Yan welcomes Nobel prize
Chinese author Mo Yan said Thursday he was "stunned" and delighted at winning the Nobel prize for literature as millions in China expressed pride and state-controlled media framed the achievement as an honour for the country. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

US zoo cites liver disease in baby panda's death
Veterinary pathologists on Thursday blamed liver disease brought on by insufficient oxygen for the sudden death of a six-day-old baby panda born at the National Zoo in Washington last month. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Putin Calms Russians Over Poor Harvest
Russia will have enough food this year despite a poor grain harvest in Russia and across the world, President Vladimir Putin said late on Wednesday. "Even though the harvest will be lower than ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Choreography of submerged whale lunges revealed
Returning briefly to the surface for great lungfuls of air, the underwater lifestyles of whales had been a complete mystery until a small group of pioneers from various global institutions - includi ... more
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WATER WORLD

A new cave-dwelling reef coral discovered in the Indo-Pacific
Coral specialist Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, The Netherlands, recently published the description of a new coral species that lives on the ceilings of caves in In ... more
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FARM NEWS

Nigerian farmers sue Shell in Dutch case with global reach
Shell broke the law by not repairing leaks that destroyed the lands of Niger Delta farmers, a Dutch court heard Thursday in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China bloggers expose more corruption: reports
Chinese officials have launched a probe after microbloggers said they had uncovered another allegedly corrupt leader who owns millions of dollars worth of property, state press said on Thursday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Liu still China's invisible man two years after Nobel
Two years after his Nobel peace prize, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned, relatives are under house arrest or cowed into silence and, supporters say, the democratic change he sought seems further away than ever. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

China forced evictions on the rise: rights group
Violent forced evictions are increasing in China as local governments seek to pay off debts by seizing land and selling usage rights to property developers, Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Costa Rica tightens ban on shark fins
Costa Rica has banned the import of shark fins, closing a legal loophole and targeting a link in a global production chain stretching to Asian markets, where shark fin soup is seen as a delicacy. ... more
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