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October 15, 2012
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Former Chinese official sheds light on dark side of power
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 14, 2012
"Politics is an ugly business," says an official in Chinese author Wang Xiaofang's novel, "The Civil Servant's Notebook". "You always need to keep a knife in reserve, even for your own boss." Delving into the darkness of Chinese bureaucracy, Wang depicts a world of intrigue where those at the top lose sight of their principles in the race for political power. It's a world that Wang is familiar with, having begun his own career in the civil service and risen through the ranks of officialdom to be ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Documented decrease in frequency of Hawaii's northeast trade winds
Scientists at University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) have observed a decrease in the frequency of northeast trade winds and an increase in eastern trade winds over the past nearly four decades, accordi ... more
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WATER WORLD

Scientists Uncover Diversion of Gulf Stream Path in Late 2011
At a meeting with New England commercial fishermen last December, physical oceanographers Glen Gawarkiewicz and Al Plueddemann from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) were alerted by th ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Scientists identify trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions
Scientists from the University of Southampton have identified a repeating trigger for the largest explosive volcanic eruptions on Earth. The Las Canadas volcanic caldera on Tenerife, in the Ca ... more
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Nasty noises: Why do we recoil at unpleasant sounds
Heightened activity between the emotional and auditory parts of the brain explains why the sound of chalk on a blackboard or a knife on a bottle is so unpleasant. In a study published in the Journa ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Scientists discover that shape matters in DNA nanoparticle therapy
Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Northwestern universities have discovered how to control the shape of nanoparticles that move DNA through the body and have shown that the shapes of these carriers ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

GMES for Europe
The potential of GMES for crisis management and environmental monitoring is highlighted in a new publication with users demonstrating the importance of Earth observation data to European regions. ... more
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ICE WORLD

NASA's Operation IceBridge Resumes Flights Over Antarctica
Scientists and flight crew members with Operation IceBridge, NASA's airborne mission to study Earth's changing polar ice, are beginning another campaign over Antarctica. Now in its fourth year, IceB ... more
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EIA: North Dakota close to goals for curbing flared gas

Seeking 'absolute zero', copper cube gets chillingly close

Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells

UT Nuclear Engineers Part of Three Grants Totaling $2.6 Million

Tritium targets Europe for its EV fast charger

Kyocera and Healthy Planet Team Up To Lower Solar Capital Costs

San Francisco To Get 68 New EV Stations

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DEMOCRACY

Chavez seen preparing for succession
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who won a fourth term Sunday despite speculation over his health after cancer treatment, seems to have marked newly appointed deputy Nicolas Maduro as his potential successor. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Struggling N. Ireland farmers get boost
Northern Ireland this week responded to a food price crisis by adding $24 million to the amount struggling Ulster farmers will receive from EU subsidies. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Brazil activists, energy group to meet over Amazon dam
Fishermen and indigenous people occupying a disputed dam in Brazil's Amazon are due to argue before a federal judge Monday their claim that the project harms their way of life, official media reported. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Beverage tycoon tops Forbes' China rich list
Beverage tycoon Zong Qinghou regained his position as China's richest man this year, Forbes magazine said Friday, but the global economic slump took its toll on other billionaires. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China Nobel winner defends prize -- and Mao
Chinese author Mo Yan on Friday defended his Nobel prize from dissidents who accused him of being a communist stooge, and expressed hope for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Japan's TEPCO admits downplaying tsunami risk
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday admitted it had played down the risks to the facility of a tsunami for fear of the political, financial and reputational cost. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

International groups urge Francophone nations to fight AIDS
About 50 non-governmental organisations on Friday urged the French-speaking nations holding a summit in Kinshasa at the weekend to "make concrete commitments" to fight AIDS in Africa. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Bangladesh storm toll rises to 26, scores missing
Tropical storms that battered southern Bangladesh are now known to have killed at least 26 people while some 60 fishermen are still missing, police and officials said on Friday. ... more
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U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

Successful test for India's Nirbhay cruise missile

Israeli minister airs Iran nuclear concerns at Pentagon

More sightings of 'foreign sub' as Sweden says it could use force

India says no compromise with China on territory

Pakistan air strikes kill 28 militants: officials

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ABOUT US

Chimps said attacking humans in Africa
Habitat loss may be the cause of some violent attacks by chimpanzees on humans in the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, scientists say. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

6.7 magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's Papua
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no immediate tsunami alert issued. ... more
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ABOUT US

UN report warns of possible rise in child marriages
The number of girls who marry before their 18th birthday could increase dramatically over the next two decades, a new UN report warned Thursday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Poland's PM Tusk calls confidence vote one year into term
One year into his second term in office, Poland's centrist Prime Minister Donald Tusk has called a confidence vote for Friday to confirm his coalition's mandate as it tackles a slowing economy amid a surge in popularity for the opposition. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Obama, Romney asked to debate on climate
Experts appealed Thursday to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to address climate change when they debate in Florida, saying the coastal state is already hit by rising water levels. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Taiwan butterfly pioneer laments threat to species
Chen Wei-shou, the pioneer of Taiwan butterfly research, remembers being spell-bound when as a boy of six he first saw "a flower that could move". A life-long obsession had begun. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Research shows legume trees can fertilize and stabilize maize fields, generate higher yields
Inserting rows of "fertilizer trees" into maize fields, known as agroforestry, can help farmers across sub-Saharan Africa cope with the impacts of drought and degraded soils, according to a 12-year- ... more
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INTERN DAILY

India fights to protect its traditional home remedies
For centuries, Indian housewives have used homemade remedies based on cow's milk to cure constipation - but in 2009 Swiss giant Nestle applied for a patent to protect a similar product of its own. ... more
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China Launches New Satellite Via Orbital Carrier Rocket

Cosmonauts Busy as US Segment Crew Takes Day Off

Hubble uses gravity lense to find extremely distant galaxy

UH Manoa studies effects of long-term space travel

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WOOD PILE

China to up reforestation
China has plans to increase its forest coverage to 21.66 percent by 2015 in an effort to improve the country's ecological environment, an official said Sunday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

SciTechTalk: Amazon's 'razor blade' choice
With the admission this week by Amazon's Jeff Bezos that the company doesn't make any money on its new Kindle Fire tablets and Paperwhite e-readers, people could be excused for asking, "Is this any way to run a business? ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Cholera 'under control' in Iraqi Kurdistan: minister
Authorities in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region said on Sunday that a fresh outbreak of cholera that left four people dead, the second in five years, has been brought under control. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Too much of a good thing can be bad for corals
A new study by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science shows that corals may be more severely impacted by climate warming when they contain too ... more
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SINO DAILY

Chinese dissident author savages Beijing at German awards
Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu on Sunday tore into the leadership in Beijing, describing his homeland as an "inhuman empire with bloody hands" as he scooped a prestigious German book prize. ... 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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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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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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