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October 16, 2012
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Dire drought ahead, may lead to massive tree death
Knoxville TN (SPX) Oct 16, 2012
Evidence uncovered by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, geography professor suggests recent droughts could be the new normal. This is especially bad news for our nation's forests. For most, to find evidence that recent years' droughts have been record-breaking, they need not look past the withering garden or lawn. For Henri Grissino-Mayer he looks at the rings of trees over the past one thousand years. He can tell you that this drought is one of the worst in the last 600 years in America's Sou ... read more

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EARLY EARTH

Evolution mostly driven by brawn, not brains
The most common measure of intelligence in animals, brain size relative to body size, may not be as dependent on evolutionary selection on the brain as previously thought, according to a new analysi ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Paul becomes major hurricane off Mexico
Hurricane Paul strengthened on Monday into a "major" storm in the Pacific off Mexico's Baja peninsula, where authorities have warned residents to make quick preparations, US forecasters said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Gene Suppression Can Reduce Cold-induced Sweetening in Potatoes
Preventing activity of a key enzyme in potatoes could help boost potato quality by putting an end to cold-induced sweetening, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. Col ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tropical cyclones are occurring more frequently than before
Are there more tropical cyclones now than in the past? - or is it just something we believe because we now hear more about them through media coverage and are better able detect them with satellites ... more
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WOOD PILE

Native Plant Fares Well in Pilot Green Roof Research Study
As the implementation of green roofs increase, a University of Cincinnati pilot study examined which plants best thrive on the region's roofs during the dry, hot conditions of summer. That research, ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Biodiversity conference mulls true cost of nature
Should European farmers pay for pollination provided by bees? Should city dwellers in Brazil pay for the abundant rain generated over the Amazonian forest? And if mangroves are a shield against tsunamis, shouldn't seaside resorts in Thailand be paying for them? ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Ebola antibody treatment, produced in plants, protects monkeys from lethal disease
A new Ebola virus study resulting from a widespread scientific collaboration has shown promising preliminary results, preventing disease in infected nonhuman primates using monoclonal antibodies. ... more
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UAE's Masdar to build $125-million wind farm in Oman

Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit

Italy keen to take a fast boat to China

Beijing's focus on coal lost in haze of smog: experts

Areva names number two Knoche as interim CEO

Soft Cost Reduction Through Power Electronics

Aquion Energy Unveils Next Generation of AHI Battery Technology

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FARM NEWS

Strengthening a billion-dollar gene in soybeans
Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) does hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of damage each year. Matt Hudson and Brian Diers, crop sciences researchers at the University of Illinois and Andrew Bent at t ... more
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FARM NEWS

Mystery of nematode pest-resistant soybeans cracked
For 50 years, the world's soybean crop has depended on the use of cyst nematode resistant varieties of beans, but no one knew how these plants fought off the nematode pests. Now, the secrets of resi ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color and Texture of Butterfly Wings
The colors of a butterfly's wings are unusually bright and beautiful and are the result of an unusual trait; the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the ti ... more
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FARM NEWS

Nepal culls chickens amid bird flu outbreak
Health workers in Nepal on Monday culled hundreds of chickens and destroyed eggs following an outbreak of bird flu in the capital Kathmandu, a government official said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

New hurricane forms over Pacific
A new hurricane has formed over the Pacific off Mexico, prompting local officials to issue a tropical storm watch for parts of Baja California state, US forecasters said Monday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Nasdaq OMX, China's Dalian Commodity team up
US market operator Nasdaq OMX and Chinese firm Dalian Commodity Exchange unveiled a partnership Monday to seek new business opportunities in China and globally. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Judge scraps Amazon dam hearing
A federal judge has suspended a planned hearing for fishermen and indigenous people occupying a disputed dam in Brazil's Amazon after they failed to vacate the site, developers said Sunday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Madagascar lemurs top endangered primates list
In the hit cartoon film "Madagascar", the island's lemurs are a lovable bunch of extroverts, but they are also among the world's most threatened primates, conservationists warned on Monday. ... more
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U.S Navy sending Aegis-equipped destroyers to Japan

Japan deputy PM directly urges China to hold summit

Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: alliance

China ponders action against Hong Kong stars

Iraq's Yazidis facing 'attempted genocide': UN

USAF looks at commercial satellite control networks

Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements for embattled Kobane

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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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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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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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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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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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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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SINO DAILY

Former Chinese official sheds light on dark side of power
"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." ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Obama crams for debate, Romney fires China shot
President Barack Obama settled into a Virginia resort Saturday, plotting to transform his pitch to voters after a lackluster first clash with Mitt Romney dampened his re-election hopes. ... more
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ABOUT US

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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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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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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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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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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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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