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October 17, 2012
SHAKE AND BLOW
Study advances understanding of volcanic eruptions
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 17, 2012
Volcanic eruptions vary from common, small eruptions that have little impact on humans and the environment to rare, large-to-gigantic eruptions so massive they can threaten civilizations. While scientists don't yet fully understand the mechanisms that control whether an eruption is large or small, they do know that eruptions are driven by the rapid expansion of bubbles formed from water and other volatile substances trapped in molten rock as it rises beneath a volcano. The mechanism is much the sa ... read more

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ICE WORLD

Ice sheet retreat controlled by the landscape
Ice-sheet retreat can halt temporarily during long phases of climate warming, according to scientists. A UK team led by Durham University has found that the geometry of channels beneath the ic ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Scientists identify likely origins of vertebrate air breathing
University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists have identified what they think is the ancestral trait that allowed for the evolution of air breathing in vertebrates. They will present their research at t ... more
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EPIDEMICS

New HIV prevention technology shows promise
CONRAD researchers, in collaboration with engineers at the University of Utah, have designed a 90-day intravaginal ring that can be used by women to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. A study o ... more
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BLUE SKY

Jelly-like atmospheric particles resist chemical aging
Atmospheric chemists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have found that when it comes to secondary organic material in the atmosphere, there are two distinct breeds: li ... more
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WOOD PILE

Boreal forest bends to development but there is a breaking point
Northern Alberta's boreal forest shows a surprising resiliency to human intrusion, but University of Alberta researchers warn the landscape has a definite breaking point. The U of A research t ... more
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FARM NEWS

Green leaf volatiles increase plant fitness via biocontrol
To solve the acute, global problem of securing food resources for a continuously growing population, we must work constantly to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of modern agricultural t ... more
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WOOD PILE

The destruction of the rainforest is not the only problem: A change of strategy is needed to save the Sumatran orangutans
The orangutans in Sumatra are in danger of becoming extinct. Anthropologists from the University of Zurich now prove that only recently this ape species saw a drastic decrease in population. For the ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Belgium seeks to push back closure of two nuclear plants

Oil spill closes Enbridge line in Saskatchewan

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

BOC Aviation adds two more Boeing jets to earlier order spree

WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

Nature fires back at EIA shale gas critique

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

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FARM NEWS

Pollenizer Research Should Help Seedless Watermelon Farmers
Research from North Carolina State University on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers. Seedless waterme ... more
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FARM NEWS

Viral alliances overcoming plant defenses
Washington State University researchers have found that viruses will join forces to overcome a plant's defenses and cause more severe infections. "These findings have important implications in ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Great apes, small numbers
Sumatran orangutans have undergone a substantial recent population decline, according to a new genetic study, but the same research revealed the existence of critical corridors for dispersal migrati ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Cold viruses point the way to new cancer therapies
Cold viruses generally get a bad rap - which they've certainly earned - but new findings by a team of scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies suggest that these viruses might also be ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Climate negotiations relying on 'dangerous' thresholds to avoid catastrophe will not succeed
The identified critical threshold for dangerous climate change saying that the increase in global temperature should be below 2 degrees Celsius seems not to have helped the climate negotiations so f ... more
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ICE WORLD

1 by land and 1 by sea
NASA's Operation IceBridge got the 2012 Antarctic campaign off to a productive start with a land ice survey of Thwaites Glacier and a sea ice flight over parts of the Bellingshausen Sea. Durin ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Earth Observation Commercial Data Market Remains Strong Despite Slowdown in 2011
According to Euroconsult's latest research report Satellite-Based Earth Observation: Market Prospects to 2021,the market for commercial Earth observation (EO) data slowed significantly in 2011 with ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Science Of Global Climate Modeling Confirmed By Discoveries On Mars
Scientific modeling methods that predicted climate change on Earth have been found to be accurate on Mars as well, according to a paper presented at an international planetary sciences conference Tu ... more
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Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Forest clearance a threat to orangutans
Illegal slash and burn clearance for palm oil plantations is threatening orangutans in one of Sumatra's richest habitats, conservationists say. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Poachers kill record 455 South Africa rhinos so far in 2012
Poachers have slaughtered 455 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, already surpassing the record annual tally for 2011, the government said Tuesday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Half of all wetlands destroyed since 1900: report
An alarming 50 percent of the world's wetlands have been destroyed in the last 100 years, threatening human welfare at a time of increasing water scarcity, a new report said Tuesday. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

French broadcaster apologises to Japan over Fukushima gag
The head of France 2 television apologised on Tuesday to Japan after a presenter's gag showed the Japanese national football team's goalkeeper with four arms and linking that to the "Fukushima effect". ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane Paul loses punch as it nears Mexico
Hurricane Paul weakened as it swirled toward Mexico's Pacific coast Tuesday, prompting authorities to close schools and government offices as the storm approached a lightly populated area. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Spain raids Chinese mob, arrests 80
Spanish police arrested 80 people in raids on Chinese mobsters and accomplices, including a Spanish porn star, suspected of illegally laundering hundreds of thousands of euros, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

States urged to fund commitments to save nature
UN member states were urged Tuesday to give financial backing to their pledges to rescue Earth's natural resources from catastrophe as more bad news emerged on the state of biodiversity. ... 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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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

SpaceX delays resupply flight to ISS

Preparing for an asteroid strike

Satellite firm Stevenson Astrosat moves into spacecraft systems

Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

Opportunity drives on in no-flash mode

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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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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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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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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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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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WOOD PILE

Dire drought ahead, may lead to massive tree death
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 f ... 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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