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October 18, 2012
BLUE SKY
NASA's GPM Observatory Completes First Dry Run
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 18, 2012
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite went through its first complete comprehensive performance test (CPT), beginning on Oct. 4, 2012 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The testing ran twenty-four hours, seven days a week and lasted ten days as the entire spacecraft was put through its paces. "This is the first time we've gotten to see the observatory all put together, running the way it's supposed to be running in flight," said CPT Test Lead ... read more

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WEATHER REPORT

Winter will be Mild, but Drought's Effects will Persist
While some rain has hit the parched earth, the central United States is still suffering from the severe drought this past summer. Now, a University of Missouri atmospheric sciences expert from the C ... more
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ABOUT US

Discovery of two opposite ways humans voluntarily forget unwanted memories
If only there were a way to forget that humiliating faux pas at last night's dinner party. It turns out there's not one, but two opposite ways in which the brain allows us to voluntarily forget unwa ... more
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The evolutionary origins of our pretty smile
It takes both teeth and jaws to make a pretty smile, but the evolutionary origins of these parts of our anatomy have only just been discovered, thanks to a particle accelerator and a long dead fish. ... more
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WATER WORLD

LSU research team shows negative impact of nutrients on coastal ecosystems
LSU's John Fleeger, professor emeritus in LSU's Department of Biological Sciences, is part of a multi-disciplinary national research group that recently discovered the impact of nutrient enrichment ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Dolphins can remain alert for up to 15 days at a time with no sign of fatigue
Dolphins sleep with only one half of their brains at a time, and according to new research published Oct. 17 in the open access journal PLOS ONE, this trait allows them to stay constantly alert for ... more
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WATER WORLD

Why Are Coastal Salt Marshes Falling Apart?
Salt marshes have been disintegrating and dying over the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and other highly developed coastlines without anyone fully understanding why. This wee ... more
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EARLY EARTH

16 million-year-old amber specimen reveals unknown animal behaviors
Stunning images, including video footage, from a CT scan of amber have revealed the first evidence of any creature using an adult mayfly for transport. Researchers at the University of Manchester sa ... more
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Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

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Police Department Generates Power from Q CELLS Solar Modules

New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Too late to stop global warming by cutting emissions
Governments and institutions should focus on developing adaption policies to address and mitigate against the negative impact of global warming, rather than putting the emphasis on carbon trading an ... more
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WATER WORLD

Coral reefs and food security: Study shows nations at risk
A new study co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society identifies countries most vulnerable to declining coral reef fisheries from a food-security perspective while providing a framework to pl ... more
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WATER WORLD

Mathematics and the Ocean: Movement, Mixing and Climate Modeling
Studying the dynamics of the ocean system can greatly improve our understanding of key processes of ocean circulations, which have implications for future climate. Can applying mathematics to the re ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

400 plants and animals added to 'threatened' list
An island-dwelling cockroach and a tiny snail were declared extinct Wednesday while 400 plants and animals were added to a threatened "Red List" as global environment ministers met in India. ... more
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Novel chewing gum formulation helps prevent motion sickness
A new prototype for medicated chewing gum has been developed for motion sickness that may offer many advantages over conventional oral solid dosage forms. About 33 percent of people are susceptible ... more
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FARM NEWS

U of M scientist contributes to mapping of barley genome
An international team of researchers, including a University of Minnesota scientist, has developed an integrated physical, genetic and functional sequence assembly of the barley genome, one of the w ... more
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WOOD PILE

In Blown-Down Forests, a Story of Survival
In newscasts after intense wind and ice storms, damaged trees stand out: snapped limbs, uprooted trunks, entire forests blown nearly flat. In a storm's wake, landowners, municipalities and state age ... more
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WATER WORLD

S. Korea holds 23 Chinese for illegal fishing
South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday it was holding 23 Chinese fishermen in custody for questioning after a violent clash in the Yellow Sea that left one Chinese crew member dead. ... more
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N. Korea moving 'further away' from denuclearisation: US envoy

IS jihadists close in on key Syria border town

German push onto world stage hit by defence failures

Sweden orders submarine overhaul

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

Afghanistan to sign US troop deal Tuesday

Former Exelis business unit makes debut as independent company

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WEATHER REPORT

Several missing in Peru landslide
At least 17 people were reported missing on Wednesday after a mudslide slammed into a hamlet in Peru's mountainous jungle region, Civil Defense officials said. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Climate change helps drive N. America disasters: re-insurer
Climate change played a role in a nearly five-fold jump in weather-related natural disasters in North America over the last 30 years, Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurer, said on Wednesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Conference seeks to curb exploitation of high seas
Long spared because of their remoteness, the high seas have become an important hunting ground for fish trawlers and oil prospectors, putting at risk many marine species that call these waters home. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Pakistan floods kill 455, affect five million
Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 455 people over the past five weeks and affected more than five million, according to the latest figures from the government's disaster relief agency. ... 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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SHAKE AND BLOW

Study advances understanding of volcanic eruptions
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. Whil ... 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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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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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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