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October 19, 2012
EXO LIFE
Curious About Life: Interview with Jen Eigenbrode
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2012
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover has 10 science instruments, and each will be used in the coming weeks and months to help characterize the environment of Mars and determine if the planet ever had the potential for life. The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is actually a combination of three individual instruments that will investigate the chemistry of the Martian surface. Roughly the size of a microwave oven, SAM will analyze samples taken by the robotic arm, looking for organic and i ... read more

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INTERN DAILY

The Future of Cancer Treatment: First-of-its-kind Self-Assembled Nanoparticle for Targeted and Triggered Thermo-Chemotherapy
Excitement around the potential for targeted nanoparticles (NPs) that can be controlled by stimulus outside of the body for cancer therapy has been growing over the past few years. More specifically ... more
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FARM NEWS

Some 500 scientists have created a Top 10 list of plant-damaging fungi
Almost 500 international experts have worked together to develop a ranking system of the ten most important phytopathogenic fungi on a scientific and economic level. The rice blast fungus (Magnaport ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Conservation scientists look beyond greenbelts to connect wildlife sanctuaries
We live in a human-dominated world. For many of our fellow creatures, this means a fragmented world, as human conduits to friends, family, and resources sever corridors that link the natural world. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Ozone Affects Forest Watersheds
U.S. Forest Service and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists have found that rising levels of ozone, a greenhouse gas, may amplify the impacts of higher temperatures and reduce streamflow ... more
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ABOUT US

Japanese lake record improves radiocarbon dating
A new series of radiocarbon measurements from Japan's Lake Suigetsu should help make radiocarbon dating more precise and accurate, especially for older objects, researchers report. The work co ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

World's largest subwoofer: Earthquakes 'pump' ground to produce infrasound
Earthquakes sway buildings, buckle terrain, and rumble - both audibly and in infrasound, frequencies below the threshold of human hearing. New computer modeling by a team of researchers indicates th ... more
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WATER WORLD

Dinosaur-era acoustics: Global warming may give oceans the 'sound' of the Cretaceous
Global temperatures directly affect the acidity of the ocean, which in turn changes the acoustical properties of sea water. New research suggests that global warming may give Earth's oceans the same ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
NTU invents smart window that tints and powers itself

Japan nuclear watchdog greenlights more reactors

ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale

Conversion process turns biomass 'waste' into lucrative chemical products

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

India, US Discuss Building US-Designed Nuclear Power Plants in India

Guelph Researchers Recipe: Cook Farm Waste into Energy

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EARLY EARTH

Tropical collapse caused by lethal heat
Scientists have discovered why the 'broken world' following the worst extinction of all time lasted so long - it was simply too hot to survive. The end-Permian mass extinction, which occurred ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Global drought a 'new normal': report
Increasing drought conditions across the planet are part of a "new normal" which oddly presents new business opportunities, a new Bank of America Merrill Lynch report says. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Could a Hurricane Ever Strike Southern California?
There's an old adage (with several variations) that California has four seasons: earthquake, fire, flood and drought. While Californians happily cede the title of Hurricane Capital of America to U.S ... more
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WOOD PILE

Study: Windblown forests best left alone
Leaving fallen trees alone may be the best management practice for preserving forests damaged by intense windstorms, U.S. researchers say. ... more
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ABOUT US

Outside View: Give us a little credit
We are all born tainted, or so most religions claim. There are a number of rituals to cleanse us so that we may enter humanity's diversity unmarked by sin. There are vanities believed in a variety of religions to affect the diminution of our corporal contamination. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

World 'not on track' for temperature target: UN
Governments are "not on track" to achieve a target of keeping the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN climate chief said Thursday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Russia hints plans to quit Kyoto Protocol
Russia on Thursday hinted that it may refuse to sign up to a new round of targeted carbon cuts that could see the Kyoto environmental protection treaty extended beyond its end of 2012 expiry date. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Global warming freezes world economy: report
Climate change caused by global warming is freezing the world economy and already leading to the deaths of millions every year, a report commissioned by 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries said Wednesday. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack

Palestinians seek Arab backing for UN resolution

Taiwan's ailing economy major challenge for leadership hopefuls

Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Vladimir Monomakh

Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

DARPA developing first-ever maneuverable bullet

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WOOD PILE

US sets dumping probe on Chinese plywood
The United States launched Thursday a probe of Chinese imports of hardwood and decorative plywood suspected of being sold at below-cost in the US market. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Philippines allows export of dolphins to Singapore
The Philippine government said Thursday it has approved the export of 25 show dolphins to Singapore after a ban on their transport to a giant casino chain was lifted. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Brazil president makes final changes to forestry law
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vetoed nine articles of a new forestry code approved by Congress that environmentalists said would lead to further deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Eleven killed, 10 missing in Peru landslide
At least 11 Peruvians were killed and 10 more are missing after a mudslide Wednesday slammed into a small village in a mountainous jungle region, officials said. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Green groups presses Antarctica meet to expand marine haven
Thirty environmental groups on Thursday issued a joint appeal for upcoming talks on establishing protected zones in the seas off East Antarctica to widen the scope of the marine haven. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Mexico hurricane weakens into tropical depression
The storm formerly known as Hurricane Paul weakened into a tropical depression Wednesday as it moved away from Mexico's west coast after triggering floods and damaging around 100 homes. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Vincent the hippo becomes dish for Zulu king
A South African hippopotamus named Vincent has been killed and cooked for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini after the animal wounded a game ranger, local media reported Thursday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Morsi defends ex-army chief against corruption report
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi sought on Thursday to reassure the military after a state-owned newspaper reported corruption charges against the two army chiefs he sacked in August. ... more
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Space News from SpaceDaily.com
ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015

SpaceX to try to 'precision-land' rocket in ocean

Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Between USSR, US in Details

Atlas 5 launches spysat payload for NRO

Lockheed Martin opens MUOS application development facility

Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

Room temp quantum optics chip geneates tunable photon-pair spectrum

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Nepal hunts leopard that killed five people
Police in Nepal's remote western region have launched a hunt for a wild leopard that has killed five people in the last month, local officers said Thursday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Ministers near deal for new environment funds
More than 80 environment ministers gathered in India on Thursday inched towards a global deal to increase the amount of cash set aside to protect the natural environment, delegates told AFP. ... 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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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Canada Green leader warns against fertilizing seas
Canada's lone Green Party member of parliament, Elizabeth May, on Thursday decried the so-called "ocean fertilization" of the Pacific with what she claimed was Ottawa's tacit approval. ... more
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ABOUT US

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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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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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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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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