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October 26, 2012
ICE WORLD
Opposite Behaviors? Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks, Antarctic Grows
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 26, 2012
The steady and dramatic decline in the sea ice cover of the Arctic Ocean over the last three decades has become a focus of media and public attention. At the opposite end of the Earth, however, something more complex is happening. A new NASA study shows that from 1978 to 2010 the total extent of sea ice surrounding Antarctica in the Southern Ocean grew by roughly 6,600 square miles every year, an area larger than the state of Connecticut. And previous research by the same authors indicates that th ... read more

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OZONE NEWS

From Discovery, To Solution, To Evolution: Observing Earth's Ozone Layer
Remember the ozone hole? A signature environmental concern of the 1980s has become a signature environmental success story. While a strong international treaty regulates ozone-depleting substances, ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Migratory birds' ticks can spread viral haemorrhagic fever
A type of haemorrhagic fever (Crimean-Congo) that is prevalent in Africa, Asia, and the Balkans has begun to spread to new areas in southern Europe. Now Swedish researchers have shown that migratory ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Oxygen's ups and downs in the early atmosphere and ocean
Most researchers imagine the initial oxygenation of the ocean and atmosphere to have been something like a staircase, but with steps only going up. The first step, so the story goes, occurred around ... more
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WATER WORLD

Helping North America's marine protected areas adapt to a changing climate
Top marine predators like tuna and sharks are suffering from the effects of climate change as the availability of prey decreases and the spatial distribution of their prey shifts. Countless other ma ... more
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EARLY EARTH

100 million-year-old coelacanth discovered in Texas is new fish species from Cretaceous
A new species of coelacanth fish has been discovered in Texas. Pieces of tiny fossil skull found in Fort Worth have been identified as 100 million-year-old coelacanth bones, according to paleontolog ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Plants provide accurate low-cost alternative for diagnosis of West Nile Virus
While the United States has largely been spared the scourge of mosquito-borne diseases endemic to the developing world-including yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever-mosquito-related illnesses in ... more
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FARM NEWS

Formula unlocks secrets of cauliflower's geometry
The laws that govern how intricate surface patterns, such as those found in the cauliflower, develop over time have been described, for the first time, by a group of European researchers. In a ... more
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South Korea urged to build facility for nuclear waste by 2055

Cloaking device hides across continuous range of angles

UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials

China unveils energy strategy, targets for 2020

Two new baryon particles discovered; aligns with York prediction

Ageing Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

Apple, Xiaomi trade smartphone barbs in China

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ABOUT US

Grandmas made humans live longer
Computer simulations provide new mathematical support for the "grandmother hypothesis" - a famous theory that humans evolved longer adult lifespans than apes because grandmothers helped feed their g ... more
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WATER WORLD

Genetic Patterns of Deep-Sea Coral Provide Insights into Evolution of Marine Life
The ability of deep-sea corals to harbor a broad array of marine life, including commercially important fish species, make these habitat-forming organisms of immediate interest to conservationists, ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Novartis flu vaccine ban extends to Germany
Germany became the fourth country Thursday to ban sales of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, following embargoes by Italy, Switzerland and Austria. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane Sandy kills 2 in Haiti, heads to Bahamas
Hurricane Sandy barreled towards the Bahamas Thursday as a powerful category two storm, after battering Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba and claiming three lives so far. ... more
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WHALES AHOY

40 whales die in mass stranding on Indian island
About 40 whales died in a mass stranding on the west coast of India's remote North Andaman island in the Bay of Bengal, wildlife officials said on Thursday. ... more
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OZONE NEWS

Ozone hole over Antarctic second smallest in two decades
The seasonal hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic this year was the second smallest in two decades, but still covered an area roughly the size of North America, US experts said Wednesday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Planned chemical plant sparks protest in China
An eastern Chinese city on Thursday defended a planned chemical plant after hundreds of residents demonstrated against the project, the latest in a series of environmental protests in China. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Suez reports operating profit fall on delay to Melbourne water plant
French utilities group Suez Environnement reported on Thursday a 4.1-percent fall in operating profit for the first nine months of the year to 1.77 billion euros ($2.3 billion). ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
China policies fuel tensions with US: commission

China Premier calls for greater role in shaping Web

'Concerned' Kerry joins troubled Iran nuclear talks

Syrian team, Putin to discuss relaunching peace talks: source

Swedish military gets upgraded radar facilityw/lll

Modernized Russian Tu-160 bomber completes 1st flight

NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tokyo prepares for the 'Big One'
Seen from atop the towering Tokyo Sky Tree, the patchwork of narrow alleyways and ramshackle houses that make up Tokyo's Sumida district is a picturesque throwback to the Japan of yesteryear. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China shows off prison -- and rights record
China gave foreign journalists rare access to a prison on Thursday in an attempt to show its progress in improving human rights ahead of the country's leadership change. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China offers rewards to expose Tibetan immolations
Chinese police said Thursday they were offering up to $16,000 as a reward for information on the "black hands" behind a string of self-immolations in a Tibetan-inhabited region. ... more
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ABOUT US

How fear skews our spatial perception
That snake heading towards you may be further away than it appears. Fear can skew our perception of approaching objects, causing us to underestimate the distance of a threatening one, finds a study ... more
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ABOUT US

New Stanford analysis provides fuller picture of human expansion from Africa
A new, comprehensive review of humans' anthropological and genetic records gives the most up-to-date story of the "Out of Africa" expansion that occurred about 45,000 to 60,000 years ago. This ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

How a fish broke a law of physics
Reflective surfaces polarize light, a phenomenon that fishermen or photographers overcome by using polarizing sunglasses or polarizing filters to cut our reflective glare. However, PhD student ... more
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FARM NEWS

Rice agriculture accelerates global warming
More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published in Nature Cli ... more
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FARM NEWS

Combined pesticide exposure affects bumblebee colony success
Individual worker behaviour and colony success are both affected when bees are exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to research conducted by Dr Richard Gill and Dr Nigel Raine at Royal ... more
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Russia studies construction of its own orbital station

Rosetta continues into its full science phase

NASA Selects Student Teams for High-Powered Rocket Challenge

Researchers Advance 'Quantum Teleportation'

China launches Yaogan-24 remote sensing satellite

Swift Probes Exotic Object: Black Hole or Mega Star?

Cosmodrome construction falls behind schedule

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WHALES AHOY

A whale with a distinctly human-like voice
For the first time, researchers have been able to show by acoustic analysis that whales - or at least one very special white whale - can imitate the voices of humans. That's a surprise, because whal ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU keeps fishing subsidies, attacked by environmentalists
The EU agreed on Wednesday to maintain controversial fishing subsidies, sparking a sharp response from environmental groups who say the payments encourage overfishing of already stressed stocks. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Italy, Switzerland, Austria freeze sales of Novartis flu vaccines
Italian, Swiss and Austrian authorities on Wednesday halted the sale of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Pirate killed off Somali coast: NATO
A pirate was killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire with a Dutch warship off the Somali coast. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hurricane makes direct hit on Jamaican capital
The crowded Jamaican capital took a direct hit Wednesday from Hurricane Sandy as hundreds took refuge in emergency shelters and poor slum dwellers in Kingston's sprawling shantytowns hunkered down. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Mexico overcomes bird flu outbreak
Mexico declared Wednesday that it has overcome a bird flu outbreak in the west of the country that had triggered the slaughter of 22 million hens since June. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China blames Dalai Lama for self-immolations
Beijing blamed exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday for inciting a spate of self-immolations in China's Tibetan-inhabited regions. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

EU takes Italy back to court over illegal landfills
The European Commission said Wednesday it was hauling Italy back to court to seek a large fine after the country failed to clear up more than 250 landfills, some of them holding hazardous waste. ... more
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