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October 27, 2012
SHAKE AND BLOW
Hurricane Sandy heads for US after killing 44 in Caribbean
Miami (AFP) Oct 27, 2012
Hurricane Sandy regained strength Saturday as it lumbered northward toward an election-week collision with the US East Coast after leaving 44 people dead in the Caribbean. What has been dubbed "Frankenstorm" was expected to make landfall somewhere between Virginia and Massachusetts during the frenzied final week of campaigning before the US elections on November 6. Concern is mounting that storm damage and power outages could have a major impact on voter turnout, polling station readiness, and l ... read more

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FARM NEWS

Black rice and tea in Italy as China shows its green side
As economic giant China ploughs ahead with modernisation and industrialisation, small-scale farmers and producers are creating pockets of resistance by going back to their roots. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

U.S. faces gap in weather satellite data
The United States is facing a gap in crucial satellite coverage that provides invaluable data for predicting storm tracks, officials warned. ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

West African pirates target oil tankers
As the oil boom in West Africa swells, pirate attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Guinea are "reaching dangerous proportions," the International Maritime Bureau reports. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

EU on track to exceed Kyoto emissions goal
The European Union is on track to not only meet but exceed greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an analysis indicated this week. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

High radiation levels seen near Fukushima
Elevated radiation levels in fish caught near Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant suggest low-level leaks are still occurring, a marine scientist says. ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

Google adds terrain to Maps as default
Google has announced an upgrade to its Maps offering, with the default view featuring shading and color detail to convey terrain information. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Italian snow levels, glaciers retreating
Climate change in Italy's mountainous areas is causing snow levels to retreat and the snow line in some areas is moving upward by 2,000 feet, researchers say. ... more
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A New Way To Convert Light To Electrical Energy

Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants

Leaders Discuss Wind Power in Canada's Energy Future

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

Reverse engineering materials for more efficient heating and cooling

Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm

Nanosafety research - there's room for improvement

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WEATHER REPORT

Philippines storm toll rises sharply
The death toll from Typhoon Son-Tinh in the Philippines rose sharply to 24 Saturday as casualty reports came in from isolated central islands and the far-flung south, the government said. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Rivals stump in US battleground states focusing on economy
US President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney hunted for votes in battleground states Saturday after the Republican challenger propelled the economy to the forefront of the campaign by promising to restore the country's economic engine. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Family of Chinese PM has hidden fortune: NYT
Relatives of China's reformist premier have amassed huge riches during his tenure, according to a report Friday that came as the Communist Party prepares for a pivotal handover of power. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Another Tibetan self-immolates in China
A Tibetan man died on Friday after setting himself on fire in northwest China, state media and rights groups said, in the fourth self-immolation in the region in less than a week. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China's Bo Xilai under formal criminal probe: Xinhua
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been placed under criminal investigation, state media said Friday, after he was expelled from the country's parliament and stripped of his legal immunity. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fukushima fish radiation may indicate leak: study
Higher-than-normal radiation levels found in fish caught off Japan's east coast more than a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster could indicate the plant is still leaking, new research says. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Elderly man dies as earthquake hits southern Italy
Panic-stricken residents rushed into the streets fearing building collapses when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck a southern Italian province early Friday, while an elderly man died from a heart attack. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

New York declares emergency ahead of Sandy
New York's governor declared a state of emergency Friday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, while the mayor of New York City said the Big Apple was ready for anything. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Japanese aircraft scrambles endangering safety: China

China Concerned by India's Moves to Secure Northeastern Border

China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader

Chinese Communist leadership 'fundamental' to rule of law: party

Canadian military receiving satellite-on-the-move communications system

Iraq Sunni exiles say bombs cannot defeat IS

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FARM NEWS

Food to combat conflicts at global fair in Italy
In a world dogged by conflicts and wars, the key to peace and reconciliation lies in food, say chefs, small-scale producers and Slow Food campaigners at the world's biggest food fair in Turin. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Gazans produce fish and vegetables in tiny rooftop spaces
Abu Ahmed looks out over a sea of grey, empty Gaza rooftops, and smiles as he looks back at the lush greenery sprouting in tubs and pipes on top of his apartment building. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Australia pumps $1.83 bln into food bowl river
The government Friday pledged Aus$1.77 billion (US$1.83 billion) to pump more than 450 billion litres of water into the ailing Murray-Darling River and help rejuvenate a crucial system supplying Australia's food bowl. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Brazil's Indians appeal for help to stop eviction
The Guarani-Kaiowa Indians of central Brazil are desperately urging authorities to demarcate their ancestral lands to stop plans to evict them in a dispute with wealthy white ranchers, a Catholic Church group said Thursday. ... 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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ICE WORLD

Opposite Behaviors? Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks, Antarctic Grows
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, some ... 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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Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares

Antares rocket launch failed due to possible engine flaw

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

Getting to Know You, Rocket Edition: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage

Russia Puts Meridian Communications Satellite Into Orbit

FY 15 launch schedule kicks off with GPS IIF-8 liftoff from 'The Cape'

NASA to work with cargo partners despite rocket crash

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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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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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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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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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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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