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November 01, 2012
SHAKE AND BLOW
For New York rats, a question of sink or swim
New York (AFP) Oct 31, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy pushed floodwater through New York's streets and into its subways, many wondered how the city's infamous rat population would fare - sink or swim? For some, the deluge that accompanied Sandy raised fears of a "ratpocalypse," with the city's least glamourous residents crawling in their thousands up out of their subterranean habitats and into the streets. Others pondered the possibility of a grim "rat soup," imagining dozens of the rodents drowned and floating along on the tide ... read more

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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tabletop fault model reveals why some quakes result in faster shaking
The more time it takes for an earthquake fault to heal, the faster the shake it will produce when it finally ruptures, according to a new study by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley ... more
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WATER WORLD

Navy Oceanographers Delve Deeper in Wave Data to Improve Forecasts
Around the globe, mariners and navies alike have long observed and included weather and sea states in navigational planning when plotting course or developing military strategy. And although forecas ... more
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WOOD PILE

Inspiration from Mother Nature leads to improved wood
Using the legendary properties of heartwood from the black locust tree as their inspiration, scientists have discovered a way to improve the performance of softwoods widely used in construction. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

New study to examine ecological tipping points in hopes of preventing them
Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp - a favorite food of urchins - to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting ove ... more
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WOOD PILE

Action needed to prevent more devastating tree diseases entering the UK
The UK Government has recently imposed a ban on importing foreign ash trees in order to prevent the spread of the disease Chalara, which kills the trees and has entered the country via imports from ... more
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FARM NEWS

Scientists Find Aphid Resistance in Black Raspberry
There's good news for fans of black raspberries: A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his commercial colleague have found black raspberries that have resistance to a disease-spreadi ... more
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FARM NEWS

Desert farming forms bacterial communities that promote drought resistance
When there is little water available for plants to grow, their roots form alliances with soil microbes that can promote plant growth even under water-limiting conditions, according to research publi ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Magnets for fusion energy

Stanford team builds stable lithium anode

Layered 2D crystals might enable superconductors at high temps

Building 'invisible' materials with light

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Greensmith will integrate 23mW of energy storage in 2014

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INTERN DAILY

New micropumps for hand-held medical labs produce pressures 500 times higher than car tire
In an advance toward analyzing blood and urine instantly at a patient's bedside instead of waiting for results from a central laboratory, scientists are reporting development of a new micropump capa ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Exhaustive family tree for birds shows recent, rapid diversification
A Yale-led scientific team has produced the most comprehensive family tree for birds to date, connecting all living bird species - nearly 10,000 in total - and revealing surprising new details about ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Sandy as bad as 9/11 for New York hospitals: doctor
With power outages and emergency evacuations of seriously ill patients in hurricane-strength winds, New York hospitals faced their biggest challenge this week since the September 11, 2001 attacks, according to a senior doctor. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China think-tank calls for end to one-child policy
China should phase out its unpopular one-child policy and let families have two children by 2015, an influential think-tank with close links to the government has proposed. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Pacific sharks disappearing into soup: study
Pacific stocks of the oceanic whitetip shark, a favourite of fin soup enthusiasts, sank by as much as 17 percent a year between 1995 and 2010 despite catch and finning limits, a study said Wednesday. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Toy helicopters restricted as China tightens security
Restrictions on the sale of radio-controlled helicopters and planes have been imposed in Beijing as China heightens security before a once-in-a-decade leadership change, state media said Wednesday. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Limited NY subway service to resume: governor
Limited service will resume Thursday on New York's subway trains, state Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, with lower Manhattan still cut off because of ongoing power outages. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Mitt: Trick or treat?
On Oct. 31, in many countries, tens of millions of children will don costumes to celebrate Halloween and go "trick or treating" for candy and other trinkets. Encouraging treats is meant to discourage tricks. And costumes in the United States range from scary Frankenstein monster lookalikes to movie characters and celebrities such as Superman, Hollywood and sports stars and even former U.S. presidents. ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Putin defiant in face of new EU arms sanctions

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

China's Xi approaches Mao in state media mentions: study

Beyond GPS: 5 Next-Generation Technologies

SES Awarded Hosted Payload Solutions ID/IQ Contract

RF detector for law enforcement, intel purposes in the wings

Ukraine army wrests control of part of MH17 crash site: rebels

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FROTH AND BUBBLE

EU Council adopts marine fuel sulfur cuts
The European Union has adopted a new measure placing strict limits on the sulfur content of marine fuels, especially those used in the Baltic and North Seas. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Vietnam jails musicians for propaganda
A Vietnamese court jailed two musicians for spreading anti-state propaganda by writing songs criticizing the communist government. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Obama vows to stand with superstorm Sandy victims
US President Barack Obama, in a helicopter scudding low over flattened homes and swamped streets, on Wednesday toured the devastation wrought on New Jersey's coastline by superstorm Sandy. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Switzerland lifts ban on Novartis flu vaccine
Switzerland's national drug agency announced Wednesday it was lifting a ban on sales of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis after documenting that concerns over impurities were unfounded. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Panic power withdrawals hit New York banks
There was a post-hurricane run on Manhattan banks Wednesday, but the panic was to withdraw electricity, not cash. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Americans take to social media to help post-Sandy
As the US East Coast slowly cleaned up from superstorm Sandy, those hoping to help the millions without power or food took to tweeting, posting and crowdsourcing Wednesday to mobilize much-needed aid. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

New York re-emerges from Sandy damage
Storm-battered New York got slowly back on its feet on Wednesday, with Wall Street and two of the city's airports up and running after a monster storm that left more than 50 Americans dead. ... more
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EARLY EARTH

New study sheds light on how and when vision evolved
The study, which used computer modelling to provide a detailed picture of how and when opsins evolved, sheds light on the origin of sight in animals, including humans. The evolutionary origins of vi ... more
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Russian Bio-Satellite Back From The Dead

NASA's Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

China releases geoinformation industry plan

Bepicolombo Integration Testing Completed At Thales

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets

Amber Straughn - Drawn to the Skies

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CLONE AGE

How to make stem cells - nuclear reprogramming moves a step forward
The idea of taking a mature cell and removing its identity (nuclear reprogramming) so that it can then become any kind of cell, holds great promise for repairing damaged tissue or replacing bone mar ... more
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ICE WORLD

Two Perfect Days for IceBridge
After two no-fly days for aircraft maintenance and weather, IceBridge surveyed the Ronne Ice Shelf grounding line and took high-altitude measurements of four glaciers in West Antarctica. These ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION

NASA Radar Penetrates Thick, Thin of Gulf Oil Spill
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have developed a method to use a specialized NASA 3-D imaging radar to characterize the oil in ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Small organisms could dramatically impact world's climate
Warmer oceans in the future could significantly alter populations of phytoplankton, tiny organisms that could have a major impact on climate change. In the current issue of Science Express, Michigan ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Canadian researchers discover fossils of first feathered dinosaurs from North America
The ostrich-like dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park movie were portrayed as a herd of scaly, fleet-footed animals being chased by a ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex. New research published in the pr ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Did the changing climate shrink Europe's ancient hippos?
Giant German hippopotamuses wallowing on the banks of the Elbe are not a common sight. Yet 1.8 million years ago hippos were a prominent part of European wildlife, when mega-fauna such as woolly mam ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fishing for answers off Fukushima
Japan's "triple disaster," as it has become known, began on March 11, 2011, and remains unprecedented in its scope and complexity. To understand the lingering effects and potential public health imp ... more
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ICE WORLD

Polar bears seen taking refuge on icebergs
A previously unsuspected sanctuary for polar bears in the arctic has been discovered, the makers of a British television documentary say. ... more
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