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November 30, 2012
Major breakthrough in deciphering bread wheat's genetic code
Swindon UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2012
Scientists have unlocked key components of the genetic code of one of the world's most important crops. The first analysis of the complex and exceptionally large bread wheat genome, published in Nature, is a major breakthrough in breeding wheat varieties that are more productive and better able to cope with disease, drought and other stresses that cause crop losses. The identification of around 96,000 wheat genes, and insights into the links between them, lays strong foundations for accelerating w ... read more
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Italy holds talks on polluted steel plant's future
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti hosted talks on Thursday on the future of the giant ILVA steelworks in southern Italy, which have been shut down as part of a long-running dispute over pollution levels. ... more

Increasing Drought Stress Predicted to Challenge Vulnerable Hydraulic System of Plants
The hydraulic system of trees is so finely-tuned that predicted increases in drought due to climate change may lead to catastrophic failure in many species. A recent paper co-authored by George Wash ... more

NREL researchers use imaging technologies to solve puzzle of plant architecture
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater und ... more
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The hungry caterpillar: Beware your enemy's enemy's enemy
When herbivores such as caterpillars feed, plants may "call for help" by emitting volatiles, which can indirectly help defend the plants. The volatiles recruit parasitoids that infect, consume and k ... more


Chinese industrialist buys top wine estate in landmark deal
A Chinese industrialist has completed the landmark purchase of Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a leading estate in France's prestigious Saint Emilion wine-making area, sources involved in the sale said Thursday. ... more
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Four Chinese drivers charged over Singapore strike
Four mainland Chinese bus drivers accused of instigating Singapore's first strike since the 1980s were charged on Thursday with criminal offences that could land them in prison. ... more

Renewed flooding threatens Niger capital
Renewed flooding of the Niger river threatens Niger's capital Niamey and parts of the west of the country, local and regional authorities warned Thursday. ... more
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Bread wheat's large and complex genome is revealed
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) is one of the "big three" globally important crops, accounting for 20% of the calories consumed by people. Fully 35% of the world's 7 billion people depend on this st ... more

China demand fuels illegal logging: report
The preservation of the world's forests "is in China's hands", a top environmental campaign group said Thursday, accusing the biggest wood importer and consumer of fuelling the illegal timber trade. ... more

Liao slams Chinese politicians' 'dirty wealth'
Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu accused China's political elite of accumulating "dirty wealth" on Thursday, saying it had turned his country into "one of the biggest landfills in the world." ... more
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Kuwait hurtles toward a divisive election
Oil-rich Kuwait, a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, is deeply divided as its braces for a parliamentary election Saturday that's widely expected to produce a resounding victory for the ruling family and intensify political turmoil in the region. ... more

Tokyo governor election kicks off
The race to elect a successor to colourful and controversial Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara kicked off Thursday with his handpicked nominee expected to cruise to an easy victory. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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China, S. Korea eye warmer ties following tensions

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Definitive study highlights polar ice melt
The melting of polar ice caps raised sea levels by nearly half an inch (11 millimeters) over the last two decades, scientists said Thursday, calling it the most definitive measure yet of the impact of climate change. ... more

Fed official sees only slight GDP hit from Sandy
Superstorm Sandy, which battered the Northeast a month ago, should not significantly slow the US economy in the fourth quarter, a key Federal Reserve official said Thursday. ... more

Haiti opts for ID security program
Haiti is investing in a high-tech security system aimed at solving chronic and costly problems with the country's chaotic civil and identity registry systems that worsened after the 2010 earthquake. ... more
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NASA Technologists Test 'Game-Changing' Data-Processing Technology

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Seas rising 60 percent faster than UN forecast: study

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Study: Grand Canyon as old as dinosaurs
The Grand Canyon is millions of years older than previously thought, as old as the dinosaurs, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder say. ... more

S.Africa acted 'unlawfully' in failed Dalai Lama visa
The South African government acted unlawfully by dragging its heels on a failed visa application by the Dalai Lama to attend Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday last year, a court ruled Thursday. ... more

Long-held memory tenet challenged
An Australian researcher has challenged a long-held view on how many information nuggets the mind can cope with before confusion sets in. ... more

Kyoto under the microscope in quest for new climate deal
As the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol draws to a close, the world will dissect its record for successes to emulate in the fight against global warming - and pitfalls to avoid. ... more
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