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December 27, 2012
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Fluctuating environment may have driven human evolution
University Park PA (SPX) Dec 27, 2012
A series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution, according to researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University. "The landscape early humans were inhabiting transitioned rapidly back and forth between a closed woodland and an open grassland about five to six times during a period of 200,000 years," said Clayton Magill, graduate student in geosciences at Penn State. "These changes happened very abruptly, with each tran ... read more
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Deforestation in the Amazon equals net losses of diversity for microbial communities
Research from an international team of microbiologists has revealed a new concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest - a troubling net loss in the diversity among the microbial organisms r ... more
WATER WORLD

Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades
Some 40 million people depend on the Colorado River Basin for water but warmer weather from rising greenhouse gas levels and a growing population may signal water shortages ahead. In a new stu ... more
ICE WORLD

CryoSat hits land
ESA's ice mission is now giving scientists a closer look at oceans, coastal areas, inland water bodies and even land, reaching above and beyond its original objectives. Launched in 2010, the polar-o ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Ups and downs of biodiversity after mass extinction
The climate after the largest mass extinction so far 252 million years ago was cool, later very warm and then cool again. Thanks to the cooler temperatures, the diversity of marine fauna ballooned, ... more


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Amazon deforestation brings loss of microbial communities
An international team of microbiologists led by Klaus Nusslein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that a troubling net loss in diversity among the microbial organisms responsible f ... more
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Olympics: Putin orders Sochi check after quake
Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered the emergencies ministry to check the 2014 Olympic sites in the southern city of Sochi following a string of earthquakes, his spokesman said. ... more
WHITE OUT

Seven dead as US storm snarls post-Christmas travel
A massive winter storm system that whipped up tornadoes, ice and snow from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes on Christmas Day, killing at least seven people, headed for the northeastern US Wednesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

'Yak insurance' plan saving Nepal's snow leopard
The remorse felt by Himali Chungda Sherpa after he killed three snow leopard cubs in retaliation for his lost cattle inspired him to set up a scheme to prevent other herders from doing the same. ... more
CARBON WORLDS

Toyota ups 2012 sales forecast to 9.7 mn vehicles
Japan's Toyota group forecast Wednesday a 22 percent jump in worldwide sales this year to 9.7 million units, driven by surging demand which may help it regain the top spot in the global auto market. ... more
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Thousands flee Malaysia floods, dam wall broken
Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Malaysia forced almost 14,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter at relief centres, the official Bernama news agency said Wednesday. ... more
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Four dead as heavy rains flood Iraq capital
The worst rains to hit Baghdad in 30 years left four people dead and many of the Iraqi capital's residents struggling to cope with heavy flooding on Wednesday as the government declared a national holiday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

China suspends officials after 11 kids die in road wreck
A city in east China suspended 12 officials Wednesday, including a vice mayor, policemen and education administrators, after 11 children were killed in a road wreck involving an overloaded vehicle. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

SINO DAILY

Family planning official snared in China trafficking ring
Police have detained two officials including one involved in family planning in China's latest crackdown on child trafficking that has ensnared 355 suspects, state media said Wednesday. ... more
EPIDEMICS

Bangladesh slaughters 150,000 birds over avian flu
Bangladesh's livestock authorities are slaughtering around 150,000 chickens at a giant poultry farm near Dhaka after the worst outbreak of avian flu in five years, officials said Wednesday. ... more
WHITE OUT

White Christmas for Moscow while south Europe sweats
From deadly cold in Russia, floods in Britain and balmy conditions that have residents in southwest France rummaging for their bathing suits, the weather has gone haywire across Europe in the days leading up to Christmas. ... more
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Christmas misery in Haiti camp, three years after quake

China suspends officials after 11 kids die in road wreck

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Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades

Spanish consumers prefer national fish

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Antarctic ice sheet warming faster than thought: study

CryoSat hits land

W. Antarctic warming among world's fastest

FLORA AND FAUNA

A nanoscale window to the biological world
If the key to winning battles is knowing both your enemy and yourself, then scientists are now well on their way toward becoming the Sun Tzus of medicine by taking a giant step toward a priceless ad ... more
EPIDEMICS

New whole plant therapy shows promise as an effective and economical treatment for malaria
In the worldwide battle to curtail malaria, one of the most prevalent and deadly infectious diseases of the developing world, drug after drug has fallen by the wayside as the malaria parasite has be ... more
FARM NEWS

Unraveling the threads: Simplest cotton genome offers clues for fiber improvements
From the stockings decorating mantles to the new outfits in display windows calling to shoppers, cotton is woven into the fabric of the holiday season. For bioenergy researchers, however, fiber comp ... more
FARM NEWS

Small wasps to control a big pest?
With the purpose of developing new biological methods to control one of the major pests affecting the southwest Europe pine stands, a joint collaboration leaded by the Instituto Nacional de Investig ... more
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WOOD PILE

Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem?

SHAKE AND BLOW

Taiwan typhoon hero faces life in prison for corruption

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Typhoon-hit Philippines threatened by new storm

WHITE OUT

Russia's brutal early winter claims 123 lives

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Tsunami-hit Japanese town gets huge Christmas gift

DEMOCRACY

Japan's defeated ruling party picks new leader

SHAKE AND BLOW

When the ice melts, the Earth spews fire

FARM NEWS

Biologists design method to monitor global bee decline

Oscillation of gene activity may underpin how embryos grow in proportion

W. Antarctic warming among world's fastest

Century-old Wallace map of natural world updated

Lizard tails detach at a biological 'dotted line'

Spanish consumers prefer national fish

Small, Portable Sensors Allow Users to Monitor Exposure to Pollution on Their Smart Phones

Pigs in southern China infected with avian flu

Pirates attack ship off Nigeria, kidnap Italian sailors

Iraq calls for Arab action on climate change

Cyclone risk in Indonesia said increasing

Satellites eye Great Lakes invasive plant

Oldest timber constructions unearthed

China survey reports fewer sightings of engangered porpoise

Swiss train derails due to avalanche: rail operator

Nepal campaigners plead for killer elephant's life

Scottish boy dies in Australian Outback

Cold snap claims 88 lives in Russia

Christmas misery in Haiti camp, three years after quake

World's longest bullet train service launched in China

New Japan PM faces tests on diplomacy, economy

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