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December 28, 2012
WHALES AHOY
Japan whaling fleet leaves port for Antarctica
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 28, 2012
Japanese whaling vessels left port Friday bound for the Southern Ocean on their annual hunt for the huge marine mammals, a media report and Greenpeace said. Citing the Fisheries Agency, Kyodo News reported three vessels had departed from the far-western port of Shimonoseki, while environmental group Greenpeace said the whaling fleet's mother ship had left another port, also in the country's west. "The mother ship, Nisshin Maru, left Innoshima today," said Greenpeace Japan's executive director Ju ... read more
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Fukushima operator boosts compensation estimate
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant on Thursday sought yet more money to pay ballooning bills for compensating victims of last year's disaster. ... more
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Travel chaos as deadly storm hits northeast US
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Fresh cyclone brews in Pacific
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ABOUT US

Decision to give a group effort in the brain
A monkey would probably never agree that it is better to give than to receive, but they do apparently get some reward from giving to another monkey. During a task in which rhesus macaques had contro ... more


WEATHER REPORT

Philippine storm death toll rises to 11
The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 11 with thousands more forced out of their homes by landslides and flooding, officials said Friday. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Bumblebees do best where there is less pavement and more floral diversity
Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a study from The University of Texas ... more
EARLY EARTH

New data challenge old views about evolution of early life
A research team led by biogeochemists at the University of California, Riverside has tested a popular hypothesis in paleo-ocean chemistry, and proved it false. The fossil record indicates that eukar ... more
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WHITE OUT

NASA Sees the Major Midwestern Snowstorm in Infrared Light
NASA and NOAA satellites have been providing data on the powerful low pressure area that dropped more than a foot of snow. The AIRS infrared image was false-color enhanced to show temperatures. In t ... more
FARM NEWS

Why some grasses evolved a more efficient photosynthesis and others didn't
Even on the evolutionary time scale of tens of millions of years there is such a thing as being in the right shape at the right time. An anatomical difference in the ability to seize the moment, acc ... more
ICE WORLD

Study shows rapid warming on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
In a discovery that raises further concerns about the future contribution of Antarctica to sea level rise, a new study finds that the western part of the ice sheet is experiencing nearly twice as mu ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

1,500 Nicaraguan farmers stay put despite volcano warning
Some 1,500 farmers living on the slopes of the San Cristobal volcano refused to leave Wednesday, despite being ordered to evacuate as the volcano spewed gas, sand and ash. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

N.Z. quake city puts faith in cardboard cathedral
When Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed a new cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch, he chose the most unlikely of materials - cardboard - for the landmark project. ... more
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Awarded Satellite Contract

With IRNSS-1C, India a Step Closer to Own Navigation Satellite System

SHAKE AND BLOW

Two dead as Malaysian floods subside
Floods triggered by torrential rains in Malaysia claimed a second victim as waters started to subside, allowing thousands of evacuees to return home from relief centres, reports said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS

Soil determines fate of phosphorous
Just 20 years ago, the soils of the Amazon basin were thought unsuitable for large-scale agriculture, but then industrial agriculture - and the ability to fertilize ... more
ICE WORLD

Antarctic science drill project called off
British scientists say they've abandoned an attempt to drill through 1.8 miles of Antarctic ice to a lake sealed off for thousands of years. ... more
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ICE WORLD
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Russia identifies main environmental risks
Wildfires and parliamentary lobbyists are among threats Russia's environment will face in the coming year, ecologists and government officials said Wednesday. ... more
WATER WORLD

China's boom savages coral reefs: study
China's economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found Thursday, with researchers describing "grim" levels of damage and loss. ... more
WHALES AHOY

Massive beached whale dies in New York City
An endangered whale that beached in New York City died on Thursday despite a day-long effort to keep the emaciated 18-meter (60-foot) finback alive by spraying it with water. ... more
WOOD PILE

World's smelliest and largest flower blooms in Brazil
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ABOUT US

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EARLY EARTH

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SHAKE AND BLOW

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WHITE OUT

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FLORA AND FAUNA

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CARBON WORLDS

Toyota ups 2012 sales forecast to 9.7 mn vehicles

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Four dead as heavy rains flood Iraq capital

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