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December 31, 2012
FLORA AND FAUNA
Birdsong study pecks at theory that music is uniquely human
Atlanta GA (SPX) Dec 31, 2012
A bird listening to birdsong may experience some of the same emotions as a human listening to music, suggests a new study on white-throated sparrows, published in Frontiers of Evolutionary Neuroscience. "We found that the same neural reward system is activated in female birds in the breeding state that are listening to male birdsong, and in people listening to music that they like," says Sarah Earp, who led the research as an undergraduate at Emory University. For male birds listening to ano ... read more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Saber-toothed cats in California were not driven to extinction by lack of food
When prey is scarce, large carnivores may gnaw prey to the bone, wearing their teeth down in the process. A new analysis of the teeth of saber-toothed cats and American lions reveals that they did n ... more
EARLY EARTH

Piranha kin wielded dental weaponry even T. rex would have admired
Taking into consideration its size, an ancient relative of piranhas weighing about 20 pounds delivered a bite with a force more fierce than prehistoric whale-eating sharks, the four-ton ocean-dwelli ... more
FARM NEWS

Even in same vineyard, different microbes may create variations in wine grapes
Choosing the perfect wine may soon involve more than just knowing the perfect vintage and chateau. Differences in the microbes present on grapes even in different parts of the same vineyard may cont ... more
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FARM NEWS

What's in a name? Everything for Farmers
Have you ever sat down for a delicious dish of grilled Patagonian toothfish at your local seafood restaurant? You almost certainly have; you just didn't know it. Which brings us to the point of this article - it's all about the name. ... more


SINO DAILY

Scuffles erupt at Hong Kong pro-government march
Scuffles broke out Sunday as thousands marched in support of Hong Kong's scandal-plagued leader Leung Chun-ying, ahead of a mass pro-democracy rally planned for New Year's day. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Thousands flee floods as cyclone batters Solomon Islands
Thousands of people were forced to flee rapidly rising rivers in the Solomon Islands, officials said Sunday as Cyclone Freda intensified into a "destructive" force storm and headed towards New Caledonia. ... more
DEMOCRACY

From UFOs to 'tsunami bomb': N.Z. archive secrets revealed
A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand's national archives, including a bizarre WWII plan to create a "tsunami bomb" and military files detailing supposed UFO sightings. ... more
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Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

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Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

WATER WORLD

Hope for polluted lagoon near Rio Olympic village?
Near Rio's future 2016 Olympic village the Marapendi lagoon emits a foul stench from waters that have been turned into a cesspool by unfiltered sewage from surrounding upscale condominiums. ... more
WEATHER REPORT

Philippine storm death toll rises to 20
The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 20, with more than 20,000 others left homeless, the government said Sunday. ... more
WEATHER REPORT

U.N. changes hottest-day-on-record date
The U.N. climate agency has changed the world's hottest day on record from Sept. 13, 1922, in Libya, to July 10, 1913, in California's Death Valley. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Swine flu kills nine Palestinians
Nine Palestinians have died in an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu, the office of Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said on Saturday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW

5.5-magnitude quake strikes off Japan: USGS
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

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

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM
The clean-up at Fukushima after its tsunami-sparked nuclear meltdowns is unlike anything humanity has ever undertaken, Japan's prime minister said Saturday during a tour of the plant. ... more
WHALES AHOY

Australia legal challenge to Japan whaling moves closer
Australia Saturday condemned Japan's annual whaling expedition as its hunting fleet steamed to the Southern Ocean, and said a challenge through the International Court of Justice should be heard in 2013. ... more
SINO DAILY

China law says family members should visit elderly relatives
China has passed a new law stipulating that family members should pay regular visits to their elderly relatives, according to the government's official website. ... more
SINO DAILY
Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM

N.Z. quake city puts faith in cardboard cathedral

Burst shark aquarium hurts 15 in Shanghai shopping centre


SINO DAILY
Liquid crystal research, future applications advance

All Systems Go for Highest Altitude Supercomputer

UKube-1 Signs up for Launch and Completes Thermal Vacuum Testing


SINO DAILY
Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades

Hope for polluted lagoon near Rio Olympic village?

China's boom savages coral reefs: study


SINO DAILY
CryoSat hits land

Study shows rapid warming on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Antarctic science drill project called off

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

26 injured in Macau-Hong Kong ferry collision
Twenty-six people were injured on Saturday in a collision between a Hong Kong-bound passenger ferry and a buoy in Macau, authorities said. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Burst shark aquarium hurts 15 in Shanghai shopping centre
Dramatic video footage has captured the moment a 33-ton shark tank exploded in a Shanghai shopping centre, engulfing onlookers in a torrent of water and glass and injuring 15 people. ... more
WHALES AHOY

Japan whaling fleet leaves port for Antarctica
Japanese whaling vessels left port Friday bound for the Southern Ocean on their annual pursuit of the huge marine mammals, and on a collision course with militant environmentalists vowing to halt the hunt. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

US Navy sailors sue Japan's TEPCO over radiation
Eight US Navy sailors are suing Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for hundreds of millions of dollars over allegations the Japanese firm lied to them about radiation dangers after a tsunami-triggered meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant. ... more
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China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

SINO DAILY

China sets date for 12th National People's Congress

FROTH AND BUBBLE

Wood-burning sets off pollution alarm bells in Athens

WHITE OUT

Montreal hit by record snow dump

WEATHER REPORT

Philippine storm death toll rises to 11

SHAKE AND BLOW

Fresh cyclone brews in Pacific

WHITE OUT

Travel chaos as deadly storm hits northeast US

ABOUT US

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FARM NEWS

Bumblebees do best where there is less pavement and more floral diversity

FARM NEWS

Why some grasses evolved a more efficient photosynthesis and others didn't

EARLY EARTH

New data challenge old views about evolution of early life

Russia identifies main environmental risks

Fukushima operator boosts compensation estimate

Two dead as Malaysian floods subside

World's smelliest and largest flower blooms in Brazil

China's boom savages coral reefs: study

Massive beached whale dies in New York City

N.Z. quake city puts faith in cardboard cathedral

1,500 Nicaraguan farmers stay put despite volcano warning

Amazon deforestation brings loss of microbial communities

Deforestation in the Amazon equals net losses of diversity for microbial communities

Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades

Olympics: Putin orders Sochi check after quake

Bangladesh slaughters 150,000 birds over avian flu

Dominion To Develop Largest Fuel Cell Power Project In North America

Foam's Future Seen in Space and Industry

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Mortenson Renewable Energy Groups Wraps Up Record-Breaking Year

Taiwan's Chinatrust in talks to buy Tokyo bank: report

Largest Kansas wind farm set to go online

Active fault may close Japan nuclear plant

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