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January 01, 2013
China academics urge reform, warn of violence
Beijing (AFP) Dec 31, 2012
A group of Chinese intellectuals has called on the government to implement urgent political reforms and respect human rights or risk "violent revolution". In an open letter 71 top academics warned that growing economic imbalances were fuelling social unrest and an uprising could erupt if reforms were not implemented immediately, Hu Xingdou, one of the signatories, told AFP Monday. "If urgent systematic reforms needed by Chinese society continue to suffer setbacks and stagnate, then official corr ... read more
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China activists break security cordon around Liu Xia
Dramatic video footage emerged Monday of one of China's top dissidents breaking through a security cordon to reach the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who is herself under house arrest. ... more

Penn Team Mimicking a Natural Defense Against Malaria to Develop New Treatments
One of the world's most devastating diseases is malaria, responsible for at least a million deaths annually, despite global efforts to combat it. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at ... more

Russia testing Alzheimer's, Parkinson's medicine
Russian scientists have been testing a new medicine that is expected to protect the nervous system and hopefully become a cure for the most wide-spread nervous diseases such as Alzheimer`s and Parki ... more
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NTU's ground-breaking study warns of more great quakes in the Himalayas
A research team led by scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has discovered that massive earthquakes in the range of 8 to 8.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale have left clear ground ... more


Speeding train kills five elephants in eastern India
A speeding passenger train killed five elephants when it ploughed into a herd crossing the track in eastern India, a railway spokesman said Monday. ... more
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Cambodia battles to save rare Mekong dolphins
The sight of two dolphins twisting playfully in the murky waters of the Mekong river elicits barely-stifled squeals of delight from a boatload of eco-tourists. ... more

Birdsong study pecks at theory that music is uniquely human
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 Neuroscie ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
A diamond as the steppingstone to new materials, using plasma physics technology

Columbia engineers create artificial graphene in a nanofabricated semiconductor structure

Rules for superconductivity mirrored in 'excitonic insulator'

Research dispels misconception of superconductivity in niobium compound

U.S. solar power group says it sees headwinds ahead

Bruce Power Contracts Major Industry Suppliers for Steam Generator Replacement Project

Oil-rich Alberta sees momentum for wind energy


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

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

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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Cave dwelling nettle discovered in China
South West China, Myanmar and Northern Vietnam contain one of the oldest exposed outcrops of limestone in the world. Within this area are thousands of caves and gorges. It is only recently that bota ... more

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
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels: US

Lockheed Martin successfully fired their new anti-ship missile

First GPS 3 satellite receives commands from new OCX ground control segment

EU launches defence pact it calls 'bad news for enemies'

China, S. Korea eye warmer ties following tensions

Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call

Boeing to support Air Force's minuteman program


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

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

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
Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM

Burst shark aquarium hurts 15 in Shanghai shopping centre

26 injured in Macau-Hong Kong ferry collision

Liquid crystal research, future applications advance

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

General Dynamics Delivers Digital Video Exploitation System to Australian Army for Operations in Afghanistan

Hope for polluted lagoon near Rio Olympic village?

Smaller Colorado River projected for coming decades

China's boom savages coral reefs: study

CryoSat hits land

Study shows rapid warming on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Antarctic science drill project called off


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

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

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

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
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Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system

NASA uses AI to uncover eighth planet circling distant star

Lockheed Martin and NEC to Enhance Satellites, Space Travel with Artificial Intelligence

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RS-25 Engine Test is Giant Step for 3-D Printing

NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date


5.5-magnitude quake strikes off Japan: USGS


Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM


Australia legal challenge to Japan whaling moves closer


China law says family members should visit elderly relatives


26 injured in Macau-Hong Kong ferry collision


Burst shark aquarium hurts 15 in Shanghai shopping centre


Japan whaling fleet leaves port for Antarctica


US Navy sailors sue Japan's TEPCO over radiation


China sets date for 12th National People's Congress


Wood-burning sets off pollution alarm bells in Athens

Montreal hit by record snow dump

Philippine storm death toll rises to 11

World's smelliest and largest flower blooms in Brazil

Fresh cyclone brews in Pacific

Travel chaos as deadly storm hits northeast US

Decision to give a group effort in the brain

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

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

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

S. Korea restarts troubled nuclear reactor

Conservation Not Technology will be our Saviour Says Chris Martenson

China manufacturing activity hits 19-month high

NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors

Groundbreaking air-cleaner saves polluting industrials

NextEra Energy Resources commissions its 10,000th megawatt of wind energy

China official manufacturing index expands in December

Japan PM Abe supports new nuclear reactors: reports

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