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January 07, 2013
Australia bushfires rage in 'catastrophic' conditions
Sydney (AFP) Jan 8, 2013
Bushfires raged out of control across Australia's most populous state on Tuesday, fanned by intense heat and high winds in "catastrophic" conditions that threatened homes and triggered evacuations. More than 130 fires were burning across New South Wales state, 40 of them uncontained, state Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney. "You don't get conditions worse than this, we are at the catastrophic level," he said. Introduced after the 2009 Black Saturday f ... read more
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Did Lucy walk, climb, or both?
Much has been made of our ancestors "coming down out of the trees," and many researchers view terrestrial bipedalism as the hallmark of "humanness." After all, most of our living primate relatives-t ... more

An embryo that is neither male nor female
So, is it a girl or a boy? This is the first question parents ask at the birth of an infant. Though the answer is obvious, the mechanism of sex determination is much less so. Researchers at the Univ ... more

Waterfall-climbing fish use same mechanism to climb waterfalls and eat algae
Going against the flow is always a challenge, but some waterfall-climbing fish have adapted to their extreme lifestyle by using the same set of muscles for both climbing and eating, according to res ... more
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Study reveals new survival strategy for bacteria exposed to antibiotics
Researchers have uncovered a new way that some bacteria survive when under siege by antibiotics. This survival mechanism is fundamentally different from other, known bacterial strategies. Unde ... more


The last link in the chain
For almost 30 years, researchers have sought to identify a particular enzyme that is involved in regulating electron transport during photosynthesis. An LMU team has now found the missing link, whic ... more
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German diners feast on 'trash' to cut waste
Two socially-aware Berlin women with a culinary flair have given "leftovers for dinner" a fresh twist by organising communal suppers conjured up from unsold food foraged from markets. ... more

Record heat sees Australia map upgrade
Extreme heat in Australia forced the government's weather bureau to upgrade its temperature scale Tuesday, with new colours on the climate map to reflect new highs forecast next week. ... 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


Russian volcano erupting with gas, ash
The ongoing eruption of the Plosky Tolbachik volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia has sent gas and ashes almost 2-1/2 miles into the sky, officials say. ... more

Best evidence yet that dinosaurs used feathers for courtship
A University of Alberta researcher's examination of fossilized dinosaur tail bones has led to a breakthrough finding: some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-da ... more

Drainage Ditches Can Help Clean Up Field Runoff
Vegetated drainage ditches can help capture pesticide and nutrient loads in field runoff, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists report. These ditches-as common in the country as the field ... more
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Big brains are pricey, guppy study shows
Bigger brains can make animals, well, brainier, but that boost in brain size and ability comes at a price. That's according to new evidence reported in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, in ... more

Rural Demand for Better Water Driving Mobile Water Treatment Growth In Asia Pacific
Rapid urbanization in the Asia Pacific is prompting the rural population to intensify its demands for a better quality of life, which includes access to cleaner and purer water. This, coupled with d ... 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


French startup takes fork on road to health
If you come to a fork on the Internet, take it. It may end up being beneficial to your health. ... more

Finding Chicago's food gardens with Google Earth
Urban agriculture is promoted as a strategy for dealing with food insecurity, stimulating economic development, and combating diet-related health problems in cities. However, up to now, no one has k ... more

Nigeria to prosecute Russian sailors over arms transport
Nigeria's navy has transferred for prosecution 15 Russian sailors detained since October for allegedly transporting illegal arms, a navy spokesman said Tuesday. ... more
Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

Congress approves $9.7 bn aid for storm Sandy victims

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report

Space Trash May Make Radiation Shields

NASA Investigates Use of 'Trailblazing' Material for New Sensors

Liquid jets and bouncing balls combine for surprising results

US study says El Nino, climate change link fuzzy

The relationship between CO2 concentrations and sea level

Coral records suggest that recent El Nino activity rises above noisy background

As globe warms, Alaska is cooling down

Bering Sea study finds prey density more important to predators than biomass

Fiennes sails for Antarctica on first winter crossing bid


China bloggers back censorship protest
Chinese bloggers and celebrities along with foreign media campaigners threw their support behind journalists at a newspaper enmeshed in a censorship row on Tuesday, after a rare protest for press freedom. ... more

Scientists join forces to bring plant movement to light
Elementary school students often learn that plants grow toward the light. This seems straightforward, but in reality, the genes and pathways that allow plants to grow and move in response to their e ... more

Siberian region offers bounty for wolves
A remote Siberian region has placed a bounty on the heads of its wolf population, complaining that thousands of the predators are killing too many reindeer and horses. ... more

Counting the cost of mercury pollution
Cleaning up mercury pollution and reducing prenatal exposure to the neurotoxin methylmercury (MeHg) could save the European Union 10,000 million Euro per year, finds a new study published in BioMed ... more
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No alien 'signals' from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers

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

NanoRacks Integrates Largest New Shepard Payload Manifest to Date


Protesters gather at China newspaper in censorship row


German reporter in China says equipment sabotaged


Police among dead in gambling shootout


Stormy weather, heavy rains lash Israel, Palestinians


Fiennes sails for Antarctica on first winter crossing bid


China labour camp reform revealed - then deleted


Chinese media target provincial censor


Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report


Swine flu kills Jordanian: health minister


Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

$1.4 mln of rhino horn seized in Thailand, Vietnam

Tehran air pollution leaves 4,460 dead: health official

Statue built to reformer whose death sparked Tiananmen

Police fear deaths in Australia wildfires

6 Russians die in snowmobile plunge

7.5-magnitude quake hits off Alaska, triggers local tsunami

Thousands stuck in China airport as country freezes

Corruption threat to China housing plan: state media

Thousands flee wildfires in southern Australia

Cambodia battles to save rare Mekong dolphins

Thai 'scavengers club' turns trash to treasure

Thousands flee wildfires in southern Australia

Editing the genome with high precision

Coral records suggest that recent El Nino activity rises above noisy background

Bering Sea study finds prey density more important to predators than biomass

Rethinking bacterial persistence

Biologists unlock "black box" to underground world

Improving DNA amplification from problematic plants

Political action the biggest swing factor in meeting climate targets

Researchers develop tool to evaluate genome sequencing method

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