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January 09, 2013
A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2013
What does pulling a radar-equipped sled across the Arctic tundra have to do with improving our understanding of climate change? It's part of a new way to explore the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world's soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere. The new approach combines several remote-sensing tools to study the Arctic landscape-above and below ground-in high resolution and over large spatial scales. It was developed by a ... read more
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Corn could help farmers fight devastating weed
Versatile and responsive to management, corn is grown throughout the world for everything from food to animal feed to fuel. A new use for corn could soon join that list, as researchers in China inve ... more

First fossil bird with teeth specialized for tough diet
Beak shape variation in Darwin's finches is a classic example of evolutionary adaptation, with beaks that vary widely in proportions and shape, reflecting a diversity of ecologies. While living bird ... more

A new approach to assessing future sea level rise from ice sheets
The study, published in Nature Climate Change, is the first of its kind on ice sheet melting to use structured expert elicitation (EE) together with an approach which mathematically pools experts' o ... more
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Genetic mystery of Behcet's disease unfolds along the ancient Silk Road
Researchers have identified four new regions on the human genome associated with Behcet's disease, a painful and potentially dangerous condition found predominantly in people with ancestors along th ... 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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When will genomic research translate into clinical care - and at what cost?
Genomic research is widely expected to transform medicine, but progress has been slower than expected. While critics argue that the genomics "promise" has been broken - and that money might be bette ... more

Rainfall, brain infection linked in sub-Saharan Africa
The amount of rainfall affects the number of infant infections leading to hydrocephalus in Uganda, according to a team of researchers who are the first to demonstrate that these brain infections are ... more
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Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer's
A new ray of hope has broken through the clouded outcomes associated with Alzheimer's disease. A new research report published in January 2013 print issue of the FASEB Journal by scientists from the ... more

Dopamine-receptor gene variant linked to human longevity
A variant of a gene associated with active personality traits in humans seems to also be involved with living a longer life, UC Irvine and other researchers have found. This derivative of a dopamine ... more

Sorting stem cells
When an embryonic stem cell is in the first stage of its development it has the potential to grow into any type of cell in the body, a state scientists call undifferentiated. A team of researc ... more
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Rare Form of Active 'Jumping Genes' Found In Mammals
Much of the DNA that makes up our genomes can be traced back to strange rogue sequences known as transposable elements, or jumping genes, which are largely idle in mammals. But Johns Hopkins researc ... more

Giant fossil predator provides insights into the rise of modern marine ecosystem structures
An international team of scientists has described a fossil marine predator measuring 8.6 meters in length (about 28 feet) recovered from the Nevada desert in 2010 as representing the first top preda ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Vanishing Acts: A Call for Disappearing Delivery Vehicles

Two more Japanese detained for spying in China

'Fiercest clashes' as Syria regime advances with Russian support

ULA launches spysat for NRO

Russian Defense Ministry Receives New Early Warning Network Satellites

US Spends $1Bln Annually Protecting Vulnerable Space-Based Assets

Outgoing Army Secretary calls for larger U.S. land force


Genetics clues to survival of coral reef
A genetic process that lets some corals withstand high temperatures may hold a key to species survival for organisms around the world, U.S. researchers say. ... more

Cool change aids Australia firefighters
A drop in temperatures helped firefighters battling blazes across Australia Wednesday but up to 30 wildfires were still raging out of control, destroying a handful of homes and forcing people to flee. ... more

Australia bushfires rage in 'catastrophic' conditions
Bushfires raged out of control across Australia's most populous state Tuesday, fanned by intense heat and high winds in "catastrophic" conditions that targeted homes and triggered evacuations. ... more
Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report

Fukushima 'unprecedented challenge': new Japan PM

Space Trash May Make Radiation Shields

LEON: the space chip that Europe built

That's not what I meant: A new phase in reading photons

The relationship between CO2 concentrations and sea level

Genetics clues to survival of coral reef

Waterfall-climbing fish use same mechanism to climb waterfalls and eat algae

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A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground

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


Colombian navy captures drug gang's semi-submersible
The Colombian navy has captured an empty semi-submersible vessel that was adrift in the Pacific ocean and is believed to have been the property of a drug trafficking gang. ... more

Poachers slaughter Kenyan elephant family
Kenyan wildlife rangers on Tuesday were tracking a team of poachers who massacred a family of 11 elephants in what they said was the worst single such killings in the country in the past three decades. ... more

China press freedom campaign swells with new rally
Protesters rallied Tuesday for a second day to call for press freedom in China, as social media users and celebrities backed a campaign which poses a test for the nation's new leaders. ... more

French, US forces detain 12 suspected Somali pirates
French and US warships on patrol off the Somali coast combined to detain 12 suspected pirates after a merchant vessel reported coming under attack at the weekend, a statement said Tuesday. ... more
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Australia bushfires rage in 'catastrophic' conditions

Nigeria to prosecute Russian sailors over arms transport

French startup takes fork on road to health

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China bloggers back censorship protest

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Scientists join forces to bring plant movement to light

Researchers seek longer battery life for electric locomotive

Major cuts to surging CO2 emissions are needed now, not down the road

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