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January 11, 2013
Networking ability a family trait in monkeys
Durham NC (SPX) Jan 11, 2013
Two years of painstaking observation on the social interactions of a troop of free-ranging monkeys and an analysis of their family trees has found signs of natural selection affecting the behavior of the descendants. Rhesus macaques who had large, strong networks tended to be descendants of similarly social macaques, according to a Duke University team of researchers. And their ability to recognize relationships and play nice with others also won them more reproductive success. "If you are a ... read more
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Heat-resistant corals provide clues to climate change survival
In a future shaped by climate change, only the strong - or heat-resistant - will survive. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences opens a window into a genetic proce ... more

Whales' foraging strategies revealed by new technology
Marine biologists are beginning to understand the varied diving and foraging strategies of filter-feeding whales by analyzing data from multisensor tags attached to the animals with suction cups. Su ... more

Invading species can extinguish native plants despite recent reports
Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants grow ... more
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Interagency Report Published on Information Required for Short-Term Water Management Decisions
Adapting to future climate change impacts requires capabilities in hydroclimate monitoring, short-term prediction and application of such information to support contemporary water management decisio ... more


Magma in mantle has deep impact
Magma forms far deeper than geologists previously thought, according to new research at Rice University. A group led by geologist Rajdeep Dasgupta put very small samples of peridotite under very lar ... more
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Vietnam is targeting its critics, HRW says
The jail sentences given to 14 activists by a Vietnamese court marks a sharp escalation of government attacks on its critics, Human Rights Watch said. ... more

80 dead as temperature hits record low in Bangladesh
A cold snap which saw temperatures drop on Thursday to their lowest point in Bangladesh's post-independence history has killed around 80 people, officials said. ... more
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Puffed rice cereal compaction unveils new phenomenon in materials science

Bringing the chaos in light sources under control

Flexoelectricity is more than Moore

Success in producing a completely rare-earth free Feni magnet

Electron partitioning process in graphene observed

Human reflexes may keep legged robots from tripping

'Shrinking bull's-eye' algorithm speeds up complex modeling from days to hours


Six million turn out for global garbage clean-up
More than six million volunteers from 96 countries collected an unprecedented 100,000 tonnes of garbage last year as part of a global, web-driven clean-up campaign, cyber-environmentalists said Friday. ... more

Mercury said risk in developing countries
People in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, a U.N. report says. ... more

Antarctic lake reached after millennia
Russian researchers say they've obtained the first sample of transparent ice from the water of a unique sub-glacial lake in Antarctica. ... more
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Killer whales trapped in Canada ice freed
Hold the icebreaker! Eleven killer whales facing imminent danger after getting trapped by ice in Hudson Bay on Canada's Arctic shore managed to free themselves Thursday. ... more

'Digital heath' movement in focus at tech show
With an app, a game or a gadget, technology startups and major companies across all sectors are trying to tackle some of the thorniest problems in health and medicine. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
India test fires ship-based nuclear-capable missile

Iran nuclear deal to enter into force early January: deputy FM

Hague court begins hearing into South China Sea row

N. Korea slams South's live-fire drill

NATO head urges 'calm, de-escalation' after Russian plane downed

A Tornado With Rockets: New Russian Launch Vehicles Get Guided Missiles

Russia Develops New Tactical Missiles for Iskander-M System


Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone
Western Australians were bracing Friday for a cyclone with residents warned to batten down for storms and destructive winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 mph). ... more

Australians face trauma of returning to razed homes
Australians who fled for their lives from raging bushfires faced the trauma Friday of returning to see if they still had homes, as firefighters battled worsening conditions to douse about 100 blazes. ... more

Pollution turns Hong Kong harbour from 'fragrant' to foul
Hong Kong's name may mean "fragrant harbour", but cargo ships burning dirty fuel in what is one of the world's busiest ports add to a foul layer of pollution that kills more than 3,000 people a year. ... more
Years after quake, Haitian homeless feel abandoned

Obama signs $9.7 bn aid bill for Sandy victims

Obama considers broad arms sales restrictions: report

LEON: the space chip that Europe built

Oscillating Gel Gives Synthetic Materials the Ability to "Speak"

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Baby sharks stay still to avoid being detected by predators

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Hong Kong tycoons' wealth surges on property: Forbes
Tycoon Li Ka-shing has retained the top spot as Hong Kong's richest man, Forbes magazine said Thursday, as the city's red-hot property market boosted wealth among the super-rich despite a global slowdown. ... more

Years after quake, Haitian homeless feel abandoned
Three years after Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, hundreds of thousands of homeless people are still at risk from crime, disease and the elements in crowded makeshift camps. ... more

Breeding season underway for famed Galapagos tortoises
Breeding season is underway for the endangered tortoises of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, whose mating and nesting habits are carefully watched by wildlife specialists hoping to save them from extinction. ... more

Report: World wastes half of its food
Billions of tons of food are wasted because of inadequate storage, strict sell-by dates and a desire for cosmetically perfect food, a British report says. ... more
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DNA prefers to dive head first into nanopores

Baby sharks stay still to avoid being detected by predators

Mussels inspire innovative new adhesive for surgery

KFC draws China customers despite food scare

Kenyan premier appeals for aid in poaching menace

Hong Kong leader survives impeachment bid

11 dead as Mideast battered by hail, snow, rain

Firefighters complain after new truck too wide for streets

Censored China paper to publish 'as normal'

Study reveals ordinary glass's extraordinary properties

Chemical modules that mimic predator-prey and other behaviors

Bottom-up approach provides first characterization of pyroelectric nanomaterials

How the kilogram has put on weight

Japan premier unveils $226.5 bn stimulus package

Japan to survey Pacific seabed for rare earth

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