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January 21, 2013
Study Provides New Insights on Drought Predictions in East Africa
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With more than 40 million people living under exceptional drought conditions in East Africa, the ability to make accurate predictions of drought has never been more important. In the aftermath of widespread famine and a humanitarian crisis caused by the 2010-2011 drought in the Horn of Africa-possibly the worst drought in 60 years- researchers are striving to determine whether drying trends will continue. While it is clear that El Nino can affect precipitation in this region of East Africa, very l ... read more
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UMass Amherst Study May Explain Why Wolves are Forever Wild, But Dogs Can Be Tamed
Dogs and wolves are genetically so similar, it's been difficult for biologists to understand why wolves remain fiercely wild, while dogs can gladly become "man's best friend." Now, doctoral research ... more

Savanna study highlights African fuelwood crisis
The dwindling reserves of fuelwood in Africa have been illuminated in a new study, which shows a bleak outlook for supplies across savannas in South Africa. Presenting their findings in IOP Publishi ... more

Study Finds Severe Climate Jeopardizing Amazon Forest
An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study. These results, together with obser ... more
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Melt ponds cause the Artic sea ice to melt more rapidly
The Arctic sea ice has not only declined over the past decade but has also become distinctly thinner and younger. Researchers are now observing mainly thin, first-year ice floes which are extensivel ... more


Dietary shifts driving up phosphorus use
Dietary changes since the early 1960s have fueled a sharp increase in the amount of mined phosphorus used to produce the food consumed by the average person over the course of a year, according to a ... more
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Climate change to profoundly affect the Midwest in coming decades
In the coming decades, climate change will lead to more frequent and more intense Midwest heat waves while degrading air and water quality and threatening public health. Intense rainstorms and flood ... more

They hunt, they kill, they cheat: Single-celled algae shed light on social lives of microbes
Humans do it, chimpanzees do it, cuckoos do it - cheating to score a free ride is a well-documented behavior by many animals, even plants. But microscopically small, single-celled algae? Yes, they d ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Now 'right moment' for carbon tax: IMF chief

Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

McMaster engineers build better energy storage device

Researchers measure how specific atoms move in dielectric materials

NCSEA report maps regulatory, policy path to develop energy storage in NC

Physicists shrink particle accelerator

Growth, climate in focus as world economic leaders meet


Europe hit by blizzards, air traffic havoc, deaths
Extreme winter weather swept across western Europe on Saturday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at London's main international airport and claiming several lives in Spain, Portugal, Scotland and France, including those of three Mali-bound soldiers. ... more

Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries: UN
Delegations from some 140 countries agreed Saturday to adopt a ground-breaking treaty limiting the use and emission of health-hazardous mercury, the UN said, although environmental activists lamented it did not go far enough. ... more

Transport disrupted as France blanketed in snow
Heavy snowfall hit large parts of France on Sunday, putting Paris under a picturesque blanket of white stuff but causing major disruptions to air, road and rail transport. ... more
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Record high radiation level found in fish: TEPCO
A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said Friday. ... more

Floods ease in Jakarta, at least 11 dead
Floods in Indonesia's capital Jakarta which have killed at least 11 people and left two missing eased Friday, authorities said, warning however of more torrential rains which could hamper relief efforts. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
NATO moves to bolster collective defense

U.K. Defense Secretary announces more support for Ukraine

Russia denies US claim that four Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran

Pentagon chief warns of Russian casualties in Syria

Suspected Saudi-led air strike kills 28 at Yemen wedding

USAF expands OIR mission in Turkey

U.S. Air Force expands drone training at Holloman


US flu epidemic worsens, 29 children dead
A flu epidemic gripping the United States is more severe than usual, striking the elderly especially hard, health authorities said Friday as they also announced 29 child victims. ... more

China's own Lama still on charm offensive
The 11th Panchen Lama, Beijing's chosen spiritual leader of Tibet's Buddhists, paid his respects to Chinese revolutionaries during a trip to northeast Heilongjiang Province. ... more

DNA database not so anonymous on the Internet: study
On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog - but it is getting increasingly easy for someone to figure it out. ... more
Canada to resettle up to 5,000 Iranian, Iraqi refugees

China factory fire hidden by thick smog: media

Allianz sticks to profit goal despite Hurricane Sandy hit

New surfaces repel most known liquids

NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter at the Moon

Record high radiation level found in fish: TEPCO

Rare dolphin species threatened by big fishnets

New UMass Amherst Research Shows Fishways Have Not Helped Fish

Beijing water supply at risk?

New Antarctic geological timeline aids future sea-level predictions

Melt ponds cause the Artic sea ice to melt more rapidly

Russian national park to bridge US-Russia divide


US climate fears mount, but political action wanes
Climate change was thrust to the forefront of the US political agenda recently in the wake of the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy and record high temperatures across the country. ... more

Beijing to release own inequality index: state media
Beijing will release its own version of a closely watched international inequality index, state media reported Sunday, becoming the first Chinese city to announce such a plan. ... more

2nd Tibetan self-immolates in China in a week
A young Tibetan in southwestern China has died after setting himself on fire, rights groups have reported, marking the second self-immolation protest in a week and lifting the total to nearly 100. ... more

Rare dolphin species threatened by big fishnets
The long-beaked La Plata River dolphin, a small species living in in South America's Atlantic coastal waters, is increasingly threatened with extinction from big-net fishing, Brazilian researchers warn. ... more
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NASA unveils missing pieces in journey to Mars

New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

Pluto's Small Moons Nix and Hydra

Blue skies, frozen water detected on Pluto

Russia Develops Portable Aerosol Cloud Generator to Conceal Missiles

GSSAP reaches initial operational capability

Scientists present, discuss latest data from experiments smashing nuclei


Snow causes more cancellations at Heathrow airport


Hundreds demonstrate in Athens against racism, fascism


Audit slams S. Korea's $20 bn river project


PODEX Experiment to Reshape Future of Atmospheric Science


New Antarctic geological timeline aids future sea-level predictions


Chimpanzees successfully play the Ultimatum Game


Beijing water supply at risk?


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Amino Acid Studies May Aid Battle Against Citrus Greening Disease

Earliest sea cow ancestors originated in Africa, lived in fresh water

Gene flow from India to Australia about 4,000 years ago

New UMass Amherst Research Shows Fishways Have Not Helped Fish

Tree and human health may be linked

In the Eastern US, spring flowers keep pace with warming climate

Method to produce amounts of anti-cancer substance developed

Potential harvest of most fish stocks largely unrelated to abundance

Wild yaks making comeback in Tibet

Doubt about prehistoric 'killer walrus'

Temperature hits all-time record in Sydney

Flu shots pose no extra risk of pregnancy loss

Factory smoke clouds China pollution pledges

US 'deeply concerned' over Myanmar unrest deaths

Rich countries reluctant to help finance mercury treaty

Escaped lion terrorises South African town

Eleven dead, two missing as floods swamp central Jakarta

Ancient critter could be the granddaddy of shellfish

China breaks long silence on inequality statistic

Exiled Chinese author recounts prison 'hell'

Photovoltaics beat biofuels at converting sun's energy to miles driven

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