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January 23, 2013
EU freezes approval of GM crops to 2014
Brussels (AFP) Jan 22, 2013
The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states. "The Commission, if it wants, could launch a procedure to authorise the farming of one GM soya and six corn strains... but it won't do so," said Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for Health Commisioner Tonio Borg. "The authorisations for farming are frozen," he added. Vincent said the priority o ... read more
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First Global Assessment of Land and Water 'Grabbing'
As world food and energy demands grow, nations and some corporations increasingly are looking to acquire quality agricultural land for food production. Some nations are gaining land by buying up pro ... more

Researchers analyse 'rock dissolving' method of geoengineering
The benefits and side effects of dissolving particles in our ocean's surfaces to increase the marine uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2), and therefore reduce the excess amount of it in the atmosphere, h ... more

Synchrotron infrared unveils a mysterious microbial community
In the fall of 2010, Hoi-Ying Holman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) was approached by an international team researching a mysterious microbia ... more
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Four-stranded 'quadruple helix' DNA structure proven to exist in human cells
In 1953, Cambridge researchers Watson and Crick published a paper describing the interweaving 'double helix' DNA structure - the chemical code for all life. Now, in the year of that scientific landm ... more


USDA Studies Confirm Plant Water Demands Shift with Water Availability
Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according to a ... more
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Antibacterial agent used in common soaps found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes
When people wash their hands with antibacterial soap, most don't think about where the chemicals contained in that soap end up. University of Minnesota engineering researchers do. A new University o ... more

A diffusion trap
Over the past several years, Rong Li, Ph.D., at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has been making crucial discoveries about the development of cell polarity-the process by which one side of ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality

Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy

Scientists develop new mode of energy generation from bituminous coal

Sustainable dams - are they possible

Britain seeks closer ties to China's Belt and Road

Single-photon detector can count to 4

Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators


Cotton with special coating collects water from fogs in desert
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) together with researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), have developed a special treatment for cotton fabric that allows t ... more

Monkeys stressed from longer foraging times
Endangered Mexican howler monkeys are consuming more leaves and less fruit as a result of habitat disturbance by humans, which is forcing them to invest much more time foraging for sustenance and le ... more

Warmer soils release additional CO2 into atmosphere; Effect stabilizes over longer term
Warmer temperatures due to climate change could cause soils to release additional carbon into the atmosphere, thereby enhancing climate change - but that effect diminishes over the long term, finds ... more
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Penguin head-cam captures bird's eye view of hunt
Miniature cameras attached to a penguin's head have given Japanese scientists a bird's eye view of the creature's incredible underwater hunting skills, the lead researcher said Tuesday. ... more

Water shut off to Chilean capital: official
More than two million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water Tuesday because of contamination in a river that supplies the city with water, officials said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Revealed: the Pentagon's secret UFO-hunting program

NATO urges Russia to respond to US missile concerns

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia


Beijing vows efforts to fight pollution: state media
China's capital Beijing will strengthen measures to combat pollution, state media reported Tuesday, amid public anger over the dangerous air quality in the sprawling metropolis. ... more

China's Xi says 'no leniency' in corruption fight
China's president-in-waiting Xi Jinping intensified calls for a crackdown on corruption Tuesday, saying there would be "no leniency" for party officials whatever their rank, state media reported. ... more

Mozambique begins evacuating 55,000 people hit by floods
Mozambique authorities on Tuesday started emergency evacuations in the flood-struck south where 55,000 people are said to be in immediate danger from rising water levels. ... 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

World's Most Complex 2D Laser Beamsteering Array Demonstrated

Water shut off to Chilean capital: official

Cotton with special coating collects water from fogs in desert

Antibacterial agent used in common soaps found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes

Penguin head-cam captures bird's eye view of hunt

Melt ponds cause the Artic sea ice to melt more rapidly

New Antarctic geological timeline aids future sea-level predictions


Geneticist wants to revive Neanderthals
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Obama to build on first term climate change efforts
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British mackerel no longer sustainable fish: conservationists
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China, Australia top 'carbon bomb' ranking
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Initial results and data from observations of 'Oumuamua

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Climate change's effects on temperate rain forests surprisingly complex


NASA Airborne Mission Climbs to Stratospheric Height for Better Climate Science


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Obama in forceful call to address climate change

Half-metre of snowfall blankets Moscow, disrupts traffic

Climate: 'Rock' fix for oceans is badly flawed: study

China labour camps set for abolition: legal official

Study Provides New Insights on Drought Predictions in East Africa

UMass Amherst Study May Explain Why Wolves are Forever Wild, But Dogs Can Be Tamed

Savanna study highlights African fuelwood crisis

Study Finds Severe Climate Jeopardizing Amazon Forest

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Dietary shifts driving up phosphorus use

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Europe hit by blizzards, air traffic havoc, deaths

Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries: UN

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Record high radiation level found in fish: TEPCO

Floods ease in Jakarta, at least 11 dead

Wind in the willows boosts biofuel production

Analysis of fracking wastewater yields some surprises

China's Delicate Dance with North American Energy Interests

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