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February 19, 2013
X-ray laser sees photosynthesis in action
Stanford CA (SPX) Feb 19, 2013
Opening a new window on the way plants generate the oxygen we breathe, researchers used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simultaneously look at the structure and chemical behavior of a natural catalyst involved in photosynthesis for the first time. The work, made possible by the ultrafast, ultrabright X-ray pulses at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), is a breakthrough in studying atomic-scale transformations in photosynthesis and o ... read more
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Thick hair mutation emerged 30,000 years ago in humans
The first animal model of recent human evolution reveals that a single mutation produced several traits common in East Asian peoples, from thicker hair to denser sweat glands, an international team ... more

Kinect teleport for remote medicine
The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut the US healthcare bill by up to $30 billion by allowing physicians and other medics to interact with patients remotely so reducing the number of hospit ... more

Humans and chimps share genetic strategy in battle against pathogens
A genome-wide analysis searching for evidence of long-lived balancing selection-where the evolutionary process acts not to select the single best adaptation but to maintain genetic variation in a po ... more
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Flood research shows human habits die hard
New research has come up with ways to quickly assess flood damage to houses while also showing most people didn't intend to make changes to reduce their vulnerability after the 2010-11 floods in Aus ... more


NASA Scientists Part of Arctic Sea Ice Study
New research using combined records of ice measurements from NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat), the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite, airborne surveys and ocean-base ... more
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Advance promises to expand biological control of crop pests
A new discovery promises to allow expanded use of a mainstay biological pest control method, which avoids the health, environmental and pest-resistance concerns of traditional insecticides, scientis ... more

Japanese scientists hunt for groundwater
Japanese scientists said airborne electromagnetic tests reveal potential groundwater in areas hit by the tsunami that could revive some strawberry farms. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
UK to have driverless cars by 2021: govt

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Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Post-hurricane rebuilding fuels jump in October US home construction

China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan

Panama opens embassy in China after cutting Taiwan ties


Buffaloes a divisive link to Hong Kong's past
A short journey from the skyscrapers at the hectic centre of Hong Kong, water buffaloes lumber over jungle-clad hills and through secluded villages where they once worked as farm animals. ... more

Austerity-hit Italians prepare for general election
Austerity-hit Italians take to the polls next week with centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani leading the fray against Silvio Berlusconi in a vote that could prove crucial for the future of the eurozone. ... more

US protesters urge Obama to act on global warming
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington Sunday to generate pressure on President Barack Obama to take concrete measures to fight global warming. ... more
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Live ammunition found at Mozambique rubbish dump
Workers have unearthed hundreds of rounds of live ammunition at a garbage dump in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, local press reported Monday, years after a deadly explosion at a nearby weapons depot. ... more

Python hunt in Everglades nets just 68: organizers
Hundreds of hunters spent a month combing Florida's Everglades for Burmese pythons, in the end capturing and killing 68 of the slithery, invasive reptiles, organizers said Saturday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry

US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks

Dunford: US Military Superiority Over Russia, China Markedly Decreasing

Nature's Silent Sentinels Could Help Detect Security Threats


Four guilty of manslaughter in Italy quake trial
Three Italian builders and a technician were found guilty on Saturday of multiple manslaughter after a dormitory collapsed during an earthquake in the town of L'Aquila in 2009, killing eight students. ... more

Indonesia floods, landslides kill 17
Four children were among 17 people killed over the weekend in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said on Monday. ... more

Famed US hacker helps Ecuador secure its vote
Kevin Mitnick, who once gained notoriety as America's most wanted computer hacker, now heads a thriving Internet consultancy tasked with helping keep Sunday's presidential elections in Ecuador secure. ... more
Warning of emergency alert system hacks

Four guilty of manslaughter in Italy quake trial

No health effects from Fukushima: Japan researcher

Researchers strain to improve electrical material and it's worth it

Explosive breakthrough in research on molecular recognition

Indra Develops The First High-Resolution Passive Radar System

Landslides delivered preferred upstream habitats for coho salmon

Quantifying Sediment From 2011 Flood Into Louisianas Wetlands

Middle East river basin has lost Dead Sea-sized quantity of water

European sat data confirms UW numbers that Arctic is on thin ice

Sunlight stimulates release of carbon dioxide from permafrost

Antarctic subglacial lake may soon reveal its secrets


Scientists find surgery, cancer use for mussels
Mussels secrete a powerful adhesive to hold tight on rocks swept by violent waves - and a synthetic version could prove critical for surgery and cancer treatment, researchers said Saturday. ... more

Marsh plants actively engineer their landscape
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Quantifying Sediment From 2011 Flood Into Louisianas Wetlands
The spring 2011 flood on the Mississippi was among the largest floods ever, the river swelling over its banks and wreaking destruction in the surrounding areas. But a University of Pennsylvania-led ... more

Wetland trees a significant overlooked source of methane
Wetlands are a well-established and prolific source of atmospheric methane. Yet despite an abundance of seething swamps and flooded forests in the tropics, ground-based measurements of methane have ... more
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NASA launches next-generation weather satellite

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Ice age extinction shaped Australian plant diversity


The Spark Within: Light-Emitting Bioprobe Fits in a Single Cell


Rapid changes in Arctic ecosystem during 2012 ice minimum


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Genetics used to gauge whale comeback


Tiny mutation had big evolutionary impact

Mexico to slaughter a half million chickens over bird flu

Bilingual babies get good at grammar

Senators propose first US carbon tax

Warning of emergency alert system hacks

GAO: Climate Change a risk for the U.S.

Gabon bans large-calibre arms to stem elephant poaching

NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

Biodiversity helps protect nature against human impacts

Middle East river basin has lost Dead Sea-sized quantity of water

First Evidence That Magnetism Helps Salmon Find Home

Cold resistance runs in genes

Scientists confirm tetrahedral model of the molecular structure of water

Orbital-Built Landsat Satellite Launched

USGS Ready To Start Landsat 8 Science Program

Landslides delivered preferred upstream habitats for coho salmon

Third climber dies in British avalanche

Taiwan opposition wants to scrap new nuclear plant

Turkey defies allies to pursue Iraqi Kurd energy ties

Reactor makers must share accident costs: Greenpeace

No health effects from Fukushima: Japan researcher

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