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February 25, 2013
Mutant champions save imperiled species from extinction
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Species facing widespread and rapid environmental changes can sometimes evolve quickly enough to dodge the extinction bullet. Populations of disease-causing bacteria evolve, for example, as doctors flood their "environment," the human body, with antibiotics. Insects, animals and plants can make evolutionary adaptations in response to pesticides, heavy metals and overfishing. Previous studies have shown that the more gradual the change, the better the chances for "evolutionary rescue" - the process ... read more
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Wiring the ocean
For most people, the sea is a deep, dark mystery. That is changing, though, as scientists find innovative ways to track the movements of ocean-going creatures. Stanford marine sciences profess ... more

How the whale got its teeth
Whales are mammals, but they don't look like the mammals living around us, as they have a triangular fluke for tail, no hind legs and no body hair. And inside their mouths, their teeth are unfamilia ... more

Wild plants are infected with many viruses and still thrive
Researchers have studied viruses as agents of disease in humans, domestic animals and plants, but a study of plant viruses in the wild may point to a more cooperative, benevolent role of the microbe ... more
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Not just cars, but living organisms need antifreeze to survive
If you thought antifreeze was only something that was necessary to keep your car from freezing up in the winter, think again. Plants and animals living in cold climates have natural antifreeze prote ... more


Fighting disease deep inside the brain
Some 90,000 patients per year are treated for Parkinson's disease, a number that is expected to rise by 25 percent annually. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), which consists of electrically stimul ... more
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Better fire management tools for Africa's savannas
Scientists at the Nairobi-based World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and partners have developed specialized graphs that map out fire behavior, known as nomographs, for landscape managers in Africa's s ... more

Growing medicines in plants requires new regulations
Scientists say amending an EU directive on GMOs could help stimulate innovation in making vaccines, cheaper pharmaceuticals and organic plastics using plants. In a paper to be published in Cur ... 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


Minnesota mulls wolf hunting moratorium
A bill introduced this week in Minnesota would prohibit hunting and trapping wolves in the state for at least five years, lawmakers said. ... more

Female Isle Royale wolves numbers higher
The male-female balance among the population of wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale is not lopsided as previously thought, researchers say. ... more

High tech helps scientists protect whales
Scientists are delving deep into the travels of whales - thanks to high-tech tracking devices - to try to help protect them. ... more
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Cold-tolerant grapes expand wine country
Cold-tolerant grapes developed by University of Minnesota researchers have sparked the doubling of the number of wineries in the state in the past six years. ... more

Turkmenistan to plant 3 million trees to make desert bloom
The ex-Soviet state of Turkmenistan announced on Saturday a new campaign to plant three million tree saplings this year with the aim of transforming the desert Central Asian nation into a "blooming garden". ... 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


Earthquake strikes far underground in southwest Argentina
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Argentina Friday but caused no damage or injuries, the US Geological Survey and local authorities reported. ... more

Olympics: Illegal dump tarnishes 'green' Sochi Games
Away from the construction bustle of Sochi's Olympic Park, where Russia will host the Winter Olympics next February, residents of a small community north of central Sochi have seen only the filthy side of preparations. ... more

Experts urge Arab nations to train forces in crowd control
Defence experts who say many lives could have been saved during Arab uprisings if states used proper crowd control measures sought to tap into a growing market at an Abu Dhabi arms fair. ... more
British PM sparks concern with aid budget proposals

Swiss Re posts 61% profit rise in 2012

Four guilty of manslaughter in Italy quake trial

DARPA Seeks to Defuse the Threat of Ionizing Radiation

Engineers show feasibility of superfast materials

Lessons from nature could lead to the creation of new materials

Research shows pollution doesn't change the rate of droplet formation

Wiring the ocean

Key to cleaner environment may be right beneath our feet

Flow of research on ice sheets helps answer climate questions

Reduced sea ice disturbs balance of greenhouse gases

Extreme winters impact fish negatively


China admits pollution-linked 'cancer villages'
China's environment ministry has acknowledged the existence of "cancer villages", after years of assertions by academics and domestic media that polluted areas experience higher rates of the disease. ... more

Low snow in winter will prolong drought
Drought will persist in the U.S. West this summer due in part to a lack of snow this winter, climate, agriculture and water resources experts say. ... more

Ukraine to join NATO anti-piracy mission
Ukraine will provide a ship to take part in NATO's Ocean Shield anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa, the first alliance partner nation to do so, NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday. ... more

Massive winter storm blankets central US
A massive winter storm blanketed much of the central United States Thursday, dumping heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain, and even prompting tornado warnings with its high winds. ... more
Space News from
2 rookie astronauts, and cosmonaut blast off to ISS

'Dragon back' as cargo reaches space station

SpaceX resupply truck Dragon on route to ISS for space research delivery

Opportunity Comes to a Fork in the Road

Thales Alenia Space signs 3 contracts for NASA's deep space exploration

Initial results and data from observations of 'Oumuamua

Planting oxygen ensures a breath of fresh air


Monsanto to appeal Brazil GM seed ruling


10 dead as Cyclone Haruna lashes Madagascar


Gold gifts mystify tsunami-wracked Japan city


Comedian poised as Italian poll kingmaker


Thousands isolated by Australian floodwaters


China reports year's second fatal case of bird flu


EU carbon trading survives key vote


Reduced sea ice disturbs balance of greenhouse gases


Key to cleaner environment may be right beneath our feet


Climate change is not an all-or-nothing proposition

Jurassic records warn of risk to marine life from global warming

Climate change's costly wild weather consequences

Statistics help clear fog for better climate change picture

Research shows pollution doesn't change the rate of droplet formation

As predators decline, carbon emissions rise

Lake-effect snow sometimes needs mountains

Massive winter storm blankets central US

Political crisis delaying Moldova EU hopes

Tibetan teens in rare double immolation: reports

Study of world's richest marine area shows size matters

Chinese villagers told to flatten tombs: reports

Swiss Re posts 61% profit rise in 2012

Activists want ivory sanctions on Thailand, others

Lifelike ears created with 3D printing

British PM sparks concern with aid budget proposals

China to get emissions tax?

Text messages help cholera fight in Mozambique

Global wind energy capacity grows 19 percent in 2012

That's the way the droplets adhere

Turning carbon dioxide to fuel

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