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March 04, 2013
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Blueprint for an artificial brain
Bielefeld, Germany (SPX) Mar 04, 2013
Scientists have long been dreaming about building a computer that would work like a brain. This is because a brain is far more energy-saving than a computer, it can learn by itself, and it doesn't need any programming. Privatdozent [senior lecturer] Dr. Andy Thomas from Bielefeld University's Faculty of Physics is experimenting with memristors - electronic microcomponents that imitate natural nerves. Thomas and his colleagues proved that they could do this a year ago. They constructed a memristor ... read more
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NASA Eyes Declining Vegetation In The Eastern United States From 2000 To 2010
NASA scientists report that warmer temperatures and changes in precipitation locally and regionally have altered the growth of large forest areas in the eastern United States over the past 10 years. ... more
INTERN DAILY

Swine cells could power artificial liver
Chronic or acute, liver failure can be deadly. Toxins take over, the skin turns yellow and higher brain function slows. "There is no effective therapy at the moment to deal with the toxins tha ... more
EARLY EARTH

Feeding limbs and nervous system of one of Earth's earliest animals discovered
An extraordinary find allowing scientists to see through the head of the 'fuxianhuiid' arthropod has revealed one of the earliest evolutionary examples of limbs used for feeding, along with the olde ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

At least eight dead in Ecuador floods: officials
At least eight people were killed by flooding in southwestern Ecuador following several hours of torrential rains, officials said Sunday. ... more


EPIDEMICS

Atlantic warming points to malaria risk... in India
Health watchdogs monitoring the risk of malaria in India should keep a close eye on what's happening thousands of kilometres (miles) away in the Atlantic, an unusual study published on Sunday suggests. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Bangladesh deploys troops as protest toll hits 76
Bangladesh deployed troops in part of the country after fresh clashes erupted Sunday, taking the death toll to 76 in weeks of violence over the conviction of Islamist leaders for war crimes. ... more
WHITE OUT

Six people die as blizzards hit northern Japan
At least six people died in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend, police and news reports said Sunday. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
NTU invents smart window that tints and powers itself

Japan nuclear watchdog greenlights more reactors

ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale

Conversion process turns biomass 'waste' into lucrative chemical products

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

India, US Discuss Building US-Designed Nuclear Power Plants in India

Guelph Researchers Recipe: Cook Farm Waste into Energy

CLIMATE SCIENCE

Scientist play down 'tipping point' theory
A doomsday-like scenario of sudden, irreversible change to the Earth's ecology - a tipping point - is not supported by science, Australian researchers say. ... more
BLUE SKY

Beijing residents bemoan smog and sandstorms
Beijing residents were urged to stay indoors Thursday as pollution levels soared before a sandstorm brought further misery to China's capital. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Rhinos, elephants and sharks to top CITES agenda
The race to protect the world's rhino, elephant and shark populations from the bloody trade in animal body parts will be at the heart of key endangered species talks in Bangkok from Sunday. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Cambodia orders action to stop deadly bird flu
Phnom Penh on Friday ordered urgent action to stem the "worrying" number of bird flu deaths in Cambodia, following a surge in the number of fatalities from the virus. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Heat on Thailand as wildlife conference starts
Global conservationists converged on Bangkok Sunday for the start of endangered species talks, as host Thailand was forced onto the defensive over the rampant smuggling of ivory through its territory. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

Sony cancels parody film as NKorea suspected over hack

Palestinians seek Arab backing for UN resolution

Taiwan's ailing economy major challenge for leadership hopefuls

Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Vladimir Monomakh

Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

DARPA developing first-ever maneuverable bullet

WOOD PILE

EU cracks down on illegal timber trade
The European Union is cracking down on the timber trade in an effort to curb illegal logging, blamed for a host of ills from social upheaval to environmental and economic damage. ... more
WATER WORLD

EU Council agrees to limit fish discards
In what backers called a "historic" moment for EU fisheries policy, member states have agreed to ban the discarding of fish but with exceptions. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning
Japan on Friday insisted warnings by the World Health Organisation of a rise in the risk of cancer for people in Fukushima were overblown, saying the agency was unnecessarily stoking fears. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan riled by WHO's Fukushima cancer warning

Ongoing repairs keep Statue of Liberty closed

Chernobyl plant building to be covered


DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Laser mastery narrows down sources of superconductivity

New Phased Array Programs May Save Billions, Years Off Development

Theory of crystal formation complete again


DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Shark fin-hungry China drives 'chaotic' fishing in Indonesia

EU Council agrees to limit fish discards

Ship noise makes crabs get crabby


DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Caves point to thawing of Siberia

Fiennes's evacuation from Antarctica under way

Data paper describes Antarctic biodiversity data gathered by 90 expeditions since 1956

BLUE SKY

African, Asian dust affects Calif. weather
Dust from African and Asian deserts can have an impact on California's water supply by increasing rain and snowfall, researchers say. ... more
SINO DAILY

China village defies officials to demand democracy
Villagers in southern China were locked in a stand-off with authorities Sunday and were demanding democratic polls after a violent clash with thugs linked to a local official over a land transfer. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Ongoing repairs keep Statue of Liberty closed
Damage wreaked on the Statue of Liberty by Hurricane Sandy has yet to be fully repaired, and it remains unclear when the New York icon will again welcome tourists from around the world. ... more
WATER WORLD

Shark fin-hungry China drives 'chaotic' fishing in Indonesia
Dozens of weary Indonesian fishermen sail into a busy port on the resort island of Bali celebrating their lucrative and controversial haul that is destined to end up at Chinese banquets. ... more
Space News from SpaceDaily.com
ESA scientists say Philae lander will wake up in 2015

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Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Between USSR, US in Details

Atlas 5 launches spysat payload for NRO

Lockheed Martin opens MUOS application development facility

Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

Room temp quantum optics chip geneates tunable photon-pair spectrum

FLORA AND FAUNA

Frogs leap from Indonesian swamps to tabletops in France

EARTH OBSERVATION

NASA's Aquarius Sees Salty Shifts

EARTH OBSERVATION

SMOS: the global success story continues

EARTH OBSERVATION

Vietnam to launch third satellite into orbit

EARTH OBSERVATION

NASA Selects Launch Services for ICESat-2 Mission

FLORA AND FAUNA

Thai tourist industry 'driving' elephant smuggling

SINO DAILY

New pope faces old problem of divided China Church

SINO DAILY

Keep up censorship fight, urges acclaimed Chinese filmmaker

FARM NEWS

Hong Kong cracks down on baby formula trade

EARLY EARTH

Resurrection of 3-billion-year-old antibiotic-resistance proteins

Invention opens the way to packaging that monitors food freshness

Formation of nanoparticles can now be studied molecule-by-molecule

Gold nanocages could image and treat tumours

Seals sleep with only half their brain at a time

Ship noise makes crabs get crabby

Science synthesis to help guide land management of US forests

More evidence needed for scale up of mobile device technology in health

Environmental Issues Rank Low Among Most People's Concerns

Stanford scientists help shed light on key component of China's pollution problem

Fukushima raised cancer risk near plant: WHO

Exurban residences impact bird communities up to 200 meters away

Nut-cracking monkeys use shapes to strategize their use of tools

Argentine soybean yield goes below budget

Estimates reduce amount of additional land available for biofuel production

Slovenia's only nuke plant back on line

Shell report shows decreasing role for oil

British skepticism caps EU jobless spiral

Namibias Roessing uranium mine to slash jobs

Westinghouse Nuclear Team Sign MoU With Local Czech Engineering Firms

Scientists have overestimated capacity of wind farms to generate power

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