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March 04, 2013
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

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

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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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


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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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

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
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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

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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

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

Rhinos, elephants and sharks to top CITES agenda
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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

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
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

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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

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

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
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Ongoing repairs keep Statue of Liberty closed

Chernobyl plant building to be covered

Laser mastery narrows down sources of superconductivity

New Phased Array Programs May Save Billions, Years Off Development

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

EU Council agrees to limit fish discards

Ship noise makes crabs get crabby

Caves point to thawing of Siberia

Fiennes's evacuation from Antarctica under way

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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

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

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

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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

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Science synthesis to help guide land management of US forests

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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

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Westinghouse Nuclear Team Sign MoU With Local Czech Engineering Firms

Scientists have overestimated capacity of wind farms to generate power

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