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March 29, 2013
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London UK (SPX) Mar 28, 2013
Research carried out by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and collaborators reveals that the last region on earth to be colonised by humans was home to more than 1,000 species of birds that went extinct soon after people reached their island homes. The paper was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Almost 4,000 years ago, tropical Pacific Islands were an untouched paradise, but the arrival of the first people in places like Hawaii and Fiji caused ... read more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Mathematical butterflies provide insight into how insects fly
In Robert A. Heinlein's science-fiction novel, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, one of the characters states that butterflies are just "...self-propelled flowers." While Heinlein's description of th ... more
WHALES AHOY

New Study Analyzes the Risk to Endangered Whales from Ship Traffic off Southern California
Researchers have identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a study released toda ... more
WATER WORLD

Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark. The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, fo ... more
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WATER WORLD

Predictions of climate impacts on fisheries can be a mirage
In the early 1940s, California fishermen hauled in a historic bounty of sardine at a time that set the backdrop for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" novel. But by the end of the decade the nets came u ... more


FLORA AND FAUNA

Computer Simulations Yield Clues to How Cells Interact With Surroundings
Your cells are social butterflies. They constantly interact with their surroundings, taking in cues on when to divide and where to anchor themselves, among other critical tasks. This networkin ... more
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Urban vegetation deters crime in Philadelphia
Contrary to convention, vegetation, when well-maintained, can lower the rates of certain types of crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, in cities, according to a Temple University ... more
WATER WORLD

Researchers Issue Forecast for 'Moderate' New England Red Tide in 2013
New England is expected to experience a "moderate" red tide this spring and summer, report NOAA-funded scientists studying the toxic algae that cause blooms in the Gulf of Maine. The "red tide" is c ... more
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What a Star Wars laser bullet really looks like

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

Cooling with molecules

Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

WATER WORLD

Slovenia seeks better water management
Slovenia, which has some of most abundant fresh water supplies in Europe, should develop new strategies to preserve and protect them, ministers said this week. ... more
SINO DAILY

Tibetan envoy says China can end immolations
An envoy of the Dalai Lama said Wednesday that Tibetans would likely end a wave of self-immolation protests if China reopened dialogue with the exiled spiritual leader to address grievances. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Disasters caused $186 bn in damage last year: Swiss Re
Natural and man-made disasters caused $186 billion (152 billion euros) in damages worldwide last year, according to a calculation released on Wednesday by the Swiss re-insurance group Swiss Re. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

'Freak tornado' leaves 12 dead in Philippines
Twelve people died when a mini-tornado caused an overloaded boat to capsize in remote southern Philippine marshes, a local official said on Wednesday. ... more
WATER WORLD

Short of water, Peru's engineers 'make our own'
The message emblazoned on a billboard outside the Peruvian capital sounds almost too good to be true: drinkable water for anyone who wants some in this arid village. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Aerostat surveillance system being evaluated by CBP

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

Russian Bank Offers 5 Billion Rubles for GLONASS

ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch

BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

Turkish cruise missile tipped for F-35

US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

FARM NEWS

US regulators under fire over bee-toxic pesticides
US environmental regulators are under fire from beekeepers and conservationists who say they are failing to vet risky pesticides that put people and valuable crop pollinators like bees in peril. ... more
WHITE OUT

Three presumed dead in Norway avalanches
Norwegian rescuers said on Wednesday they had called off efforts to find three people presumed dead in two avalanches a day earlier in Norway's far north. ... more
FARM NEWS

Pesticides short-circuit bee brains: study
Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed to find food, scientists said Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Disasters caused $186 bn in damage last year: Swiss Re

Britain enhancing SAR services

Outside View: Homeless youth awareness


FARM NEWS
DARPA Envisions the Future of Machine Learning

Lasers could yield particle research tool

Astrium: operational and commercial launch of the fully complete Pleiades constellation


FARM NEWS
Scientists confirm first two-headed bull shark

Predictions of climate impacts on fisheries can be a mirage

'Water Security': Experts propose a UN definition on which much depends


FARM NEWS
The long winter ahead

For polar bears, it's survival of the fattest

NASA Begins New Season of Arctic Ice Science Flights

SINO DAILY

China jails 20 in restive Xinjiang region
China has sentenced 20 men to terms of up to life imprisonment for involvement in terrorism and "inciting secession" in the country's ethnically-divided western region of Xinjiang, state media said. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Outside View: Homeless youth awareness
On March 22, 160 New York and New Jersey young professionals took on the challenge of sleeping out one night to raise awareness about homeless youth. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW

Strong quake kills one, injures 86 in Taiwan
A strong earthquake killed one person and injured at least 86 others in Taiwan on Wednesday as violent shock waves damaged buildings and triggered two blazes, emergency officials said. ... more
SINO DAILY

China firm says first lady's style not for sale
The Chinese fashion brand that designed bags and clothes for the country's new first lady has turned down the chance to make a fortune from her endorsement, saying Wednesday no similar items will be on offer. ... more
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China launches first mission to moon and back

Two families of comets found around nearby star

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

WHALES AHOY

World's biggest creature tracked by its song

FARM NEWS

Brazil grocers pledge to shun Amazon meat

WHITE OUT

Is global warming causing harsher winters?

FARM NEWS

Climate change rewrites world wine list

ABOUT US

Patents said threat to 'genomic liberty'

EARLY EARTH

A tiny grain helps reveal the history of a rock

FLORA AND FAUNA

DNA helps unravel relationship between plants and insects

WOOD PILE

Decreased Water Flow May be Trade-off for More Productive Forest

SHAKE AND BLOW

Iceland sees unusual seismic activity at Hekla volcano

WHITE OUT

Sub-zero spring causes chaos across Europe, US

Flu vaccine linked to narcolepsy in under 30s: study

Wet 2012 'catastrophic' for Britain's butterflies

Outside View: Russia's judicial system

Rare find: two new species join primate club

Airdrop to animals as spring snow blights Britain

Kenya fines ivory smuggler less than a dollar a piece

Two quakes rattle Mexico

Indian stars call for dry Holi festival amid drought

Britain enhancing SAR services

Brazil supermarkets to keep Amazon meat off shelves

'Water Security': Experts propose a UN definition on which much depends

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Huge and widespread volcanic eruptions triggered the end-Triassic extinction

Invasive Species: Understanding the Threat Before It's Too Late

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