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April 03, 2013
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Picking apart photosynthesis
Pasadena CA (SPX) Apr 03, 2013
Chemists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory believe they can now explain one of the remaining mysteries of photosynthesis, the chemical process by which plants convert sunlight into usable energy and generate the oxygen that we breathe. The finding suggests a new way of approaching the design of catalysts that drive the water-splitting reactions of artificial photosynthesis. "If we want to make systems that can do artificial photosynth ... read more
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Scientists identify brain's 'molecular memory switch'
Scientists have identified a key molecule responsible for triggering the chemical processes in our brain linked to our formation of memories. The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Neur ... more
TECTONICS

Congestion in the Earth's mantle
The Earth is dynamic. What we perceive as solid ground beneath our feet, is in reality constantly changing. In the space of a year Africa and America are drifting apart at the back of the Middle Atl ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Geckos keep firm grip in wet natural habitat
Geckos' ability to stick to trees and leaves during rainforest downpours has fascinated scientists for decades, leading a group of University of Akron researchers to solve the mystery. They di ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Massive prehistoric bird extinction linked to human colonization
Research by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor has found that about a thousand bird species became extinct following human colonization. Research by Alison Boyer, a research assist ... more


WATER WORLD

Researchers unveil large robotic jellyfish that one day could patrol oceans
Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man, 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighing 170 pounds. ... more
Disposal of Vestas Wind Turbine Parts
FLORA AND FAUNA

The splendid Skadar Lake (Montenegro and Albania), surprises with new species of snails
The Gastropoda, more commonly known as snails and slugs, are a large group of animals within the phylum Mollusca. Gastrop?ds species are extremely diverse in forms and sizes, ranging from microscopi ... more
WATER WORLD

Rising up to prepare for sea level rise
Situated among the trees and mountains along the scenic Hudson River, Kingston, New York seems far away from the salty blue waves of the Atlantic. Yet, just 100 miles inland from the World Trade Cen ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
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

Sustainable fishing practices produce local rewards
Communities that act locally to limit their fish catches will reap the rewards of their action, as will their neighbors. That's the conclusion of a study reported in the Cell Press journal Current B ... more
WATER WORLD

Notre Dame researcher is studying role small dams play in pollution control
Sometimes, little things can add up to a lot. In short, that's the message of a research study on small dams, streams and pollution by Steve Powers, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of No ... more
DEMOCRACY

Cradle of Arab Spring fears jihadist surge
Tunisian jihadists are flocking to Syria to fight alongside Islamist forces to topple the Damascus regime, just as they did in Iraq after the 2003 U.S. invasion. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Total of 54 Tibet landslide bodies recovered: state media
Chinese rescue crews have recovered a total of 54 bodies in the aftermath of a huge landslide in Tibet that buried more than 80 mine workers, state television reported Tuesday. ... more
WEATHER REPORT

Violent storm kills six in Argentina
Six people were killed after torrential rain and powerful winds battered Buenos Aires, knocking out power, downing trees and damaging homes, officials said Tuesday. ... 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

FROTH AND BUBBLE

Indian court fines Vedanta $20 mn for polluting
India's top court on Tuesday fined British resources giant Vedanta nearly $20 million over pollution from its huge copper smelter, which has just been shut by a new row over a "toxic" gas leak. ... more
PILLAGING PIRATES

US ships look to net big contraband catches in Pacific
The bow of the USS Thach was slicing the Pacific waters off Colombia's coast when the alarm suddenly blared across the US Navy frigate. It was time to hunt down a cocaine ship. ... more
DEMOCRACY

Myanmar private dailies start publishing
Private daily newspapers have begun hitting the newsstands in Myanmar this week after the government eased its 5-decade-long monopoly on print media. ... more
DEMOCRACY
More Tibet landslide bodies recovered: media

Shellfish gone near damaged nuke plant

Total of 54 Tibet landslide bodies recovered: state media


DEMOCRACY
CO2 could produce valuable chemical cheaply

Catalyst in a teacup: New approach to chemical reduction

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DEMOCRACY
Desert nomads marvel at water purifying device

Giant pockmarks found on Pacific seafloor

Rising up to prepare for sea level rise


DEMOCRACY
Recommendations for Streamlining Scientific Logistics in Antarctica

China plans more Antarctica research sites

Summer melt season is getting longer on the Antarctic Peninsula

WATER WORLD

Giant pockmarks found on Pacific seafloor
Scientists say they have found what may be the world's biggest so-called pockmarks on the seafloor about 300 miles east of New Zealand. ... more
FARM NEWS

China fertiliser leaves tons of harmful waste: report
Mountains of hazardous waste left from China's huge phosphate fertiliser industry are polluting nearby communities and waters, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Tuesday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE

Economist warns of 'radical' climate change, millions at risk
The author of an influential 2006 study on climate change warned Tuesday that the world could be headed toward warming even more catastrophic than expected but he voiced hope for political action. ... more
EPIDEMICS

China reports four more cases of new bird flu strain
Four more people in China have been infected with a new strain of bird flu, a local government said Tuesday, bringing the country's total to seven. ... more
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Thales providing satcom capability to Qatar

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph

Cosmonauts complete 3rd EVA for October

WATER WORLD

Desert nomads marvel at water purifying device

FLORA AND FAUNA

Insect pests more plentiful in hotter parts of city than in cooler areas

FARM NEWS

Pesticide combination affects bees' ability to learn

TECTONICS

Scripps scientists image deep magma beneath Pacific seafloor volcano

EARLY EARTH

New fossil species from a fish-eat-fish world when limbed animals evolved

EPIDEMICS

Climate change likely to worsen threat of diarrheal disease in Botswana, arid African countries

FARM NEWS

Researchers Find Novel Way Plants Pass Traits to Next Generation

ICE WORLD

Recommendations for Streamlining Scientific Logistics in Antarctica

FROTH AND BUBBLE

Ultrafine particles raise concerns about improved cookstoves

FARM NEWS

Study looks at why chickens overeat

Uncovering Africa's oldest known penguins

More Tibet landslide bodies recovered: media

Researchers successfully map fountain of youth

Shellfish gone near damaged nuke plant

China strengthens checks after new bird flu deaths

Indonesia seizes nearly 700 endangered turtles

Moscow sees record snow on April Fool's Day

Climate change to affect Mekong production

Study maps accidental killings of sea turtles

China plans more Antarctica research sites

New system to restore wetlands could reduce massive floods, aid crops

Pig wasting syndrome costing farmers millions

Summer melt season is getting longer on the Antarctic Peninsula

Researchers question evaluation methods for protected areas in the Amazon

The latest genomic studies of wheat sheds new light on crop adaptation and domestication

China to launch high-res Earth-observation satellite

Outside View: Transboundary rivers treaty

Light may recast copper as chemical industry 'holy grail'

Exxon-BHP plan floating gas processing

Westinghouse announces successful setting of AP1000 containment vessel top head at China's Haiyang Unit 1

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