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July 23, 2013
Greening of the Earth pushed way back in time
Eugene OR (SPX) Jul 23, 2013
Conventional scientific wisdom has it that plants and other creatures have only lived on land for about 500 million years, and that landscapes of the early Earth were as barren as Mars. A new study, led by geologist Gregory J. Retallack of the University of Oregon, now has presented evidence for life on land that is four times as old - at 2.2 billion years ago and almost half way back to the inception of the planet. That evidence, which is detailed in the September issue of the journal Prec ... read more
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Loss of African woodland may impact on climate
Deforestation in parts of Africa could be reversed with changes to land use, a study suggests. A more strategic approach to managing trees across the continent could have a positive impact on the ch ... more

NUS researchers developed world's first water treatment techniques using apple and tomato peels
One of the most crucial problems affecting the world today is the scarcity of potable water. In a bid to make clean water available at low cost, Mr Ramakrishna Mallampati, a PhD candidate at the Nat ... more

Scientists discover new variability in iron supply to the oceans with climate implications
supply of dissolved iron to oceans around continental shelves has been found to be more variable by region than previously believed - with implications for future climate prediction. Iron is k ... more
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It's not just the heat - it's the ozone: Study highlights hidden dangers
During heat waves - when ozone production rises - plants' ozone absorption is curtailed, leaving more pollution in the air, and costing an estimated 460 lives in the UK in the hot summer of 2006. ... more


Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test
A family of molecules developed at Carnegie Mellon University to break down pollutants in water is one step closer to commercial use. Study results published online in the journal Green Chemistry sh ... more

New iceberg theory points to areas at risk of rapid disintegration
In events that could exacerbate sea level rise over the coming decades, stretches of ice on the coasts of Antarctica and Greenland are at risk of rapidly cracking apart and falling into the ocean, a ... more

Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so
A 2,000-square-kilometer zone in the Yukon Flats of interior Alaska - one of the most flammable high-latitude regions of the world, according to scientists - has seen a dramatic increase in both the ... more
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China appetite for pricey contemporary art 'suddenly evaporates'

World Bank trims Asia forecast but says no China hard landing

Nuclear power plants warned on cyber security

France seeking Asian investors for Areva-EDF reactor unit

Shell starts new work offshore Nigeria

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Geochemical 'fingerprints' leave evidence that megafloods eroded steep gorge
The Yarlung-Tsangpo River in southern Asia drops rapidly through the Himalaya Mountains on its way to the Bay of Bengal, losing about 7,000 feet of elevation through the precipitously steep Tsangpo ... more

Black Bears Return to Missouri Indicates Healthy Forests
For nearly a century, the only bears known to reside in Missouri were on the state flag or in captivity. Unregulated hunting and habitat loss had wiped out most black bears in Missouri, Arkansas and ... more

Scientists sound new warning for arsenic in rice
Rice tainted with high levels of arsenic has been linked to genetic damage that heightens the risk of cancer, a study published on Monday said. ... more

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At least 89 dead in China earthquakes: state media
Rescuers battled through landslides and clogged roads in a bid to reach victims of twin earthquakes in northwest China Monday which killed 89 people, injured almost 600 and damaged more than 20,000 buildings. ... more

Scotland backs Hebrides conservation area despite fishing objections
Scotland has designated a pristine marine area in Hebrides Islands as a European Union "special area of conservation" despite strong opposition from fishermen. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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Russia Unveils Plans to Modernize Nuke-Powered Submarines

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Russian TV forecasts 'good weather for bombing' in Syria


Outside View: U.S. should step back in Egypt, elsewhere
Egypt presents unpleasant choices and is emblematic of challenges confronting U.S foreign policymakers across the globe. U.S. policy should adjust in ways once viewed as unthinkable. ... more

New study ignites debate over Indonesia's mud volcano
Scientists on Sunday sparked a fresh debate over what triggered Indonesia's Lusi mud volcano, still spewing truckloads of slime more than seven years after it leapt catastrophically into life. ... more

More steam in Fukushima reactor building: TEPCO
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan said Tuesday steam had been spotted at the battered reactor for the second time in days, but levels of radioactivity had not risen. ... more
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The best defense against catastrophic storms: Mother Nature, say Stanford researchers

Unusual material expands dramatically under pressure

World's cheapest computer gets millions tinkering

Milikelvins drive droplet evaporation

First atlas on oceanic plankton

Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test

NUS researchers developed world's first water treatment techniques using apple and tomato peels

New iceberg theory points to areas at risk of rapid disintegration

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic sanctuary: NGOs

Continuous satellite monitoring of ice sheets needed to better predict sea-level rise


Wolf found in Netherlands, first for 150 years
A dead animal found by a road in the Netherlands was a wolf, thought to be the first to be discovered in the country for 150 years, official said. ... more

Missing lynx: Climate change to wipe out rarest cat
Within 50 years, climate change will probably wipe out the world's most endangered feline, the Iberian lynx, even if the world meets its target for curbing carbon emissions, biologists said on Sunday. ... more

Haze from Indonesian fires returns to Malaysia
Haze blanketed parts of Malaysia on Monday, weeks after the region suffered its worst pollution from forest fires in Indonesia in more than a decade. ... more

More than 1,000 displaced by northern Mexico rains
More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the city of Jimenez in northern Mexico after the heaviest rainfall in 25 years, officials said late Sunday. ... more
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Man in wheelchair detonates device at Beijing airport: state media

Chinese scientists report simple method of producing stem cells

Earthquake rocks New Zealand's capital

Malawi faces food shortage

First Persian leopard cubs in 50 years born in Russian breeding center

Archaeologist says he's uncovered King David's palace

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