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August 09, 2013
FLORA AND FAUNA
'Digging up' 4-billion-year-old fossil protein structures to reveal how they evolved
Granada, Spain (SPX) Aug 09, 2013
Modern proteins exhibit an impressive degree of structural diversity, which has been well characterized, but very little is known about how and when over the course of evolution 3D protein structures arose. In a study published by Cell Press in Structure, researchers resurrected 4-billion-year-old Precambrian proteins in the laboratory and gained novel insights into protein evolution by analyzing their X-ray crystal structures. This method has revealed a remarkable degree of structural similarity ... read more
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ICE WORLD

Ice ages only thanks to feedback
Ice ages and warm periods have alternated fairly regularly in the Earth's history: the Earth's climate cools roughly every 100,000 years, with vast areas of North America, Europe and Asia being buri ... more
INTERN DAILY

Micro-Machines for the Human Body
Tiny sensors and motors are everywhere, telling your smartphone screen to rotate and your camera to focus. Now, a team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has found a way to print biocompatible co ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

The temperature tastes just right
Call it the Goldilocks Principle - animals can survive and reproduce only if the temperature is just right. Too hot and they will overheat. Too cold and they will freeze. To stay in their comf ... more
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WATER WORLD

Newly discovered bacterial partnership changes ocean chemistry
In a discovery that further demonstrates just how unexpected and unusual nature can be, scientists have found two strains of bacteria whose symbiotic relationship is unlike anything seen before. ... more


FARM NEWS

Is sous vide cooking safe?
The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has been undertaking research for the Food Standards Agency to establish if the cooking technique sous vide is safe. Sous vide uses lower temperatures to improve ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Eavesdropping plants prepare to be attacked
In a world full of hungry predators, prey animals must be constantly vigilant to avoid getting eaten. But plants face a particular challenge when it comes to defending themselves. "One of the ... more
WEATHER REPORT

New insights into the 1-in-a-million lightning called 'ball lightning'
One of the rare scientific reports on the rarest form of lightning - ball lightning - describes better ways of producing this mysterious phenomenon under the modern laboratory conditions needed to ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Introducing the multi-tasking nanoparticle

Scientists observe quantum vortices in cold helium droplets

Removing the outcome unpredictability of ultracold atomic reactions

Real 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target would decimate industry

New Properties of Rotating Superfluids Discovered in Helium Nanodroplets

Electron microscopy enables imaging of gold nanoparticles

Cutting solar support would scrap jobs

FROTH AND BUBBLE

A Path to Better MTV-MOFs
Scientists would like to apply the same principles by which baking soda removes food odors from refrigerators or silica powder keeps moisture away from electronic devices to scrub carbon dioxide fro ... more
FARM NEWS

France predicts bumper champagne production this year
Champagne lovers were in for a treat as official statistics released Thursday predicted that France's production of bubbly would take a 56 percent leap this year. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Britain's panda may be pregnant, says zoo
Is Tian Tian pregnant? Hopes are high in Britain that it will get its first panda cub after Edinburgh Zoo said Friday there were "strong indications" that its female panda is expecting. ... more

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WATER WORLD

Greenpeace warns Spain about building on coast
Greenpeace accused Spain Thursday of overdeveloping its coastline and warned the problem will only get worse due to a new law which it said makes it easier for new projects close to the shore to get approval. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE

Dead fish after huge oil spill in Philippines
A huge oil spill shut down parts of the Philippine capital's vital fishing industry Friday, jeopardising the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people living along Manila Bay's diesel-coated coast. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Japan mulls enhancing missile detecting capability

R-7 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Delivery by drone

Engineers and Technicians Install Protective Shell on NASA's Orion Spacecraft

Researchers find security flaws in backscatter X-ray scanners

GenDyn providing support services for Littoral Combat Ships

British police urge public to inform on 'aspiring terrorists'

WEATHER REPORT

Record high temperatures in Austria
Temperatures in Austria rose above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Thursday for the first time since records began in the mid 19th century, the meteorological office ZAMG said. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE

Green sea turtles eat more plastic than ever: study
Endangered green turtles are ingesting more man-made debris, including potentially lethal plastic products, than ever before, a new Australian study has shown. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Togo police seize 700 kg of ivory
Police in Togo have seized 700 kilogrammes (1,540 pounds) of ivory in the capital city of Lome, the government told AFP on Thursday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Dark tourism brings light to disaster zones

Papua New Guinea opposition challenges asylum deal

Sandy's offspring: baby boom nine months after storm


FLORA AND FAUNA
New 'weird' material may be new class of solids, researchers say

Alphasat deploys its giant reflector in orbit

Mission Criticality of Space Mechanisms - Part 1


FLORA AND FAUNA
New Insight on Vulnerability of Public-Supply Wells to Contamination

Greenpeace warns Spain about building on coast

Scientists uncover secrets of starfish's bizarre feeding mechanism


FLORA AND FAUNA
Ice ages only thanks to feedback

Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife

New records for sea ice loss, greenhouse gas in 2012

EARLY EARTH

Reconstructed proteins give clues to first life on Earth -- or Mars
Reconstructions of 4 billion-year-old proteins have provided insights into the habitat and origins of life on Earth, Spanish and U.S. researchers say. ... more
CARBON WORLDS

China vehicle sales growth slows in July
Growth in China's vehicle sales slowed to an annual 9.9 percent in July, an industry group said Friday, as the world's largest car market entered its low season. ... more
SINO DAILY

China twin babies stolen by doctor found: state media
Twin baby girls allegedly stolen and sold by the obstetrician who delivered them in China have been recovered by police, state media reported Friday. ... more
FARM NEWS

Existing cropland could feed four billion more
The world's croplands could feed 4 billion more people than they do now just by shifting from producing animal feed and biofuels to producing exclusively food for human consumption, according to new ... more
Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Russia May Continue ISS Work Beyond 2020

Regulating Asteroid Mining

Australia approves GPS project

Russia Considers Meteor Impact Prevention Project

New Horizons Crosses Neptune Orbit On Route To First Pluto Flyby

Singapore launches world's first ZigBee inter-satellite comms system

Officials expand space-tracking website

CLIMATE SCIENCE

Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow

FARM NEWS

Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'

FROTH AND BUBBLE

ORNL research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup

FARM NEWS

Citizen scientists rival experts in analyzing land-cover data

FARM NEWS

Researchers re-evaluate swine nutrition

FARM NEWS

Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests

WOOD PILE

One tree's architecture reveals secrets of a forest

FLORA AND FAUNA

Climate change is causing modifications to marine life behavior

FARM NEWS

Rubber slat mats could improve animal well-being

FARM NEWS

Chronic harvesting threatens tropical tree

Geoscientists gradually decipher nature's playbook

Dartmouth-led team discovers how plants avoid sunburn

Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife

Venezuela's Maduro gets tough on dissent

Australian zoo hoping for first panda birth Down Under

Death toll rises to 84 in Pakistan floods

Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger: govt

First likely case of H7N9 bird flu spread by humans reported

Dolphins' memories of each other last through 20 years of separation

Researchers propose new experiments on mutant bird flu

Pressures and marketing push China formula use: experts

Researchers dismantle bacteria's war machinery

Discovery could lead to end of sunburn pain

Cool heads likely won't prevail in a hotter, wetter world

Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years

Scientists uncover secrets of starfish's bizarre feeding mechanism

New Insight on Vulnerability of Public-Supply Wells to Contamination

Battery Design Gets Boost from Aligned Carbon Nanotubes

Understanding Interface Properties of Graphene Paves Way for New Applications

Price of Wind Energy in the United States Is Near an All-Time Low

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