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August 27, 2013
Sea ice decline spurs the greening of the Arctic
Fairbanks AL (SPX) Aug 26, 2013
Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists. Uma Bhatt, an associate professor with UAF's Geophysical Institute, and Skip Walker, a professor at UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, contributed to a recent review of research on the response of plants, marine life and animals to declining sea ice in the Arctic. "Our thought was to see if sea ice decline contributed to greening of the tu ... read more
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NASA's HS3 Mission Analyzes Saharan Dust Layer Over Eastern Atlantic
One of two of NASA's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft flew over the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin and investigated the Saharan Air Layer in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 20 and 21. The instrumen ... more

New risk model sheds light on arsenic risk in China's groundwater
Since the 1960s, it has been known that groundwater resources in certain provinces of China are contaminated with arsenic. Estimates of the numbers of affected people have risen year by year. In the ... more

Beetles modify emissions of greenhouse gases from cow pats
Cattle contribute to global warming by burping and farting large amounts of greenhouse gases. Some of the same gases are also emitted from cow pats on pastures. But now researchers from the Universi ... more

Out of Africa? New bamboo genera, mountain gorillas, and the origins of China's bamboos
African mountain bamboos are something of a mystery, as nearly all bamboos are found in Asia or South America. Hidden away up mountains in the tropics where they provide food for gorillas, just as C ... more


Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely To Break Records, But Continuing Downward Trend
The melting of sea ice in the Arctic is well on its way toward its annual "minimum," that time when the floating ice cap covers less of the Arctic Ocean than at any other period during the year. ... more


Japan seeds clouds to boost Tokyo rain
Japanese scientists have fired cloud seeding equipment to help top up reservoirs serving the 35 million people of greater Tokyo, officials said Friday, amid a sweltering summer dry spell. ... more
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Switzerland and Italy growl over 'problem bears'
Swiss and Italian officials are butting heads over how to tackle bears roaming between the two countries, in a dispute centred on balancing human and animal welfare. ... more

Sri Lanka army denies involvement in attack on editor
Sri Lanka's army Sunday denied involvement in an armed robbery at the home of a journalist who has been critical of the government. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality

Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy

Scientists develop new mode of energy generation from bituminous coal

Sustainable dams - are they possible

Britain seeks closer ties to China's Belt and Road

Single-photon detector can count to 4

Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators


U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees
The United Nations Human Rights Committee said Australia must release 46 asylum seekers who have been held for more than four years and compensate them for their time. ... more

Pakistan floods affect 1.5 million: officials
Floods and heavy monsoon rains have now killed 178 people and affected 1.5 million across Pakistan in the last three weeks, disaster management officials said Sunday in updated figures. ... more

SciTechTalk: Are Internet trolls the price we pay for free speech?
Recent attempts to deal with one of the darker sides of the Internet - so-called Internet "trolls" who hide behind electronic anonymity to post often vile, abusive and inflammatory comments to websites - raise a troubling question: Will an understandable desire for civil discourse threaten a very American right of free speech? ... more
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California emergency as huge Yosemite fire rages
A huge wildfire raged unchecked near California's famous Yosemite National Park on Friday, threatening thousands of homes as officials declared a state of emergency. ... more

One million cockroaches flee China farm: report
At least one million cockroaches have escaped a farm in China where they were being bred for use in traditional medicine, a report said. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Revealed: the Pentagon's secret UFO-hunting program

NATO urges Russia to respond to US missile concerns

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia


China graft crackdown hits Hong Kong's 'Dried Seafood Street'
In a narrow Hong Kong street filled with the tang of dried sea creatures, shopkeepers are blaming China's recent corruption crackdown for falling sales of expensive banquet foods such as shark fin and abalone. ... more

Can UN scientists revive drive against climate change?
A leaden cloak of responsibility lies on the shoulders of UN scientists as they put the final touches to the first volume of a massive report that will give the world the most detailed picture yet of climate change. ... more

Bo admits 'some responsibility' for embezzled money
Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai admitted "some responsibility" Saturday for five million yuan ($800,000) of embezzled public funds, his first confession in a dramatic trial that has gripped millions. ... more
U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees

Raytheon provides public safety a bridge from land mobile radios to smartphones and tablets

Mutualink Unveils Google Glass for Public Safety

U.S. firm releases $1,400 scanner to create 3-D printing files

Boeing Communications Relay Satellites Complete Space, Earthly Testing

Lab-made complexes are "sun sponges"

Bacteria in drinking water are key to keeping it clean

ISS-Inspired mWater App Identifies Healthy Water Sources

Epic ocean voyages of baby corals revealed

Change of Venue for NASA's IceBridge Antarctic Operations

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely To Break Records, But Continuing Downward Trend

Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats


Chinese-American billionaire blogger held on 'sex charges'
China has arrested Chinese-American billionaire blogger Charles Xue, who has attracted 12 million followers with his reform-minded comments, for suspected involvement in prostitution, police said Sunday, as Beijing steps up controls on web users. ... more

Bo trial combines old and new in Chinese law: analysts
The corruption trial of China's onetime political superstar Bo Xilai combines elements of unusual openness with traditional controls rooted deep in the one-party state and the country's long history, analysts say. ... more

China's Bo says police chief's evidence 'full of lies'
Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai accused his former police chief, whose flight to a US consulate ignited a lurid scandal, of being a liar and a fraudster Sunday, the fourth day of a gripping corruption trial. ... more

Experimental Ebola treatment protects some primates even after disease symptoms appear
Scientists have successfully treated the deadly Ebola virus in infected animals following onset of disease symptoms, according to a report published online today in Science Translational Medicine. T ... more
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Kenya jails Chinese ivory smuggler in landmark ruling

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