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September 19, 2013
New Technology can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 18, 2013
When natural disasters or human-made catastrophes topple buildings, search and rescue teams immediately set out to find victims trapped beneath the wreckage. During these missions, time is imperative, and the ability to quickly detect living victims greatly increases the chances of rescue and survival. The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, Washington, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have developed a new radar-based technology named Find ... read more
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Mangroves bring wildlife back to Senegal coast
Crabs scuttle among mangrove roots in a dense riverbank forest in southern Senegal, where a major reforestation project is reviving wildlife and boosting the west African country's lukewarm economy. ... more

Beluga whales create art in Japan aquarium
Beluga whales at an aquarium near Tokyo are learning how to paint pictures as part of an autumn art programme for visitors, an official said Wednesday. ... more

Flooded Acapulco hit by looting as tourists airlifted
Mexican military and commercial flights airlifted hundreds of tourists stranded in the flooded resort of Acapulco Tuesday, where thousands of looters ransacked stores after two deadly storms struck the country. ... more
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Overfishing of sharks endangers reefs: Australian study
Scientists studying reefs off Australia said Thursday sharks play a fundamental role in the health of coral, and overfishing of them made reefs more vulnerable to global warming and weather disasters. ... more


Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely
President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to tighten gun laws after the latest in a "ritual" of shooting massacres, but lawmakers admitted there is insufficient support for new legislation. ... more
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Japan PM Abe demands end to Fukushima leaks
Japan's prime minister told Fukushima's operator to fix radioactive water leaks as he toured the crippled nuclear plant Thursday, less than two weeks after assuring the world the situation was under control. ... more

Water supply a problem for New Delhi's poor
New Delhi's poor are hardest hit by the Indian city's inadequate water supply. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Now 'right moment' for carbon tax: IMF chief

Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

McMaster engineers build better energy storage device

Researchers measure how specific atoms move in dielectric materials

NCSEA report maps regulatory, policy path to develop energy storage in NC

Physicists shrink particle accelerator

Growth, climate in focus as world economic leaders meet


Pentagon chief holds talks with Egyptian army chief: Pentagon
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Egypt's interim authorities to "advance the political roadmap" in a phone call with the country's army chief on Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman said. ... more

Rhino poaching 'kingpin' arrested in South Africa
South African national park officials claimed a significant victory in the battle against rhino poaching Thursday, saying they have arrested a man described as a "kingpin" in the illicit trade. ... more

Mudslide buries village as Hurricane Manuel lashes Mexico
A resurgent hurricane lashed Mexico's northwest coast Thursday after twin storms killed at least 80 people nationwide and buried a village under a massive mudslide, leaving dozens more missing. ... more
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Indian police arrest politicians over communal violence
Police in Uttar Pradesh were rounding up 16 people, including politicians, after an Indian court ordered their arrest for allegedly inciting deadly communal violence. ... more

New storms loom as tourists seek Acapulco exit
Thousands of frustrated tourists lined up under sweltering heat Wednesday to board airlifts out of the flooded resort of Acapulco while a drenched Mexico braced for new storms. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
NATO moves to bolster collective defense

U.K. Defense Secretary announces more support for Ukraine

Russia denies US claim that four Syria-bound missiles crashed in Iran

Pentagon chief warns of Russian casualties in Syria

Suspected Saudi-led air strike kills 28 at Yemen wedding

USAF expands OIR mission in Turkey

U.S. Air Force expands drone training at Holloman


Hong Kong couple jailed for 'inhumane' abuse of Indonesian maid
A Hong Kong couple were jailed Wednesday for a shocking string of attacks on their Indonesian domestic helper, including burning her with an iron and beating her with a bike chain. ... more

Russia arrests Greenpeace Arctic activists, fires warning shots
Russian coastguards on Wednesday arrested two Greenpeace activists who scaled an oil platform owned by state energy giant Gazprom in the Arctic to protest oil drilling in defiance of warning shots, the environmental group and officials said. ... more

Google promises new thinking for health company
Google announced Wednesday it was launching a new company focused on health and well-being, and hinted at cooperation with longtime rival Apple in the venture. ... more
U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees

Indian police arrest politicians over communal violence

Japan PM Abe demands end to Fukushima leaks

Lab-made complexes are "sun sponges"

Physicists pinpoint key property of material that both conducts and insulates

Using x-ray vision to detect unseen gold

Japan seeds clouds to boost Tokyo rain

Wetlands more cost-effective in nutrient removal, but multiple payments would be of uncertain value

Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change

Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

Change of Venue for NASA's IceBridge Antarctic Operations

Warm Ocean Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf from Below


PNG makes BHP liable for environmental damage from mine
Papua New Guinea's government wrested full control of the controversial Ok Tedi copper and gold mine and quashed former owner BHP Billiton's legal immunity for environmental damage, officials said Thursday. ... more

Colorado floods death toll revised down
The confirmed death toll from massive floods in the US state of Colorado was revised down Tuesday from eight to six, authorities said. ... more

US military missed 'red flags' about gunman: Hagel
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged Wednesday authorities missed some "red flags" that might have averted a deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, vowing to close any gaps in security. ... more

'Perfect' white diamond unveiled in Hong Kong
A "perfect" white diamond which is expected to fetch a record price of up to $35 million when it is auctioned in Hong Kong next month made its first appearance in the city Thursday. ... more
Space News from
NASA unveils missing pieces in journey to Mars

New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

Pluto's Small Moons Nix and Hydra

Blue skies, frozen water detected on Pluto

Russia Develops Portable Aerosol Cloud Generator to Conceal Missiles

GSSAP reaches initial operational capability

Scientists present, discuss latest data from experiments smashing nuclei


Bo Xilai verdict to be issued Sunday: Chinese court


Research: Strong winds may contribute to more sea ice in Antarctica


Indonesian volcano spews towering column of smoke


Earth's wobble "fixes" dinner for marine organisms


Model of dangerous bee disease in Jersey provides tool in fight against honeybee infections


Cilantro, that favorite salsa ingredient, purifies drinking water


Environmental complexity promotes biodiversity


Warm Ocean Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf from Below


Andreas and Thomas testing sample returns at sea


Flame cultivation promising as weed control method for cranberry

Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change

Tiny plankton could have big impact on climate

Unexpected interaction between ocean currents and bacteria

The real reason to worry about bees

Wetlands more cost-effective in nutrient removal, but multiple payments would be of uncertain value

New weapons on the way to battle wicked weeds

Study recommends strategies for improved management of fresh market spinach

Brazil's soybean bonanza hampered by choking ports

Sewage treatment removes widely used home and garden insecticides from wastewater

Delaying climate policy would triple short-term mitigation costs

Heavily logged forests still valuable for tropical wildlife

Research shows denser seagrass beds hold more baby blue crabs

Study explores complex physical oceanography in East China Sea

Thai police seize nearly 200 pangolins

US slaps high dumping tariffs on Chinese wood products

China activist still seeks democracy after 50 year fight

Chinese demand fuels record soy crops in South America

Soy rules in Latin America as China, Europe beckon

Algeria gas plant report reveals energy security gaps

Banishing explosive sparks in underground mines

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