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October 03, 2013
Biochar quiets microbes, including some plant pathogens
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 03, 2013
In the first study of its kind, Rice University scientists have used synthetic biology to study how a popular soil amendment called "biochar" can interfere with the chemical signals that some microbes use to communicate. The class of compounds studied includes those used by some plant pathogens to coordinate their attacks. Biochar is charcoal that is produced - typically from waste wood, manure or leaves - for use as a soil additive. Studies have found biochar can improve both the nutrient- and wa ... read more
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How much of thallium pollutants will be released to environment by utilizing minerals?
A recent research has explored the environmental exposure and flux of thallium to the environment; and it provides the foundations for theoretical calculation to control Tl pollution by utilizing of ... more

Farmers need help to plow through new food safety regulations
Agricultural extension educators should take a flexible approach in teaching farmers about the changing landscape of food safety regulations, according to Penn State researchers. "We should tr ... more

Climate change: Fast out of the gate, slow to the finish the gate
A great deal of research has focused on the amount of global warming resulting from increased greenhouse gas concentrations. But there has been relatively little study of the pace of the change foll ... more
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New fossils push the origin of flowering plants back by 100 million years to the early Triassic
Drilling cores from Switzerland have revealed the oldest known fossils of the direct ancestors of flowering plants. These beautifully preserved 240-million-year-old pollen grains are evidence that f ... more


ForWarn follows rapidly changing forest conditions
U.S. Forest Service and partner scientists are keeping a watchful eye on forest health. As fall colors replace the lush greenness of spring and summer, researchers recognize telltale signs of change ... more
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Traces of immense prehistoric ice sheets: the climate history of the Arctic Ocean needs to be rewritten
Geologists and geophysicists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), discovered traces of large ice sheets from the Pleistocene on a seamount off the n ... more

Protecting the weedy and wild kin of globally important crops
Over the past few decades, crop breeders have increasingly relied on the wild and weedy relatives of domesticated crops as new sources of disease resistance, drought tolerance, and other traits. But ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
UK to have driverless cars by 2021: govt

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Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative

New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Post-hurricane rebuilding fuels jump in October US home construction

China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan

Panama opens embassy in China after cutting Taiwan ties


Fossils push flowering plants back to early Triassic
Flowering plants evolved from extinct plants related to conifers, ginkgos, cycads, and seed ferns. The oldest known fossils from flowering plants are pollen grains. These are small, robust and numer ... more

Understanding soil nitrogen management using synchrotron technology
As food security becomes an increasingly important global issue, scientists are looking for the best way to maintain the organic matter in soils using different methods of fertilization and crop rot ... more

SUNRISE Offers New Insight on Sun's Atmosphere
Three months after the flight of the solar observatory Sunrise - carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon in early June 2013 - scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in ... more
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Lunar orbiters discover source of space weather near Earth
Solar storms - powerful eruptions of solar material and magnetic fields into interplanetary space - can cause what is known as "space weather" near Earth, resulting in hazards that range from interf ... more

US authorities shut Silk Road website, arrest owner
US authorities said Wednesday that they have busted an online black market for drugs, hitmen, hacker tools and more, arresting the suspected mastermind of a nefarious bazaar called Silk Road. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry

US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks

Dunford: US Military Superiority Over Russia, China Markedly Decreasing

Nature's Silent Sentinels Could Help Detect Security Threats


Bangladeshi court sentences BNP politician to death
A war crimes court in Bangladesh has sentenced an opposition MP to death for his part in murder and genocide during the 1971 war of independence. ... more

Norwegian whale hunters satisfied with increased catch
Norwegian whale hunters announced a big increase in their annual catch Wednesday but it remained less than half the limit set by the government. ... more

Kenya makes rare arrest of soldier for ivory possession
Kenyan wildlife officials arrested an army officer on Wednesday for possession of elephant ivory in a rare crackdown on a fellow government employee. ... more
China launches satellite to monitor natural disaster

Satellite flood maps reach crisis teams via Internet

US banks $584 mln in Egypt aid for safe-keeping

How to make ceramics that bend without breaking

Paradigm shift: Need something in space? Print it, don't ship it

Bright, laser-based lighting devices

Future sea level rises should not restrict new island formation in the Maldives

Malaysia pays $133 mn after delays to troubled dam

Dams provide resilience to Columbia from climate change impacts

The deep Greenland Sea is warming faster than the World Ocean

Warming hits Greenland's caribou

Russia to charge Greenpeace activists with piracy: report


Chen vows to fight China 'threat' from new platform
Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who dramatically escaped house arrest, said Wednesday he would speak out more boldly against Beijing's "threat" to humanity as he took positions at three US groups. ... more

Wildlife face 'Armageddon' as forests shrink
Species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought, says an international team of scientists. In a study spanning two decades, the researchers w ... more

Scientists tag Indonesian volcano as source of 13th century eruption
Scientists say they've identified an Indonesian volcano responsible for a huge 13th century eruption that may have caused climate cooling and failed harvests. ... more

Ancient sagas show Vikings more social, less warlike
Age-old Icelandic sagas describe complex social networks that challenge the stereotypical image of Vikings as unworldly, violent savages, scientists say. ... more
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NASA launches next-generation weather satellite

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Pakistan quake death toll rises to 376


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Five dead as Typhoon Wutip batters Vietnam


Japanese fast-food chain to farm in Fukushima


Cameras capture Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo

China's Xi due in Indonesia on first Southeast Asia trip

US banks $584 mln in Egypt aid for safe-keeping

China's e-cigarette inventor fights for financial rewards

China chides its 'unruly' tourists

Warming hits Greenland's caribou

Malaysia pays $133 mn after delays to troubled dam

South Atlantic fish resources at risk from warmer climate

Reconstruction for the eastern Mediterranean temps based on tree rings

Tick tock: Marine animals with at least two clocks

Sustainable livestock production is possible

Research reveals bottom feeding of tagged humpback whales

First step to reduce plant need for nitrogen fertilizer uncovered

Typhoon hits Vietnam after leaving dozens missing

Australia and Indonesia hold conciliatory discussions

Tropical Storm Jerry forms in Atlantic

Indonesia, EU seal pact to stop illegal timber exports

Seeing the forest and the trees

'Waviness' explains why carbon nanotube forests have low stiffness

Improving Lithium-Ion Batteries with Nanoscale Research Between UC San Diego and The National Labs

Solving ethanol's corrosion problem may help speed the biofuel to market

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