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October 07, 2013
EARLY EARTH
What evolved first -- a dexterous hand or an agile foot?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 08, 2013
Resolving a long-standing mystery in human evolution, new research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute indicates that early hominids developed finger dexterity and tool use ability before the development of bipedal locomotion. Combining monkey and human behavior, brain imaging, and fossil evidence, a research team led by neurobiologist Dr. Atsushi Iriki and including Dr. Gen Suwa, an anthropologist from the University of Tokyo Museum, have overturned the common assumption that manual dexterity ... read more
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BLUE SKY

Researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air
Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a detectable electrification of the air even in places with no thunderstorm activity ... more
BLUE SKY

How the detergent of the atmosphere is regenerated
Hydroxyl (OH) radicals - known as the detergent of the atmosphere - decompose isoprene in the air. This leads to the creation of new OH radicals, which are then able to purify the air of other pollu ... more
EARLY EARTH

Early mammal varieties declined as evolution of flowering plants took off
The dramatic explosion of flowering plant species that occurred about 100 million years ago was thought to have been good news for evolving mammals, providing them with new options for food and habi ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Climate puzzle over origins of life on Earth
The mystery of why life on Earth evolved when it did has deepened with the publication of a new study in the latest edition of the journal Science. Scientists at the CRPG-CNRS University of Lo ... more


EARLY EARTH

Exceptional fossil fish reveals new evolutionary mechanism for body elongation
Snake and eel bodies are elongated, slender and flexible in all three dimensions. This striking body plan has evolved many times independently in the more than 500 million years of vertebrate animal ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Typhoon Fitow slams into China, kills five
Typhoon Fitow, which barrelled into China's east coast early Monday packing winds of more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour, killed at least five people and impacted 4.5 million, state media reported. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE

China is 'polluting' Mt. Fuji: Japan study
A Japanese study is claiming that toxic air pollution from China is to blame for high mercury levels atop the country's beloved Mount Fuji. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Solar System Transforms Fallow Land Into Money Generating Asset

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

HelioSage Energy Announces Sale of 12 Solar Projects in North Carolina

VIASPACE Establishes Giant King Grass Research Collaboration With California

Ceres to Expand Product Development in Sorghum and Sugarcane

Cenex Tank Program assists retailers offering E15

SunShare Announces Program to Provide Free Electricity

PILLAGING PIRATES

Somali pirate suspects deny 'attack' on Spanish anti-pirate ship: court
Six Somali men went on trial Monday in Madrid accused of trying to attack a Spanish warship in 2012 during an anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean. ... more
SINO DAILY

Disabled Chinese activist freed from jail
Disabled Chinese activist Ni Yulan said Saturday she had been freed from jail but was in very poor health after spending more than two years locked up for "picking quarrels". ... more
DEMOCRACY

Brazil environment icon to decide on presidential bid
The political future of former former Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva was unclear Friday after she failed to gather enough signatures to register her new party for next year's elections. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Floods add misery after Philippine Muslim rebel siege
Heavy rains flooded evacuation centres in the southern Philippines, adding more misery for thousands of people displaced by a bloody Muslim rebel siege, officials said Saturday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA

Africa's most biodiverse area endangered by UK oil firm: WWF
Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
'Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers' sent to Ukraine, say rights groups

UN Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot: govt

Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

FLORA AND FAUNA

Dutch fishermen give vanishing eels new lease of life
On an autumn morning on a small Dutch canal, fisherman Aart van der Waal pulls up a fish trap stuffed with squirming eels - not for the pot, but as part of a bold initiative to save the critically endangered species. ... more
WHALES AHOY

Japan dolphin-killing town to open marine park
The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" will open a marine park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but officials said Monday its annual slaughter of the creatures will continue in a nearby bay. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE

'Minamata' mercury treaty conference kicks off in Japan
A UN conference to sign a historic treaty aimed at reining in the use and emission of mercury began Monday in Kumamoto, near Minamata, the site of Japan's worst-ever industrial poisoning. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Satellite flood maps reach crisis teams via Internet

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

China launches satellite to monitor natural disaster


FROTH AND BUBBLE
Lockheed Martin Powers on First GOES-R Weather Satellite

World's Largest Solar Sail, Sunjammer, Completes Test

Making household items on 3D printer said greener than factory versions


FROTH AND BUBBLE
Scientists warn of 'deadly trio' risk to ailing oceans

Pacific's Palau mulls drone patrols to monitor waters

Dams provide resilience to Columbia from climate change impacts


FROTH AND BUBBLE
Traces of immense prehistoric ice sheets: the climate history of the Arctic Ocean needs to be rewritten

Arctic shipping route may take 20 years, Maersk CEO: FT

Largest ice mass in California's Yosemite park melting, disappearing

FARM NEWS

Russia again cites tainted meat imports from Poland
Russia, in keeping with a recent pattern, has again raised questions about the quality of meat from Poland despite assurances it has not launched a trade war. ... more
ABOUT US

Council of Europe attacks genetic procedure
The Council of Europe has signed a declaration attacking England's plan to permit the creation of babies with DNA from three biological parents. ... more
ICE WORLD

Arctic shipping route may take 20 years, Maersk CEO: FT
Commercial shipping routes across the Arctic will not be a reality for at least a decade or two, the head of the world's biggest container line told the Financial Times on Monday. ... more
WOOD PILE

Argentina taking Uruguay to world court over pulp mill, again
Argentina is taking Uruguay to the International Court of Justice at The Hague over its claim a border pulp mill affects its "environmental sovereignty." ... more
Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

Opportunity Flash-Memory Reformat Planned

Chilly end for geckos sent into space by Russia

Why sibling stars look alike: Early, fast mixing in star-birth clouds

Astrophysicists Report Radioactive Cobalt in Supernova Explosion

How might El Nino affect wildfires in California?

Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades

FARM NEWS

Toxic metal selenium and diesel fumes baffle bees

BLUE SKY

Water high in Earth's atmosphere said source of climate warming

FLORA AND FAUNA

'Killer hornets' leave 42 dead in China: Xinhua

SHAKE AND BLOW

U.S. seismologist calls for national warning system for earthquakes

ICE WORLD

Europe's top court rejects Inuit appeal against seal fur ban

SHAKE AND BLOW

Disaster officials warn New Orleans, Gulf coast over storm Karen

FLORA AND FAUNA

Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar: study

WATER WORLD

Scientists warn of 'deadly trio' risk to ailing oceans

WATER WORLD

Pacific's Palau mulls drone patrols to monitor waters

DEMOCRACY

Berlusconi inches toward political eclipse

Einstein's genius put down to 'well-connected' brain halves

Genetics helps identify hunted, and poorly known, whale species

Largest ice mass in California's Yosemite park melting, disappearing

Paraguay comes in from the cold after post-coup isolation

Hotpots and snake blood: Asia's libido-boosting foods

How much of thallium pollutants will be released to environment by utilizing minerals?

Farmers need help to plow through new food safety regulations

Climate change: Fast out of the gate, slow to the finish the gate

ForWarn follows rapidly changing forest conditions

Protecting the weedy and wild kin of globally important crops

Understanding soil nitrogen management using synchrotron technology

US authorities shut Silk Road website, arrest owner

Bangladeshi court sentences BNP politician to death

Norwegian whale hunters satisfied with increased catch

Kenya makes rare arrest of soldier for ivory possession

Chen vows to fight China 'threat' from new platform

Beijing aims to switch from coal to natural gas

Mideast oil power wanes as U.S., others boost production

China's economy on a 'smooth', controlled slowdown: Xi

Diamond fetches record $30.6 million at Hong Kong auction

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