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October 07, 2013
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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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

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 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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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


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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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

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
The unbelievable speed of electron emission from an atom

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

Electron backscatter diffraction yields microstructure insights

Molecular magnetism packs power with 'messenger electron'

Study explains how droplets can levitate on liquid surfaces

Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress

Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks


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

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

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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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

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
Congress sends $700 bn defense bill for Trump's signature

Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran: defence chief

China to send envoy to N. Korea, Trump hails 'big move'

China plans first sea based launch by 2018

US Navy accepts 5th MUOS Satellite for global military cellular network

Japan, US stage naval drill amid N. Korea tension

Lockheed Martin Achieves Long Range Discrimination Radar Critical Design Review On-Schedule


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

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

'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
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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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
NASA launches next-generation weather satellite

SSL Selected to Conduct Power and Propulsion Study for NASA's Deep Space Gateway Concept

MDA Selects AdaCore's GNAT Pro Assurance Development Platform for ISS Software

Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing

Germany to Spend $465Mln on New Spy Satellites

Demonstrations Validate Interference Mitigation and Beam Switching on EpicNG Satellites


Toxic metal selenium and diesel fumes baffle bees


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


'Killer hornets' leave 42 dead in China: Xinhua


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


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


Disaster officials warn New Orleans, Gulf coast over storm Karen


Koalas in danger as Aussie temperatures soar: study


Scientists warn of 'deadly trio' risk to ailing oceans


Pacific's Palau mulls drone patrols to monitor waters


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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