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November 15, 2013
Pilbara home to 3.5 billion-year-old bacterial ecosystems
Perth, Australia (SPX) Nov 14, 2013
Evidence of complex microbial ecosystems dating back almost 3.5 billion years has been found in Western Australia's Pilbara region by an international team including UWA Research Assistant Professor David Wacey. Professor Wacey said identifying and reconstructing Earth's earliest biosphere was challenging because the oldest sedimentary rocks were not only rare, but also almost always changed by hydrothermal and tectonic activity. "The Pilbara region of Western Australia is one of the rare ge ... read more
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UN admits failings as Philippines aid effort gets into gear
The United States said relief channels were belatedly opening up in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines on Thursday as the UN admitted it had not acted quickly enough to help survivors. ... more

Protests grow in Albania against Syria weapons destruction
Several hundred people protested on Thursday in the capital Tirana and number of other towns across Albania against the possible destruction of Syrian chemical weaponry on its soil as requested by Washington. ... more

US carrier arrives with aid as Philippines buries dead
A huge US aircraft carrier arrived off the coast of the typhoon-hit Philippines Thursday, offering hope of a dramatic uptick in aid to destitute survivors as officials buried scores of rotting corpses. ... more


New research finds high tungsten levels double stroke risk
High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study published in the open access journal PLOS ONE has found. Using data from a large US health survey, the st ... more


How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection
Australian researchers have found that zinc can 'starve' one of the world's most deadly bacteria by preventing its uptake of an essential metal. The finding, by infectious disease researchers at the ... more
The Year In Space

Saving our fish needs more than a ban on discarding
Banning the practice of throwing unmarketable or over-quota fish back into the sea is just one of the measures needed to deliver sustainable fisheries according to new research from the University o ... more

The secrets of a bug's flight
Researchers have identified some of the underlying physics that may explain how insects can so quickly recover from a stall in midflight - unlike conventional fixed wing aircraft, where a stalled s ... more

Fast-mutating DNA sequences shape early development; guided evolution of uniquely human traits
What does it mean to be human? According to scientists the key lies, ultimately, in the billions of lines of genetic code that comprise the human genome. The problem, however, has been deciphering t ... more

Signal found to enhance survival of new brain cells
A specialized type of brain cell that tamps down stem cell activity ironically, perhaps, encourages the survival of the stem cells' progeny, Johns Hopkins researchers report. Understanding how these ... more

Bacteria may allow animals to send quick, voluminous messages
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Changing the conversation -- polymers disrupt bacterial communication
Artificial materials based on simple synthetic polymers can disrupt the way in which bacteria communicate with each other, a study led by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown. ... more

Iceberg the size of Manhattan could threaten shipping: study
An iceberg the size of Manhattan has broken off a glacier in Antarctica and could survive long enough to drift into international shipping lanes, scientists said Thursday. ... more
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China to step up aid to Philippines amid controversy
China said Thursday it would increase its aid to the typhoon-pummelled Philippines, after criticism of its initial modest response, but some Chinese web users called for no help at all. ... more

Hong Kong holds fast to sanctions deadline for the Philippines
While offers of aid for the Philippines pour in from around the world following the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan, Hong Kong has vowed to press ahead with sanctions on Manila over a 2010 hostage crisis. ... more

UN tasks imaging satellites for Haiyan relief
The United Nations has activated a constellation of satellites to help relief operations in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, an official said on Thursday. ... more
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Brazil Amazon deforestation rose 28 pct in past year: official
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region rose 28 percent over the past year, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said Thursday, announcing she was calling an emergency meeting to try to remedy the situation. ... more

Man dies, toddler critical in new Cambodia bird flu cases
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China rebukes former H.K. leader over democracy remarks
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US film school offers China scholarships
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