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November 18, 2013
Could volcanoes be causing Antarctic ice loss?
Paris (AFP) Nov 17, 2013
Accelerating ice loss from the Antarctic icesheet could be due in part to active volcanoes under the frozen continent's eastern part, a study said on Sunday. From 2002 to 2011, the average annual rate of Antarctic icesheet loss increased from about 30 billion tonnes to about 147 billion tonnes, the UN's panel of climate scientists reported in September. The icesheet is a mass of glacial land ice - one such sheet covers most of Greenland and the other Antarctica, and together they contain most o ... read more
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China one-child law change small but crucial: experts
Beijing's relaxation of its hugely controversial one-child policy is an attention-grabbing first step, but it will have to usher in greater changes if China is to tackle its looming demographic timebomb, experts say. ... more

Dangerous weather, tornadoes tear up US Midwest
The US midwest was being battered by severe storms and tornadoes Sunday, with one powerful twister laying waste to Peoria, Illinois and others wreaking damage elsewhere in the region. ... more

End to China labour camps cheered -- but what next?
Stripped naked and beaten, Peng Hong's memories of his time in a Chinese "re-education" labour camp are dark - but even so, he greeted Beijing's abolition of the widely-loathed system with only cautious optimism. ... more
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Protests as Greenpeace activists mark two months in detention
Greenpeace organised protests in 263 cities around the world on Saturday to mark two months since 30 of its environmental activists were jailed in Russia over a demonstration against Arctic drilling. ... more


Cuts could harm future US crisis response: marine head
Budget cuts could threaten the US military's ability to respond to future Philippines typhoon-style aid crises, the head of America's Marine Corps said Saturday. ... more
The Year In Space

Buried leaves reveal precolonial eastern forests and guide stream restoration
Sediment behind milldams in Pennsylvania preserved leaves deposited just before European contact that provide a glimpse of the ancient forests, according to a team of geoscientists, who note that ne ... more

Dogs likely originated in Europe more than 18,000 years ago
Wolves likely were domesticated by European hunter-gatherers more than 18,000 years ago and gradually evolved into dogs that became household pets, UCLA life scientists report. "We found that ... more
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First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

China's Didi 'most valuable Asian start-up'; Uber exec demoted

Mathematical model of a TARDIS takes the 'fiction' out of science fiction

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

A CSIC scientist discovers that wax worms eat plastic

CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg

For first time, researchers measure forces that align crystals and help them snap together


Scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel
Stanford University scientists have created a silicon-based water splitter that is both low-cost and corrosion-free. The novel device - a silicon semiconductor coated in an ultrathin layer of nickel ... more

Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of winter water birds
The largest lake in Britain and Ireland, Lough Neagh, has lost more than three quarters of its overwintering water birds according to researchers at Queen's University Belfast. The study by Qu ... more

Nature's Glowing Slime: Scientists Peek into Hidden Sea Worm's Light
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues are unraveling the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display ... more
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Japan sending almost 1,200 troops to typhoon-hit Philippines
Japan will send almost 1,200 troops to join relief efforts in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines along with three warships, 10 planes and six helicopters, in the single largest aid deployment by the country's military. ... more

'Missing heat' discovery prompts new estimate of global warming
An interdisciplinary team of researchers say they have found 'missing heat' in the climate system, casting doubt on suggestions that global warming has slowed or stopped over the past decade. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US aircraft carrier starts drill with S. Korean navy

EU chiefs want to meet Erdogan at NATO summit: Merkel

Southeast Asian leaders wrestle over China at summit

US Marines return to Helmand; IS Afghan leader maybe dead

US service member killed in blast near Iraqi city of Mosul

Trump and Xi in "constant touch" as tensions rise: govt

French ship in Japan for naval drill as N.Korea tensions rise


China ready to send medical teams to Philippines
China says it is "ready" to send emergency medical personnel to the disaster-hit Philippines after its earlier pledges of financial and material aid were criticised as meagre given its economic power. ... more

Madrid street-sweepers call off strike: union
Street-sweepers in Madrid on Sunday called off a strike over jobs and pay that has caused rubbish to pile up in the streets of the Spanish capital, a union said. ... more

Grieving typhoon survivors seek solace in Sunday prayer
Grieving survivors of a monster typhoon that smashed into the mainly Catholic Philippines flocked to shattered churches Sunday, as aid workers intensified efforts to reach desperate survivors in remote communities. ... more
Japan sending almost 1,200 troops to typhoon-hit Philippines

Law and order prevailing in Philippine typhoon chaos

China to step up aid to Philippines amid controversy

Northrop Grumman Wins Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar Study

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3D printing 'will change the world'

VC predicts the motion of the ocean

Feast and famine on the abyssal plain

Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of winter water birds

'Tiger stripes' underneath Antarctic glaciers slow the flow

Protests as Greenpeace activists mark two months in detention

Could volcanoes be causing Antarctic ice loss?


Chinese buyer snaps up vintage wine at French auction
A Chinese woman won the bidding for a coveted barrel of Burgundy wine at a Christie's-run charity auction in France on Sunday, paying 131,000 euros ($177,000) for her cask. ... more

Rare downpours and floods hit Saudi capital
Rare heavy downpours triggered flash floods in the Saudi capital on Sunday forcing schools and universities to close and prompting calls by the authorities for citizens to remain indoors. ... more

Aid pushes through to Philippine typhoon survivors
The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns Saturday devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. ... more

Long road ahead for typhoon-hit Philippine businesses
A monster typhoon that laid waste to the central Philippines wiped out livelihoods as well as homes, leaving small traders and shopowners facing a long and perilous road back to solvency. ... more
Space News from
SpaceX to launch classified US govt payload Sunday

Indian Space Research Organisation Starts Work on India's First Venus Mission

Detector delivery marks another Euclid milestone

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

Saturn spacecraft toting CU Boulder instrument starts swan song

ISS investigation aims to identify unknown microbes in space

Astrophysicists studied the 'rejuvenating' pulsar in a neighboring galaxy


Powerful quake strikes far south Atlantic: USGS


US carrier spearheads Philippine relief effort


Six dead in Vietnam floods: officials


Global aid converges on Philippines eight days after Haiyan


Law and order prevailing in Philippine typhoon chaos


Frustrated families bring aid to Philippine typhoon survivors


Battered church offers shelter from the storm


Myanmar releases more political prisoners


Technology helps Nigeria's fight against polio


Japan drastically scales back greenhouse gas reduction target

Under-fire Japans defends climate goal at UN talks

Japan medics bring high-tech fixes to Philippines typhoon

First detailed map of dinosaur brains suggests complex behaviors

App turns smartphone into personal panic button, alert system

US destroys six-ton ivory stockpile

EU, island states bitter at Japan's reduced carbon goal

Rights activists cautious on China reforms

China one-child law change small but crucial: experts

China to abolish 're-education through labour' system

China eases one child rule, ends re-education in reform package

China urged to send warships amid Philippine aid anger

Scottish fishermen dispute call to keep North Sea cod off menus

Albania refuses to host Syria arsenal destruction

Pilbara home to 3.5 billion-year-old bacterial ecosystems

UN admits failings as Philippines aid effort gets into gear

Protests grow in Albania against Syria weapons destruction

US carrier arrives with aid as Philippines buries dead

New research finds high tungsten levels double stroke risk

How zinc starves lethal bacteria to stop infection

Saving our fish needs more than a ban on discarding

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