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November 22, 2013
Oxygen, phosphorous and early life on Earth
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 22, 2013
Two billion years ago the Earth system was recovering from perhaps the single-most profound modification of its surface environments: the oxygenation of the atmosphere and oceans. This led to a series of major changes in global biogeochemical cycles, as a team around Aivo Lepland of the Norwegian Geological Survey NGU reports in the latest online edition of "Nature Geoscience". This also resulted in the distribution of one of life's key elements, phosphorous. Studies on the unique organic-rich Zao ... read more
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Amber Provides New Insights Into the Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere
An international team of researchers led by Ralf Tappert, University of Innsbruck, reconstructed the composition of the Earth's atmosphere of the last 220 million years by analyzing modern and fossi ... more

NASA Begins First Antarctic Airborne Campaign from McMurdo Station
NASA's Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency's aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. ... more

Global warming in the Canadian Arctic
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Identifying the ecological effects of releasing genetically engineered insects
University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new approach for identifying potential environmental effects of deliberate releases of genetically engineered (GE) insects. The researchers ... more


Land management as a key to countering butterfly declines
Currently, butterfly populations in many countries decline at alarming rates. Many of these populations are closely associated with the agricultural landscape. Changes in farming practises and land ... more
The Year In Space

Evolution can select for evolvability
Evolution does not operate with a goal in mind; it does not have foresight. But organisms that have a greater capacity to evolve may fare better in rapidly changing environments. This raises the que ... more

Safety in numbers? Not so for corals
Traditionally, it was assumed that corals do not face a risk of extinction unless they become very rare or have a very restricted range. A team of scientists from the University of Hawaii - Manoa (U ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Software enables robots to be controlled in virtual reality

Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy

Scientists develop new mode of energy generation from bituminous coal

Sustainable dams - are they possible

Britain seeks closer ties to China's Belt and Road

Single-photon detector can count to 4

Discovery sets new world standard in nano generators


Rising concerns over tree pests and diseases
New research has found that the number of pests and disease outbreaks in trees and forests across the world has been increasing. The review "The consequences of Tree Pests and Diseases for Ecosystem ... more

Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica
It wasn't what they were looking for but that only made the discovery all the more exciting. In January 2010 a team of scientists had set up two crossing lines of seismographs across Marie Byrd Land ... more

Bait research focused on outsmarting destructive beetle
University of Alberta researchers are closing in on finding an effective bait to get ahead of the destructive spread of mountain pine beetle, which is now killing not only lodgepole pine forests, bu ... more
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China hospital ship heads for typhoon-hit Philippines
A Chinese hospital ship set sail for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines Thursday, with foreign media given unprecedented access to a navy base as Beijing seeks to promote its aid effort nearly two weeks after the disaster. ... more

Romania moves to allow EU citizens to buy farmland
Romania's government opened the way for European Union citizens to acquire farmland from next year, by approving the proposal on Thursday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Revealed: the Pentagon's secret UFO-hunting program

NATO urges Russia to respond to US missile concerns

N.Korea must 'earn its way back to table,' Tillerson tells UN

China sidesteps blame over S. Korean journalist's beating

US envoy says 'real dialogue' needed with N. Korea

Mattis emphasizes diplomacy in dealing with Iran

N. Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia


Russia frees three more Greenpeace crewmembers
Russia on Thursday released on bail three Greenpeace activists, including a photojournalist, bringing to four the number freed after two months in prison over an Arctic protest. ... more

Putin says Greenpeace had 'noble' motives as more crew freed
Russia on Thursday released 10 Greenpeace activists on bail, bringing to 11 the number freed from jail as President Vladimir Putin said the group had noble motives for their Arctic protest. ... more

Blow-up hospitals help Philippine typhoon effort
Inflatable field hospitals have been erected in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines city of Tacloban, part of a huge international relief effort to help millions hit by the storm. ... more
Grisly race to identify the Philippines' typhoon dead

China sends rescuers to Philippines after criticism over aid

Blow-up hospitals help Philippine typhoon effort

Raytheon awarded US Navy contract for radar production

Bayanat Airports And Lockheed To Deploy Windtracer Lidar In Middle East

3D printing 'will change the world'

Scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel

Fishermen adrift after typhoon takes livelihood

Respiratory disorder in the ocean

Could volcanoes be causing Antarctic ice loss?

Global warming in the Canadian Arctic

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UN sounds alarm over ozone-damaging nitrous oxide
Levels of nitrous oxide, a gas that both depletes the ozone layer and stokes global warming, could nearly double by mid-century, the UN warned on Thursday. ... more

Australia-Indonesia relations dip further amid spying row
Relations between Australia and Indonesia dipped further after Jakarta said it would suspend military and intelligence cooperation, including joint anti-people smuggling activities. ... more

Ministers face off on climate finance in Warsaw
Rich and poor countries squared off at climate talks in Warsaw on Wednesday as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for "much bolder" action to stave off an existential peril. ... more

France snowfall brings joy to ski lovers, chaos elsewhere
More than 10 French ski resorts will briefly open several weeks earlier than planned, taking advantage of abundant snowfall that has thrilled ski lovers but thrown other parts of the country into chaos. ... more
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Climate talks in trouble as green groups walk out


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Ancient, modern DNA tell story of first humans in the Americas

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Grisly race to identify the Philippines' typhoon dead

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Respiratory disorder in the ocean

UEA research reveals how farmers could mitigate nitrous oxide emissions

Paths out of uncertainty

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Four dead as NE China hit by massive snowstorm

DNA of early hominid found to include 'mystery' early genes

Typhoon wiped out third of Philippines' rice crop: UN

Philippines storm spurs passion for poor at climate talks

Haiyan revives compensation row at UN climate talks

China reform pledges show Xi assuming Deng mantle: analysts

Brazil hails Russian bail for held Greenpeace militant

AREVA and Wroclaw University of Technology sign memorandum of understanding

Siemens achieves major step in type certification for 6MW Offshore Wind Turbine

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