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January 06, 2014
Supervolcano eruptions are triggered by melt buoyancy
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jan 06, 2014
Supervolcanos are not usual volcanos. By effectively "exploding" as opposed to erupting, they leave a giant hole in the Earth's crust instead of a volcanic cone - a caldera, which can be up to one hundred kilometres in diameter. On average, supervolcanos are active more rarely than once every 100,000 years; since records began, none has been active. Consequently, researchers can only gain a vague idea of these events based on the ash and rock layers that have survived. A team of researchers headed ... read more
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Reproduction matters for microbes
Caught in the act! Researchers from the University of Bristol have observed mating for the first time in the microbes responsible for African sleeping sickness. This tropical disease is caused by tr ... more

New study may aid rearing of stink bugs for biological control
Many people think of stink bugs as pests, especially as the brown marmorated stink bugs spreads throughout the U.S. However, certain stink bugs are beneficial, such as Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas), ... more

New Study Brings Scientists Closer to the Origin of RNA
One of the biggest questions in science is how life arose from the chemical soup that existed on early Earth. One theory is that RNA, a close relative of DNA, was the first genetic molecule to arise ... more
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Scientists explain age-related obesity: Brown fat fails
As most people resolve themselves to lose weight this New Year, here's why it seems to get easier and easier to pack on unwanted pounds: New research published in the January 2014 issue of The FASEB ... more


Reconstructing the New World monkey family tree
When monkeys landed in South America 37 or more million years ago, the long-isolated continent already teemed with a menagerie of 30-foot snakes, giant armadillos and strange, hoofed mammals. Over t ... more
The Year In Space

China starts fifth national desertification monitoring
China launched its Fifth National Monitoring of Desertification and Sandification on Friday. The State Forestry Administration said the campaign to collect information on the status and dynami ... more

25 years of DNA on the computer
DNA carries out its activities "diluted" in the cell nucleus. In this state it synthesises proteins and, even though it looks like a messy tangle of thread, in actual fact its structure is governed ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Researchers find new, inexpensive way to clean water from oil sands production

Stanford technology makes metal wires on solar cells nearly invisible to light

Australian-first safety guide and study show what's in store for our energy future

New access to the interior of electronic components

HKUST scientists explain the theory behind Ising superconductivity

Designing PV panels so attractive they turn the neighbors green

New step towards producing cheap and efficient renewable fuels


Population stability 'hope' in species' response to climate change
Stable population trends are a prerequisite for species' range expansion, according to new research led by scientists at the University of York. The climate in Britain has warmed over the last ... more

Important mutation discovered in dairy cattle
Scientists have found a genomic deletion that affects fertility and milk yield in dairy cattle at the same time. The discovery can help explain a dilemma in dairy cattle breeding: the negative corre ... more

Ground-breaking work sheds new light on volcanic activity
Factors determining the frequency and magnitude of volcanic phenomena have been uncovered by an international team of researchers. Experts from the Universities of Geneva, Bristol and Savoie c ... more
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Amber fossil reveals ancient reproduction in flowering plants
A 100-million-year old piece of amber has been discovered which reveals the oldest evidence of sexual reproduction in a flowering plant - a cluster of 18 tiny flowers from the Cretaceous Period - wi ... more

Man dies as storms continue to batter Britain
A man died after his mobility scooter fell into the River Thames on Sunday, police said, as dozens of flood warnings remained in place across Britain. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAS to Switzerland

China's hypersonic weapon capable of overcoming air defense systems

Coalition hits boats carrying arms to Yemen rebels: military

Pakistan airstrikes kill 17 militants: army

Turkey denies suspending Syria air strikes after Russia crisis

Updated communications systems for China's Su-35 fighters

Philippines goes supersonic again with S. Korean fighter jets


Arctic blast takes aim at frigid US
Millions of people hunkered down Sunday in America in anticipation of brutal weather from a dangerous Arctic blast that could send US temperatures plummeting to their coldest in 20 years. ... more

Senegal to fine Russian ship for 'fishing illegally'
Senegal plans to slap a fine of about 600,000 euros on a Russian ship for repeatedly fishing illegally in its waters, its fisheries minister said Sunday. ... more

Turkey PM says 'favours' retrial of coup plot officers
Turkey's embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday he would favour retrials for hundreds of military officers jailed for coup-plotting. ... more
South African Trauma Center Launches Portable Electronic Trauma Health Record Application

Typhoon brings unexpected medical relief to Philippine town

Haitian president urges his country to come together

Throwing out the textbook: Salt surprises chemists

3D-printed components flown in British fighter jet

Mission to test laser communications across space distances a success

Local factors cause dramatic spikes in coastal ocean acidity

Senegal to fine Russian ship for 'fishing illegally'

Los Angeles likely to score driest year since record-keeping began

Electric-Blue Clouds Appear over Antarctica

Pine Island Glacier sensitive to climatic variability

US icebreaker heads to Antarctic to help stuck ships


Cardinal, bishops plea for aid in Italy 'Triangle of Death'
A cardinal and bishops in Italy's so-called "Triangle of Death" have called for urgent action to tackle toxic mafia dumps blamed for rising cancer rates near Naples. ... more

US icebreaker heads to Antarctic to help stuck ships
A US icebreaker was dispatched Sunday to assist an icebound Russian research ship and Chinese vessel trapped during a rescue bid in Antarctica, as the leader of a group airlifted to safety rejected criticism of their expedition. ... more

Typhoon brings unexpected medical relief to Philippine town
A devastating typhoon that killed thousands of people in the Philippines has unexpectedly given young traffic accident victim Mario Renos hope that he could one day walk again. ... more

Four die in Swiss Alps avalanches
Four skiers were killed and another was in a critical condition after a series of avalanches hit the Alps in southern Switzerland Sunday, Swiss media reported. ... more
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Satellite Spectrum Is Central To Future Vision For Global Connectivity

Flight teams prepare for LISA Pathfinder liftoff

Intelsat General to provide connectivity in support of Mid East operations

The hottest white dwarf in the Galaxy

UAE Launches NanoSatellite Outreach Program

The Ins and Outs of NASA's First Launch of SLS and Orion


Fire destroys Argentine natural reserve


China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft


US braces for record lows in big freeze


Indonesian volcano erupts 30 times as 20,000 displaced


Deadly freeze hits northern US


One dead as cyclone skims France's Reunion island


Rio heatwave sets off sprinklers


H1N1 flu claims five lives in Canada's Alberta province


Chinese scientists create high-yield, salt-resistant rice variety


China denies vaccine killed babies

Britain sees new flooding after storms and high tides

Chinese ship used in Antarctic rescue stuck in ice

Fossil in amber shows ancient reproduction process of flowering plants

Patient with rare 'word blindness' condition relearns how to read

Reading a good book may make permanent changes to your brain

Turkey's jailed ex-army chief blasts 'disloyal' comrades

Australia endures hottest year on record

First Taiwan-born panda charms media

Hong Kong arrests 64 for smuggling baby formula

Earthquake lights linked to rift environments, subvertical faults

Scientists uncover hidden river of rubbish threatening to devastate wildlife

Atlas Mountains in Morocco are buoyed up by superhot rock

Pine Island Glacier sensitive to climatic variability

South African Trauma Center Launches Portable Electronic Trauma Health Record Application

Local factors cause dramatic spikes in coastal ocean acidity

Longmanshen fault zone still hazardous

Money Talks When Ancient Antioch Meets Google Earth

The entropy of nations

Supercomputers Join Search for 'Cheapium'

Japanese scientists move objects using acoustic levitation

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