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January 05, 2017
EARTH OBSERVATION
Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?



Madison WI (SPX) Jan 04, 2017
For the development of animals, nothing - with the exception of DNA - may be more important than oxygen in the atmosphere. Oxygen enables the chemical reactions that animals use to get energy from stored carbohydrates - from food. So it may be no coincidence that animals appeared and evolved during the "Cambrian explosion," which coincided with a spike in atmospheric oxygen roughly 500 million years ago. It was during the Cambrian explosion that most of the current animal designs appeared. In gree ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Scientists use satellites to spot Svalbard avalanches
The Arctic Ocean's mild, rainy autumn has become a mild and rainy winter, triggering avalanches in Svalbard, an archipelago north of mainland Norway. ... more
ICE WORLD
Scientists consider the effects of coastal erosion in the Arctic
As temperatures warm in the Arctic, costal tundra is thawing, crumbling and falling into the ocean. It's a phenomenon researchers in Germany suggest deserves greater scientific attention. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Number of displaced in Mosul op passes 125,000: UN
More than 125,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the start in October of an offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, the United Nations said Wednesday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Scientists disprove global warming took a break
A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false, according to US-British research published Wednesday that confirmed the findings of a controversial US study on ocean warming. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Defense Dept. orders upgraded underwater drones
Teledyne SeaBotix has won a multimillion dollar U.S. Department of Defense contract for underwater remotely operated vehicles. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Malaysia floods force 23,000 to leave homes
Floods in two northeast Malaysian states have now forced almost 23,000 people from their homes and extra relief centres have been opened, rescue officials said Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
How we shop hurts endangered species
The hidden danger to wildlife posed by imported consumer goods - an espresso coffee in Beijing, a tofu salad in Chicago - can now be pinpointed and measured, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Gambia army chief backs president as region watches
The Gambia's army chief on Wednesday reaffirmed his loyalty to President Yahya Jammeh, despite the threat of a regional military intervention if the strongman refuses to step down. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Natural disaster damage hits 4-year high: Munich Re
Natural disasters including storms and earthquakes caused $175 billion of damage in 2016, German reinsurance giant Munich Re said Wednesday, the highest level since 2012. ... more


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ICE WORLD
Polar vortex is back, and a warmer Arctic may be to blame
Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, found themselves enjoying a stretch of relatively balmy weather in December, with temperatures at times climbing above freezing. More southerly cities near the Canada-U.S. border, meanwhile, sat in the grip of a deep freeze, with some double-digit temperature drops triggering extreme cold weather alerts. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
New study estimates frequency of flight-disrupting volcanic eruptions
Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their fre ... more
Number of displaced in Mosul op passes 125,000: UN
More than 125,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the start in October of an offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, the United Nations said Wednesday. "Following the intensification of military operations in Mosul city on 29 December, the rate of displacement from Mosul has increased markedly, with over 9,000 people having fled the city in the space of four days," said the UN's Office fo ... more
'I am not a miracle worker': new UN chief

Natural disaster damage hits 4-year high: Munich Re

Cyprus urges Turkey to face up to responsibilities

Russian static discharge measure unit to prolong satellite equipment lifespan
The Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, has created a new miniature electrostatic discharge measurement unit that can help extend the lifespan of satellite electronic equipment, the company said Tuesday in a statement. "A miniature measurement unit for the electrostatic discharge parameters, created by the Russian Space Systems holding ... more
How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam

Saab, UAE sign radar support deal

Elbit contracted for airborne laser designator work

Zimbabwe water crisis gives rise to backdoor sellers
From jobless youths hired to dig wells to illegal sellers supplying water in buckets and large tanks, some enterprising Zimbabweans are cashing in on the country's desperate water shortages. Zimbabwe's long-standing water supply problems have been worsened by a severe drought ravaging the southern African region. Taps in large parts of the country run dry for several days in a week, incl ... more
Defense Dept. orders upgraded underwater drones

Damascenes struggle after clashes cut off water

Newly discovered 'Casper' octopod at risk from deep-sea mining

Detailed Greenland glacier data released
NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission has released preliminary data on the heights of Greenland coastal glaciers from its first airborne campaign in March 2016. The new data show the dramatic increase in coverage that the mission provides to scientists and other interested users. Finalized data on glacier surface heights, accurate within three feet (one meter) or less vertically, w ... more
Polar vortex is back, and a warmer Arctic may be to blame

Scientists consider the effects of coastal erosion in the Arctic

Ice loss in 2016: A year in review

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A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees
The sun sets in eastern Spain and dozens of ancient olive trees cast long shadows on the ground. Once dug up and sold as luxury items for the wealthy, they are increasingly protected as farmers and authorities realise these trees, some of which were planted by the Romans, are an invaluable part of Spain's heritage. Near the town of Traiguera, Amador Peset, 37, gets out of his old 4x4 and ... more
Britain gets creative in fighting rampant food waste

Chickens are smarter and more complex than given credit for

Strip tillage, rowcovers for organic cucurbit production

New study estimates frequency of flight-disrupting volcanic eruptions
Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their frequency. While the University of Leeds-led research suggests that ash clouds are more common over northern Europe than previously thought, it puts the average gap between them at about 44 years. ... more
Malaysia floods force 23,000 to leave homes

Floods hit Malaysia, thousands evacuated

Tsunami threat passes after 7.2-magnitude quake off Fiji

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Gambia army chief backs president as region watches
The Gambia's army chief on Wednesday reaffirmed his loyalty to President Yahya Jammeh, despite the threat of a regional military intervention if the strongman refuses to step down. Lieutenant General Ousman Badjie used a New Year message published in the pro-government Daily Observer newspaper to "renew to Your Excellency (Jammeh) the assurance of the unflinching loyalty and support of The G ... more
SEC probes Mozambique debt sold by Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas

Guinea soldier wanted over stadium massacre appears in court

Nigerian army 'crushes' Boko Haram in key stronghold

New study finds evolution of brain and tooth size were not linked in humans
A new study from the George Washington University's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) found that whereas brain size evolved at different rates for different species, especially during the evolution of Homo, the genus that includes humans, chewing teeth tended to evolve at more similar rates. The finding suggests that our brains and teeth did not evolve in lock ste ... more
Study: Language barriers holding back global science

Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds

'Latest spoke in the wheel' drives brain-mapping advances

Tillerson called to testify on climate issues
Exxon Mobil CEO and U.S. secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson should testify before the inauguration on his climate change knowledge, lawyers said. Lawyers representing more than a dozen U.S. teens called on Tillerson to testify in a case arguing there is a "fundamental constitutional right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life." A notice to testify was served on Sidl ... more
Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Seizing environmental opportunities under a Trump presidency

Climate report says 2016 on pace to be hottest year yet

China launches TanSat to study atmospheric carbon dioxide processes
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases, and causes great concern due to the rapid increase in its atmospheric concentrations. China launched its first minisatellite dedicated to the carbon dioxide detection and monitoring at 15:22 UTC on December 22, 2016. The Chinese Carbon Dioxide Observation Satellite (TANSAT) was designed to focus on the global observation of CO2. Fo ... more
There's a jet stream in our core

Watching the Upper Atmosphere for 15 Years and Counting

Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?

How long did it take to hatch a dinosaur egg
A human typically gives birth after nine months. An ostrich hatchling emerges from its egg after 42 days. But how long did it take for a baby dinosaur to incubate? Groundbreaking research led by a Florida State University professor establishes a timeline of anywhere from three to six months depending on the dinosaur. In an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, FSU ... more
Research on dinosaur embryos reveals that eggs took 3 to 6 months to hatch

A fertilizer dearth foiled animal evolution for eons

Dino discovery may explain why birds have beaks

China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan
China's State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country's north to south, the government said Friday. Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing on Thursday to build the country's first high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) line, according to a governmen ... more
MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

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Devices that convert heat into electricity
The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry. In Nature Communications, engineers from The Ohio State University describe how they used magnetism on a composite of nickel and platinum to amplify the voltage output 10 times or more - not in a th ... more
Tesla starts mass production of batteries

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

Lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes affected by impurities in vacuum

Study shows new global evidence of the role of humans in rapid evolution
It has long been suspected that humans and the urban areas we create are having an important - and surprisingly current and ongoing - effect on evolution, which may have significant implications for the sustainability of global ecosystems. A new multi-institution study led by the University of Washington that examines 1,600 global instances of phenotypic change - alterations to species' ob ... more
Biologists use fossils to pinpoint when mammal and dinosaur ancestors became athletes

World's oldest male panda dies: officials

Archers to the rescue in Madrid as boars trespass

Football and prayer wheels: views of modern Tibet
Faith has always been at the heart of Tibetan culture. As practitioners of the country's unique form of Buddhism face increasing obstacles to their worship, Beijing has sought to cultivate a different kind of true believer: the football fan. China, which has fully controlled Tibet since the 1950s, has been accused of political and religious repression in the mainly Buddhist region. It co ... more
As thousands march China says Hong Kong must not subvert mainland

'Thousands' of pilgrims return to China before Dalai Lama event

Chinese official sentenced 10 years in vaccine scandal

Obama creates two new national monuments
President Barack Obama has created two new US national monuments, bringing vast desert areas under federal protection. Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments protect over one million acres (0.4 million hectares) of sacred sites, spectacular scenery, and important natural and cultural resources in the desert landscapes of Utah and southern Nevada, the White House said Wednesday. Oba ... more
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Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Better road planning could boost food production while protect forests



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