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January 09, 2017
BIO FUEL
Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil



Honolulu HI (SPX) Jan 06, 2017
Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii--sugarcane and napiergrass--may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa, U.S., and colleagues. From a climate change perspective, replacing fossil fuel with biofuel makes sense only if the latter has a smaller greenhouse gas footprint. Sugarcane and napiergrass are promising biofuel crops because, like oth ... read more

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Mayor of Beijing promises new environmental police force
At a meeting over the weekend, Beijing's acting mayor Mayor Cai Qi announced the creation of an environmental police force. It was one of several solutions for the city's smog problems offered by officials, according to a reports by state media agency Xinhua. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation
A team of international researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently engineered a new artificial leaf that can convert sunlight into fuel with groundbreaking efficiency. The research result ... more
WATER WORLD
Study finds potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
One of the world's largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as today's weather models predict, according to a new study. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning C ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Routes of migratory birds follow today's peaks in resources
Movement of migratory birds is closely linked to seasonal availability of resources. The birds locate the areas with the most resources across continents. Researchers from Center for Macroecology, E ... more
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WATER WORLD
Murky Amazon waters cloud fish vision
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EARLY EARTH
280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes
High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks. Analysis of the brain case of Dwykase ... more
THE PITS
People aren't the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards
When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Thousands evacuated as storm hits southern Philippines
About 6,000 people were evacuated from their homes as a tropical storm hit the southern Philippines on Sunday, raising the risk of floods and landslides, authorities said. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Costa Rica on alert as volcano spits ash
Costa Rica declared a state of emergency Thursday after eruptions of ash from a volcano forced international flights to be postponed and threatened the capital, authorities said. ... more


18 dead as torrential rains submerge Thai south

WHITE OUT
At least 23 people die in cold snap across Europe
A cold wave across Europe has left at least 23 dead in the past two days, including several migrants and homeless people, authorities said Saturday, with the frigid temperatures expected to continue through the weekend. ... more
AEROSPACE
MH370: No suspicions of crew, passengers, says French probe
A French background check of passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared in 2014, has found no cause for suspicion, concurring sources told AFP on Friday. ... more

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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
Rebuild hearts as well as homes, pope tells quake victims

Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims

Natural disaster damage hits 4-year high: Munich Re

Lockheed Martin to build NASA's trojan asteroid explorer Lucy
Lockheed Martin has been selected to design, build and operate the spacecraft for NASA's Lucy mission. One of NASA's two new Discovery Program missions, Lucy will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids orbiting the sun in tandem with the gas giant. The Lucy spacecraft will launch in 2021 to study six of these exciting worlds. The mission is led by Principal Invest ... more
Southwestern alumna becomes orbital debris scientist at NASA

APL provides key instruments for NASA dual Discovery Missions

Elbit contracted for airborne laser designator work

DARPA's networks of the sea enter next stage
DARPA's Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are knocked offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next phase, which calls for the demonstration of a prototype of the system at sea. TUN ... more
Defense Dept. orders upgraded underwater drones

Study finds potential instability in Atlantic Ocean water circulation system

Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

When the Arctic coast retreats, life in the shallow water areas drastically changes
The thawing and erosion of Arctic permafrost coasts has dramatically increased in the past years and the sea is now consuming more than 20 metres of land per year at some locations. The earth masses removed in this process increasingly blur the shallow water areas and release nutrients and pollutants. Yet, the consequences of these processes on life in the coastal zone and on traditional fishing ... more
Scientists consider the effects of coastal erosion in the Arctic

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too

Polar vortex is back, and a warmer Arctic may be to blame

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. Crunching huge amounts of data, they unveiled a global "threat map" detailing the impact on endangered species of exports to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union. To procure beans for ... more
A trip to the land of endangered ancient olive trees

Chickens are smarter and more complex than given credit for

Zambia drafts in air force to combat pests

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. Seasonal flooding hits Malaysia's east coast states every year and regularly results in mass evacuations. The latest round has forced authorities to evacuate 10,038 residents from Kelantan and 12,910 people from neighb ... more
Increasing rainfall in a warmer world will likely intensify typhoons in western Pacific

Thousands still stranded in Malaysia floods

Costa Rica on alert as volcano spits ash

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I.Coast soldiers end mutiny after deal
Ivory Coast soldiers on Sunday ended a two-day mutiny in the second city Bouake and other key areas after reaching a deal on their demands for pay rises, housing and faster promotion. President Alassane Ouattara called on his compatriots to "go back about their business" as normal after the deal was accepted by the military mutineers, who actions had paralysed Bouake. The world's top coc ... more
Gambia army chief backs president as region watches

Chad closes border with Libya over 'terror threat'

At least 15 dead in DR Congo ethnic clashes: local sources

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
Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds

Archaeologists: Chaco Canyon inhabitants likely relied on imported food

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

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Global warming hiatus disproved yet again
A controversial paper published two years ago that concluded there was no detectable slowdown in ocean warming over the previous 15 years - widely known as the "global warming hiatus" - has now been confirmed using independent data in research led by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Berkeley Earth, a non-profit research institute focused on climate change. The 2 ... more
Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Tillerson called to testify on climate issues

Seizing environmental opportunities under a Trump presidency

Watching the Upper Atmosphere for 15 Years and Counting
NASA's TIMED mission - short for Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics - yielded a batch of new discoveries to end its 15th year in orbit. From a more precise categorization of the upper atmosphere's response to solar storms, to pinpointing the signatures of a fundamental behavior of carbon dioxide, TIMED's unique position and instruments, along with its decade-plus data r ... more
Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?

Scientists use satellites to spot Svalbard avalanches

Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly of NOAA's GOES-S Weather Satellite

280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes
High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks. Analysis of the brain case of Dwykaselachus oosthuizeni, a shark-like fossil from South Africa, shows telltale structures of the brain, major cranial nerves, nostrils and inner ear belonging to modern-day chimaeras. This discovery, ... more
How long did it take to hatch a dinosaur egg

Research on dinosaur embryos reveals that eggs took 3 to 6 months to hatch

A fertilizer dearth foiled animal evolution for eons

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

Tesla starts mass production of batteries
Tesla Motors announced Wednesday that it has begun mass production of energy-saving batteries that it vows will take electric cars mainstream. "Today at the Gigafactory, Tesla and Panasonic begin mass production of lithium-ion battery cells, which will be used in Tesla's energy storage products and Model 3," Tesla said on its website. Mass production of the batteries are a critical step ... more
Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

Birds with big bills spend more time keeping warm
To shield themselves from the cold, many birds use a unique snuggling position called the "backrest." They cock their head back and to the side and tuck their beak under their wings. Scientists at Deakin University decided to take a deeper look at backrest behavior among nine bird species. They found birds with larger beaks exhibited backrest behavior more often and for longer periods o ... more
Routes of migratory birds follow today's peaks in resources

Scientists train DNA nanotubes to self-assemble a bridge between molecules

Sky's the limit for Thai baby elephant swimming to health

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Hong Kong rebel lawmakers met with protests in Taiwan
Pro-China protesters waving placards reading "Independence will get you nowhere" greeted Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong and three rebel lawmakers as they arrived in Taipei Saturday. Wong, along with Hong Kong legislators Nathan Law, Eddie Chu, and Edward Yiu, is attending a political forum hosted by Taiwan's New Power Party (NPP), which is advocating for recognition of Taiwan ... more
'Thousands' of pilgrims return to China before Dalai Lama event

Chinese official sentenced 10 years in vaccine scandal

Football and prayer wheels: views of modern Tibet

In cool forests, foraging bees prefer the warmth of darker flower petals
New research suggests a native Missouri bee species is skewing the reproductive patterns of wildflower morphs - a variance of leaf or flower petal patterns - in cooler forests. Peter Bernhardt, a professor of biology at Saint Louis University, discovered a discrepancy among the morph ratios of birds foot violet flowers, Viola pedata, in different Missouri habitats. His research sugges ... more
Scientists try turning Christmas trees into plastic

Obama creates two new national monuments

Amazonia's best and worst areas for carbon recovery revealed



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