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January 10, 2017
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Led by Yilin Hu, UCI assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the Ayala School of Biological Sciences, the researchers found that they could successfully express the reductase component of the nitrogenase enzyme alone in the bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii and directly use this bacterium to convert CO2 to CO. The intracellular environment of the bacterium was shown to favor the conversion of CO2 in a way that would be more applicable to the future development of strategies for ... read more

WATER WORLD
Newly discovered phytoplankton groups appear to favor warmer oceans
An international research team has discovered two phytoplankton groups - unlike any known species - in climate-sensitive areas around the world. While they appear relatively rare compared to other p ... more
WOOD PILE
Measuring trees with the speed of sound
Living trees can rot from the inside out, leaving only a hollowed trunk. Wood rot in living trees can cause overestimates of global carbon pools, timber loss in forestry, and poor tree health. Under ... more
ICE WORLD
High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice
Earth's oceans have soaked up about a third of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by humans through use of fossil fuels and other activities. That's good news for those concerned with greenh ... more
WATER WORLD
Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs
Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs. Now, marine bio ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Are we exploring in the wrong direction
The discovery of vast seas of water beneath the earth's crust opens up interesting new fields of research, and also poses a somewhat philosophical question: should we be looking more closely at our ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Study: Recovery of Caribbean bats would take 8 million years
Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a model to estimate how long evolutionary forces would take to restore natural balance among mammalian communities plagued by extinction. ... more
WHITE OUT
Deaths, travel chaos in Europe cold snap
A cold snap gripping Europe has killed 10 more people in Poland, stranded thousands in snow-covered Turkey and brought fresh misery for both migrants and the homeless. ... more
ABOUT US
Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age
Draped in dazzling kimonos, thousands of expensively made-up young Japanese women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday - with many planning a night on the booze to celebrate. ... more
SINO DAILY
Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker condemns 'violent attacks'
Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Nathan Law hit out Monday at "violent attacks" by pro-China protesters at the city's airport on his return from a political forum in Taiwan. ... more


In Damascus, an old solution to water shortages: the hammam

ASIA NEWS
BAE Systems contracted for USS San Antonio modernization
BAE Systems has received a $75 million contract to perform maintenance and modernization services for the U.S. Navy's USS San Antonio. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Six climbers die of cold climbing Guatemala volcano
Six climbers scaling a volcano in Guatemala died on the weekend when they got caught in a sudden cold spell at altitude, rescue officials said Monday. ... more

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Six climbers die of cold climbing Guatemala volcano
Six climbers scaling a volcano in Guatemala died on the weekend when they got caught in a sudden cold spell at altitude, rescue officials said Monday. The six, all of them Guatemalans, were in two groups climbing Acatenango volcano west of the capital on Saturday. The volcano rises 3,975 meters (13,045 feet) above sea level. Their bodies were recovered on Sunday and Monday, a fire servic ... more
Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims

Memory of lost Cyprus home haunts three generations

Rebuild hearts as well as homes, pope tells quake victims

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
MIT scientists create super strong, lightweight 3D graphene

APL provides key instruments for NASA dual Discovery Missions

RADA contracted for high energy laser radars

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
High-tech mooring will measure beneath Antarctic ice

Unlucky polar bears beset by toxins too

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

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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

Study: Recovery of Caribbean bats would take 8 million years
Researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a model to estimate how long evolutionary forces would take to restore natural balance among mammalian communities plagued by extinction. For the Caribbean's New World leaf-nosed bats, the most varied and diverse bat family, the process would take at least 8 million years. Since the arrival of humans, dozens of Caribbean bat sp ... more
Increasing rainfall in a warmer world will likely intensify typhoons in western Pacific

Worst rain 'in 30 years' heaps misery on flood-hit Thai south

Costa Rica on alert as volcano spits ash

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
Reshuffle in I.Coast, security chiefs out after mutiny

Chad closes border with Libya over 'terror threat'

Gambia army chief backs president as region watches

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age
Draped in dazzling kimonos, thousands of expensively made-up young Japanese women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday - with many planning a night on the booze to celebrate. Formal "Coming of Age" ceremonies, which began as a rite of ancient samurai families, were held nationwide for Japan's 20-year-olds, reminding them of their responsibilities after becoming old enough to legally ... more
New study finds evolution of brain and tooth size were not linked in humans

Ancient DNA can both diminish and defend modern minds

Archaeologists: Chaco Canyon inhabitants likely relied on imported food

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Obama again defends climate deal
President Barack Obama launched a fresh defense of emissions curbs against Donald Trump's plans to scrap a global climate deal, saying the accord was in America's interest Monday. Writing in the journal "Science" Obama said that the United States was proving that reducing greenhouse gases can help economic growth. Reforms can "can boost efficiency, productivity, and innovation," he said. ... more
Global warming hiatus disproved yet again

Scientists disprove global warming took a break

Tillerson called to testify on climate issues

First colour image for joint UK and Algerian CubeSat
AlSat Nano, a UK-Algeria CubeSat mission, has captured its first full colour image following its launch in September 2016. The image was taken by the Open University C3D2 instrument's wide field camera on 3rd December, 2016, over the Arkhangelsk Oblast region, on the North West coast of Russia. It was captured under twilight conditions at dawn, showing the coastline to the top, and a brief winte ... more
Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality

Are we exploring in the wrong direction

Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere's oxygen?

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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

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Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets
The global spread of green technologies must quicken significantly to avoid future rebounds in greenhouse gas emissions, a new Duke University study shows. "Based on our calculations, we won't meet the climate warming goals set by the Paris Agreement unless we speed up the spread of clean technology by a full order of magnitude, or about ten times faster than in the past," said Gabriele Manoli, ... more
Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

Tesla starts mass production of batteries

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, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen, have tracked three long-distance migratory birds. By comparing the bird's migration routes to climate projections, the scientists show that finding food ... more
'Drunken walk' math helps explain ecological invasions

Birds with big bills spend more time keeping warm

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

China to punish two top anti-corruption officials: Xinhua
China's top anti-graft authority has punished two of its own senior officials for corruption and adopted new rules to supervise its investigators more strictly, state media said Monday. The new regulations, passed at the annual meeting of the ruling Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) over the weekend, seek to clarify how the country's 500,000 or so corrupti ... more
Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker condemns 'violent attacks'

Hong Kong rebel lawmakers met with protests in Taiwan

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

Measuring trees with the speed of sound
Living trees can rot from the inside out, leaving only a hollowed trunk. Wood rot in living trees can cause overestimates of global carbon pools, timber loss in forestry, and poor tree health. Understanding wood decay in forests is of special concern in the tropics because tropical forests are estimated to harbor 96% of the world's tree diversity and about 25% of terrestrial carbon, compared to ... more
In cool forests, foraging bees prefer the warmth of darker flower petals

Scientists try turning Christmas trees into plastic

Obama creates two new national monuments



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