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February 15, 2017
WHALES AHOY
Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses



Wellington (AFP) Feb 14, 2017
The grim task of clearing hundreds of washed-up whale carcasses was under way in New Zealand Tuesday, with the beach closed over fears the bodies will fill with gas and explode as they decompose. The sands at Farewell Spit where the nearly 700 pilot whales beached in one of the largest mass strandings ever in New Zealand were closed to the public after authorities declared the rotting bodies a health risk. The Department of Conservation said the carcasses of more than 300 whales were being truck ... read more

FARM NEWS
Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new method for accurately measuring crop yields using satellite images. Scientists hope their new strategy will help researchers track agricultural productivity in developing countries where farming data is limited. ... more
EXO WORLDS
Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows
Science fiction has long imagined alien worlds inhabited by silicon-based life, such as the rock-eating Horta from the original Star Trek series. Now, scientists have for the first time shown that n ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Blue jets studied from Space Station
For years, their existence has been debated: elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that sport names such as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves. Reported by pilots, they are dif ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
HSE experts investigate how order emerges from chaos
Igor Kolokolov and Vladimir Lebedev, scientific experts from HSE's Faculty of Physics and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, have developed an analytical th ... more
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IRAQ WARS
Valentine's Day returns to Iraq's IS-free east Mosul
Valentine's Day returned Tuesday to the eastern sector of the Iraqi city of Mosul from where the Islamic State group was expelled last month, at least for a group of enthusiastic schoolchildren. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Vietnam fishermen clash with police over toxic waste
Scores of fishermen clashed with police Tuesday in central Vietnam as they tried to file lawsuits demanding compensation after a toxic waste dump by a Taiwanese firm killed tonnes of fish last year, activists said. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Iraq's 'cycling girls' ride for freedom
Her name is Marina Jaber but to many she is "the girl on the bike", a young Baghdad artist inspiring Iraqi women to exercise their rights one pedal at a time. ... more
SINO DAILY
Fear has made me stronger: Hong Kong bookseller
The disappearance of a Chinese billionaire from his Hong Kong hotel has brought back frightening memories for bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who also went missing in an ordeal that highlighted Beijing's tightening grip on the city. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Free hairdos to boost confidence of displaced Iraqi women
Twice a month, beautician Chnoor Khezri takes her equipment to a camp near Mosul and gives displaced Iraqi women who have lost everything a proper pampering and some fresh confidence. ... more
WATER WORLD
Ethiopia dam causes Kenya water shortage: rights group
A huge newly-built Ethiopian dam is cutting off the supply of water to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, rights group Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Geneticists reveal how parenting rewires the beetle brain
In a new study, a team of geneticists at the University of Georgia showed how parenting transforms the brain of burying beetles. ... more
WATER WORLD
Mass evacuation as rain strains tallest US dam
Almost 200,000 people were under evacuation orders in northern California on Monday after a threat of catastrophic failure at the tallest dam in the United States. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Extreme heat threatens desert songbirds
A number of songbird species make their living in some of the most precarious places on Earth - deserts. As global warming pushes temperatures higher and extreme heat waves occur more frequently, deserts are becoming even more inhospitable. ... more
WATER WORLD
Sheriff lifts evacuation order for residents near California dam
A sheriff on Tuesday lifted a mandatory evacuation order in northern California, which had impacted nearly 200,000 people in an area under threat of catastrophic failure at the tallest dam in the United States. ... more

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Free hairdos to boost confidence of displaced Iraqi women
Twice a month, beautician Chnoor Khezri takes her equipment to a camp near Mosul and gives displaced Iraqi women who have lost everything a proper pampering and some fresh confidence. In a small room inside the camp, the young Iranian Kurd takes out her brushes and scissors and puts blue wax to heat up in a pot. "It's not much but I work miracles with this," she says. More than 3,600 wom ... more
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away

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NASA to launch Raven to develop autonomous rendezvous capability
Launching soon, aboard the 10th SpaceX commercial resupply mission, will be a technology module called Raven, which will bring NASA one step closer to having a relative navigation capability. When affixed outside the International Space Station, Raven will test foundational technologies that will enable autonomous rendezvous in space, meaning they will not necessitate any human involvement - eve ... more
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Ethiopia dam causes Kenya water shortage: rights group
A huge newly-built Ethiopian dam is cutting off the supply of water to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, rights group Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The Gibe III dam, along with a network of sugar plantations, has caused the depth of Lake Turkana to drop by 1.5 meters from its previous levels since the dam's reservoir began filling in 2015, according to a HRW report. In one part of Tu ... more
Sheriff lifts evacuation order for residents near California dam

Mismatched eyes help squid survive ocean's twilight zone

Mass evacuation as rain strains tallest US dam

Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
Thwaites Glacier on the edge of West Antarctica is one of the planet's fastest-moving glaciers. Research shows that it is sliding unstoppably into the ocean, mainly due to warmer seawater lapping at its underside. But the details of its collapse remain uncertain. The details are necessary to provide a timeline for when to expect 2 feet of global sea level rise, and when this glacier's loss ... more
NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered African penguins

Using high-resolution satellites to measure African farm yields
Stanford researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-res photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites. The approach, detailed in the February 13 issue of the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could be used to estimate agricultural productivity and test intervention strategies in poor regions of the world where data are c ... more
Stanford scientists measure African crop yields from space

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Rumbling Indonesian volcano in fresh eruption
A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island spewed clouds of smoke and ash high into the air Friday, the latest in a series of violent eruptions. Huge columns of smoke hung over Mount Sinabung and the surrounding area, including an elementary school where children played in the shadow of the towering volcanic cloud. Activity levels have increased in the past week, with Sinabung shoo ... more
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S. Sudan army says general who quit was 'deeply' corrupt
South Sudan's army said Tuesday a general who quit after accusing President Salva Kiir and his tribe of "ethnic cleansing" was corrupt and had fled to evade arrest. Lieutenant-General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, then deputy chief of general staff for logistics, resigned last week accusing Kiir, aides and other army officers of violating a 2015 peace deal. They had "systematically frustrated th ... more
Ivory Coast arrests six journalists over mutiny 'false information'

I. Coast govt pursues bid to end mutiny by elite troops

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Study: The human brain always has a backup plan
New research suggests when it comes to the physical movements of daily life, the human brain is always weighing its options and prepping for plan B. Think of the mini moments of hesitation that populate the day: Whether or not to cross the sidewalk or when to change lanes. During these seconds of indecision, the human brain is preparing the movements necessary for each potential action. ... more
Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution

Humans subconsciously perceive words as 'round' or 'sharp'

Paleolithic people 'killed' pebbles to rid them of their symbolic power

Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
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Researchers say climate models understate risk, ignore human factors

Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

NASA spacecraft prepares to fly to new heights
On Feb. 9, 2017, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, known as MMS, began a three-month long journey into a new orbit. MMS flies in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth and the new orbit will take MMS twice as far out as it has previously flown. In the new orbit, which begins the second phase of its mission, MMS will continue to map out the fundamental characteristics of space aroun ... more
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A kiss of death - mammals were the first animals to produce venom
Africa is a tough place. It always has been. Especially if you have to fend off gigantic predators like sabre-toothed carnivores in order to survive. And, when you're a small, dog-sized pre-mammalian reptile, sometimes the only way to protect yourself against these monsters is to turn your saliva into a deadly venomous cocktail. That is exactly what a distant, pre-mammalian reptile, the th ... more
Syracuse University geochemist breathes new life into 'Great Oxidation Event'

NASA team looks to ancient earth first to study hazy exoplanets

Deeper origin of gill evolution suggests 'active lifestyle' link in early vertebrates

Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
As Taiwan lights up for the start of its annual lantern festival this weekend, one eco-friendly craftsman is breaking with tradition. Lantern-maker Lin Chow-chin is part of a growing movement on the island to make the celebrations greener, creating sustainable lights which can be converted into everything from desk lamps to flower vases. Each year huge electric sculptures go on display ... more
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The diversity of species on Earth is generating itself
If competition is the main evolutionary driver, why can so many species coexist within the same ecosystem instead to have a few that dominate? This a long and central question in ecology. Many ideas have been suggested in an attempt to explain this evolutionary paradox. Most of them are based on the importance of ecological niches for the maintenance of differentiated against dominated environme ... more
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Fear has made me stronger: Hong Kong bookseller
The disappearance of a Chinese billionaire from his Hong Kong hotel has brought back frightening memories for bookseller Lam Wing-kee, who also went missing in an ordeal that highlighted Beijing's tightening grip on the city. Lam is one of five Hong Kong publishers who vanished at the end of 2015 and resurfaced across the border in mainland China. He returned to Hong Kong on bail after eight ... more
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Why nature restoration takes time
'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'connected' at first. These connections need time to (literally) grow, and fungi are the star performers here. A European research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) has shown t ... more
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