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March 15, 2017
EARLY EARTH
Early Earth had a hazy, methane-filled atmosphere



College Park MD (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
More than 2.4 billion years ago, Earth's atmosphere was inhospitable, filled with toxic gases that drove wildly fluctuating surface temperatures. Understanding how today's world of mild climates and breathable air took shape is a fundamental question in Earth science. New research from the University of Maryland, the University of St. Andrews, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Leeds and the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science suggests that long ago, Earth's atmosphere spent ab ... read more

EARLY EARTH
World's oldest plant-like fossils discovered
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History have found fossils of 1.6 billion-year-old probable red algae. The spectacular finds, publishing on 14 March in the open access journal PLOS Biolo ... more
EXO WORLDS
Enzyme-free krebs cycle may have been key step in origin of life on Earth
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A set of biochemical processes crucial to cellular life on Earth could have originated in chemical reactions taking place on the early Earth four billion years ago, believes a group of scientists fr ... more
ICE WORLD
A perfect storm of fire and ice may have led to snowball Earth
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
What caused the largest glaciation event in Earth's history, known as 'snowball Earth'? Geologists and climate scientists have been searching for the answer for years but the root cause of the pheno ... more
ICE WORLD
Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Atmospheric CO2 concentrations swung over a range of 100 ppm (parts per million, by volume) during the ice ages. The exact processes behind this variation have been difficult to pinpoint, but it is ... more
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EARLY EARTH
New study identifies ancient shark ancestors
New York NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research based on x-ray imaging provides the strongest evidence to date that sharks arose from a group of bony fishes called acanthodians. Analyzing an extraordinarily well-preserved fossil of a ... more
WATER WORLD
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Some climate models are suggesting that El Nino may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" state, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet ... more
WHITE OUT
Winter Storm Stella hits US Northeast, NY dodges worst
New York (AFP) March 15, 2017
Winter Storm Stella lashed the northeastern United States with sleet and snow Tuesday, cancelling thousands of flights, closing schools and shutting stores, but New York and Washington escaped the worst of the weather. ... more
EPIDEMICS
700 dead as malaria 'epidemic' hits Burundi
Nairobi (AFP) March 14, 2017
About 700 people have died from malaria in Burundi so far this year, the health minister said, with the authorities having registered 1.8 million infections in a rising epidemic. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Paris's overworked rat-catchers on strike
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Paris's overworked rat-catchers staged a one-day strike Tuesday, protesting outside city hall to demand reinforcements and bonuses two months after carrying out a massive cull in the French capital. ... more


Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced

FROTH AND BUBBLE
Death toll from Ethiopia landslide reaches 72
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 14, 2017
The death toll from a landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump reached 72 on Tuesday as the country's parliament declared three days of national mourning, a government minister told AFP. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Madagascar cyclone deaths rise to 78, 400,000 affected
Antananarivo (AFP) March 14, 2017
A cyclone that slammed into Madagascar last week killed 78 people and affected 400,000, the authorities said on Tuesday as they classed the event a national disaster. ... more
SINO DAILY
'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
Empty talk, self-censorship, brain-dead conformity - that's outspoken delegate Cui Yongyuan's assessment of China's national parliament, celebrated by the Communist Party as empowering the people but which he calls a big waste of time. ... more
SINO DAILY
Hong Kong leadership rivals clash ahead of 'unfair' vote
Hong Kong (AFP) March 14, 2017
Hong Kong's leadership candidates faced off in a live television debate Tuesday as criticism mounts over an appointment process skewed towards Beijing, bypassing the vast majority of voters. ... more

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Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police Tuesday demolished the largest remaining settlement of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that struck nearly two years ago, a move that will leave hundreds homeless. Around 100 families were still living in the camp in Kathmandu when police wearing riot gear used bulldozers to flatten the bamboo and tarpaulin structures. "The gods will curse the government. We don't h ... more
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
Giant Ai Weiwei refugee installation to go on display in Prague
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
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Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
MIPT physicists predict the existence of unusual optical composites
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Physicists from MIPT have predicted the existence of transparent composite media with unusual optical properties. Using graphics card based simulations, scientists studied regular volume structures composed of two dielectrics with close parameters, and found that the optical properties of these structures differ from both those of natural crystals and artificial periodic composites, which are cu ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
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Saint-Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
New application of the selective laser melting method
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists develop new surface finishing for 3D-printing
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first Antarctic mission
Hobart, Australia (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boaty McBoatface, which received its unusual moniker in an online poll last year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to conduct scientific research. The British National Environment Research Council in March 2016 invited voters in an online poll to name the $290 million scientific polar research ship last year. The RRS Boaty McBoatface was the top choice with 27,000 votes, 3,000 mo ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 10, 2017
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Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
Looking for 'fingerprints' at the intersection of weather and climate
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Scientists have found the seasonal "fingerprints" of Arctic sea ice, El Nino, and other climate phenomena in a new study that probes the global interactions between weather and climate. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, weather and climate are different. Weather can be reasonably well predicted up to a week in advance, and is characterized by its daily dynamics. Clim ... more
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling
Paris (AFP) March 13, 2017
Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A perfect storm of fire and ice may have led to snowball Earth
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Early Earth had a hazy, methane-filled atmosphere
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