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March 16, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten



Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-breaking new study shows. "Avoiding predators might be an explanation of why some animals move from their ancestral homes into starkly different environments, but evidence for this is rare because it is difficult to collect," says study first author Dr Terry Ord of UNSW Sydney. "Our study of blenni ... read more

ICE WORLD
Increased water availability may release more nutrients into soil in Antarctica
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
As climate change continues to impact the Antarctic, glacier melt and permafrost thaw are likely to make more liquid water available to soil and aquatic ecosystems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, potent ... more
WEATHER REPORT
A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
With tornado season fast approaching or already underway in vulnerable states throughout the U.S., new supercomputer simulations are giving meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
We know a lot about how carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can drive climate change, but how about the way that climate change can cause fluctuations in CO2 levels? New research from an international team ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Student Scientists Select Menu for Astronauts
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
If you've ever had a cold preventing you from really tasting your food, you've experienced what astronauts aboard the International Space Station encounter at every meal. In a reduced-gravity enviro ... more
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Microbes measure ecological restoration success
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. Published in the journal Molecular Ecology, University of Ade ... more
WATER WORLD
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers from Stanford and the University of Calgary have transformed pulses of electrical current sent 1,000 feet underground into a picture of where seawater has infiltrated freshwater aquifers ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
"Revolutionary" is a word you hear often when people talk about the GRACE mission. Since the twin satellites of the NASA/German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) launched on March 17, ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Making resistant superbugs sensitive to antibiotics
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research is paving the way for the development of innovative drugs that restore antibiotic susceptibility in antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, a main cause of fatal l ... more
WOOD PILE
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its d ... more
ABOUT US
400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal
Binghamton NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A large international research team, directed by the Portuguese archaeologist Joao Zilhao and including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam, has found the oldest fossil human cranium in P ... more


Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon

SOLAR DAILY
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Members of the European Union are about 3 percentage points away from meeting their 2020 objectives for renewable energy, its statistics office reported. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines
Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Steep declines in the number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in Mexico are not fully explained by fewer milkweeds in the northern part of their range, researchers report in a ... more
WHITE OUT
Winter storm paralyzes eastern Canada, six dead
Montreal (AFP) March 15, 2017
A blizzard moving north from the United States caused car pileups and school closures, and left six dead as heavy snow and powerful winds paralyzed eastern Canada on Wednesday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
The death toll from a landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump in the capital Addis Ababa climbed to 113 on Wednesday, among them many women and children. ... 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
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
After fleeing homes, Iraqis near Mosul wait for tents
Hirono, Japan (AFP) March 10, 2017
For Japan's nuclear refugees, insults and rejection
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
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
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Dramatic improvement in surface finishing of 3-D 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
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
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 phenomenon remains elusive. Now, Harvard University researchers have a new hypothesis about what caused the runaway glaciation that covered the Earth pole-to-pole in ice. The research is published in ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Looking for 'fingerprints' at the intersection of weather and climate
Paris (AFP) March 13, 2017
Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Increased water availability may release more nutrients into soil in Antarctica
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This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries. The team's approach uses transgenic corn plants that produce small RNA molecules that prevent fungi from producing aflatoxin, highly toxic substances that can r ... more
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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. A quarter of a million of people were displaced from their homes, 18 are listed as missing and 250 as injured, the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management (BNGRC) said in a statement. A previous toll, released o ... more
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Senegal extradites Guinean soldier wanted over massacre
Conakry (AFP) March 13, 2017
A Guinean soldier wanted over the massacre of more than 150 people in a Conakry stadium has been extradited, ending years on the run in neighbouring Senegal and paving the way for his trial. Aboubakar Sidiki Diakite, also known as Toumba Diakite, was an aide de camp to Guinean coup leader Dadis Camara when 157 people were killed in September 2009 at an opposition rally. Witnesses reporte ... more
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Bamako (AFP) March 5, 2017
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400,000-year-old fossil human cranium is oldest ever found in Portugal
Binghamton NY (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A large international research team, directed by the Portuguese archaeologist Joao Zilhao and including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam, has found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the Neandertals. The cranium represents the westernmost hu ... more
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Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
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Paris (AFP) March 9, 2017
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Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration
Pasadena CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
We know a lot about how carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can drive climate change, but how about the way that climate change can cause fluctuations in CO2 levels? New research from an international team of scientists reveals one of the mechanisms by which a colder climate was accompanied by depleted atmospheric CO2 during past ice ages. The overall goal of the work is to better understand how and why ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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Niger drought leaves schools closed
'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers in Italy hope to measure Earth's rotation using a laser-based gyroscope housed deep underground, with enough experimental precision to reveal measurable effects of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The ring laser gyroscope (RLG) technology enabling these Earth-based measurements provide, unlike those made by referencing celestial objects, inertial rotation information, reveali ... more
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Early Earth had a hazy, methane-filled atmosphere
College Park MD (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
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Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
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Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia
Sydney (AFP) March 15, 2017
A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a loud explosion. "As ... more
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Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
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Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-breaking new study shows. "Avoiding predators might be an explanation of why some animals move from their ancestral homes into starkly different environments, but evidence for this is rare becaus ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines
Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 2017
Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
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Tillerson to East Asia in shadow of North Korea threat
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
With North Korea's drive to field a nuclear-armed missile rapidly emerging as President Donald Trump's first foreign crisis, his top diplomat is heading to a nervous region. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former oil executive with no government experience, has yet to make an impact in Washington, where he has not even appointed a senior staff. But this week he will head as emissa ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress
Beijing (AFP) March 13, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) March 14, 2017
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Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification. The desertification of the Sahara has long been a target for scientists trying to understand climate and ecological tipping points. A new paper published in Frontiers in Earth Sc ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise
Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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