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March 17, 2017
TECTONICS
Earth's first example of recycling - its own crust!



Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Rock samples from northeastern Canada retain chemical signals that help explain what Earth's crust was like more than 4 billion years ago, reveals new work from Carnegie's Richard Carlson and Jonathan O'Neil of the University of Ottawa. Their work is published by Science. There is much about Earth's ancient crust that scientists don't understand. This is because most of the planet's original crust simply isn't around any longer to be studied directly - it has either sunk back into the planet's int ... read more

EARLY EARTH
Recovery after 'great dying' was slowed by more extinctions
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Researchers studying marine fossil beds in Italy have found that the world's worst mass extinction was followed by two other extinction events, a conclusion that could explain why it took ecosystems ... more
EXO WORLDS
Operation of ancient biological clock uncovered
Utrecht, Netherlands (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Ten years ago, researchers discovered that the biological clock in cyanobacteria consists of only three protein components: KaiA, KaiB and KaiC. These are the building blocks - the gears, springs an ... more
EARLY EARTH
Microbes Set The Stage For First Animals
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
It is thought that animal life first arose during the Ediacaran Period, between 635 and 541 million years ago, but these organisms bore little resemblance to the animals we know today. That's led so ... more
WHALES AHOY
One of last vaquita porpoises found dead in Mexico
Mexico City (AFP) March 17, 2017
Environmentalists said Thursday they have found the body of a baby vaquita marina porpoise, one of the last of its kind, washed up dead in northern Mexico. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Syria regime bombed Damascus water source: UN
Geneva (AFP) March 14, 2017
The Syrian government intentionally bombed the Ain al-Fijeh spring in December, leaving more than five million people in Damascus without access to water, a UN probe said Tuesday, branding the strike a "war crime". ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Science unravels spiders' monstrous food web
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
The world's spiders eat 400-800 million tonnes of insects every year - as much meat and fish as humans consume over the same period, a study said Tuesday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet. ... more
ICE WORLD
Searching for polar bears on Alaska's North Slope
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
On a frigid March day in 2011, workers with ENI Petroleum were busy moving construction equipment on and off Spy Island, a man-made offshore drill site in the Beaufort Sea a few miles off the coast near Ooliktok Point, when a female polar bear popped out of a deep snow drift under the artificial ground. She blinked wearily at her surprised neighbors, sniffed the air, then rolled around in the snow to clean off her white fur after a five-month slumber. In less than 12 hours, the island was shut down and evacuated. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
BBC team among injured in Etna volcano drama
Rome (AFP) March 16, 2017
Ten people were injured by flying rock and lava after Mount Etna, Europe's biggest active volcano, burst into life on Thursday, according to a BBC journalist and others caught up in a terrifying drama on the upper slopes. ... more
FARM NEWS
Popular weedkiller doesn't cause cancer: EU agency
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
The EU's chemicals agency said Wednesday that glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers, should not be classed as a carcinogen. ... more


13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence

EARTH OBSERVATION
Scientists measure Earth's rotational forces with underground laser gyroscope
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists are preparing to measure the inertial rotation of Earth using an underground laser-based gyroscope. The goal is to reveal fluctuations in Earth's rate of rotation and confirm a component of the theory of relativity known as the Lense-Thirring effect. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Pentagon chief says climate change threatens security
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Unlike some in the Trump administration, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis believes climate change is real and that it poses a threat to international security, according to a US media report. ... more
WATER WORLD
Hawaiian biodiversity began declining before humans arrived
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
New research suggests plant and animal diversity has been on the decline on all Hawaiian Islands, except for the Big Island, for several million years. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Curbing pollution can prevent 3 mn Chinese deaths a year
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
China can avoid three million premature deaths each year if it slashes a type of fine particle air pollution to UN recommended levels, a study said Wednesday. ... more

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Ai Weiwei slams 'shameful' politicians ignoring refugees
Prague (AFP) March 16, 2017
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday slammed "shameful" politicians who ignore refugees as he launched a giant art installation centered on their fate at the National Gallery in Prague. Called "Law of the Journey", the show features a 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures. A tribute to the thousands who have drowned crossing the Mediter ... more
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
After fleeing homes, Iraqis near Mosul wait for tents
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster
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
Raleigh, NC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers offer overview of composite metal foams and potential applications
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Solid metal has 'structural memory' of its liquid state
Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Australia's Great Barrier Reef may never recover from last year's warming-driven coral bleaching, said a study Wednesday that called for urgent action in the face of ineffective conservation efforts. Record-high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode, which occurs when stressed corals expel the algae that live in their tissue and provide them with food. Bl ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Hawaiian biodiversity began declining before humans arrived
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 known that changes in the storage of carbon by photosynthetic organisms played an important role. "When we took a close look at measurements from ice cores, we noticed that atmospheric CO2 conce ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A perfect storm of fire and ice may have led to snowball Earth
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Searching for polar bears on Alaska's North Slope
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Increased water availability may release more nutrients into soil in Antarctica
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Study: Suburban bees prefer to forage on farms, not in the city
(UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists at Ohio State University found honey bees living in the outer suburbs - where residential development transitions into agricultural land - tend to forage on farms, not in urban gardens. Researchers tracked the feeding habits of honey bees from colonies in an apiary located in a suburban cemetery in central Ohio. The study, conducted in 2014, lasted from late summer t ... more
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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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13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
Thirteen people, mostly women and children, have been killed in central Kenya this week in a cycle of violence between rival farming tribes hit by drought, police and the Red Cross said. Police spokesman George Kinoti said the violence broke out on Monday when Ilchamus herdsmen, a sub-group of the Tugen people, launched an attack on members of the Pokot tribe seeking to steal their cattle. ... more
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Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestration
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'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
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
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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 Universi ... more
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CO2 stable for 3rd year despite global growth: IEA
Paris (AFP) March 17, 2017
Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector held stable for the third straight year in 2016 despite the global economy continuing to expand, the International Energy Agency said Friday. By far the main culprit in global warming, carbon dioxide emissions stood at 32.1 billion tonnes last year, the IEA estimated. This was the same level as the same as the previous two years, des ... more
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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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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
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Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 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
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Did humans create the Sahara desert?
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Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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