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April 16, 2017
EXO WORLDS
Distantly related fish find same evolutionary solution to dark water



Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Changes in a single color-vision gene demonstrate convergent evolutionary adaptations in widely separated species and across vastly different time scales, according to a study publishing on April 11 in the open access journal PLOS Biology by David Marques of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and colleagues. The study, which combined genetic analysis with a 19-year-long selection experiment, supports the idea that the mechanisms of adaptive evolution may be more predictable than previou ... read more

FLORA AND FAUNA
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
A simple analysis of fish DNA in water drawn from two New York rivers successfully tracked the presence or absence of numerous species during a spring marine migration, according to research published Wednesday. ... more
ICE WORLD
Warm Atlantic waters contribute to sea ice decline
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
A University of Alaska Fairbanks study has determined that warmer water migrating from the Atlantic Ocean is a surprisingly powerful contributor to Arctic sea ice decline. Research led by Igor ... more
WATER WORLD
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea has seized a haul of shark fins and carcasses from Chinese ships fishing illegally off the coast of the west African country and fined the owners. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
'A few dozen' US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) April 15, 2017
The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
At least 35 dead in Iran floods; Quake rattles northern Chile
Tehran (AFP) April 15, 2017
At least 35 people were killed and eight declared missing as flash floods hit northwestern Iran, state media reported on Saturday. ... more
WATER WORLD
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
A recent study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England by hydrologist David Boutt at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin depo ... more
EARLY EARTH
As fins evolve to help fish swim, so does the nervous system
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The sensory system in fish fins evolves in parallel to fin shape and mechanics, and is specifically tuned to work with the fish's swimming behavior, according to new research from the University of ... more
WATER WORLD
Reef damage could cost Australia a million tourists: study
Sydney (AFP) April 12, 2017
Mass coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost the region more than a million tourists a year and up to Aus$1.0 billion (US$760 million) in lost revenue, a study warned Wednesday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Catch shares slow the 'race to fish'
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A detailed analysis of 39 U.S. fisheries by Duke University economists offers strong new evidence that catch shares curb the "race to fish" that compresses fishing seasons. Slowing competition with ... more
WOOD PILE
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new researc ... more


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FARM NEWS
Fungus uses light to invade, attack wheat plants
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
The fungus Parastagonospora nodorum has forged a deadly partnership with sunlight, and wheat plants are paying the price. ... more
FARM NEWS
So sheep may safely graze
Oxford Uk (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
In 1713, Johann Sebastian Bach once wrote a delightful cantata, "Sheep May Safely Graze," whose opening lyric boasts of shepherds protecting sheep from the ravages of the hunt. Fast forward a ... more
FARM NEWS
Australia wheat board chairman punished over Iraq 'kickback'
Sydney (AFP) April 10, 2017
The former chairman of an Australian wheat firm was fined Aus$50,000 (US$37,500) Monday and banned from managing a corporation for five years over the payment of huge kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq. ... more
FARM NEWS
Colombia forces struggle to root out coca
Llorente, Colombia (AFP) April 12, 2017
Colombian forces sent to rip green coca plants from the earth to end a trade fueling violence complain the crops are being replanted as fast as they can destroy them. ... more

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Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines
Jerusalem (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
The need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and unexploded ordnance is a humanitarian issue of immense global proportions. About half a million people around the world are suffering from mine-inflicted injuries, and each year an additional 15 to 20 thousand more people are injured or killed by these devices. More than 100 million such devices are still buried in o ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) April 10, 2017
Mosul zoo lion and bear flown out of Iraq
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
World's oldest dental fillings found in Italy
New York NY (AFP) Apr 12, 2017
US says ending UN mission in Haiti is a 'strong example'
Humans to Mars Official NASA Goal, But What About Radiation
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Human exploration of Mars is now an official goal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill to increase NASA's budget. The law sets spending at $19.5 billion for the 12-month period starting on October 1, 2017. Congress will need to approve the money. And for the first time, the NASA budget adds human exploration of M ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Recent advances and new insights into quantum image processing
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA Fellow studies new heatshield-making technique
Colorado Springs CO (Sputnik) Apr 10, 2017
China Considering Cooperation With Russia on Space Debris
Into the DNA of a coral reef predator
Onna, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The Crown-of-Thorns Starfish - or COTS - is a familiar sight for scuba divers in tropical waters: the starfish, resembling the biblical that gave it its name, swarms over coral reefs around the world in huge spawning and destructive events. In the modern era, COTS were first reported in 1957 from the very shores in front of OIST, in the village of Onna-son, Okinawa where it is locally known as " ... more
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Catch shares slow the 'race to fish'
Researchers unravel the drivers of large iceberg movement
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
When, in the foreseeable future, a tabular iceberg nearly seven times the size of Berlin breaks off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Antarctic, it will begin a journey, the course of which climate researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) can accurately predict. The researchers have now succeeded in modelling how Antarctic icebergs drift ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Polar glaciers may be home to previously undiscovered carbon cycle
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Warm Atlantic waters contribute to sea ice decline
Paris (AFP) April 10, 2017
Permafrost more vulnerable than thought: scientists
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To save honey bees, human behavior must change
Annapolis MD (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay to be published this week in the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Economic Entomology, Robert Owen argues that human activity is a key driver in ... more
Oxford Uk (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
So sheep may safely graze
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Fungus uses light to invade, attack wheat plants
Llorente, Colombia (AFP) April 12, 2017
Colombia forces struggle to root out coca
Houses damaged as strong quake hits south Philippines
Manila (AFP) April 12, 2017
A strong magnitude 6.0-earthquake hit the southern Philippines at dawn on Wednesday, damaging dozens of houses and sending people fleeing into the streets for safety, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of serious casualties but electricity was cut and water pipes ruptured in Lanao del Sur, a mainly rural region some 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Manila, they said. Th ... more
London, UK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Antarctic penguin colony repeatedly decimated by volcanic eruptions
Tehran (AFP) April 15, 2017
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San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Developing a microinsurance plan for California earthquakes
Four dead in army, police clashes in Nigeria: source
Lagos (AFP) April 12, 2017
A bloody clash between the army and police in Nigeria's restive northeastern Yobe state on Wednesday left one soldier and three police dead, a security source told AFP. The police confirmed the fracas in the state capital of Damaturu, but did not say if there were casualties. "The Nigeria police force is abreast of the unfortunate incident that occurred in the early hours of today 12th ... more
Washington (AFP) April 15, 2017
'A few dozen' US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon
Mogadishu (AFP) April 10, 2017
Three killed in Mogadishu army camp attack: military
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
El Nino can warn on cholera outbreaks in Africa: study
Putting social science modeling through its paces
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
The social sciences can play important roles in assisting military planners and decision-makers who are trying to understand complex human social behaviors and systems, potentially facilitating a wide range of missions including humanitarian, stability, and counter-insurgency operations. Current social science approaches to studying behavior rely on a variety of modeling methods-both quali ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Study reveals 10,000 years of genetic continuity in northwest North America
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Married couples with shared ancestry tend to have similar genes
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Researchers uncover prehistoric art and ornaments from Indonesian 'Ice Age'
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
Drought, conflict and famine in Africa
Nairobi (AFP) April 11, 2017
Drought and conflict have pushed the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen to the brink of famine, and a lack of aid funding means many could starve to death, the UN said Tuesday. More than 20 million people are at risk of famine in Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, a tragedy already affecting 100,000 people in war-torn South Sudan. Worldwide, Africa has been hardest hit by famine in recent decade ... more
Rochester NY (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Performance of the RegCM4 regional climate model over China
Bejing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
How ENSO and Atlantic ADO impact East Asian winter monsoon
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
An international team of researchers have created a high-resolution map of Earth's lithospheric magnetic field. Scientists created the map using a wealth of new data collected by the European Space Agency's Swarm satellites. "Magnetic fields have been measured in space by satellites for the last 50 years, but it is the measurement of magnetic 'gradients' from the three Swarm satellites ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 12, 2017
Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA's High-Altitude Plane Takes to the Sky for GOES-16 Field Campaign
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First oceans may have been acidic
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
One way to understand how ocean acidity can change, for example, in response to rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, is to look to the history of seawater acidity. Dr. Itay Halevy of the Weizmann Institute of Science has looked to the distant past - all the way back to Earth's earliest oceans. The model he developed, together with Dr. Aviv Bachan of Stanford University, suggests that the ea ... more
Birmingham UK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Discovery of early, 'croc-like' reptile sheds new light on evolution of dinosaurs
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
As fins evolve to help fish swim, so does the nervous system
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Scientists discover fossil of dinosaur ancestor with surprising croc-like appearance
U.S. emissions generally lower last year
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The only U.S. sector where emissions of carbon dioxide increased last year was in the transportation sector, an Energy Department division reported. A daily brief from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported CO2 emissions from the transportation sector increased 1.9 percent from 2015 levels. Emissions directly from motor gasoline increased 1.8 percent and the overall sector ... more
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2017
World Bank urges more investment for developing global electricity
New York (AFP) April 3, 2017
US states begin legal action on Trump energy delay
Paris (AFP) March 28, 2017
Program to be axed saves energy in LA buildings
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Controlling electron spin for efficient water splitting
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen, and splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen for fuel is a promising path for alternative energy. One of the main obstacles to making hydrogen production a reality is that current methods of water splitting result in hydrogen peroxide also being formed: This affects both the efficiency of the reaction and the stability of the production process. I ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists further understanding of a process that causes heat loss in fusion devices
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
How some battery materials expand without cracking
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
A simple analysis of fish DNA in water drawn from two New York rivers successfully tracked the presence or absence of numerous species during a spring marine migration, according to research published Wednesday. The inexpensive technique, which can have broad applications in monitoring and protecting aquatic life, was conducted in the East River, which is actually an inlet, and the Hudson Ri ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Discovered: Novel group of giant viruses
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Making spines from sea water
Chitwan, Nepal (AFP) April 10, 2017
Nepal's rhinos on road to recovery with cross-country move
Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male companion Xing Ya (Elegant Star) touched down at Schiphol at around 1730 GMT after leaving Chengdu in central China more than 10 hours earlier. ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2017
Beijing hutongs: village life in the city
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam officially accepts role as chief executive
Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the Dominican Republic. ... more
Burlington, VT (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
When old growth beats old school
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models


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