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April 18, 2017
EARTH OBSERVATION
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes



Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
A new NASA- and Department of Energy-funded study finds that recent increases in global methane levels observed since 2007 are not necessarily due to increasing emissions, but instead may be due to changes in how long methane remains in the atmosphere after it is emitted. The second most important human-produced greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, methane is colorless, odorless and can be hard to track. The gas has a wide range of sources, from decomposing biological material to leaks in natural ... read more

ICE WORLD
Researchers ask public to help them count Weddell seals
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are recruiting the public to assist in the first-ever comprehensive Weddell seals census. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Computer game helps scientists understand animal camouflage
Exeter, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Online computer games played by more than 30,000 people have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision. Researchers from the University of Exeter wanted to know why many anima ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Many U.S. waterways carry a variety of pollutants, but not much is known about the composition or health effects of these chemical combinations. A new in-depth study, however, is providing insight a ... more
EXO WORLDS
Deep-sea animals make their own light
Moss Landing CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Ever since explorer William Beebe descended into the depths in a metal sphere in the 1930s, marine biologists have been astounded by the number and diversity of glowing animals in the ocean. Y ... more
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WATER WORLD
Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun. That future may be ... more
WATER WORLD
Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
Athens GA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, cities inland saw an influx of evacuees escaping the storm and its aftermath. Now, a new University of Georgia study predicts that this could happen ... more
WATER WORLD
Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival
Aboard The Schooner Tara, Japan (AFP) April 17, 2017
The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say. ... more
WATER WORLD
A rusty green early ocean
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Though they may seem rock solid, the ancient sedimentary rocks called iron formations - the world's chief economic source of iron ore - were once dissolved in seawater. How did that iron go from a d ... more
ABOUT US
Science says: Let a stranger pick your profile picture
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
If you want to look your best in your profile picture, research suggests delegating the decision to a stranger. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Models, observations not so far apart on planet's response to greenhouse gas emissions
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
How hot our planet will become for a given amount of greenhouse gases is a key number in climate change. As the calculation of how much warming is locked in by a given amount of emissions, it is cru ... more


Italy producers in Asia rice row

FARM NEWS
Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with th ... more
FARM NEWS
Study: Nearly 2 billion people rely on food grown elsewhere
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Almost 2 billion people now rely on imported food, new research shows. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN
Geneva (AFP) April 13, 2017
Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. ... more

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At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said the missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Qassem told AFP. He said the Libyan coastguard had rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities just under 10 kilometres (6 miles) off the coast of Tripoli. The boat's hull was c ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2017
Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Evaluating forecasts of extreme events
Jerusalem (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines
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
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
NASA Fellow studies new heatshield-making technique
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing
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. The seizure was part of a push launched in February to crack down on illegal fishing in West African waters, aided by the environmental campaign group Greenpeace. "Three ships were boarded and searched, two for having shark fins on bo ... more
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'
Athens GA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
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 (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Researchers ask public to help them count Weddell seals
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
Italy producers in Asia rice row
Rome (AFP) April 13, 2017
Italy's rice producers sounded the alarm Thursday over competition from Asia, saying the national industry was in crisis and consumers were unwittingly buying pesticide-contaminated grains harvested by exploited children. Italian farmers' association Coldiretti said imports of rice from Asia was driving the price of the home-grown staple into the ground, while lax labelling laws meant famili ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Study: Nearly 2 billion people rely on food grown elsewhere
Oxford Uk (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
So sheep may safely graze
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. "Thirty-five people have been killed in the floods" across four provinces, the head of Iran's emergency response organisation, Esmail Najar, told the ISNA news agency. Torrential rains that began on Friday lashed East Azerbaijan province, with state televisio ... more
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Lessons from Parkfield help predict continued fault movements after earthquakes
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Researchers seek new ways to improve earthquake risk communications
Karo, Indonesia (AFP) April 12, 2017
Indonesian volcano in fresh eruptions
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'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. The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, a light infantry unit trained for air assaults, will mainly train and equip Somalia's army "to better fight Al-Shabab," an Al-Qaeda linked extremist group, the spokeswoma ... more
Lagos (AFP) April 12, 2017
Four dead in army, police clashes in Nigeria: source
Kinshasa (AFP) April 14, 2017
DR Congo suspends military cooperation with Belgium
Mogadishu (AFP) April 10, 2017
Three killed in Mogadishu army camp attack: military
Science says: Let a stranger pick your profile picture
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
If you want to look your best in your profile picture, research suggests delegating the decision to a stranger. When scientists in Australia studied the profile picture selection process, they found many make poor decisions. When strangers were allowed to choose a person's profile pic, the images scored better first impressions. "Previous work has shown that people make inference ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Putting social science modeling through its paces
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
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Models, observations not so far apart on planet's response to greenhouse gas emissions
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
How hot our planet will become for a given amount of greenhouse gases is a key number in climate change. As the calculation of how much warming is locked in by a given amount of emissions, it is crucial for global policies to curb global warming. It is also one of the most hotly debated numbers in climate science. Observations in the past decade seem to suggest a value that is lower than p ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Performance of the RegCM4 regional climate model over China
Nairobi (AFP) April 11, 2017
Drought, conflict and famine in Africa
Bejing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
How ENSO and Atlantic ADO impact East Asian winter monsoon
New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
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
How some battery materials expand without cracking
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
When you charge a battery, or when you use it, it's not just electricity but also matter that moves around inside. Ions, which are atoms or molecules that have an electric charge, travel from one of the battery's electrodes to the other, making the electrodes shrink and swell. In fact, it's been a longstanding mystery why fairly brittle electrode materials don't crack under the strain of these e ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists further understanding of a process that causes heat loss in fusion devices
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles
Computer game helps scientists understand animal camouflage
Exeter, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Online computer games played by more than 30,000 people have helped scientists understand animal camouflage and colour vision. Researchers from the University of Exeter wanted to know why many animals are dichromats (having two types of colour receptor cells in their eyes) while others, like humans, are trichromats (with three types of colour cells), and how colour vision affects animals' abilit ... more
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Discovered: Novel group of giant viruses
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Making spines from sea water
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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
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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
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
Burlington, VT (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
When old growth beats old school


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