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April 19, 2017
FROTH AND BUBBLE
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital



Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads. The rulers of Kathmandu's streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the highly inefficient bus network. Critics say these associations have managed to win control over the roads and ensure laws stay favourable to them by making ... read more

FLORA AND FAUNA
Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics: report
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Hunting poses a major threat to mammals and birds in tropical regions near population centers and roads, according to new research published Thursday in the US journal Science. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
System to turn deadly chemicals into harmless dirt makes advances
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A DARPA program that is developing a field-deployable system for onsite neutralization of bulk stores of chemical warfare agents (CWA) has successfully demonstrated a novel waterless soil-scrubbing ... more
WATER WORLD
Migrating fish leave behind a trail of DNA
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Wherever fish go, they leave behind traces of DNA. As new research shows, scientists can track fish migrations by following their trail of DNA. ... more
WATER WORLD
India likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year
New Delhi (AFP) April 18, 2017
India's crucial monsoon rains are forecast to be normal this year, the weather office said Tuesday, bringing hope to the agricultural sector which employs 60 percent of the population and has been hit by drought in recent years. ... more
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WATER WORLD
With magnetic map, young eels catch a 'free ride' to Europe
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Each year, young European eels make their way from breeding grounds in the Sargasso Sea to coastal and freshwater habitats from North Africa to Scandinavia, where they live for several years before ... more
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Overpumping Reduces California's Groundwater Storage
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2017
Decades of overpumping groundwater have irreversibly altered layers of clay beneath California's Central Valley, permanently reducing the aquifer's ability to store water, finds a new satellite remo ... more
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Glacier shape influences susceptibility to melting
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A new NASA-funded study has identified which glaciers in West Greenland are most susceptible to thinning in the coming decades by analyzing how they're shaped. The research could help predict how mu ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Florida manatees likely to persist for at least 100 years
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Florida's iconic manatee population is highly likely to endure for the next 100 years, so long as wildlife managers continue to protect the marine mammals and their habitat, a new study by the US Ge ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Recent studies have explored a range of possible causes. Suggestions have included a rise in oil and natural gas extraction, increased emissions from tropical wetlands or increases in emissions from ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Death toll at 113 in Peru floods, mudslides; while 6.2 quake rumbles
Lima (AFP) April 18, 2017
The death toll from flooding and mudslides plaguing Peru since the start of the year has risen to 113 people, including five killed last weekend, officials said Tuesday. ... more


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FARM NEWS
Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy t ... more
FARM NEWS
People's tribunal accuses Monsanto of possible 'ecocide'
The Hague (AFP) April 18, 2017
An informal people's tribunal headed by five professional international judges Tuesday accused US seeds firm Monsanto of harming the environment and possible "ecocide". ... more
FARM NEWS
Ag scientists using electronics to control plant growth
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A drug delivery ion pump constructed from organic electronic components also works in plants. Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linkoping University and from the Umea Plant S ... more
FARM NEWS
Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigat ... 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
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. In less than a quarter of a century, the number of orbiting fragments large enough to destroy a spacecraft has more than doubled, a conference in Germany heard. And the estimated tally of tiny objects - which can ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing
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 dissolved state to banded iron formations? Dr. Itay Halevy and his group in the Weizmann Institute of Science's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department suggest that billions of years ago, the "ru ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
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
Russia reveals virtual tour of new Arctic military base
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a virtual tour showcasing a newly constructed military base located in a remote area in the Arctic. The tour, presented on the defense ministry's website, allows visitors to browse through various structures of the base. It does not depict or discuss any military hardware. The release marks a notable departure from Kremlin tradition re ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Researchers ask public to help them count Weddell seals
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Glacier shape influences susceptibility to melting
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
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
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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
Lima (AFP) April 18, 2017
Death toll at 113 in Peru floods, mudslides; while 6.2 quake rumbles
London, UK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Antarctic penguin colony repeatedly decimated by volcanic 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
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
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
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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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
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
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
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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 Chicago. The researchers found these parallels across a wide range of fish species, suggesting that it may occur in other animals as well. The study, published April 10, 2017 in the Proceedings ... more
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
First oceans may have been acidic
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Scientists discover fossil of dinosaur ancestor with surprising croc-like appearance
Birmingham UK (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Discovery of early, 'croc-like' reptile sheds new light on evolution of dinosaurs
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
Harnessing heat to power computers
Lincoln NB (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
One of the biggest problems with computers, dating to the invention of the first one, has been finding ways to keep them cool so that they don't overheat or shut down. Instead of combating the heat, two University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers have embraced it as an alternative energy source that would allow computing at ultra-high temperatures. Sidy Ndao, assistant professor of mech ... more
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
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Group works toward devising topological superconductor
Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics: report
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Hunting poses a major threat to mammals and birds in tropical regions near population centers and roads, according to new research published Thursday in the US journal Science. An international team of researchers found that mammal and bird populations dropped on average by 83 percent and 57 percent, respectively, in zones situated seven to 40 kilometers (four to 25 miles) from access points ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Computer game helps scientists understand animal camouflage
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Florida manatees likely to persist for at least 100 years
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
US scientists track fish migration using DNA in water samples
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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
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
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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