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Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness



Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Psychedelics may trigger a "higher" level of consciousness. Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex recorded an increase in neural signal diversity in the brains of people using psychedelic drugs. Previous studies have documented the increase in neural signal diversity levels in "aware and awake" brains, as compared to levels in sleeping brains - confirming the index as useful proxy for differing levels of consciousness. The latest study, published in the journal Scientific R ... read more

WATER WORLD
Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril
Karlovac, Croatia (AFP) April 19, 2017
Swans glide peacefully over green river waters in the central Croatian area of Karlovac, a tranquil spot popular with fishermen and swimmers that environmentalists fear could be devastated by hydropower projects. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32
Colombo (AFP) April 19, 2017
Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. ... more
FARM NEWS
Busy harvest time in China's bamboo forests
Linan, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
It's springtime in the bamboo-forested hills surrounding eastern China's Lin'an city, and that means busy mornings of harvesting, packing and selling tonnes of the edible bamboo shoots that the region is famous for. ... more
WATER WORLD
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the viru ... more
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A better way to manage phosphorus?
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
All living things - from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals - need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm the environment. For example, when too much phosphorus enters a ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Why don't fish freeze to death in icy water
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
In the microgravity experiments at the International Space Station (ISS), scientists revealed that supercooled water containing antifreeze glycoproteins accelerates and oscillates its ice crystal gr ... more
ICE WORLD
How polar bears find their prey
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers at the University of Alberta have demystified the way that polar bears search for their typical prey of ringed seals. The answer, it turns out, is simple: they follow their nose using th ... more
EARLY EARTH
Early dinosaur 'cousin' discovered - and it's not like scientists thought it'd be
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
If you asked paleontologists what the earliest ancestors of dinosaurs were like, most would put their money on the animals resembling miniature dinosaurs: small, meat-eating animals that walked on t ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Endangered Galapagos tortoises saved from suspected traffickers
Quito (AFP) April 20, 2017
Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said Wednesday. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Moisture played a role in megafaunal extinctions
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
A new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution reveals that increased moisture levels may have been a primary cause of death for giant herbivores approximately 10,000 years ago. ... more


At least 11 killed in Colombia floods: Red Cross

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Haiti to rebuild National Palace toppled in 2010 quake
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) April 19, 2017
President Jovenel Moise launched Wednesday a project to rebuild Haiti's National Palace, a symbol of national pride destroyed by the cataclysmic 2010 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
At least 16 killed in Colombia floods: government
Bogota (AFP) April 20, 2017
Flooding and mudslides in central Colombia have killed at least 16 people, government disaster relief authorities said Wednesday, causing alarm in a country still recovering from recent mudslides that killed hundreds. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria
Abuja (AFP) April 19, 2017
A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns
Paris, France (AFP) April 19, 2017
The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned Wednesday. ... more

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Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32
Colombo (AFP) April 19, 2017
Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Another 11 people were injured when the 300-foot (90-metre) dump partially collapsed on Friday as Sri Lankans celebrated their traditional new year. "We are still carrying out clearing operations," ... more
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2017
Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) April 19, 2017
Haiti to rebuild National Palace toppled in 2010 quake
Computers create recipe for two new magnetic materials
Durham NC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Material scientists have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models. The success marks a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed. Although magnets abound in everyday life, they are actually rarities - only about five percent of known inorganic compounds show even a hint of magnetism. A ... more
Singapore (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
4-D printing gets simpler and faster
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics has secured a contract to provide a battery to power the U.S. military's developing Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle. Under the contract, awarded Monday, General Atomics will supply its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery system, also known as LiFT. The Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle, or SAHRV, is a project intended to develop a pla ... more
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Karlovac, Croatia (AFP) April 19, 2017
Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril
Athens GA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
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
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
How polar bears find their prey
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Glacier shape influences susceptibility to melting
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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 tractors to do this efficiently, and large tractor tires compress the soil as they roll across the field. The process also depletes soil organic carbon, which plants depend on for nutrients, moisture, ... more
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
Can Prosecco help Italy unlock China wine market?
Linan, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
Busy harvest time in China's bamboo forests
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Ag scientists using electronics to control plant growth
At least 11 killed in Colombia floods: Red Cross
Bogota (AFP) April 19, 2017
Flooding and mudslides in central Colombia have killed at least 11 people, the Red Cross said Wednesday, causing alarm in a country still recovering from recent mudslides that killed hundreds. At least 20 people are missing after torrential rains lashed the city of Manizales, officials said, raising fears the death toll could soar as it did earlier this month in the southern city of Mocoa. ... more
Bogota (AFP) April 20, 2017
At least 16 killed in Colombia floods: government
Lima (AFP) April 18, 2017
Death toll at 113 in Peru floods, mudslides; while 6.2 quake rumbles
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Lessons from Parkfield help predict continued fault movements after earthquakes
'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
Kinshasa (AFP) April 14, 2017
DR Congo suspends military cooperation with Belgium
Lagos (AFP) April 12, 2017
Four dead in army, police clashes in Nigeria: source
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 (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness
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
MILSATCOM 2017 - 26/27 April, 2017 Colorado Springs
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
Plants have been helping to offset climate change, but now it's up to us
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
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
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Denver CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
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Early dinosaur 'cousin' discovered - and it's not like scientists thought it'd be
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
If you asked paleontologists what the earliest ancestors of dinosaurs were like, most would put their money on the animals resembling miniature dinosaurs: small, meat-eating animals that walked on two legs. But in a paper published in Nature scientists describe the earliest known dinosaur relative: a six-foot-long lizard-like carnivore called Teleocrater rhadinus. "Teleocrater has unexpect ... more
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Moisture played a role in megafaunal extinctions
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
First oceans may have been acidic
Chicago IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
As fins evolve to help fish swim, so does the nervous system
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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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 19, 2017
A battery prototype powered by atmospheric nitrogen
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device
Riverside CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Making batteries from waste glass bottles
Invading 'rat of the sky' irks Algerians
Algiers (AFP) April 13, 2017
"It's not a bird, it's a rat - and it's squatting on my terrace," Ali says of his new neighbour, a yellow-legged gull - a pest ubiquitous in the Algerian capital. The 60-year-old is not alone in despising this versatile scavenger, whose Mediterranean population has boomed in recent decades. The "rat of the sky" has taken advantage of human waste to supplement its normal marine diet, br ... more
Geneva (AFP) April 18, 2017
Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics: report
Paris, France (AFP) April 19, 2017
Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns
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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