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June 14, 2017
WATER WORLD
DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam



Kinshasa (AFP) June 13, 2017
The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid. The request will further delay the huge project, known as Inga 3, that has been planned for around 30 years. The government had said it would award the contract by the end of last year with an aim to launch construction this year. In the running for the deal are two consortiums, one led by the Chinese Three Gorges Corporation and another gr ... read more

WOOD PILE
Tropical peat forests risk turning from carbon "drains" to emitters
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Peat bogs in tropical forests, long key outlets for greenhouse gases, could dry up due to farming and global warming, further accelerating climate change and putting more pressure on wetlands, a study out Monday found. ... more
ABOUT US
Removal of aging cells could extend human life
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
A recent study, led by an international team of researchers confirms that targeted removal of senescent cells (SnCs), accumulated in many vertebrate tissues as we age, contribute significantly in de ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues
Paris (ESA) Jun 14, 2017
Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert lo ... more
UAV NEWS
Drones could save lives with rapid heart attack response
Washington (AFP) June 13, 2017
Drones could help save the lives of heart attack victims by delivering defibrillators faster than an ambulance can arrive at the scene, according to a report Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE
'Green police' to battle Tunisia trash scourge
Tunis (AFP) June 13, 2017
Tunisia on Tuesday launched a special "green police" unit aimed at dealing with the proliferation of waste, a scourge that has worsened dramatically since the 2011 revolution. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Garbage dumped in sea off Lebanon sparks outrage
Beirut (AFP) June 13, 2017
A "mountain of garbage" dumped at sea off Beirut under a deal between the government and a company has sparked outrage in Lebanon, two years after mass protests over a waste crisis. ... more
FARM NEWS
Dairy dispute sours Belarus-Russia relations
Minsk (AFP) June 14, 2017
A spat between Russia and Belarus seems to have spilt over into the dairy sector, as Moscow has whipped up a conflict that is pushing its neighbour to export its products to China. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Heavy rain, landslides kill at least 134 in Bangladesh
Chittagong, Bangladesh (AFP) June 13, 2017
Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in southeast Bangladesh, burying many in their homes as they slept, authorities said Tuesday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Scientists fight mosquitoes, malaria with toxin-infused fungi
Washington (UPI) Jun 13, 2017
An international team of scientists is taking a unique approach in the battle against malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The team, lead by researchers from the University of Maryland, have designed a mosquito-targeting fungus that replicates spider and scorpion toxins. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Germany to welcome two giant pandas
Berlin (AFP) June 14, 2017
Two long-awaited giant pandas from China will arrive in Germany in two weeks time, with Berlin rolling out the red carpet for the furry ambassadors' arrival. ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Romania to ban wild animals in circuses
Bucharest (AFP) June 13, 2017
Tigers, lions, bears and other wild animals will be banned from circuses in Romania after the country's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday in a move welcomed by animal rights groups. ... more
WATER WORLD
Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of southern California coastal waters
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Paleontologists investigating the sea bed off the coast of southern California have discovered a lost ecosystem that for thousands of years had nurtured communities of scallops and shelled marine or ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Trump was 'wrong' to leave climate change deal: UK minister
London (AFP) June 13, 2017
US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain's new environment minister said on Tuesday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Hundreds sick in food poisoning at Mosul displaced camp
Baghdad (AFP) June 13, 2017
A mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced Iraqi civilians outside Mosul has left hundreds of people requiring urgent treatment, the UN and Iraqi officials said Tuesday. ... more



Hundreds sick in food poisoning at Mosul displaced camp
Baghdad (AFP) June 13, 2017
A mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced Iraqi civilians outside Mosul has left hundreds of people requiring urgent treatment, the UN and Iraqi officials said Tuesday. Health ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr had told AFP that there were 752 cases of food poisoning and two deaths, a woman and child, at the Hasansham camp. And UN migration agency spokesman Joel Millman had confirmed th ... more
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) June 9, 2017
Philippine war refugees facing deadly health risks
Ruskie Piaski, Pologne (AFP) June 12, 2017
Flower power: gardening as therapy in Poland
Khazir, Iraq (AFP) June 8, 2017
Scorpions the new threat for displaced Mosul civilians
Liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths only
London, UK (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Flowing particles in liquids act as a filter to suppress long-wavelength waves but allow short-wavelength ones to be supported, according to physicists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Liquids are the least understood state of matter and for a long time it has been believed that they can sustain both gas-like waves with long wavelengths and solid-like waves with short wavelengths ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation
Barcelona, Spain (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
The first nanometrically-sized superelastic alloy
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 14, 2017
A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in Earth's tropical regions as our planet continues to warm. That's because these models underestimate decreases in high clouds over the tropics seen in recent NASA observations, according to research led by scientist Hui Su of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. W ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Boeing, Huntington Ingalls giving boost to Navy UUV program
Hanover NH (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
New-generation material removes iodine from water
Finding new homes won't help Emperor penguins cope with climate change
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
If projections for melting Antarctic sea ice through 2100 are correct, the vanishing landscape will strip Emperor penguins of their breeding and feeding grounds and put populations at risk. But like other species that migrate to escape the wrath of climate change, can these iconic animals be spared simply by moving to new locations? According to new research led by the Woods Hole Oceanogra ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Blight or blessing? How the wolverine embodies Arctic diversity
Oslo, Norway (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Domes of frozen methane may be warning signs for new blow-outs
Bremerhaven, Germany (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Geoscientific evidence for subglacial lakes
Spain's 'jamon' conquers China
Jabugo, Spain (AFP) June 11, 2017
The aroma is so extraordinary it's like "a punch in your mouth" says Luqi Wu, one of several Chinese businessmen standing in a cellar in southwestern Spain surrounded by thousands of hanging ham legs. While he samples the product, three of his colleagues learn to cut the ham as finely as possible - a crucial detail that they will put into practice back in Shanghai at tasting events for thei ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Bee buzzes could help determine how to save their decreasing population
Minsk (AFP) June 14, 2017
Dairy dispute sours Belarus-Russia relations
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Scientists design laser to kill weeds
Greek island picks up the pieces after 6.3-magnitude quake
Athens (AFP) June 13, 2017
The Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday laboured to pick up the pieces after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake gutted a village, killing a woman and leaving over 15 injured. The tremor, felt as far as Athens and in neighbouring Turkey, mainly struck the southern Lesbos village of Vrisa. Officials said most of the village's old stone homes collapsed or were damaged. Rescue crews recovered the body ... more
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Volcanoes, referees for the life on Earth
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Sediment from Himalayas may have made 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake more severe
Tampa FL (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
2017 hurricane season follows year of extremes
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
France faces US reservations over UN backing for Sahel force
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 9, 2017
France on Friday sought to address US reservations over its request that the United Nations authorize an African military force tasked with fighting jihadists in the Sahel region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - which make up the G5 - agreed in March to set up a special counter-terrorism operation of 5,000 troops for the Sahel region. On Tuesday, France presented a dra ... more
Bamako (AFP) June 10, 2017
UN peacekeeper death toll rises after Mali jihadist attack
Tunis (AFP) June 12, 2017
Tunisian soldier dead after landmine blast
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) June 9, 2017
Nigerian soldier sentenced to death for 'Boko Haram' murder
The first of our kind
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
An international research team led by Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer of the National Institute for Archaeology and Heritage (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco) uncovered fossil bones of Homo sapiens along with stone tools and animal bones at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. The finds are dated to about 300 thousand years ... more
La Jolla CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
How the brain recognizes what the eye sees
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Removal of aging cells could extend human life
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Hand-washing is like hitting a reset button in the brain
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Trump was 'wrong' to leave climate change deal: UK minister
London (AFP) June 13, 2017
US President Donald Trump was "wrong" to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change deal, Britain's new environment minister said on Tuesday. "I think he is wrong. I think that we need international cooperation in order to deal with climate change," said Michael Gove, who was appointed by Prime Minister Theresa May over the weekend. Gove, who has himself come under criticism ... more
Bologna, Italy (AFP) June 12, 2017
US isolated as allies vow accelerated action on climate change
Bologna, Italy (AFP) June 11, 2017
Climate change rift raises temperature for G7 meet
Beijing (AFP) June 9, 2017
China rolls out green carpet for California on climate
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues
Paris (ESA) Jun 14, 2017
Satellites are helping to predict favourable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can migrate across long distances a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
NASA satellites image, measure Florida's extreme rainfall
Paris (ESA) Jun 02, 2017
The heat is on for Sentinel-3B
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 31, 2017
exactEarth Launches Revolutionary Global Real-Time Maritime Tracking and Information Service
Comets may have delivered significant portions of Earth's xenon
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
A new study suggests that roughly 22% of the element xenon found in Earth's atmosphere may have come from comets. The finding - shedding light on a decades-long mystery about the source for some of this gas on Earth - could be important for understanding comets' contribution of other materials, such as water, to our planet, as well. Xenon is the heaviest stable noble gas. It has nine diffe ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Geology and biology agree on Pangaea supercontinent breakup dates
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Paleontologists find Cretaceous-era baby bird trapped in amber
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
3-D-modeling of food residues in 230 million years old fossil feces
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
British energy company Centrica said Friday it was now a pure-European player after selling off parts of its Canadian partnership. Centrica holds a 60 percent stake in the Canadian exploration and production joint venture, CQ Energy Canada Partnership, and said it was now sold to a consortium led by Asian investors. "In line with its strategy announced in July 2015, the divestmen ... more
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Scientists propose new method to correct common power problem in microgrids
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Scientists from the Northeastern University, China, have developed a new method to diagnosis a serious electrical problem in microgrids. They published their work in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Chinese Association of Automation. Microgrids are island-like pods of power generation wit ... more
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Batteries from scrap metal
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Scientists develop divide and conquer approach for more stable power generation
Germany to welcome two giant pandas
Berlin (AFP) June 14, 2017
Two long-awaited giant pandas from China will arrive in Germany in two weeks time, with Berlin rolling out the red carpet for the furry ambassadors' arrival. The two new residents, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will fly into Berlin on a special Lufthansa cargo plane on June 24, accompanied by two Chinese vets, Berlin zoo's chief vet, and a tonne of bamboo. The pandas will be served "bamboo sn ... more
Bucharest (AFP) June 13, 2017
Romania to ban wild animals in circuses
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Dogs and wolves have an innate sense of inequity
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers
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Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy
Taipei (AFP) June 12, 2017
Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China. Taiwan and Hong Kong are thorns in Beijing's side - both saw huge anti-China protests in 2014, known respectively as the Sunflower Movement and Umbrella Movement. Ties with self-ruli ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) June 14, 2017
Hong Kong tycoon and ex-deputy leader lose graft appeal
Shanghai (AFP) June 11, 2017
China web users take aim at property clampdown
Hong Kong (AFP) June 9, 2017
Hong Kong wealth gap hits 46-year high
Tropical peat forests risk turning from carbon "drains" to emitters
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Peat bogs in tropical forests, long key outlets for greenhouse gases, could dry up due to farming and global warming, further accelerating climate change and putting more pressure on wetlands, a study out Monday found. The vast swamplands, located largely in southeast Asia, have long helped store atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and put a brake on global warming. The forested peat bogs ... more
Czerlonka, Pologne (AFP) June 8, 2017
Activists block logging in Poland's ancient forest
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 2, 2017
Forensic analysis of wood's chemical signatures could curb illegal logging


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