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ICE WORLD
Early animal evolution got off to a hot start before Ice Age slowdown



Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Early animal evolution occurred more rapidly than previously thought, new research suggests. Fossil records show all animal phyla had materialized by the beginning of the Cambrian Period, roughly 540 million years ago. But the scarcity of early animal fossils make it difficult to establish a more accurate timeline for early animal evolution. To map the roots of the animal kingdom's family tree, researchers rely on what's called a molecular clock. The molecular clock analyzes the accumula ... read more

ABOUT US
Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
For most people, it is a stretch of the imagination to understand the world in four dimensions but a new study has discovered structures in the brain with up to eleven dimensions - ground-breaking w ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Distantly related fish species still look and act similarly, study shows
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Fish don't have to be closely related to be doppelgängers. New research out of Australia shows many distantly related fish species still look and act alike. ... more
ABOUT US
Too much brain activity may contribute to memory, attention impairments
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
More brain activity isn't always a positive. New research suggests an excess of neural activity in specific regions of the brain may contribute to memory and attention problems in patients with cognitive impairments like schizophrenia and Alzheimer's. ... more
WATER WORLD
Larger-than-normal dead zone expected in Chesapeake Bay this summer
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
The latest forecasting models are predicting a larger-than-average dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this summer. ... more
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EARLY EARTH
Brazilian carnivorous mammal-like reptile fossil may be new Aleodon species
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Some Late Triassic Brazilian fossils of mammal-like reptiles, previously identified as Chiniquodon, may in fact be the first Aleodon specimens found outside Africa, according to a study published Ju ... more
WATER WORLD
Small scale, big improvements
Newark DE (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Methods to improve water purification or build better batteries are problems that have challenged scientists for decades. Advances have inched forward, but rising demand moves the finish line furthe ... more
WOOD PILE
Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Tropical peat swamp forests, which once occupied large swaths of Southeast Asia and other areas, provided a significant "sink" that helped remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But such forests ... more
WATER WORLD
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
In a classic tale of science taking twists and turns before coming to a conclusion, two teams of researchers - one a group of theorists and the other, experimentalists - have worked together to solv ... more
CARBON WORLDS
New carbon nitride material coupled with ruthenium enhances visible-light CO2 reduction in water
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
With the on-going depletion of fossil fuels, the rise in greenhouse gases, the issue of how to make clean, safe and affordable energy remains a critical concern. Following seminal work by Nobe ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
A long-standing mystery is that, despite the persistently increased greenhouse gases emissions throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the globally-averaged surface temperature ha ... more


Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants

TECH SPACE
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Some problems are so challenging to solve that even the most advanced computers need weeks, not seconds, to process them. Now a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Unive ... more
FARM NEWS
Fractal planting patterns yield optimal harvests, without central control
Santa Fe NM (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Bali's famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while others plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare ... more
FARM NEWS
One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban
Strasbourg, France (AFP) June 15, 2017
More than one million people have signed a petition demanding the EU ban the Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate over fears it causes cancer, campaigners said Thursday. ... more
UAV NEWS
Can use of a drone improve response times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests compared to an ambulance
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
In a study involving simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, drones carrying an automated external defibrillator arrived in less time than emergency medical services, with a reduction in response ... more



Rescuers battle to reach victims of deadly Bangladesh landslides
Chittagong, Bangladesh (AFP) June 14, 2017
Rescue workers battled Wednesday to reach victims of landslides, described as the worst in Bangladesh's history, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 152. Villagers in some of the worst-hit areas used shovels to try to dig bodies out of the mud that engulfed their settlements as they slept. Authorities say hundreds of homes were buried by mud and rubble sent cascading down hillsid ... more
Fengxian, China (AFP) June 16, 2017
China says kindergarten blast was bomb, suspect dead
Baghdad (AFP) June 13, 2017
Hundreds sick in food poisoning at Mosul displaced camp
Ruskie Piaski, Pologne (AFP) June 12, 2017
Flower power: gardening as therapy in Poland
Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
In each life a little rain must fall, but in space, one of the biggest risks to astronauts' health is radiation "rain". NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth following upgrades to the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. These upgrades help researchers on Earth learn more about the effects o ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New computing system takes its cues from human brain
New York NY (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Oyster shells inspire new method to make superstrong, flexible polymers
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Changing the color of laser light on the femtosecond time scale
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
In a classic tale of science taking twists and turns before coming to a conclusion, two teams of researchers - one a group of theorists and the other, experimentalists - have worked together to solve a chemical puzzle that may one day lead to cleaner air and renewable fuel. The scientists' ultimate goal is to convert harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere into beneficial liquid fue ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 15, 2017
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected
Istanbul (AFP) June 14, 2017
'Plankton explosion' turns Istanbul's Bosphorus turquoise
New York NY (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Seeing inside coral
Early animal evolution got off to a hot start before Ice Age slowdown
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Early animal evolution occurred more rapidly than previously thought, new research suggests. Fossil records show all animal phyla had materialized by the beginning of the Cambrian Period, roughly 540 million years ago. But the scarcity of early animal fossils make it difficult to establish a more accurate timeline for early animal evolution. To map the roots of the animal kingdom ... more
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Finding new homes won't help Emperor penguins cope with climate change
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
Carrefour pulls dog meat from shelves in China
Beijing (AFP) June 14, 2017
French retailer Carrefour has removed dog meat products from two supermarkets in China after an outcry from animal rights groups. Animals Asia said it had already asked the international chain, which operates over 200 stores in China, to remove dog meat from its shelves in 2012. The company promised to do so, it said, but an inspection by the charity last month found two branches of Car ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) June 15, 2017
One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban
Minsk (AFP) June 14, 2017
Dairy dispute sours Belarus-Russia relations
Santa Fe NM (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Fractal planting patterns yield optimal harvests, without central control
Rising sea levels will boost moderate floods in some areas, severe floods in others
Princeton NJ (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
Rising seas are making flooding more common in coastal areas around the country. Now, a new study finds that sea-level rise will boost the occurrence of moderate rather than severe flooding in some regions of the United States, while in other areas the reverse is true. The study by researchers at Princeton and Rutgers universities found that along the southeastern coast, where severe flood ... more
Guatemala City (AFP) June 15, 2017
Five dead after strong quake hits Guatemala
Niamey (AFP) June 14, 2017
9 children killed as houses collapse in rains in Niger: officials
Athens (AFP) June 13, 2017
Greek island picks up the pieces after 6.3-magnitude quake
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Qatar withdraws peacekeepers from Djibouti-Eritrea border
Doha (AFP) June 14, 2017
Qatar has withdrawn its peacekeeping troops from the Djibouti-Eritrea border, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after years of mediating in a territorial dispute between the two African states. "The state of Qatar informed the government of Djibouti that it has withdrawn all its troops deployed on the border line in Djiboutian territory," a ministry statement said. The ministry sai ... more
Dakar (AFP) June 15, 2017
France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force
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
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 delaying the onset of age-related pathologies. This breakthrough research has been led by Dr. Chaekyu Kim of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who is now at UNIST, and Dr. Ok Hee Je ... more
New York (AFP) June 15, 2017
In tense times, top conductor creates UN of orchestras
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Czech cave dig reveals details of Neanderthal-human transition
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
A long-standing mystery is that, despite the persistently increased greenhouse gases emissions throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the globally-averaged surface temperature has shown distinct multi-decadal fluctuations since 1900, including two weak global warming slowdowns in the mid-twentieth century and early twenty-first century and two strong global warming accelerati ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) June 14, 2017
EU's Juncker says no Paris climate deal renegotiation
London (AFP) June 13, 2017
Trump was 'wrong' to leave climate change deal: UK minister
Bologna, Italy (AFP) June 12, 2017
US isolated as allies vow accelerated action on climate change
Satellites forewarn of locust plagues
Paris (ESA) Jun 16, 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
Brazilian carnivorous mammal-like reptile fossil may be new Aleodon species
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Some Late Triassic Brazilian fossils of mammal-like reptiles, previously identified as Chiniquodon, may in fact be the first Aleodon specimens found outside Africa, according to a study published June 14, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Agustin Martinelli from the Universidade Federal of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and colleagues. Aleodon is a genus of probainognathian cynodont, ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Otter fossil suggests ancient mammals migrated across Mexico, from Florida to California
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
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
There's no alternative but to pursue an energy strategy that calls for a low-carbon trajectory for economic growth, European leaders said from Vienna. More than 100 delegates were on hand for a forum in Vienna on the transition to an energy pathway focused on renewable and alternative energy resources. "There is no other alternative for the Energy Community members than to follow ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
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
Clean energy stored in electric vehicles to power buildings
Warwick UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Stored energy from electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to power large buildings - creating new possibilities for the future of smart, renewable energy - thanks to ground-breaking battery research from WMG at the University of Warwick. Dr Kotub Uddin, with colleagues from WMG's Energy and Electrical Systems group and Jaguar Land Rover, has demonstrated that vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Making hydrogen fuel from humid air
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Batteries from scrap metal
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Scientists propose new method to correct common power problem in microgrids
Hong Kong launches ivory ban bill
Hong Kong (AFP) June 14, 2017
Hong Kong launched a landmark bill to ban its ivory trade Wednesday, describing it as an effort to "eradicate" the illegal poaching of elephants. The southern Chinese city is a major hub for ivory sales and announced last year that it would ban the import and export of the goods, but later clarified it would only completely abolish the trade by 2021. Critics say authorities are dragging ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Distantly related fish species still look and act similarly, study shows
Berlin (AFP) June 14, 2017
Germany to welcome two giant pandas
Bucharest (AFP) June 13, 2017
Romania to ban wild animals in circuses
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Hong Kong freedoms being eroded: Patten
Hong Kong (AFP) June 15, 2017
Hong Kong's last British colonial governor Chris Patten said Thursday the city's autonomy was slipping away, with less than a month before the 20th anniversary of the city's handover. Patten was governor of Hong Kong when it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997 under a semi-autonomous deal protecting its freedoms for 50 years. But 20 years on, there are serious concerns Beijing ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 15, 2017
Billionaire shakes China's elite with online theatrics
Dazu, China (AFP) June 15, 2017
Backpacks, books and life jackets: Time for school in China
Taipei (AFP) June 12, 2017
Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy
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
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses
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


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