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July 12, 2017
WATER WORLD
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever



Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
You won't find ice cubes like this in your freezer. An international team of scientists has set a new record for creating ice crystals that have a near-perfect cubic arrangement of water molecules - a form of ice that may exist in the coldest high-altitude clouds but is extremely hard to make on Earth. The ability to make and study cubic ice in the laboratory could improve computer models of how clouds interact with sunlight and the atmosphere - two keys to understanding climate change, said Barba ... read more

SPACE MEDICINE
Houston team one step closer to growing capillaries
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have demonstrated a key step on the path to gener ... more
WATER WORLD
Strengthening of West African Monsoon during Green Sahara period may have affected ENSO
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Accounting for a vegetated and less dusty Sahara reduces the variability of El Nino during the Mid-Holocene to closer to that which is observed in several paleoclimate records. This is shown by rese ... more
ICE WORLD
Warm Winter Events in Arctic Becoming More Frequent, Lasting Longer
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Arctic winter warming events - winter days where temperatures peak above 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius) - are a normal part of the climate over the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. But ne ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A consortium of international scientists led by a climate expert from USC have upgraded an open-source global database tracking the Earth's temperatures since 1 A.D. that further confirms that the E ... more
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EXO WORLDS
Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Why did life on Earth change from small to large when it did? Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have determined how some of the first large organisms ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Crystals help volcanoes cope with pressure
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have discovered that volcanoes have a unique way of dealing with pressure - through crystals. According to a new study published in the Journal of Geology, ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Regular meteorological observations in most of China only started in the 1950s, meaning it is therefore necessary to reconstruct regional temperature series from high-resolution temperature proxies ... more
ICE WORLD
Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
There are so many Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean that the combined mass of these tiny aquatic organisms is more than that of the world's 7.5 billion human inhabitants. Scientists have l ... more
FARM NEWS
Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, ... more
ABOUT US
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of an archaic European hominin is helping to resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals. The genetic data recovered by the r ... more


Computer vision techniques shed light on urban change

FARM NEWS
Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
Colombo, Sri Lanka (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmen ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Extreme low-oxygen eddies in the Atlantic produce greenhouse gases
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Oxygen in the seawater is not only vital to most marine organisms, its concentrations also affect the chemistry of the ocean and that of the atmosphere above. In oceanic regions with very little oxy ... more
WIND DAILY
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls' wings could allow aircraft and wind turbines to become quieter. Researche ... more
CAR TECH
Self-driving cars may soon be able to make moral and ethical decisions as humans do
Osnabruck, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Can a self-driving vehicle be moral, act like humans do, or act like humans expect humans to? Contrary to previous thinking, a ground-breaking new study has found for the first time that human moral ... more



In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
Syria's Raqa once thrived on the banks of the gushing Euphrates River, but dire shortages in the Islamic State group stronghold are forcing desperate civilians to risk their lives for water. The northern city has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by ... more
Tallinn (AFP) July 6, 2017
EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan
WVU to develop software for future NASA Mars rovers, test 3-D printed foams on ISS
Morgantown WV (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
The technology developed by researchers at West Virginia University that helped them win the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge may be headed to Mars. Majid Jaridi, professor of industrial and management systems engineering, and Yu Gu, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, have received a three-year, $750,000 grant from NASA to develop ways to increase the onboard autonomy ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
ANU invention may help to protect astronauts from radiation in space
Huntsville AL (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
6 teams share honors and money in NASA's 2nd 3-D Print a Habitat challenge
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Northrop Grumman awarded contracts for P-8 radar systems
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyo ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Strengthening of West African Monsoon during Green Sahara period may have affected ENSO
Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
New study shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss over the last 11,000 years
London, UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Reporting this week (Wednesday 5 July) in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explains that wind-driven incursions of warm water forced the retreat of glaciers in West Antarctica during the past 11,000 years. These new results enable researchers to better understand how environmental change may impact future sea-level rise from this clim ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Figuring out how fast Greenland is melting
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Warm Winter Events in Arctic Becoming More Frequent, Lasting Longer
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
Giant iceberg in the making
Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, is working with the fishermen to help develop better fishing methods. Involving local people in figuring out how to improve their farming and fishing methods provides more lasting and widespread ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Colombo, Sri Lanka (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
Madrid (AFP) July 6, 2017
Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees
Predicting eruptions using satellites and math
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Volcanologists are beginning to use satellite measurements and mathematical methods to forecast eruptions and to better understand how volcanoes work, shows a new article in Frontiers in Earth Science. As magma shifts and flows beneath the earth's surface, the ground above flexes and quivers. Modern satellite technologies, similar to GPS, can now track these movements, and geoscientists ar ... more
Manila (AFP) July 10, 2017
Fresh quake rocks Philippine island
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Falling sea level caused volcanos to overflow
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Crystals help volcanoes cope with pressure
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AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping
Addis Ababa (AFP) July 5, 2017
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States coul ... more
Bamako (AFP) July 6, 2017
3 killed in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) July 7, 2017
Gambian army 'hostile elements' working against government
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
I.Coast's Comoe park no longer endangered: UNESCO
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of an archaic European hominin is helping to resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals. The genetic data recovered by the research team, led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tubingen, provides a timeline for a proposed hominin migration out of Africa that o ... more
Laramie WY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Researchers document early, permanent human settlement in Andes
Lawrence KS (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Analysis of Neanderthal teeth grooves uncovers evidence of prehistoric dentistry
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Study: Potentially no limit to human lifespan
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G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement - but at the cost of risky concessions. After the US president decided last month to pull out of the hard-fought deal to combat global warming, climate change was always going to be centre-stage at this week's gathering of the G20 - ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
Hamburg (AFP) July 6, 2017
US isolated over climate: G20 host Merkel
Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Researchers are using satellite data to accurately map the movement of the earth before a landslide in a bid to develop a life-saving early warning system. The team from Newcastle University (UK), Chengdu University of Technology, Tongji University, China Academy of Space Technology and Wuhan University (China) have been tracking the devastating events of last week when a massive landslide ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought'
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
See our seasons change from space
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Computer vision techniques shed light on urban change
Ancient animal thought to be first air breather on land loses claim to fame
Austin TX (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Some good scientific sleuthing by an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin has helped rewrite one of the earliest chapters in the planet's evolutionary history. The research, led by the UT Jackson School of Geosciences, has shown that the millipede thought to be the world's oldest known air-breathing land creature is in fact about 14 million years younger than previously thought and ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Dinosaurs' loss was frogs' gain: The upside of a mass extinction
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
Ancient molecules on fossil leaves reveal relationships among Jurassic-era plants
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Ancient Swiss reptile shows its bizarre scale armor for the first time
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. The announcement Thursday took the wraps off one of the secretive projects at the Alphabet unit X, known notably for its work on self-driving cars and internet balloons. Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had bee ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
International team develops new way to produce pure hydrogen efficiently
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Christopher J. Kiely, Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery, described in a paper in the journal Science, could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydr ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Smart transformers could make reliable smart grid a reality
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Conductive electrodes are key to fast-charging batteries
The big ecological roles of small natural features
Orono, ME (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ecologists and conservationists have long recognized that keystone species have major ecological importance disproportionate to their abundance or size. Think beavers, sea stars and prairie dogs - species that keep a ecosystem balanced. Similarly across landscapes, the keystone concept of disproportionate importance extends to other ecological elements, such as salt marshes in estuaries. ... more
Hanoi (AFP) July 9, 2017
Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam
Mexico City (AFP) July 7, 2017
Birth of wolf cubs in Mexico raises hopes for endangered species
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Sea spiders use guts, not heart, to move oxygen
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China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in a critical condition, his hospital said Monday, raising fears about his life after Western doctors said there was time to take him abroad. The First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern city of Shenyang said Liu's tumour has grown, his liver is bleeding and he has kidney problems. The hospital said in a statement ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
Chinese court jails author of Tiananmen report: lawyer
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Beijing (AFP) July 8, 2017
Chinese Nobel laureate too sick to travel abroad: hospital
Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. "The idea that long-dormant, symbiotic fungi could help trees migrate during p ... more
Kraków, Poland (AFP) July 5, 2017
UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest
Missoula MT (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks


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