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July 14, 2017
ICE WORLD
Microbe study highlights Greenland ice sheet toxicity



Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
The Greenland ice sheet is often seen as a pristine environment, but new research has revealed that may not be the case. A Danish-led study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, examined how microbes from the ice sheet have the potential to resist and degrade globally-emitted contaminants such as mercury, lead, PAH and PCB. Dr Aviaja Hauptmann, from the University of Greenland, led the research. She said: "Globally emitted contaminants accumulate in the Arctic and are stored in ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
Oregon-led research opens fresh view on volcanic plumbing systems
Eugene OR (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Volcanic eruptions such as Mount St. Helens' in 1980 show the explosiveness of magma moving through the Earth's crust. Now geologists are excited about what uplifted granite bodies such as Yosemite' ... more
WATER WORLD
Big Muddy Missouri river needs a plan
Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
As the Missouri River flows across the Great Plains to where it meets the Mississippi River at St. Louis, it accumulates such a large sediment load that it has earned the nickname "Big Muddy." A rec ... more
ICE WORLD
US need for four polar icebreakers 'critical,' warns report
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
The rapid pace of global warming and ice melting at the poles have underscored the "critical" need for the United States to build four new polar icebreaker ships, US officials said Tuesday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health and well-being of people, wildlife and waterways, according to a UMass Lowell scientist investigating the ... more
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FARM NEWS
Using treated graywater for irrigation is better for arid environments
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Reusing graywater in dry areas may require treatment for more efficient irrigation in arid, sandy soils, according to a new study published in Chemosphere by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University ... more
EARLY EARTH
Sticking your neck out: How did plesiosaurs swim with such long necks?
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
When dinosaurs ruled the land, plesiosaurs ruled the oceans. Famous for their incredibly long necks - some of which were up to 7 metres long - plesiosaurs have remained an evolutionary mystery for h ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
How strike-slip faults form, the origin of earthquakes
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Structural geologist Michele Cooke calls it the "million-dollar question" that underlies all work in her laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: what goes on deep in the earth as stri ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Quantum mechanics inside Earth's core
Wurzburg, Denmark (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Without a magnetic field life on Earth would be rather uncomfortable: Cosmic particles would pass through our atmosphere in large quantities and damage the cells of all living beings. Technical syst ... more
WATER WORLD
Engineering professor proposes bold concept for solving great barrier reef bleaching
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
A civil engineering professor who has developed innovative solutions for infrastructure renewal and repair for over 30 years is proposing a bold, sustainable solution for the worldwide coral bleachi ... more
ICE WORLD
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg
Paris (ESA) Jul 13, 2017
Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice. Witnessed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, a lump of ic ... more


Massive iceberg

FLORA AND FAUNA
'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared: scientists
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned. ... more
WATER WORLD
Thai seafood giant commits to major fishing reforms
Bangkok (AFP) July 11, 2017
Thai Union, one of the world's largest seafood conglomerates, said Tuesday it will overhaul its fishing practices to protect against labour abuses and unsustainable trawling, a move hailed by Greenpeace as "huge progress". ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Bloomberg outlines plan to quantify US climate efforts
New York (AFP) July 12, 2017
Billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and the governor of California announced Wednesday a plan to quantify efforts by US states, cities and businesses to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. ... more
FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 12, 2017
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... 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
Spacepath Communications Announces Innovative Frequency Converter Systems
London, UK (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
SpacePath Communications is launching a new range of intelligent frequency converters (IFC) featuring an innovative, hot swappable system design. SpacePath's intelligent frequency converters feature a hot swappable capability in a 1RU design. The 1:1 redundant, hot swappable frequency convertor requires no additional, external 1RU switch controller or external input /output switches. ... more
Morgantown WV (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
WVU to develop software for future NASA Mars rovers, test 3-D printed foams on ISS
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Giant enhancement of electromagnetic waves revealed within small dielectric particles
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
ANU invention may help to protect astronauts from radiation in space
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'
Sentinel satellite captures birth of behemoth iceberg
Paris (ESA) Jul 13, 2017
Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice. Witnessed by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, a lump of ice more than twice the size of Luxembourg has now broken off, spawning one of the largest icebergs on record and changing the outline of the Antarctic Peninsula forever. The fissure first appeare ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Massive iceberg
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Microbe study highlights Greenland ice sheet toxicity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Warm Winter Events in Arctic Becoming More Frequent, Lasting Longer
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
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Using treated graywater for irrigation is better for arid environments
Los Angeles (AFP) July 12, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Colombo, Sri Lanka (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
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, a network of microscopic crystals can lessen the internal pressure of rising magma and reduce the explosiveness of eruptions. Crystals can form in the rising molten rock in as little as 18 minu ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Predicting eruptions using satellites and math
Eugene OR (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Oregon-led research opens fresh view on volcanic plumbing systems
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
How strike-slip faults form, the origin of earthquakes
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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
Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 11, 2017
DARPA has awarded contracts to five research organizations and one company that will support the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program: Brown University; Columbia University; Fondation Voir et Entendre (The Seeing and Hearing Foundation); John B. Pierce Laboratory; Paradromics, Inc.; and the University of California, Berkeley. These organizations have formed teams to develop the ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
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
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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 Earth is warming at a rate unprecedented in recent geologic history. The database by the PAGES 2k Consortium relies on proxy data such as tree rings, corals, glacier ice, marine sediment and other such ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
New York (AFP) July 12, 2017
Bloomberg outlines plan to quantify US climate efforts
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation To Digitalglobe
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. reports that its subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) was selected to provide a next-generation satellite constellation for high-resolution Earth imaging to DigitalGlobe, the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. Called WorldView Legion, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites will more than double DigitalGlobe's hig ... more
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides
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
Sticking your neck out: How did plesiosaurs swim with such long necks?
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
When dinosaurs ruled the land, plesiosaurs ruled the oceans. Famous for their incredibly long necks - some of which were up to 7 metres long - plesiosaurs have remained an evolutionary mystery for hundreds of years. Pernille V. Troelsen, a PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University, UK is simulating plesiosaur locomotion with a 3D model to understand how they could swim with such long necks ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ancient animal thought to be first air breather on land loses claim to fame
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
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
First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
University of Washington researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries - a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light. The team also made Skype calls using its battery-free phone, demonstrating that the prototype made of commercial, of ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Conductive electrodes are key to fast-charging batteries
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Iron secrets behind superconductors unlocked
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
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared: scientists
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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