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August 08, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
Desert tortoises can't take the heat of roadside fencing



Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Desert tortoises pace back and forth and can overheat by roadside fencing meant to help them, according to a study published in the journal Biological Conservation by the University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia. The Mojave Desert tortoise is a threatened species and icon of California's southern deserts. The tortoise currently faces intense pressure as its habitat is eyed for solar and wind energy development. Loss of habitat comes at a time when biologists are working to re ... read more

ABOUT US
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the A ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
The biology of color
Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Scientists are on a threshold of a new era of color science due largely to an explosion of technologies, but key questions remain for the field, according to a study in the journal Science by an int ... more
ICE WORLD
Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
On the North Slope of Alaska, snow is melting earlier in the spring and the snow-in date is happening later in the fall, according to a new study by CIRES and NOAA researchers. Atmospheric dynamics ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Lizards demonstrate rapid evolution in the face of extreme cold
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
By studying a population of lizards before and after a sudden cold snap that struck the U.S., scientists have observed how the surviving population underwent rapid adaptation in response to the even ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scale ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Animals have it all over us when it comes to color
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
University of Queensland researchers have developed new knowledge on how animals see and use colour, and how their colour vision has evolved. The Queensland Brain Institute's Professor Justin ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
How do birds get their colors
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Birds' feathers, or plumage, are some of the most strikingly variable animal characteristics that can be observed by the naked eye. The patterns that we see in birds' feathers are made up of intrica ... more
WATER WORLD
4,500 families, major dam affected by Venezuela flooding
Caracas (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Torrential rain in southeast Venezuela has affected 4,500 families and is sending floodwaters gushing through the country's major hydroelectric dam, authorities and local media said on Monday. ... more
WOOD PILE
Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. A new study by researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kunming Institute of ... more
WATER WORLD
Marine reserves can help commercial fishermen catch more fish, avoid bycatch
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Marine reserves protect portions of the ocean from commercial fishing and other extractive activities, like oil and gas exploration. But even as they leave fisherman with fewer places to fish, new research suggests marine reserves may actually be a boon to commercial fishermen. ... more


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FROTH AND BUBBLE
Hong Kong cleans up greasy beaches after palm oil spill
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
A clean-up operation was under way in Hong Kong Monday after a massive palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland Chinese waters clogged some of its most popular beaches. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Algae blooms irk Canaries beachgoers
Tenerife, Spain (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Microalgae blooms proliferating in hot weather in Spain's Canary Islands are irritating beachgoers, who should avoid direct contact with them, local authorities said Monday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Government report sees drastic climate change impact in US: NYT
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Average US temperatures have risen dramatically and fast, with recent decades the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a draft federal government report cited by The New York Times on Tuesday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Typhoon Noru brings heavy rain to Japan, injures 51
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Typhoon Noru dumped heavy rain on Japan Tuesday as it moved back out to sea, causing flooding and property damage while the number of injured reportedly rose to 51. ... more



Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games. Five favelas were targeted by around 1,300 police and 3,600 troops in a sweep starting at 4 am (0700 GMT), the Rio state security service said in a statement. Their m ... more
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
Fundamental breakthrough in the future of designing materials
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A team of researchers from AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based in Trinity College Dublin, have made a breakthrough in the area of material design - one that challenges the commonly held view on how the fundamental building blocks of matter come together to form materials. Professor John Boland, Principal Investigator in AMBER and Trinity's School of ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
A new synthesis route for alternative catalysts of noble metals
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Synthetic materials systems that can "count" and sense their size
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers
Leidos Innovations receives contract for U.S. Navy's undersea warfare system
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Leidos Innovations is receiving a $7.2 million modification to an existing contract for spare parts and support services for the U.S. Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system on surface ships. The modification applies towards the system used by the U.S. Navy and foreign military sales. The work will be conducted in Norfolk, Va. and is expected to be completed by July 2018. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Marine reserves can help commercial fishermen catch more fish, avoid bycatch
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
Caracas (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
4,500 families, major dam affected by Venezuela flooding
Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
It seems counterintuitive, but over the eons, glaciers may have made Earth warmer, according to a Rice University professor. Mark Torres, an assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, took a data-driven dive into the mechanics of weathering by glaciation over millions of years to see how glacial cycles affected the oceans and atmosphere and continue to do so. ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Rusting fool's gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
N.Y. Air National Guard pilots train for arctic operations with LC-130 ski-planes
Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Italy's annual wine harvest, the biggest in the world, is off to its earliest start in a decade as the country swelters in a heatwave following months of drought. Winemakers have also had to contend with spring frosts and hailstorms this year and the country's agri-food agency Coldiretti is anticipating a 10-15 percent fall in volumes. But producers say a good year for drinkers is still ... more
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Typhoon Noru kills two, draws near Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Strong typhoon Noru brought heavy rain and strong winds to southwest Japan, killing two people, local officials said Sunday as they warned of landslides and floods. A man in his 60s on the remote island of Yakushima died Saturday after strong gusts made him fall hard and hit his head, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. A man in his 80s on neighbouring Tanegashima island drowne ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Typhoon Noru brings heavy rain to Japan, injures 51
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Increased risk of eruption measured for Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano
New York NY (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
New images from under Alaska seafloor suggest high tsunami danger
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Zimbabwe confirms clash between soldiers and police
Harare (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Zimbabwean security forces confirmed Friday that soldiers and police fought on the streets of Harare earlier this week, as nationwide tensions grow under 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Witnesses told local media about a hundred uniformed soldiers wielding batons and whips charged into a bus terminus on Tuesday night and beat up police officers, leaving many prostrate on the ground. ... more
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election
Kigali (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Rwanda's Kagame in landslide poll win with around 98% of votes
Bamako (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
European support for Sahel 'mutually reinforcing': Germany
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at George Washington University. Many scientists have argued that an influx, described as a "pulse," of new animal species appear in the African fo ... more
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Cultural flexibility was key to surviving extreme dry periods in Africa
College Station TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Shedding light deeper into the human brain
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Identifying major transitions in human cultural evolution
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming. Two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its "intent ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Government report sees drastic climate change impact in US: NYT
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Upper Atmospheric Mission SPORTs an Aerospace Sensor
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
The U.S. and Brazil are teaming up to study scintillation in the ionosphere, a phenomena that affects radio signals, disrupting communications and GPS navigation. Aerospace is providing a sensor for this international CubeSat mission, dubbed SPORT, that will be deployed off the International Space Station. The ionosphere is a portion of Earth's atmosphere where radiation from the sun creates a l ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
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What flowers looked like 100 million years ago
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Flowering plants with are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. Flowering plants arose only about 140 million years ago, but since then have diversified spectacularly. No one knows exactly how this happened, the origin and early evolution of them remains one of the biggest enigmas in biology. A new study in Nature Communications reconstructs the evolution of flowers and sheds new lig ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Well-preserved Canadian fossil reveals dinosaur armor like no other
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Scientists rediscover lost burial site of famed long-necked sauropod
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Dinosaur-era plant found growing in Wisconsin lakes
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
BAE Systems installing heat and power plant at Portsmouth, England
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
BAE Systems of Great Britain is starting to install a new combined heat and power plant at the Royal Navy base in Portsmouth, England. The plant will be completed at the end of next year and will recycle energy, reduce carbon footprint and save the Ministry of Defense as much as $4.7 million in annual energy costs, BAE said. "By developing this new facility we will be able to rec ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
How the electrodes of lithium-air batteries become passivated
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scales flake off so easily that one biologist in the late 1800s tried collecting the geckos with cotton, but even with careful handling, few fish-scale gecko specimens have been preserved with all scales i ... more
Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The biology of color
Sydney (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Idle spiders' epic sea journey from Africa to Australia
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
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Chinese-American professor appeals Singapore expulsion
Singapore (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
A prominent scholar of Chinese studies said Tuesday he had appealed against a decision to expel him from Singapore for allegedly working as "an agent of influence" for a foreign state. Huang Jing, a US citizen of Chinese descent who worked at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, had his permanent residence status revoked by authorities last week. His wife Shirley Yang Xiuping, whom ... more
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Geneva (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Chinese man pays $10,000 for whisky shot at Swiss bar
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
China accused of 'enforced disappearance' of Liu Xiaobo's widow
Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. A new study by researchers from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Princeton University, and Sun Yat-sen University argues that rural communities could help reverse this trend if they were given incentives to protect and restore native forests on their ... more
Brussels (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
EU demands Polish 'reassurance' over ancient forest
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Columbia, MO (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity


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