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August 09, 2017
SHAKE AND BLOW
Tens of thousands evacuated after China quake kills 19



Chengdu, China (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
China on Wednesday evacuated tens of thousands of people in its mountainous southwest after a strong earthquake killed at least 19 people, rattling a region where memories of a 2008 seismic disaster remain fresh. The 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan province late on Tuesday, tearing cracks in mountain highways, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and sending panicked residents and tourists fleeing into the open. Thousands of people, many of them tourists at a popular national park n ... read more

WATER WORLD
Guam told to 'enjoy paradise', ignore North Korean threat
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The Pacific island of Guam remained outwardly calm Wednesday in the face of a threatened North Korean attack, and a senior official in the US territory urged people to "relax and enjoy paradise". ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Storm Franklin set to become a hurricane when it strikes Mexico
Cancún, Mexico (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Tropical Storm Franklin will likely strengthen into a hurricane when it makes landfall again on Mexico's eastern coastline, storm forecasters said Wednesday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The world's biggest polluter China has a "big job" ahead of it in the global fight against climate change, the UN's environment chief said Wednesday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Rogue elephant tramples 15 to death in India, faces culling
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
An elephant that has killed 15 people in eastern India over a months-long rampage could be shot within days if it is not brought under control, an official said Wednesday. ... more
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Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Cambodia is recruiting hundreds of maids to work in Hong Kong, an official said Wednesday, as the wealthy city scrambles to meet growing demand for domestic helpers and fend off concerns about exploitation. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
During the 20th century, the average temperature of the continental United States rose by almost 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.5 degree Celsius) - everywhere, that is, except in the Southeast. There, until ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves greater than thought
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated, because gaseous e ... more
ABOUT US
New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans diverged from an archaic lineage that gave rise to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Yet the evolutionary relationships between these gr ... more
WATER WORLD
No longer water under the bridge, statistics yields new data on sea levels
Alexandria VA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
While the scientific community has long warned about rising sea levels and their destructive impact on life, property and economies of some of the United States' most populous cities, researchers ha ... more
ICE WORLD
Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A new study by scientists at Portland State University and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that the effects of climate change, which are ... more


Researchers crack the 'Karakoram anomaly'

FARM NEWS
A new threat to pollination : the dark side of artificial light
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A European team, including a researcher from the Centre d'Ecologie et des Sciences de la Conservation (CNRS/MNHN/UPMC), has shown for the first time the direct and indirect impacts of artificial lig ... more
WOOD PILE
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The report finds that hydraulic failure, which is the inability of a plant to move water from roots to leaves to be almost universally present when trees died, while carbon starvation was a contribu ... more
WATER WORLD
Teamwork key to ocean travel for jellies
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Salps, a jelly fish-like, gelatinous marine invertebrate, can navigate ocean waters more efficiently in large numbers than by themselves. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Anger mounts in Hong Kong over massive palm oil spill
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Residents in Hong Kong desperately tried to clear the coastline of greasy lumps of palm oil Tuesday as it continues to wash ashore after a huge spillage at sea. ... more



Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
The resting place of missing flight MH370 will eventually be found but it will require advances in science and technology, including artificial intelligence, Malaysia Airlines' chief said Tuesday. No trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the search ca ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Specialists expect nothing less than a technological revolution from quantum computers, which they hope will soon allow them to solve problems that are currently too complex for classical supercomputers. Commonly discussed areas of application include data encryption and decryption, as well as special problems in the fields of physics, quantum chemistry and materials research. But wh ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Big data points humanity to new minerals, new deposits
Nashville TN (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Smart underwear proven to prevent back stress with just a tap
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
NASA Tests Autopilot Sensors During Simulations
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
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Guam told to 'enjoy paradise', ignore North Korean threat
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 09, 2017
Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening
Newcastle UK (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers crack the 'Karakoram anomaly'
Low to no risk from pesticide-tainted eggs: experts
Paris (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
The pesticide fipronil at the heart of Europe's latest food safety scare is found in common household products used to rid the family dog of ticks, kill lawn pests, and in cockroach bait. It is also a prolific killer of bloodsucking red mites that can devastate poultry farms, but Europe prohibits its use on food-producing animals. Tests with lab rats have observed toxic effects on the ne ... more
The Hague (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Mexichem buys 80% of Israel's Netafim for $1.5 bln
Mexico braces for more Tropical Storm Franklin
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Tropical Storm Franklin swept Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, dumping heavy rain on its pristine beaches but doing relatively little damage - though the country was braced for a second round. Franklin made landfall early Tuesday some 350 kilometers (215 miles) south of the beach resort of Cancun, and was advancing to the northwest at 20 kilometers per hour, according to the US Nation ... more
Chengdu, China (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Tens of thousands evacuated after China quake kills 19
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Typhoon Noru brings heavy rain to Japan, injures 51
Beijing (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Up to 100 feared dead, thousands injured in China quake: govt
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Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Former US president Barack Obama led international calls for peace Monday ahead of Kenyan elections seen as too close to call, with fears that violence could flare in east Africa's richest economy. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a televised election-eve speech aimed at easing tensions, after a final campaign week marred by rigging accusations levelled by his bitter rival Raila Odinga, ... more
Harare (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Zimbabwe confirms clash between soldiers and police
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
New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans diverged from an archaic lineage that gave rise to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Yet the evolutionary relationships between these groups remain unclear. A University of Utah-led team developed a new method for analyzing DNA sequence data to reconstruct the early history of the archaic human populations. They revealed an evol ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
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
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UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The world's biggest polluter China has a "big job" ahead of it in the global fight against climate change, the UN's environment chief said Wednesday. Since US President Donald Trump's decision in June to quit the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Beijing has proclaimed its willingness to stick to the pact. Analysts say the US move gives China an opportunity to establi ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Government report sees drastic climate change impact in US: NYT
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
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
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin Will Build New Space Instrument Focused on Vegetation Health and Carbon Monitoring
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
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
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
How the electrodes of lithium-air batteries become passivated
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
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Rogue elephant tramples 15 to death in India, faces culling
Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The biology of color
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lizards demonstrate rapid evolution in the face of extreme cold
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Hundreds of Cambodian maids to work in Hong Kong
Phnom Penh (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Cambodia is recruiting hundreds of maids to work in Hong Kong, an official said Wednesday, as the wealthy city scrambles to meet growing demand for domestic helpers and fend off concerns about exploitation. Hong Kong is home to more than 300,000 foreign maids, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. But a series of high-profile abuse cases have seized global headlines in recent years ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Flag-waving Chinese blockbuster smashes box-office records
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Chinese auntie enforcers jailed after reign of grey terror
Singapore (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Chinese-American professor appeals Singapore expulsion
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
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation


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