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September 06, 2017
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Monster Hurricane Irma batters Caribbean islands



Marigot (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Monster Hurricane Irma slammed into the French Caribbean islands on Wednesday after making landfall in Barbuda, packing ferocious winds and causing major flooding in low-lying areas. As the rare Category Five storm barreled its way across the Caribbean, it brought gusting winds of up to 185 miles per hour (294 kilometers per hour), weather experts said. After making landfall just before 0600 GMT in Barbuda, part of the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the hurricane swept on to French- ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
By any name, major tropical storms are bad news
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
No matter what they are called - hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons - the giant tropical storms that form in oceans near the Americas and Asia can be deadly, destructive and terrifyingly capricious. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Biologists and conservationists have published a new plan for the protection of endangered carnivores in northeastern Argentina, where logging and agriculture have left forests increasingly fragmented. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers in California are helping fruit flies live longer. ... more
WATER WORLD
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
A survey of Pacific corals has found many severely bleached, some near-dead, according to marine researchers who warned Wednesday that global warming threatened the precious ecosystem's very survival. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
In Irma's path, Haitians face storm's fury alone
Cap-Haitien, Haiti (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Inhabitants of Shada, a poor riverside community in northern Haiti, were surprised to learn that a massive, potentially catastrophic hurricane is headed their way. ... more
SINO DAILY
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Li Minsheng is one of the junior members of the "Old Jazz Band" at Shanghai's ornate Fairmont Peace Hotel. He's 76. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Tourists evacuate as Category 5 Hurricane Irma nears
Marigot (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Officials in Florida's Key West and popular Caribbean tourist islands ordered people to evacuate on Tuesday as Irma, a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five hurricane, was set to make landfall. ... more
FARM NEWS
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Orange juice prices jumped in New York on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma's approach cast a shadow over the citrus-producing US state of Florida. ... more
ABOUT US
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Some have suggested modern medicine has frozen human evolution. With advanced medicine and reproductive technologies, the vast majority of humans enjoy lifespans long enough to pass on their genes to the next generation. ... more


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ABOUT US
Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
New research suggests creoles inherit their basic grammatical structures from the languages spoken at the time and place of their emergence. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
A Kenyan park ranger who said his closest friend was shot dead while protecting elephants urged Hong Kong not to compensate the city's ivory traders in an emotive speech to lawmakers on Wednesday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Scientists use CRISPR gene-editing technology to alter flower color
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Researchers in Japan have reported in a new study they used the gene editing technology CRISPR to alter the color of a Japanese morning glory, a popular garden flower. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'Dreamer' died rescuing Houston flood victims
Chicago (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
A volunteer rescuer who drowned trying to save others from the floods in Houston last week has been identified as a recipient of the immigration amnesty program the Trump administration ended Tuesday. ... more



Texas chemical plant area declared safe after controlled blaze
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
A fire at a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas has been put out and authorities have lifted an evacuation order after declaring it safe, the company said in a statement Monday. The remaining chemical containers at the Arkema plant were deliberately ignited on Sunday and burned themselves out, it said. "The Crosby Fire Department and unified command has determined it is safe for residents to ... more
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Houston faithful offer hope, help for Harvey amid aid appeal
Chicago (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Dreamer' died rescuing Houston flood victims
Houston (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Flooded Texas plant will deliberately ignite remaining chemicals
Bit data goes anti-skyrmions
Halle, Germany (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Today's world, rapidly changing because of "big data", is encapsulated in trillions of tiny magnetic objects - magnetic bits - each of which stores one bit of data in magnetic disk drives. A group of scientists from the Max Planck Institutes in Halle and Dresden have discovered a new kind of magnetic nano-object in a novel material that could serve as a magnetic bit with cloaking properties to m ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
National Maglab achieves new world record with strongest resistive magnet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
Don't be salty - tiny tubes desalinate water one molecule at a time
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Earth is 70 percent water, but only a tiny portion - 0.007 percent - is available to drink. As potable water sources dwindle, global population increases every year. One potential solution to quenching the planet's thirst is through desalinization - the process of removing salt from seawater. While tantalizing, this approach has always been too expensive and energy intensive for large-scal ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world
What changes when you warm the Antarctic Ocean just 1 degree
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
After warming a natural seabed in the Antarctic Ocean by just 1C or 2C, researchers observed massive impacts on a marine assemblage, as growth rates nearly doubled. The findings of what the researchers call the "most realistic ocean warming experiment to date" reported in Current Biology on August 31 show that the effects of future warming may far exceed expectations. "I was quite surprise ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Record-low 2016 Antarctic sea ice due to 'perfect storm' of tropical, polar conditions
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
NASA scientists seek to improve sea ice predictions
Miami (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Warming the Antarctic 1 C vastly changes seabed life
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Orange juice prices jumped in New York on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma's approach cast a shadow over the citrus-producing US state of Florida. Irma has become a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five hurricane, the most ferocious category of storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Its likely path shows it hitting the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong's sweet obsession
Los Angeles (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Getting well-oiled: booze in the age of the robo-barman
In Irma's path, Haitians face storm's fury alone
Cap-Haitien, Haiti (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Inhabitants of Shada, a poor riverside community in northern Haiti, were surprised to learn that a massive, potentially catastrophic hurricane is headed their way. They are in mortal danger from Irma, now just hours away, but nobody had bothered to warn them. "I didn't know a hurricane was coming, because we don't get electricity here, so we can't get the news," said Jacquie Pierre, poin ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Leeward islands on alert, major Hurricane Irma churns toward Caribbean
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
By any name, major tropical storms are bad news
Washington (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Hurricane Irma takes aim at eastern Caribbean
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
The UN said Tuesday that soldiers "forced entry" into its base in the volatile Kasai region of DR Congo aiming to arrest a journalist critical of President Joseph Kabila. Journalist Edouard Diye Tshitenge had been planning to present a manifesto on Monday demanding the removal of Kabila, who has refused to step down despite constitutional limits. But the general who heads operations in t ... more
Luanda (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Analysis of a skeleton found in the Chan Hol cave near Tulum, Mexico suggests human settlement in the Americas occurred in the late Pleistocene era, according to a study published August 30, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Wolfgang Stinnesbeck from Universitat Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues. Scientists have long debated about when humans first settled in the Americas. Whil ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. And just as chemists have used their periodic table as a point of reference to understand relationships among elements, the emerging table for ecologists shows relationships over time among animals, plants and their environments - acting as a critical resource for scientists se ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Australia has hottest winter on record
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Teledyne e2v sensors will play a vital role in ESA's FLEX satellite mission to study plant health and stress from space
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
eledyne e2v has been awarded a multimillion euro contract by OHB System AG to supply customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission, under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The FLEX mission, which is the eighth in ESA's Earth Explorer programme, is scheduled to launch in 2022. For the first time, it wi ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
Russian scientists invent device allowing them to sense kilometers into Earth
Techniques used in forensic science help discover new molecular fossils
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Researchers in Japan and China believe they have found new molecular fossils of archaea using a method of analysis commonly used in forensic science. According to a system designed by microbiologist Carl Woese, there are three domains of life on Earth - Bacteria, Archaea and Eukaryota. To date, the distribution of archaea remains unclear especially for geologic periods dating back more tha ... more
Southampton UK (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Volcanic carbon dioxide drove ancient global warming event
Riverside CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Volcanic eruptions drove ancient global warming event
Uppsala. Sweden (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
New ancient sea reptile found in Germany - The earliest of its kind
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank called for a so-called Green Finance Catalyzing Facility, which would be different from a fund in that it would include a blend of financing from the private sector. The bank, which has its headquarters i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Lithium-ion batteries will get more efficiency due to silicon, germanium, carbon nanowalls
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Members of the D. V. Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics together with their colleagues from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have developed a new silicon- and germanium-based material that could significantly increase specific characteristics of lithium-ion batteries. The research results have been published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Lit ... more
Pullman WA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Electricity production: When enzymes rival platinum
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Making better batteries via real-time TEM observation
Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers in California are helping fruit flies live longer. A team of biologists at UCLA have developed a way to repair damaged mitochondria in fruit fly cells, thus delaying the aging process. The mitochondria is the engine room of the cell - the powerhouse. They dictate the lifespan of a cell. In humans, older mitochondria malfunction and damaged cells can accumulate and tu ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Romania to kill bears, wolves after rise in attacks
Ticuantepe, Nicaragua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs
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Hong Kong radio replaces BBC with Chinese programming
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hong Kong's public radio station has replaced its 24-hour BBC World Service broadcast with Chinese state-run programming, in a move the British broadcaster called "disappointing" as concerns grow over Beijing's influence on the semi-autonomous city. Listeners woke up on Monday morning to the Mandarin-language broadcast of the China National Radio Hong Kong Edition (CNR), instead of the World ... more
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Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there. Expanding forests suck up CO2 from the atmosphere, but the plants and animals from savannas struggle to cope in the leafier environments. Encroaching forest resulted in major loss ... more
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Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
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