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September 11, 2017
EARLY EARTH
Was the primordial soup a hearty pre-protein stew?



Atlanta GA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The primordial soup that sloshed around billions of years ago, and eventually led to first life on our planet, might have been teeming with primal precursors of proteins. Ancestors of the first protein molecules, which are key components of all cells, could have been bountiful on pre-life Earth, according to a new study led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who formed hundreds of possible precursor molecules in the lab. Then they meticulously analyzed the molecules with latest techn ... read more

EARLY 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 microbio ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
The combined economic cost of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $290 billion, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the US gross domestic product, US forecaster AccuWeather said in a report Sunday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
St Martin, St Barts contemplate rebuilding in Irma's wake
Marigot (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
People on the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barts on Sunday contemplated the task of rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Irma destroyed homes and roads and knocked out power and water. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico quake
Juchitan De Zaragoza, Mexico (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Sobbing Mexican families followed coffins through the streets and picked nervously at the ruins of their homes Sunday as help trickled in after a huge earthquake killed 90 people. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Florida insurers could be blown away by Hurricane Irma: expert
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Florida insurance companies have not been tested to see if they can withstand a historic storm like Hurricane Irma, and an industry expert warned that "all bets are off" if the damage is as catastrophic as predicted. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida
Miami (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Hurricane Irma, which has toppled cranes, swallowed streets and left millions without power, weakened to a Category 1 storm Monday but remained dangerous as it continued its furious climb up Florida's southwest coast. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
For Florida's low-lying Naples, surging seas pose deadly threat
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Even more than the fierce winds whipping tall palm trees and threatening to rip roofs from houses, the beach resort of Naples in southwestern Florida was bracing Sunday for what could be a deadly rise in sea levels. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Family drowns as violent storms thrash Italy
Rome (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
A three-year old girl was the only survivor Sunday of a flood that killed her family, as fierce rainstorms swept Italy and devastated the Tuscan city of Livorno, killing at least six people. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Mexico quake kills 65, deadly storm strikes
Juchitan De Zaragoza, Mexico (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Rescuers pulled bodies from the rubble and grieving families carried coffins through the streets Saturday after Mexico's biggest earthquake in a century killed 65 people, while elsewhere two died in mudslides unleashed by storm Katia. ... more
WATER WORLD
What is a storm surge and why is it so dangerous?
Miami (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The biggest threat to human life during a hurricane is often the storm surge, which occurs when sea level rises dramatically during a storm, sending a wall of water gushing over land. ... more


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EARLY EARTH
Study discovers why fossilized hairs are so rare to find
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin found that fossilized hair is five times rarer than feathers and may be due to types of the protein keratin. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The rapid-fire formation of four unusually potent Atlantic hurricanes, including Harvey and Irma, has stoked scientific debate over what role global warming is playing in this phenomenon. ... more
EPIDEMICS
WHO sounds alarm over DRCongo cholera epidemic
Kinshasa (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded the alarm over a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already claimed 528 lives and reached "worrying proportions". ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Niger River authorities warn of flooding in Benin, Nigeria
Niamey (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
The Niger Basin Authority issued a warning Saturday of possible flooding in Benin and Nigeria, two countries downstream on the river, which is currently flooding in Niger. ... more



US floods rescue workers sue over chemical plant fire
Chicago (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Seven emergency workers who responded to the aftermath of last month's mega-storm Harvey sued chemical company Arkema Thursday for exposing them to smoke from a fire at its flooded Texas plant. The $1 million lawsuit alleges negligence, claiming Arkema did not adequately prepare for potential flooding, forcing it to abandon the plant near Houston as waters rose without adequate safeguards to ... more
Berlin (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations
Marigot (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
St Martin, St Barts contemplate rebuilding in Irma's wake
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have for the first time shown that neural networks - a form of artificial intelligence - can accurately analyze the complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods. "Analyses that typically take weeks to months to complete, ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Europe's biggest X-ray laser begins operations
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
New microscopy method for quick and reliable 3-D imaging of curvilinear nanostructures
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week (Monday 4 September). A team at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) examined the potential distribution of over 900 species of shelf-dwelling ... 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
Paris (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Birmingham, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have warned of an 'urgent worldwide need' to address a broad spectrum of cascading impacts of glacier mass loss on downstream systems. In their paper, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors synthesised currently available evidence and documented the profound impact on freshwater and near-shore marine systems. Although the impact of melting gla ... more
Reno NV (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
What changes when you warm the Antarctic Ocean just 1 degree
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Record-low 2016 Antarctic sea ice due to 'perfect storm' of tropical, polar conditions
Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use of bio-decomposable materials which decompose under the influence of the microflora to innocuous products and provide a gradual release of the active principle into the soil, is the newest area of rese ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
For Florida's low-lying Naples, surging seas pose deadly threat
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Even more than the fierce winds whipping tall palm trees and threatening to rip roofs from houses, the beach resort of Naples in southwestern Florida was bracing Sunday for what could be a deadly rise in sea levels. Authorities say powerful Hurricane Irma could send waters surging 10 to 15 feet (three to 4.5 meters) above normal levels along the shoreline, putting low-lying Naples - one of ... more
Juchitan De Zaragoza, Mexico (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico quake
Miami (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida
Rome (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Floods kill at least five as storms thrash Italy
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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
Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving
New York NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations. Researchers further find that sets of genetic ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
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
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
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
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a first for the industry, six satellites, built in California, to be launched in California, for a California company have arrived at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, where they are scheduled to be launched on a Minotaur rocket in October. Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, built the six high-resolution small satellites for Plane ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
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International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Was the primordial soup a hearty pre-protein stew?
Atlanta GA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
The primordial soup that sloshed around billions of years ago, and eventually led to first life on our planet, might have been teeming with primal precursors of proteins. Ancestors of the first protein molecules, which are key components of all cells, could have been bountiful on pre-life Earth, according to a new study led by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who formed hundre ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Study discovers why fossilized hairs are so rare to find
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Techniques used in forensic science help discover new molecular fossils
Riverside CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Volcanic eruptions drove ancient global warming event
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
The power it takes to bring a Boeing 747 from a resting state on the airport tarmac to speeding across the sky is enormous. The jet can continue in its active state for as long as its fuel lasts. A Frisbee, in contrast, takes far less energy to go airborne, but with no energy supply, it falls almost immediately. The same principle can be extended to the traditional power system and decentr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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
Researchers devise a new way of producing hydrogen fuel
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A U.S.-based team of researchers featuring MIPT scientists has assembled a nanoscale biological structure capable of producing hydrogen from water using light. They inserted a photosensitive protein into nanodiscs - circular fragments of cell membrane composed of a lipid bilayer - and enhanced the resultant structure with particles of titanium dioxide, a photocatalyst. The research findings were ... more
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
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL analysis identifies where commercial customers might benefit from energy storage
Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Kingston RI (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a common garden at the University of Rhode Island, Laura Meyerson has been growing specimens of Phragmites - also known as the common reed - that she has collected from around the world. And while they are all the same species, each plant lineage exhibits unique traits. Now Meyerson, a professor of natural resources sciences, and Northeastern University Professor Jennifer Bowen have rev ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Tasmanian DNA to aid bandicoot reboot in Victoria
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate
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Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Hong Kong students have accused their universities of suppressing freedom of speech after banners and signs calling for the city's independence from China were taken down from campuses. The move has fuelled fears that freedoms are being squeezed in the semi-autonomous city and that Beijing is tightening its grip in a range of areas, from politics to media and education. Since the failure ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hanergy tycoon gets 8-year ban in Hong Kong
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
Ithaca NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously thought. The new paper, "Are the Impacts of Land Us ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging


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