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September 13, 2017
EPIDEMICS
Tick tock and the risk of tick-borne disease



Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Around the world, ticks are one of the most important vectors of zoonotic diseases - animal diseases communicable to humans - and they're everywhere. While North Americans worry about Lyme disease carried by blacklegged or deer ticks, on the other side of the globe, people contend with a different variety of tick-borne fevers. A new study by UC Santa Barbara researchers and colleagues suggests that the abundance of ticks that carry certain fevers are likely to rise in the future, thanks to a combi ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended sur ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
When not to eat your kids
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Even though it is known to be a cannibal, the mangrove rivulus or killifish of the Americas will never eat one of its own embryos, even if it is hungry. This slender amphibious fish can recognize it ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Hurricane Irma exacts heavy toll on Florida's mobile homes
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Twisted pieces of aluminum roofing litter Donald Larcom's yard, but the retiree says he doesn't even know which house it came from. The Florida mobile home park where he lives was devastated by Hurricane Irma. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Airbus to reshape Earth observation market with its Pleiades Neo constellation
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
The production of Airbus' four new very high resolution satellites, which together will form the Pleiades Neo constellation, is well on schedule for launch in 2020. They will join the already world ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Ship exhaust helps grow bigger ocean thunderstorms
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
The fumes emitted by the engines of large cargo ships and tankers are encouraging bigger, more intense oceanic thunder storms. ... more
ICE WORLD
Ancient tree exposes cause of hike in Arctic temperature
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Scientists from the University of New South Wales have found an ancient kauri tree in New Zealand that holds the key to the cause of rising Arctic temperatures. ... more
ICE WORLD
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
A secret world of animals and plants - including unknown species - may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth's climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests. These ... more
WIND DAILY
Light-based method makes remote wind measurements easier and more accurate
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real- ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake: Results from seismic reflection data
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A striking finding of the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake (Mw 9.0) is that more than 50 meters of coseismic fault slip reached the trench axis. In addition to this, seismological studies found a clear de ... more


New method for producing malaria treatment at large scales

EARLY EARTH
UT Austin study raises question: Why are fossilized hairs so rare?
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal dies even delicate body coverings like skin, hair an ... more
WOOD PILE
Hidden Inca treasure: Remarkable new tree genus discovered in the Andes
Salem NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Hidden in plain sight - that's how researchers describe their discovery of a new genus of large forest tree commonly found, yet previously scientifically unknown, in the tropical Andes. Resear ... more
WATER WORLD
Man-made reefs: A compelling diving alternative
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Artificial, man-made reefs can be more attractive to divers than nearby natural coral formations and can help mitigate potential reef damage, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Residents return to storm-ravaged Florida Keys
Islamorada, United States (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Residents of the Florida Keys ravaged by Hurricane Irma, which has left at least 12 dead statewide, discovered scenes of desolation as they returned home Tuesday amid a massive operation to restore electricity to millions of people still without power in three southern US states. ... more



Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
International divisions emerged on Tuesday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on a worsening refugee crisis in Myanmar, with China voicing support for a military crackdown that has been criticised by the US, slammed as "ethnic cleansing" and forced 370,000 Rohingya to flee the violence. Beijing's intervention appears aimed at heading off any attempt to censure Myanmar at the council when ... more
Geneva (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Thousands need shelter, healthcare in Caribbean after Irma: UN
Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
US environmental regulators probe Arkema after explosions
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Hurricane Irma exacts heavy toll on Florida's mobile homes
Ultrathin spacecraft will collect, deposit orbital debris
Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
A new design gaining the interest of NASA could see the inexpensive and efficient removal of Earth's orbiting space debris. A proposed design for a space trash collector has received a second round of funding from NASA, and the technologies involved could benefit developments in miniaturization back on Earth. A flat quadrilateral, a sort of magic carpet less than the thickness of a human ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Dormant, Yet Always-Alert Sensor Awakes Only in the Presence of a Signal of Interest
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
Man-made reefs: A compelling diving alternative
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Artificial, man-made reefs can be more attractive to divers than nearby natural coral formations and can help mitigate potential reef damage, according to a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. The paper, published in the Journal of Environmental Management, examines artificial coral reefs as "recreational ecosystem services," offering a new methodology to eva ... more
Apia, Samoa (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
Paris (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists
Sydney (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
A secret world of animals and plants - including unknown species - may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday. The caves, hollowed out by steam from active volcanoes, are light and could reach temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), researchers said, raising the possibility of a whole ecosystem of flora and fauna deep beneath the frozen surface. ... more
Birmingham, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Reno NV (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Ancient tree exposes cause of hike in Arctic temperature
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
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake: Results from seismic reflection data
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A striking finding of the 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake (Mw 9.0) is that more than 50 meters of coseismic fault slip reached the trench axis. In addition to this, seismological studies found a clear depth-dependent variation in the source location between high- and low-frequency seismic energy radiation. However, structural features that may control the slip behavior in the rupture zone have not be ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Why Irma wasn't as catastrophic in Florida as feared
Juchitan De Zaragoza, Mexico (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico quake
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Study finds U.S. threatened by more frequent flooding
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
Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth's climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests. These local changes could occur even though Earth's global mean surface air temperature (GMST) is likely to become less variable, the study shows. "This new finding runs counter to the popular notion ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Italy's drought seen from space
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Cloud formation suppressed by biogenic organic emissions
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have found evidence that near-ground biogenic emissions of organics suppress cloud formation in cool-temperate forests in autumn, providing clues to how global warming will affect cloud formation and the overall climate. Submicron atmospheric aerosols, although they are not so visible, play a pivotal role in the climate system. They cause temperature variations by scattering or ... more
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
High Resolution Smallsats Built by SSL Arrive at Vandenberg AFB for Launch
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Toulouse, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
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UT Austin study raises question: Why are fossilized hairs so rare?
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
When most people hear the word fossil, they probably think of gigantic leg bones or sharp teeth. But, given the right conditions, after an animal dies even delicate body coverings like skin, hair and feathers can be preserved. New research led by The University of Texas at Austin has found that when it comes to preserving these body parts, fossilized hair is rare - five times rarer than fe ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Was the primordial soup a hearty pre-protein stew?
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
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers develop new material for hydrogen storage
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Scientists unveil explosion-free lithium-ion batteries
Insects can see the world in much finer resolution than previously thought
Sheffield, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Insects have much better vision and can see in far greater detail than previously thought, a new study from the University of Sheffield has revealed. Scientists have long believed insects would not see fine images. This is because their compound eyes typically consist of thousands of tiny lens-capped 'eye-units', which together should capture a low-resolution pixelated image of the surrounding w ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
When not to eat your kids
Kingston RI (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Mexico City (AFP) July 19, 2017
Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity
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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
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hanergy tycoon gets 8-year ban in Hong Kong
Hidden Inca treasure: Remarkable new tree genus discovered in the Andes
Salem NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Hidden in plain sight - that's how researchers describe their discovery of a new genus of large forest tree commonly found, yet previously scientifically unknown, in the tropical Andes. Researchers from the Smithsonian and Wake Forest University detailed their findings in a study just released in the journal PhytoKeys. Named Incadendron esseri (literally "Esser's tree of the Inca"), ... more
Ithaca NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
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


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