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October 06, 2017
EARLY EARTH
Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds



Hamilton, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Life on Earth began somewhere between 3.7 and 4.5 billion years ago, after meteorites splashed down and leached essential elements into warm little ponds, say scientists at McMaster University and the Max Planck Institute in Germany. Their calculations suggest that wet and dry cycles bonded basic molecular building blocks in the ponds' nutrient-rich broth into self-replicating RNA molecules that constituted the first genetic code for life on the planet. The researchers base their conclusion on exh ... read more

EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
Underground water reserves in California's Silicon Valley rebounded quickly from the state's recent severe drought, demonstrating the success of aggressive conservation measures, according to a new ... more
ICE WORLD
In warmer climates, Greenlandic deltas have grown
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Deltas are important ecosystems, where freshwater meets the sea, and where people for centuries have been engaged in agriculture and fishing. Today, most of the deltas in the world are drowning beca ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools
York, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Researchers have discovered that New Caledonian crows and kea parrots can learn about the usefulness of objects by playing with them - similar to human baby behaviour. The study, led by researchers ... more
ABOUT US
Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago, according to research led by a University of Arizona geoscientist. Genetic research indicates people ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Puerto Rico's hurricane-wracked environment faces long recovery
San Juan (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Bees fly around, disoriented, searching for flowers to pollinate. The trees have no leaves and once-lush mountains are a mass of dry branches. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Tropical storm kills 20 in C. America, heads for US
Managua (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
A tropical storm churning north along Central America killed at least 20 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday, with forecasters predicting it could strengthen into a hurricane as it heads for Mexico and the United States. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Germany reels from deadly storm; Severe train disruptions
Berlin (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Thousands of commuters were hit Friday by train cancellations in northern and eastern Germany after a powerful storm that killed seven motorists. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
From poacher to ranger: saving China's Siberian tigers
Suiyang, China (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
In the northern mountains bordering Russia, everyone knew the spry Chinese man as a skilled and ruthless hunter - the kind who once killed a mother black bear as her cubs looked on. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Examining the lifestyles of microbes
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Microbes are everywhere - in humans they protect us from harmful bacteria and help us digest food; in soils, they provide nutrients and encourage growth of plants. Microbes even live in sediments be ... more
WATER WORLD
Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish
Valletta (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Britain's Prince Charles said that plastic is now "on the menu" in the fish we eat and called for decisive action as he opened a conference Thursday on protecting the world's oceans. ... more


Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

WATER WORLD
Shipping, fishing killed Canada right whales: autopsy
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Collisions with ships or entanglements in fishing nets likely killed the 15 right whales that recently washed up on Canadian and US Atlantic shores, researchers said Thursday after an examination of their remains. ... more
CARBON WORLDS
Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Nearly half of the organic carbon stored in soil around the world is contained in Arctic permafrost, which has experienced rapid melting, and that organic material could be converted to greenhouse g ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Ninety-eight scientists launch a 2,000-year global temperature database
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
A team of 98 scientists from 22 countries has compiled the most comprehensive database of past global temperature records to date, spanning 1 CE to the present. "This is a shining example of l ... more
FARM NEWS
Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75 percent of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said Thursday. ... more



800 Yazidis refugees resettled in Canada: minister
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others who fled persecution by the Islamic State group in northern Iraq have been resettled in Canada, the immigration minister said Thursday. Canada's parliament last year, with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad on hand, declared the persecution of Yazidis a genocide and said this country would take in up to 1,200. "Today, I am proud (to say that) almost 8 ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico
San Juan (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Puerto Rico's hurricane-wracked environment faces long recovery
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
CONFERS to Establish "Rules of the Road" for On-Orbit Servicing of Satellites
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
"Rules of the road"-widely accepted norms of safety-related behavior based on common understanding-have existed in various forms over the centuries, and have evolved as new technologies have revolutionized how people and vehicles travel. But how are these "rules" created when common understanding of new capabilities is not yet established? This question plays directly into why DARPA has in ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Teleoperating robots with virtual reality
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Fast-moving magnetic particles could enable new form of data storage
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations. While Niue's landmass is only 260 square kilometres (100 square miles), its remote location about 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand means it lays claim to vast tracts of ocean. The government ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Shipping, fishing killed Canada right whales: autopsy
Valletta (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
In warmer climates, Greenlandic deltas have grown
Boulder CO (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Deltas are important ecosystems, where freshwater meets the sea, and where people for centuries have been engaged in agriculture and fishing. Today, most of the deltas in the world are drowning because of increased human exploitation and a rise in the global sea level. In an article just published in Nature, a research team led by researchers at the University of Copenhagen has shown that deltas ... more
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Return of the Weddell polynya supports Kiel climate model
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening
Sydney (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Shipping risks rise as Antarctic ice hits record low
Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75 percent of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said Thursday. Human health is not likely at risk from the concentrations detected in a global sampling of 198 types of honey, which were below what the European Union authorizes for human consumption, said t ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring
Assessing regional earthquake risk and hazards in the age of exascale
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
With emerging exascale supercomputers, researchers will soon be able to accurately simulate the ground motions of regional earthquakes quickly and in unprecedented detail, as well as predict how these movements will impact energy infrastructure - from the electric grid to local power plants - and scientific research facilities. Currently, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the D ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Mexico says last body found in rubble after quake
Sydney (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Vanuatu volcano island evacuation complete
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti more vulnerable than ever
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Three US Green Berets killed in Niger
Niamey (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Three US Green Berets and four Nigerien soldiers were killed in a clash on the Niger-Mali border, where Islamic State fighters have established a presence, officials said Thursday. A joint US-Niger patrol fell into an ambush on Wednesday in the Tillaberi region in the country's southwest, requiring French Mirage 2000 fighter jets to be called in for air support. Niger's President Mahamad ... more
Monrovia (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Liberian women hold mass fast for peaceful elections
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The link between drought and riots in sub-Saharan Africa
Tafi Atome, Ghana (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business
Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago, according to research led by a University of Arizona geoscientist. Genetic research indicates people migrated from Africa into Eurasia between 70,000 and 55,000 years ago. Previous researchers suggested the climate must have been wetter than it is now for people to migrate to Eurasia by crossing the ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
Sleep helps the brain reorganize, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Isotopic analyses link the lives of Late Neolithic individuals to burial location in Spain
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago
Ninety-eight scientists launch a 2,000-year global temperature database
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
A team of 98 scientists from 22 countries has compiled the most comprehensive database of past global temperature records to date, spanning 1 CE to the present. "This is a shining example of large-scale cooperative science," says Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques, assistant professor in Concordia's Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, who contributed to the publication. "Togeth ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report
Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
CosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. CosmoQuest is ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
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UTA study sheds new light on evolution
Arlington TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Research from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggests that hydrogen, oxygen, water and carbon dioxide are being generated in the earth's mantle hundreds of kilometers below the earth's surface. "This discovery is important as it shows how earth's planetary evolution may have happened," said Asish Basu, UTA professor of earth and environmen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Crocodile fossils suggest giant reptiles emerged earlier than previously thought
Hamilton, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds
Oxford UK (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
The volatile processes that shaped the Earth
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
It's possible to produce hydrogen to power fuel cells by extracting the gas from seawater, but the electricity required to do it makes the process costly. UCF researcher Yang Yang has come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that harnesses solar energy and uses it to generate hydrogen from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials. The breakthrough could someday lead to a ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Superconductivity found in thin films of titanium oxide
Houston YX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Asphalt helps lithium batteries charge faster
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools
York, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Researchers have discovered that New Caledonian crows and kea parrots can learn about the usefulness of objects by playing with them - similar to human baby behaviour. The study, led by researchers at the Universities of York and St Andrews, demonstrated that two types of bird were able to solve tasks more successfully if they had explored the object involved in the task beforehand. It has ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Examining the lifestyles of microbes
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Cats kill more than one million birds per day in Australia
Suiyang, China (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
From poacher to ranger: saving China's Siberian tigers
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Former Hong Kong leader appears in court over sandwich 'attack'
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Unpopular former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying testified Wednesday in a case involving a sandwich thrown at him by a pro-democracy activist. The sandwich was aimed at Leung, the city's then leader, as he was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election - but it missed and hit a police officer. In court, a stern-looking Leung occasionally smiled as he was questioned b ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland on Friday rejected evidence put before the European Court of Justice to prove illegal logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. During a court hearing in Luxembourg on September 11, the European Commission's representative showed satellite images of Bialowieza to show that Warsaw is defying the court's temporary injunctio ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
Brasilia (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
American oaks share a common northern ancestor


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