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October 09, 2017
TECTONICS
Earth's tectonic plates are weaker than once thought



Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
No one can travel inside the earth to study what happens there. So scientists must do their best to replicate real-world conditions inside the lab. "We are interested in large-scale geophysical processes, like how plate tectonics initiates and how plates move underneath one another in subduction zones," said David Goldsby, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania. "To do that, we need to understand the mechanical behavior of olivine, which is the most common mineral in the upper mantle o ... read more

ABOUT US
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surpris ... more
ABOUT US
Scientists find more modern human traits influenced by Neandertal DNA
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Researchers have identified several new traits in modern humans that are influenced by Neandertal genes. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
New study analyzes volcanic fatalities in more detail than ever before
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
It is hoped the findings, published recently in the Journal of Applied Volcanology, will help increase our understanding of volcanic hazards and the subsequent threat to life. A tenth of the w ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Sandy Hook mother angry but hopeful after Las Vegas slaughter
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Dylan Hockley was all of six years old when Adam Lanza burst into his elementary school in Connecticut nearly five years ago and shot him dead, along with 19 other young children and six adults. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
Preston, United Kingdom (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
When they signed up to study in the Caribbean they thought they were heading for an island paradise. But when Hurricane Irma devastated Sint Maarten, they ended up being transferred to drizzly northern England instead. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected
New Orleans (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Nate eased quickly overnight from one of the fastest-moving hurricanes ever to hit the US Gulf Coast to a fitful and deteriorating tropical depression, but only after flooding streets and casinos, pitching boats onto beaches and leaving thousands without power. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Preservation of floodplains is flood protection
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
The silting of rivers and streams leads to problems for fish, mussels, and other aquatic organisms because their habitats disappear. However, not only intensive agriculture and erosion are destroyin ... more
FARM NEWS
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios - an option that may provide a new sour ... more
WATER WORLD
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers fr ... more
WOOD PILE
Predicting insect feeding preferences after deforestation
Annapolis, MD (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Like a scene from the movie Alien, insect parasitoids inject their eggs into unsuspecting hosts, their offspring grow and eat from within, eventually bursting out leaving dead, empty host vessels. T ... more


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FARM NEWS
Climate solution in soil
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil's ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to Stanfo ... more
WOOD PILE
DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The Boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air and regulating climate. But keeping tabs on the health of this vulnerable biome has proven to be a pai ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Iraqi animal lovers go online to help save Baghdad's strays
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The welfare of stray cats and dogs roaming Iraq's capital Baghdad is far from a priority for most residents after years of bloodshed and insecurity. ... more
EARLY EARTH
New evidence that Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million years ago
New York NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A team of scientists has found new evidence that the Great Permian Extinction, which occurred approximately 250 million years ago, was caused by massive volcanic eruptions that led to significant en ... more



Hurricane survivors swap Caribbean seas for English peas
Preston, United Kingdom (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
When they signed up to study in the Caribbean they thought they were heading for an island paradise. But when Hurricane Irma devastated Sint Maarten, they ended up being transferred to drizzly northern England instead. When the Category Five storm destroyed the island's infrastructure last month, more than 700 students and staff at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC ... more
New Orleans (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
US Gulf Coast begins cleanup after Nate proves weaker than expected
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
800 Yazidis refugees resettled in Canada: minister
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Sandy Hook mother angry but hopeful after Las Vegas slaughter
Electrically heated textiles now possible via UMass Amherst research
Amherst MD (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Commuters, skiers, crossing guards and others who endure frozen fingers in cold weather may look forward to future relief as manufacturers are poised to take advantage of a new technique for creating electrically heated cloth developed by materials scientist Trisha Andrew and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They have made gloves that keep fingers as warm as the palm of the ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Unexpected discovery leads to new theory of liquid streaming
Korolyov, Russia (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Saab supplying radar to U.S. Coast Guard
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers from Japan, Spain, and the United States. Scientists globally are investigating just how quickly sea-level rise can occur as a result of global warming and ice sheets melting. Recent findings sugg ... more
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
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
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
Urbana IL (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Climate solution in soil
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
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
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Preservation of floodplains is flood protection
Sydney (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Vanuatu volcano island evacuation complete
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
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Nigeria: Cooperation 'key' to defeating jihadists
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The link between drought and riots in sub-Saharan Africa
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding Early humans seem to have recognised the dangers of inbreeding at least 34,000 years ago, and developed surprisingly sophisticated social and mating networks to avoid it, new research has found. The study, reported in the journal Science, examined genetic information from the remains of anatomically mode ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Scientists find more modern human traits influenced by Neandertal DNA
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Isotopic analyses link the lives of Late Neolithic individuals to burial location in Spain
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Every economy at risk from climate change, IMF says
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The consequences of a changing climate pose a threat to every single economy in the world, the head of the International Monetary Fund said from Massachusetts. An annual report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF said global hunger is on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the world's population, in part because of climate change. The report found a link between conflict and cli ... more
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Ninety-eight scientists launch a 2,000-year global temperature database
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
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 ceased transmitting weather data after nearly three and a half years of operational service to Department of Defense and civilian agencies. On Feb. 11, 2016, operators lost the ability to command the satellite following a power failure within the command and control system. The DMSP operations team remained in regular contact with the ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
Satellites See Silicon Valley's Quick Drought Recovery
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Global Airborne Mission to Make Ozone Hole Detour
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
New York NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
New evidence that Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million years ago
Hamilton, Canada (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Crocodile fossils suggest giant reptiles emerged earlier than previously thought
'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
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and is considered by many to be a potential clean fuel of the future. Water and fossil fuels contain large amounts of hydrogen, but unlocking molecular dihydrogen fuel from these sources takes a great deal of energy, casting doubt over any future hydrogen economy. Turning water into hydrogen using solar energy could lead the way to cheap and ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Ultra-fast and ultra-sensitive hydrogen sensor
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
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
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Iraqi animal lovers go online to help save Baghdad's strays
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
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'
Predicting insect feeding preferences after deforestation
Annapolis, MD (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Like a scene from the movie Alien, insect parasitoids inject their eggs into unsuspecting hosts, their offspring grow and eat from within, eventually bursting out leaving dead, empty host vessels. These tiny predators, many of them wasps, can have major ecological and economic impacts. For example, wasps in the genus Melittobia attack pollinating bumblebees. Parasitoid wasp larvae feed on ... more
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study


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