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November 08, 2017
EARLY EARTH
Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction



London, UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mammals only started being active in the daytime after non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out about 66 million years ago (mya), finds a new study led by UCL and Tel Aviv University's Steinhardt Museum of Natural History. A long-standing theory holds that the common ancestor to all mammals was nocturnal, but the new discovery reveals when mammals started living in the daytime for the first time. It also provides insight into which species changed behaviour first. The study, published in Nature Ec ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth
La Jolla CA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a compound that may have been a crucial factor in the origins of life on Earth. Origins-of-life researchers have hypothesized that ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth's ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced ... more
ICE WORLD
Hot News from the Antarctic Underground
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 08, 2017
A new NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal heat source called a mantle plume lies deep below Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land, explaining some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under th ... more
ABOUT US
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent r ... more
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Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mutations generate genetic variation, and are a major driving force of evolution. Therefore, examining mutation rates and modes are essential to better understand the genetic basis for physiology an ... more
WATER WORLD
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. ... more
WOOD PILE
It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events - the m ... more
WOOD PILE
Protecting 'high carbon' rainforest areas also protects threatened wildlife
Kent UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Conservation efforts focused on protecting forests using carbon-based policies also benefit mammal diversity, new research at the University of Kent has found. To help mitigate the effects of ... more
WATER WORLD
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A public health emergency was declared as choking smog blanketed New Delhi on Tuesday, with authorities ordering the temporary closure of all primary schools in the world's most polluted capital city. ... more


Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US
Bonn (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Syria told the UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty. ... more
FARM NEWS
First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A black Perigord truffle has been cultivated in Britain for the first time, and the scientists who announced the breakthrough on Monday said climate change could make it a new British crop. ... more
FARM NEWS
Swapping where crops are grown could feed an extra 825 million people
New York NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Redrawing the global map of crop distribution on existing farmland could help meet growing demand for food and biofuels in coming decades, while significantly reducing water stress in agricultural a ... more
FARM NEWS
Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs
Tumaco, Colombia (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down. Now, the leaders of a black community in Colombia who dared urge farmers to stop growing coca plants are "hiding like rats" from drug lords intent on maintaining their supply of narcotics. ... more



Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A domestic violence conviction legally prohibited the Texas church shooter from buying guns, but the Air Force failed to enter it into a database used to run background checks, officials said Monday. Devin Kelley - who shot dead 26 people at a Texas church - could therefore have passed the background check required to buy a gun, which would have raised red flags if the conviction had been ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
In reversal, US tech firms back bill on human trafficking
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Crime writer Ian Rankin predicts rise of 'kind and gentle' books
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
UN council weakens response to Myanmar after China objects
One-step 3-D printing of catalysts developed at Ames Laboratory
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a 3D printing process that creates a chemically active catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to more efficient ways to produce catalysts for complex chemical reactions in a wide scope of industries. While 3D printing has found applications in many areas, its use as a way to control chemical reactions, or catalysis, ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
How to store information in your clothes invisibly, without electronics
Hanscom AFB MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Cheyenne Mountain sees better satellite picture
University Park PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Synthetic material acts like an insect cloaking device
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Suva, Fiji (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
New Greenland Maps Show More Glaciers at Risk
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 03, 2017
New maps of Greenland's coastal seafloor and bedrock beneath its massive ice sheet show that two to four times as many coastal glaciers are at risk of accelerated melting as previously thought. Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), NASA and 30 other institutions have published the most comprehensive, accurate and high-resolution relief maps ever made of Greenland's b ... more
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russian military to boost Arctic presence: commander
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Intensifying winds could increase east Antarctica's contribution to sea level rise
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 08, 2017
Hot News from the Antarctic Underground
Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss's theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fills the air. Inside is avant-garde restaurant Ultraviolet, the city's newest three-star Michelin eatery, where adventurous gourmands happily pay up to 6,000 yuan ($900) per head and the waitlist for a seat is three months. The g ... more
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain
Tumaco, Colombia (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs
New York NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Swapping where crops are grown could feed an extra 825 million people
Death toll from Vietnam typhoon rises to 61
Danang, Vietnam (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
The death toll from typhoon downpours and floods wreaking havoc along Vietnam's south-central coast has risen to 61, an official said Tuesday, as the country opens its doors to world leaders for this week's APEC summit. Typhoon Damrey struck just before Vietnam was set to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Danang, which will bring together US President Donald Trump ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Puerto Rico population to drop 14% after hurricane
Danang, Vietnam (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Death toll from Vietnam typhoon rises to 69; 17th Atlantic storm takes shape
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Magma held in 'cold storage' before giant volcano eruption
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Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. Streets across the city were largely empty as people stayed at home for fear the standoff would erupt into clashes, an AFP correspondent said. The deployment of troops around Malong's residence in the central Hai ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
Tiznit, Morocco (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Morocco architect fights concrete with tradition
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
US strikes IS in Somalia for first time
Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mutations generate genetic variation, and are a major driving force of evolution. Therefore, examining mutation rates and modes are essential to better understand the genetic basis for physiology and evolution. One traditional method to estimate this rate is a 'phylogenetic' approach that examines the sequence divergence between two species, and the time between divergence events. However, ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Newly discovered orangutan species is most endangered great ape
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Study shows how memories ripple through the brain
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Greenhouse gas emissions caused by urban households' purchases of goods and services from beyond city limits are much bigger than previously thought. These upstream emissions may occur anywhere in the world and are roughly equal in size to the total emissions originating from a city's own territory, a new study shows. This is not bad news but in fact offers local policy-makers more leverage to t ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
2017 set to be hottest non-El Nino year: UN
Bonn (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
White House OKs report warning climate change caused by humans
FIMI completes control acquisition transaction in IAI's ImageSat
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced it has entered an agreement with FIMI, the largest Private Equity fund in Israel (FIMI). Pursuant to the agreement, FIMI shall invest $40 million in ImageSat International (ISI) in exchange for 53.6% of ISI's share equity. The agreement further stipulates that ISI shall buy the new observation satellite 'EROS C' from IAI and at the transaction cl ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
JPSS-1 to Provide More Accurate Environmental Forecasts
Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
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New theory addresses how life on earth arose from the primordial muck
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Life on Earth originated in an intimate partnership between the nucleic acids (genetic instructions for all organisms) and small proteins called peptides, according to two new papers from biochemists and biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Auckland. Their "peptide-RNA" hypothesis contradicts the widely-held "RNA-world" hypothesis, which states that ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
The secret lives of ancient land plants
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Carbonate shells change with time
London, UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Microscopic defects make batteries better
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects - and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University scientists. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and chemists Song Jin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Linsen Li at Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led a study that combined state-of-the-a ... more
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Scientists create magnetic system that transforms heat into motion
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
New studies on disordered cathodes may provide much-needed jolt to lithium batteries
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
UNIST unveils new fast-charging, high-energy electric-car battery technology
Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Just as humans and other animals are often more dexterous with one hand or paw - usually the right - honeybees have individualized flight pattern preferences. Some prefer to go right, others feel more comfortable going left. Left-handedness is relatively rare among humans. But according to the latest research, plenty of bees go left. The insects are more democratic in their directiona ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Endangered vaquita porpoise dies in captivity
London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint
Liwonde, Malawi (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy activists, who were jailed for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement were granted leave to appeal their sentences by the city's top court on Tuesday. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were imprisoned in August after Hong Kong's government pushed for harsher sentences - rather than the initial community service orders they were given. The government's appeal ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China calls on France to ensure security of its citizens
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Hong Kong government under fire in LGBT row
Beijing (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail
It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events - the microclimate. Microclimates are localized climates found within a larger one, like that of a cool canyon in the desert Southwest. These microclimates occur because of local differences in the lan ... more
Kent UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Protecting 'high carbon' rainforest areas also protects threatened wildlife
Waiapi, Brazil (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
For Amazon tribe, rainforest is a whole world
Waiapi, Brazil (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Beer o'clock in the Amazon: the tribe that loves to party
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