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November 17, 2017
Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

Islamabad (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy. The polluted air that has lingered in Islamabad in recent days was finally dispelled by rain this week, bringing the surrounding Margalla Hills into view once again. In Lahore, where the situation was most critical, the level of PM2.5 - microscopic particles that lodge deep in the lungs - had dropped to 159 We ... read more

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
The Delhi half marathon is to go ahead on Sunday despite dire health warnings from doctors after a court in the heavily polluted city refused to order a delay. ... more
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The pattern of asymmetry in human brains could be a unique feature of our species and may hold the key to explaining how we first developed language ability, experts say. Findings are based on ... more
Put your head inside a brain
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A new immersive virtual reality (VR) experience now offers a unique way to visualize and interact with large volumes of 3D anatomical brain data. The system, developed by researchers from the Wyss C ... more
Sulfur dioxide emissions plunge across China as India's soars
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of Maryland indicates that India may be the world's top sulfur dioxide emitter. Sulfur dioxide is an air pollutant that causes acid rain, ... more
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Study finds 'black box' methods used by biologists probably overestimate number of new species
Lawrence KS (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Do researchers need to "hit the brakes a little" before declaring a species is new to science? A recent University of Kansas study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Ecology demo ... more
Heat island effect enables urban trees to grow faster
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide since the 1960s. This has been confirmed for the first time by a study on the impact of the urban heat island ... more
Norwegian central bank calls for oil, gas divestment
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
The Norwegian central bank said Thursday it wanted to remove oil stocks from the government pension fund to cut the vulnerability to weak market prices. ... more
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Countries launched a coal phase-out initiative Thursday at UN climate talks in Bonn, offering an antidote to the defence of Earth-warming fossil fuels by US President Donald Trump's administration. ... more
Climate envoy slams rejection of Paris deal; WH says US will cut on own terms
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The Obama-era official who helped deliver the 2015 Paris Agreement, lashed out Thursday at the Donald Trump administration's "wrongheaded" decision to abandon the first-ever pact committing all countries to limiting climate change. ... more
When continents break it gets warm on Earth
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere determines whether the Earth is in greenhouse or ice age state. Before humans began to have an impact on the amount of CO2 in the air, it ... more

How storms will veer in a warmer world

Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Could playing video games help keep the brain agile as we age? ... more
Indonesia smugglers stuffed exotic birds in pipes: police
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Smugglers who allegedly stuffed 125 exotic birds into drain pipes have been arrested in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as part of a bid to clamp down on a lucrative illegal trade in wildlife. ... more
Critics hit US over elephant trophy imports
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies. ... more
Interactive map shows air quality in real time across Europe
Paris (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
An interactive map that makes it possible to check air quality in real time across Europe, where air pollution has been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths every year, went live on Thursday. ... more

Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puer ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
Diagonal methods for expensive global optimization developed by Russian scientists
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Russian scientists from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod have improved the method of global optimization by offering the so-called "diagonal approach." The goal of global optimization is essentially to search for optimal solutions in various areas of human activity. The principal advantage of the diagonal approach compared to other methods is its speed. When solving multi-pa ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Lockheed Martin Achieves Long Range Discrimination Radar Critical Design Review On-Schedule
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Study explains how droplets can levitate on liquid surfaces
Nepal scraps mega hydropower deal with Chinese firm
Kathmandu Nov 14, 2017
Nepal has cancelled an agreement with a Chinese company to build the largest hydroelectric plant in the impoverished landlocked country, which suffers from chronic energy shortages. The project, agreed in June, would have nearly have doubled Nepal's current hydropower production and cost an estimated $2.5 billion. But the finance ministry recommended it be scrapped, saying it had been aw ... more
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
A new timeline for glacial retreat in Western Canada
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Much of western Canada was ice-free as early as 14,000 years ago, a new study reports. The results suggest that the Cordilleran Ice Sheet (CIS) retreated more than a millennium sooner than previous estimates and hold important implications for understanding climate patterns and human migration. Previous estimates suggested that the CIS covered large portions of westernmost Canada as ... more
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Research shows ice sheets as large as Greenland's melted fast in a warming climate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 08, 2017
Hot News from the Antarctic Underground
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese icebreaker steams for Antarctica in polar power play
Peruvian farmer scores small win in court over German energy giant
Hamm, Germany (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory Monday when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean home, had merit. After hearing oral arguments from both sides, the higher regional court in the western city of Hamm said Saul Luciano Lliuya's demand for damages from RWE was "admiss ... more
Little Rock, United States (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Weed-killer prompts angry divide among US farmers
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Researchers run longest multiphysics earthquake simulation to date
Leibniz, Germany (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Just before 8:00 a.m. local time on December 26, 2004, people in southeast Asia were starting their days when the third strongest recorded earthquake in history ripped a 1,500-kilometer tear in the ocean floor off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The earthquake lasted between 8 and 10 minutes (one of the longest ever recorded), and lifted the ocean floor several meters, creat ... more
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Quake-stricken Iranians vent anger at former president
Seoul (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
S. Korea quake leaves dozens injured, 1,500 seeking shelter
Kouik, Iran (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Aid slow to reach quake-hit Iranian villages; Israel offers help
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Virginia Tech explore causes of land cover change in African savannas
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
A new study by Virginia Tech researchers tracks land cover changes in the Chobe district of Northern Botswana and provides information that will allow governments and nonprofit organizations to improve dryland management strategies in the region. The study was published in Arid Land Systems: Science and Societies, a special issue of the journal Land. "There is an incredibly dynamic a ... more
Saint Louis, Senegal (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Climate change and neglect threaten Senegal's Saint Louis
Harare (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know
Kinshasa (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRCongo cobalt mining
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The moon landing and global warming are hoaxes. The U.S. government had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Is skepticism toward these kinds of unfounded beliefs just a matter of cognitive ability? Not according to new research by a University of Illinois at Chicago social psychologist. In an article published online and in the February 2018 i ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Put your head inside a brain
Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere - has been mooted as a p ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Climate envoy slams rejection of Paris deal; WH says US will cut on own terms
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks
Ozone ups and downs
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth's atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas protects life on Earth from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. However, pollutants can break down ozone, thinning this ozone layer ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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When water met iron deep inside the Earth, did it create conditions for life
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Reservoirs of oxygen-rich iron between the Earth's core and mantle could have played a major role in Earth's history, including the breakup of supercontinents, drastic changes in Earth's atmospheric makeup, and the creation of life, according to recent work from an international research team published in National Science Review. The team - which includes scientists from Carnegie, Stanford ... more
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Human cells, hardy microbes share common ancestor
London, UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction
Portsmouth UK (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Man's earliest ancestors discovered in southern England
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
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Today, more than 1.3 billion people are living without regular access to power, including more than 300 million in India and 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa. In these and other developing countries, access to a main power grid, particularly in rural regions, is remote and often unreliable. Increasingly, many rural and some urban communities are turning to microgrids as an alternative sou ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Fuel cell X-ray study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance
College Station TX (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Researchers take next step toward fusion energy
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
Unloved vultures fight for their survival in Pakistan
Changa Manga, Pakistan (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Once a common sight in the skies of Pakistan, today the white-backed vulture is facing extinction - its population devastated by the use of industrial drugs to breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on. Bird numbers have plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1990s, according to the local branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is desperately attempting to ens ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Study finds 'black box' methods used by biologists probably overestimate number of new species
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sad farewell as Malaysia-born panda heads to China
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
US court convicts Irish man of rhino horn trafficking
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China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries
Beijing (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
China's most ubiquitous public performers - lively groups of primarily elderly women who show off their moves in outdoor squares - have been ordered to avoid dancing on graves and spreading superstitious beliefs. The dancers are known to blare old-school music from portable speakers, often taking over entire blocks in vibrant matching outfits. In a set of guidelines released Monday, th ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Activists renew push for Hong Kong independence
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance
Heat island effect enables urban trees to grow faster
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas worldwide since the 1960s. This has been confirmed for the first time by a study on the impact of the urban heat island effect on tree growth headed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The analysis conducted by the international research team also shows that the growth of urban trees has already been exposed ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Urban trees are growing faster than their rural peers
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
US imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese hardwood plywood
Storrs CT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Ecological restoration success higher with natural measures
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