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November 20, 2017
WATER WORLD
New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water



Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Equipped with Newton's law of universal gravitation (published in Principia 330 years ago) and powerful computational resources (used to apply the law to more than 10,000 interacting bodies), a young Brazilian researcher and his former postdoctoral supervisor have just proposed a new physical model to explain the origin of water on Earth and the other Earth-like objects in the Solar System. Andre Izidoro, from the School of Engineering of Sao Paulo State University in Guaratingueta, Brazil, explai ... read more

WHITE OUT
Shape of Lake Ontario generates white-out blizzards, study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A 6-foot-wide snow blower mounted on a tractor makes a lot of sense when you live on the Tug Hill Plateau. Tug Hill, in upstate New York, is one of the snowiest places in the Eastern U.S. and experi ... more
WATER WORLD
Colorado River's connection with the ocean was a punctuated affair
Eugene OR (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
The Colorado River's initial trip to the ocean didn't come easy, but its story has emerged from layers of sediment preserved within tectonically active stretches of the waterway's lower reaches. ... more
WATER WORLD
Neutrons probe oxygen-generating enzyme for a greener approach to clean water
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
A new study sheds light on a unique enzyme that could provide an eco-friendly treatment for chlorite-contaminated water supplies and improve water quality worldwide. An international team of r ... more
WATER WORLD
Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
The researchers, who have recently published the findings in Physical Review Letters, have confirmed how this phenomenon occurs in granular fluids, that is, those composed of particles that are very ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Protesters march in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Washington (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Protesters marched Sunday in Washington in solidarity with hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, criticizing the lackluster US response to the storm and calling for reform. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Chinese authorities on Sunday launched an investigation into a fire in a low-income Beijing housing block that killed 19 people, as workers evacuated hundreds from nearby apartments and demolished other buildings. ... more
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China to help resolve Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
China has offered to help defuse the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh said Saturday, following meetings with Beijing's top diplomat that Dhaka hopes will apply pressure on Myanmar take back hundreds of thousands of refugees. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Greek flooding toll reaches 19, as more bodies found
Athens (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Greek police and emergency workers rescued three bodies in flood-hit areas west of Athens on Saturday, bringing the death toll since Wednesday to 19. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
'My eyes are burning': Delhi half marathon goes ahead despite smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. ... more
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7.0 quake off New Caledonia sparks tsunami alert but no damage
Noumea (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia on Monday, triggering a brief tsunami warning and evacuation alert but causing no significant damage, local officials said. ... more


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CLIMATE SCIENCE
UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump's rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Study settles prehistoric climate puzzle
Dallas TX (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Fossil leaves from Africa have resolved a prehistoric climate puzzle - and also confirm the link between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming. Research until now has produced a ... more
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Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge. ... more
FARM NEWS
Alibaba takes $2.9 billion stake in food retailer
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Alibaba said on Monday it would take a major stake in one of China's top food sellers for $2.9 billion as the e-commerce giant expands further into the retail world. ... 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
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Study explains how droplets can levitate on liquid surfaces
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
A drop or two of cold cream in hot coffee can go a long way toward improving one's morning. But what if the two liquids didn't mix? MIT scientists have now explained why under certain conditions a droplet of liquid should not coalesce with the liquid surface below. If the droplet is very cold, and the bath sufficiently hot, then the droplet should "levitate" on the bath's surface, as a res ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
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Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
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Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
The researchers, who have recently published the findings in Physical Review Letters, have confirmed how this phenomenon occurs in granular fluids, that is, those composed of particles that are very small and interact among those that lose part of their kinetic energy. Thanks to this theoretical characterization, "we can simulate on a computer and make analytical calculations to know how a ... more
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Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
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
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Alibaba said on Monday it would take a major stake in one of China's top food sellers for $2.9 billion as the e-commerce giant expands further into the retail world. China's largest e-commerce platform has invested heavily in recent years to connect its online and offline portfolio of businesses, taking stakes in several Chinese grocers, shopping malls and department stores. Alibaba wil ... more
Hamm, Germany (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
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Seoul (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
More than 50 people were injured and 1,500 taken to shelters in South Korea after a rare 5.4-magnitude quake hit the southeastern port of Pohang on Wednesday, officials said Thursday. The second-most powerful quake recorded in the South hit at a shallow depth of nine kilometres (six miles) on Wednesday afternoon, sparking alarm in a country that rarely experiences significant tremors. Th ... more
Athens (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
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Kouik, Iran (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
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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
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
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Harare (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell - which shows promise as a clean, renewable next-generation power source for vehicles and other uses - requires precise temperature and moisture controls to be at its best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel cell won't function well. But seeing inside a working fuel cell at the tiny scal ... more
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