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November 21, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought



Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops - and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent. Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which has not happened since 2005. A majority of Spain has also received considerably less rain than it normally would. "It's a ruinous situation," said Jose Ramon Gonzalez, a small rancher in Spa ... read more

FARM NEWS
Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain
Alpalhao, Portugal (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Antonio Granadeiro, a cattle farmer who has already lost 20 cows this year, surveys with sadness the fields of his ranch in Alentejo in central Portugal, which have yellowed from the lack of rain. ... more
WOOD PILE
EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging
Luxembourg (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's rightwing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000) a day. ... more
ICE WORLD
Salt pond in Antarctica is fed from below
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
At the base of the Transantarctic Mountains lies a geological oddity. Don Juan Pond is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, filled with a dense, syrupy brine rich in calcium chloride t ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ancient life form discovered in remote Tasmanian valley
Hobart, Australia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A team of Tasmanian researchers has uncovered rare, living stromatolites deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The researchers from the Department of Primary Industries, Pa ... more
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Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 16, 2017
As a young scientist, Tony del Genio of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City met Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto. "I thought, 'Wow, this is a one-time opportunit ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns
San Juan (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
The head of Puerto Rico's power authority has resigned amid a scandal over efforts to restore electricity to the hurricane-hit island, its governor announced Friday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20
Athens (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Greece's government on Monday announced relief measures for areas hit by flooding as the death toll rose to 20 with two more people missing. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Six dead, including two soldiers, in DRCongo attack
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Six people, including two soldiers, died Sunday in clashes between the army and militiamen in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congolese army said Monday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
EU's top diplomat 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi
Yangon (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
The EU's foreign policy chief on Monday hailed "extremely encouraging" talks with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya crisis, welcoming steps towards the repatriation of Muslims driven into Bangladesh. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Zimbabwe army chief says ex-VP to return soon, urges calm
Harare (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Ousted Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is in contact with President Robert Mugabe and will return home soon, the army chief said on Monday as he called for "calm and patience". ... more


Ozone ups and downs

FLORA AND FAUNA
How odd flies prized by Mark Twain dive and thrive in super-salty lake
Miami (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
In California's super-salty Mono Lake, a strange kind of fly, once celebrated by novelist Mark Twain, has learned to thrive by building its own bubble and diving beneath the surface to eat and lay eggs. ... more
WOOD PILE
How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A set of fundamental tactics ranging from the theoretical to the practical can be used to combat the challenges brought on by pests in rapidly changing forests, according to a research paper from Da ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Oil droplets from frying pan can cause indoor air pollution
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
When hot oil meats a droplet of water in the frying pan, oil droplets explode in all directions. These tiny oil explosions can send droplets out of the pan and burn a person's hands and arms. ... more
FARM NEWS
Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Excavations in the Republic of Georgia by the Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE), a joint undertaking between the University of Toronto (U of T) and the Georgian Nati ... 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
San Juan (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Head of Puerto Rico power authority resigns
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Deadly Beijing fire prompts investigation and demolitions
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Large mammals do use road crossing structures
UW researchers ready for era of "big data" astronomy
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
The first astronomers had a limited toolkit: their eyes. They could only observe those stars, planets and celestial events bright enough to pick up unassisted. But today's astronomers use increasingly sensitive and sophisticated instruments to view and track a bevy of cosmic wonders, including objects and events that were too dim or distant for their sky-gazing forebears. On Nov. 14, scien ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Monopole current offers way to control magnets
Apeldoorn, Netherlands (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 21, 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. ... more
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water
Eugene OR (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Colorado River's connection with the ocean was a punctuated affair
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Neutrons probe oxygen-generating enzyme for a greener approach to clean water
Salt pond in Antarctica is fed from below
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
At the base of the Transantarctic Mountains lies a geological oddity. Don Juan Pond is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, filled with a dense, syrupy brine rich in calcium chloride that can remain liquid to minus 50 degrees Celsius, far below the freezing point of water. But the source of water and salt to this unusual pond remains a mystery - even as hints emerge that water in a ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new timeline for glacial retreat in Western Canada
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
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Urbanization may have a positive effect on the soils
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Soil scientist from RUDN University (Russia) and his colleagues modeled how the expansion of the boundaries of the city of Moscow would affect the rural landscape in the next 30 years. Scientists came to an unexpected conclusion: urbanization can have a positive impact on the stocks of organic carbon in the soil. The results of the study are presented in the Journal of Cleaner Production. ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Alibaba takes $2.9 billion stake in food retailer
Alpalhao, Portugal (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain
Nottingham UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Crunch time for food security
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. The US Geological Survey said the shallow tremor hit approximately 82 kilometres east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands at around 09:45 am (2245 GMT). The Pacific Tsunami Warn ... more
Athens (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20
Leibniz, Germany (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Researchers run longest multiphysics earthquake simulation to date
Seoul (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
S. Korea quake leaves dozens injured, 1,500 seeking shelter
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Six dead, including two soldiers, in DRCongo attack
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Six people, including two soldiers, died Sunday in clashes between the army and militiamen in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congolese army said Monday. An army position was attacked by two so-called Mai-Mai armed groups near the town of Beni in North Kivu province, it said. Since the beginning of 2017, Mai-Mai militias have regularly attacked Congolese army positions in the r ... more
Harare (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Zimbabwe army chief says ex-VP to return soon, urges calm
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Soldiers held without trial threaten 'new Gambia' reputation
Saint Louis, Senegal (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Climate change and neglect threaten Senegal's Saint Louis
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 brain scans of humans and previously collected data from chimpanzees. They could help scientists understand how our brains evolved and why asymmetry is vital to human development. The study exp ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
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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
Dallas TX (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
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Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
The calls for assistance started days before Hurricane Harvey came barreling across America's doorstep this summer. First responders and government officials needed answers to prepare and protect communities. How strong is this storm going to be? What kind of damage occurred on its path through the Caribbean? How might it impact southeast Texas once it makes landfall? Remotely sensed ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 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
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London, UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
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Portsmouth UK (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
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Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
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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
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Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
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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 demonstrates the misuse and abuse of methods scientists commonly use to place boundaries between different species, especially so-called "cryptic" species, could lead to the overestimation of species dive ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
How odd flies prized by Mark Twain dive and thrive in super-salty lake
Washington (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
US court convicts Irish man of rhino horn trafficking
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China taps state firms to buttress pensions as society ages
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
China on Saturday announced a pilot programme to help pension schemes meet growing pressure from an ageing society by transferring shares of state-owned firms to social security funds. A document released by the country's State Council, or cabinet, said the programme would begin this year with shares of up to seven SOEs to be transferred. The plan is intended to help make up for shortfal ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
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Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
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How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
A set of fundamental tactics ranging from the theoretical to the practical can be used to combat the challenges brought on by pests in rapidly changing forests, according to a research paper from Dartmouth College and the University of Santiago de Compostela. With forests under pressure worldwide due to human activities in what is now often referred to as the Anthropocene era, the research ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Heat island effect enables urban trees to grow faster
Luxembourg (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging
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Urban trees are growing faster than their rural peers
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