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November 22, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
How can you define nature



Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Think, for a moment, about the last time you were out in nature. Were you in a city park? At a campground? On the beach? In the mountains? Now consider: What was this place like in your parents' time? Your grandparents'? In many cases, the parks, beaches and campgrounds of today are surrounded by more development, or are themselves more developed, than they were decades ago. But to you, they still feel like nature. That's what University of Washington psychology professor Peter Kahn ca ... read more

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Climate change encouraged 19th century migration to America
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Many Germans migrated to the United States during the 19th century. Until now, researchers believed war, poverty and social upheaval explained the exodus. But new research suggests climate change also played a significant role. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Russia denies nuclear incident after contamination reports
Moscow (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Russia on Tuesday denied there had been an incident at any of its nuclear facilities after the country's weather service reported radioactive pollution that exceeded background levels by 986 times. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories this week, thanks to a one-of-a-kind inst ... more
ABOUT US
Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research
London, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia - what is now Spain - long after they had died out everywhere else, according to new research published in Heliyo ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
Groundwater depletion maybe major source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, re ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Floods paralyse Saudi city of Jeddah
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept through Jeddah on Tuesday, leaving motorists stranded and forcing authorities to shut schools and universities in Saudi Arabia's second biggest city. ... more
WATER WORLD
New research could predict La Nina drought years in US
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Two new studies from The University of Texas at Austin have significantly improved scientists' ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Nina - a recurrent cooling patter ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Thousands flee over Bali volcano eruption fears
Karangasem, Indonesia (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Thousands living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia's resort island of Bali fled Wednesday as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. ... more
ICE WORLD
Study reveals structure and origins of glacial polish on Yosemite's rocks
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
The glaciers that carved Yosemite Valley left highly polished surfaces on many of the region's rock formations. These smooth, shiny surfaces, known as glacial polish, are common in the Sierra Nevada ... more
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. ... more


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WOOD PILE
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko on Tuesday insisted that Warsaw is already "100 percent" compliant with an EU injunction to stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests after the bloc's top court threatened heavy fines. ... more
WOOD PILE
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Deforested areas of the Amazon Basin have a limited ability to recover because of recent changes in climate, a study shows. Limited growth in a drier climate has restricted the amount of carbo ... more
EARLY EARTH
A popular tool to trace Earth's oxygen history can give false positives
Atlanta GA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
For researchers pursuing the primordial history of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, a new study might sour some "Eureka!" moments. A contemporary tool used to trace oxygen by examining ancient rock str ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Norwegian court blocks wolf culling
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Plans to allow the culling of 50 wolves in Norway have been halted by the Oslo District Court. ... 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
Moscow (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Russia denies nuclear incident after contamination reports
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
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Quantum computing with molecules for a quicker search of unsorted databases
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Researchers camouflage an optical chip rendering it invisible
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
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
New research could predict La Nina drought years in US
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
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Study reveals structure and origins of glacial polish on Yosemite's rocks
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
Intercropping formula promises food security in Sahel Africa
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land - called intercropping - can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management. In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum - a grain - and peanuts. But they face a major information gap. There hasn't been much research on optimal levels of fertilizer use for intercropping so ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Urbanization may have a positive effect on the soils
Alpalhao, Portugal (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain
Nottingham UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Crunch time for food security
Thousands flee over Bali volcano eruption fears
Karangasem, Indonesia (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Thousands living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia's resort island of Bali fled Wednesday as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit late Tuesday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain. Nearly 1,600 people died when Mt. Agung last eru ... more
Noumea (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
7.0 quake off New Caledonia sparks tsunami alert but no damage
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Floods paralyse Saudi city of Jeddah
Athens (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Greece unveils flood relief measures as death toll hits 20
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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
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters
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
Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research
London, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Neanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia - what is now Spain - long after they had died out everywhere else, according to new research published in Heliyon. The authors of the study, an international team from Portuguese, Spanish, Catalonian, German, Austrian and Italian research institutions, say their findings suggest that the process of modern ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Miami (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Study shows video games could cut dementia risk in seniors
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 ... more
Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Climate change encouraged 19th century migration to America
Dallas TX (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Study settles prehistoric climate puzzle
NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula. It is intended to help coastal planners prepare for rising seas in the decades to come. All coastal cities will see some impacts of global sea level rise. But the new tool shows that, for example, New York City is more strongl ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
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Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
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Guildford UK (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
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A popular tool to trace Earth's oxygen history can give false positives
Atlanta GA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
For researchers pursuing the primordial history of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, a new study might sour some "Eureka!" moments. A contemporary tool used to trace oxygen by examining ancient rock strata can produce false positives, according to the study, and the wayward results can mask as exhilarating discoveries. Common molecules called ligands can bias the results of a popular chemical ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
When water met iron deep inside the Earth, did it create conditions for life
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
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
A new way to store thermal energy
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel - such as wood, brush or dung - that is collected with significant time and effort. Now, a new chemical composite developed by researchers at MIT could provide an alternative. It could be used to store heat from th ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
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
How can you define nature
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Think, for a moment, about the last time you were out in nature. Were you in a city park? At a campground? On the beach? In the mountains? Now consider: What was this place like in your parents' time? Your grandparents'? In many cases, the parks, beaches and campgrounds of today are surrounded by more development, or are themselves more developed, than they were decades ago. But to y ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
How odd flies prized by Mark Twain dive and thrive in super-salty lake
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Norwegian court blocks wolf culling
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
US court convicts Irish man of rhino horn trafficking
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Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
When Xiaoxiong and her lesbian lover wanted to hide their relationship from their parents, they decided to find men willing to marry them. They had a specific type in mind: Gay. Searching out suitors for such a marriage of convenience proved difficult, so she created an online matchmaking forum to help others like her conform with family and societal pressures in China, where same-sex marria ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
China taps state firms to buttress pensions as society ages
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Activists renew push for Hong Kong independence
Beijing (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries
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
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Brazil exports murder-tainted illegal logging: Greenpeace
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
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