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November 23, 2017
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Lightning, with a chance of antimatter



Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
A storm system approaches: the sky darkens, and the low rumble of thunder echoes from the horizon. Then without warning... Flash! Crash! - lightning has struck. This scene, while familiar to anyone and repeated constantly across the planet, is not without a feeling of mystery. But now that mystery has deepened, with the discovery that lightning can result in matter-antimatter annihilation. In a collaborative study appearing in Nature, researchers from Japan describe how gamma rays from light ... read more

EARLY EARTH
Rise in oxygen levels links to ancient explosion of life, researchers find
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Oxygen has provided a breath of fresh air to the study of the Earth's evolution some 400-plus million years ago. A team of researchers, including a faculty member and postdoctoral fellow from ... more
ICE WORLD
Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change
Moscow (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Research suggests some species are more vulnerable to climate change they appear. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?
Paris (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
A researcher in Norway launched the latest salvo Wednesday in a fierce, sometimes caustic debate on how legal hunting impacts the poaching of large predators. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Ocean acidification harms young mussels
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New research shows mussels are especially vulnerable to the ill effects of ocean acidification during their early life stages. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Energy-saving LEDs boost light pollution worldwide
Miami (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution - but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Aid groups urge Greece to improve refugee camps before winter
Athens (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Twenty prominent aid groups on Wednesday warned Greece that it was a "matter of life and death" to remove refugees from overcrowded island camps before the onset of winter. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Plague first came to Europe during the Stone Age
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
The earliest evidence of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis suggests the disease first arrived in Europe during the Stone Age, several millennia before the first documented epidemics. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
South Korea quiet for quake-delayed college entrance exam
Seoul (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
An annual hush descended upon South Korea Thursday as hundreds of thousands of students sat the crucial national college entrance exam, delayed for a week by a rare earthquake. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Yemen port, airport to reopen to aid: Saudi-led coalition
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Wednesday it would reopen a key Red Sea port and Sanaa airport to aid, after a more than two-week blockade following a missile attack on Riyadh. ... more


US southwest sizzles as experts predict record Thanksgiving

EPIDEMICS
Heavy rainfall precedes outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New research suggests outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya tend to begin three weeks after heavy rainfall. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
China respects 'good friend' Mugabe's resignation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
China on Wednesday said it respected Robert Mugabe's decision to step down as president of Zimbabwe and vowed to continue "friendly" relations with the country it backed during his authoritarian rule. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines
Beijing (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
A Chinese metal trading firm said Thursday it is investigating whether children are toiling in Congolese mines that supply it with cobalt, a key resource for mobile phones and electric cars. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Zimbabwe crisis: What we know
Harare (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Zimbabwe is locked in one of its worst political crises since independence with strongman Robert Mugabe refusing to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests and possible impeachment. ... 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
Seoul (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
South Korea quiet for quake-delayed college entrance exam
Athens (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Aid groups urge Greece to improve refugee camps before winter
Booming life for 'PUBG' death-match computer game
Oakland, United States (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Scores of virtual warriors faced off in a Hunger Games-style death match in a massive, real-world eSports matchup of upstart shooter game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds." The computer game's rise has been epic, with some industry trackers branding this the year of 'PUBG' even though it is technically still in trial mode with a final version yet to be released. In a colossal two-day event ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Metal membranes in construction: From Russia with love
Hong Kong (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Innovative and ideal liquid-repellent surfaces developed by HKU scientists
Champaign IL (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
New spin on old technique to engineer better absorptive materials
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
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Ocean acidification harms young mussels
Austin TX (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
New research could predict La Nina drought years in US
Paris (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Expansion of tuna quotas 'step backward' for conservation
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
Moscow (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change
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
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
Alpalhao, Portugal (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Portuguese cattle farmers desperately wait for rain
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Urbanization may have a positive effect on the soils
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
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
Noumea (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
7.0 quake off New Caledonia sparks tsunami alert but no damage
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Zimbabwe crisis: What we know
Harare (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Zimbabwe is locked in one of its worst political crises since independence with strongman Robert Mugabe refusing to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests and possible impeachment. Here is a snapshot of the ongoing turmoil: - Vice president sacked - November 6: Mugabe fires Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to resolve a succession dispute. His removal appears ... more
Goma, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Six dead, including two soldiers, in DRCongo attack
Beijing (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters
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's TSIS-1 keeps an eye on Sun's power over ozone
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
High in the atmosphere, above weather systems, is a layer of ozone gas. Ozone is Earth's natural sunscreen, absorbing the Sun's most harmful ultraviolet radiation and protecting living things below. But ozone is vulnerable to certain gases made by humans that reach the upper atmosphere. Once there, they react in the presence of sunlight to destroy ozone molecules. Currently, several NASA a ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 22, 2017
NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
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Rise in oxygen levels links to ancient explosion of life, researchers find
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Oxygen has provided a breath of fresh air to the study of the Earth's evolution some 400-plus million years ago. A team of researchers, including a faculty member and postdoctoral fellow from Washington University in St. Louis, found that oxygen levels appear to increase at about the same time as a three-fold increase in biodiversity during the Ordovician Period, between 445 and 485 millio ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
A popular tool to trace Earth's oxygen history can give false positives
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
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 23, 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
Julich, Germany (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Renaissance of the iron-air battery
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Reusing waste energy with 2-D electron gas
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
How can you define nature
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 23, 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
Paris (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Some species more vulnerable to climate change than they appear
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Norwegian court blocks wolf culling
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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
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Three dead, six wounded in rare shooting in China
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers jailed for two years
Shenyang, China (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
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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 carbon that new trees can lock away from the atmosphere, reducing their ability to counteract the effects of global warming. Forests replanted today would likely be able to recapture only two-thirds ... more
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
Luxembourg (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging
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