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November 27, 2017
SHAKE AND BLOW
Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level



Karangasem, Indonesia (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
A rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned Monday as they raised alert levels to maximum, accelerated a mass evacuation and closed the main airport, leaving tourists stranded. Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week hae now begun shooting more than three kilometres (two miles) into the sky, forcing flights to be grounded. Some 40,000 frightened people have fled their homes around the volcano b ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Septic tank at centre of huge China blast
Ningbo, China (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
A septic tank was the epicentre of a massive explosion that rocked one of China's largest port cities at the weekend, killing two people and injuring at least 19, authorities have said. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis
Tabarja, Lebanon (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
The Lebanese divers plunge below the surface, scuba tanks on their backs and nets in hand. But what they're looking for under the ocean surface is not treasure, it's trash. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 27, 2017
Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all p ... more
WATER WORLD
The tragedy of the seagrass commons
Swansea UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Writing in the Journal Fish and Fisheries, Dr Richard Unsworth of Swansea University (together with colleagues at Cardiff University and Stockholm University) examine the global extent to which thes ... more
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EARLY EARTH
Ancient fish scales and vertebrate teeth share an embryonic origin
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
In biology, one long-running debate has teeth: whether ancient fish scales moved into the mouth with the origin of jaws, or if the tooth had its own evolutionary inception. Recent studies on s ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climate
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New findings by researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), who partnered with scientists from across the world, suggest plant r ... more
ABOUT US
What grosses out a chimpanzee?
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Chimpanzees do some pretty disgusting things. In their natural habitats, chimpanzees are known to pick up seeds from feces and re-ingest them. In captivity, some practice coprophagy: the deliberate ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Genetic mutation in extended Amish family protects against aging
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
The first genetic mutation that appears to protect against multiple aspects of biological aging in humans has been discovered in an extended family of Old Order Amish living in the vicinity of Berne ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New research, led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warn that as the world warms, this may ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Jonathan, St. Helena's ancient tortoise, awaits visitors
Jamestown (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see - Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world's oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena. ... more


Iran earthquake death toll rises to 483

WATER WORLD
Coral transplant raises Barrier Reef survival hopes
Sydney (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Coral bred in one part of the Great Barrier Reef was successfully transplanted into another area, Australian scientists said Sunday, in a project they hope could restore damaged ecosystems around the world. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Moroccans pray for rain as 'mercy from God'
Salé, Morocco (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
"We beg for God's mercy," said 10-year-old Hassan, wearing a long white tunic, as Moroccans across the parched country on Friday held prayers for rain under a royal decree. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
Omoa, Honduras (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
Floating masses of garbage off some of the Caribbean's pristine beaches offer grim evidence of a vast and growing problem of plastic waste heedlessly dumped in the ocean, local residents, activists and experts say. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Libya navy says over 30 migrants dead, 200 rescued off coast
Tripoli (AFP) Nov 25, 2017
More than 30 migrants died and 200 were rescued on Saturday after their boats foundered off Libya's western coast, the Libyan navy said. ... more



Libya navy says over 30 migrants dead, 200 rescued off coast
Tripoli (AFP) Nov 25, 2017
More than 30 migrants died and 200 were rescued on Saturday after their boats foundered off Libya's western coast, the Libyan navy said. The coastguard conducted two rescue operations off the city of Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli, spokesman Colonel Abu Ajila Abdelbarri said. He added that patrols had found 31 bodies and 60 survivors from one boat, while all 140 pass ... more
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
The Hague (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
Dutch St Martin's PM quits after pressure over Irma aid
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
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
3rd SES bids farewell to ANGELS satellite
London, UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New way to write magnetic info could pave the way for hardware neural networks
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 23272017
Borophene shines alone as 2-D plasmonic material
The tragedy of the seagrass commons
Swansea UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Writing in the Journal Fish and Fisheries, Dr Richard Unsworth of Swansea University (together with colleagues at Cardiff University and Stockholm University) examine the global extent to which these meadows of underwater plants support fishing activity. "Wherever seagrass exists in proximity to people, our research finds that it's used as a key targeted fishing habitat" said Dr Unsworth, ... 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
Sydney (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Coral transplant raises Barrier Reef survival hopes
Operation IceBridge 2017: The Beauty of Ice
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Ice can be stunningly beautiful and also quite varied in its appearance. The most obvious differences are between the two main ice types: land ice and sea ice. But even sea ice can vary dramatically from one place to another. On November 14, Operation IceBridge scientist John Sonntag took this photograph of ice in the Weddell Sea, a part of the Southern Ocean off the Antarctic Peninsula. T ... more
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Study reveals structure and origins of glacial polish on Yosemite's rocks
Moscow (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change
Seattle WA (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Salt pond in Antarctica is fed from below
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
Tehran (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Iran earthquake death toll rises to 483
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Floods paralyse Saudi city of Jeddah
Karangasem, Indonesia (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level
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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
Beijing (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Chinese firm probes if children work in African mines
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
China respects 'good friend' Mugabe's resignation
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters
What grosses out a chimpanzee?
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Chimpanzees do some pretty disgusting things. In their natural habitats, chimpanzees are known to pick up seeds from feces and re-ingest them. In captivity, some practice coprophagy: the deliberate ingestion of feces. These behaviors usually involve their own fecal matter, or that of their closest family members. If presented with feces and other bodily fluids from others, however, that's an ent ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Human evolution was uneven and punctuated, suggests new research
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
Moroccans pray for rain as 'mercy from God'
Salé, Morocco (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
"We beg for God's mercy," said 10-year-old Hassan, wearing a long white tunic, as Moroccans across the parched country on Friday held prayers for rain under a royal decree. The faithful gathered in Sale, opposite the capital Rabat, to take part in the ancient tradition. "People pray to call for God's mercy and pardon. The Prophet (Mohammed) and his companions would pray for rain every ti ... 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
Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
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
Paris (ESA) Nov 23, 2017
Forty years of Meteosat
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Groundwater depletion maybe major source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Ancient fish scales and vertebrate teeth share an embryonic origin
Cambridge UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
In biology, one long-running debate has teeth: whether ancient fish scales moved into the mouth with the origin of jaws, or if the tooth had its own evolutionary inception. Recent studies on species such as zebrafish showed scales and teeth developing from distinctly different clusters of cells in fish embryos, pouring cold water on 'teeth from scales' theories. However, while most f ... more
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Rise in oxygen levels links to ancient explosion of life, researchers find
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
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
Reusing waste energy with 2-D electron gas
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Novel approach utilizes high mobility two-dimensional electron gas, boosting thermoelectric conversion efficiency. More than 60% of the energy produced by fossil fuels is lost as heat. Thermoelectric energy conversion has attracted much attention as a way to convert waste heat from power plants, factories and cars into electricity. However, currently available technologies need improvement ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
A new way to store thermal energy
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys
Julich, Germany (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Renaissance of the iron-air battery
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
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climate
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
Paris (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Raging debate: Does culling wolves curb poaching?
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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
Secrets and wives: Gay Chinese hide behind 'sham marriage'
Brazil exports murder-tainted illegal logging: Greenpeace
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Endangered Amazon hardwood trafficked by a Brazilian exporter allegedly behind the massacre of nine farmers this year is being sold unimpeded around the world, according to environmental pressure group Greenpeace. The group said Tuesday that the purchase of products by importers from as far apart as Japan and the United States illustrates lack of control over a logging industry ravaging the ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory
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