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December 05, 2017
EARLY EARTH
Evolution: In the beginning there was the sponge



Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Which group of animals evolved first? This problem has become a bone of contention among biologists. An international research team is now confident that the definitive answer is at hand: Sponges appeared before comb jellies. Which came first - the sponges or the comb jellies? The consensus view among taxonomists has long been that the sponges (Porifera) represent the oldest surviving animal phylum. However, recent studies of their genomes have suggested that this title rightly belongs to the comb ... read more

ABOUT US
Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own - spontaneously. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
London, UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
The first images from a satellite built in Stevenage that can map air quality across the globe have been released. Launched into orbit on 13 October, the Sentinel-5 Precursor monitors the atmosphere ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 world leaders are expected in Paris for a major climate summit this month but US President Donald Trump will skip it, the French presidency said Monday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE
UN assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet'
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Humans are poisoning their environment and themselves at an alarming rate, with pollution of the oceans, soil and air now the biggest killer, a UN conference heard Monday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
New early signals to quantify the magnitude of strong earthquakes
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
After an earthquake, there is a disturbance in the field of gravity almost instantaneously. This could be recorded before the seismic waves that seismologists usually analyze. In a study published i ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Biotemplates breakthrough paves way for cheaper nanobots
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A feature of science fiction stories for decades, nanorobot potential ranges from cancer diagnosis and drug delivery to tissue repair and more. A major hurdle to these endeavors, however, is finding ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
The need for adaptation strategies to reduce the threat of hurricanes to society is of critical importance, as evidenced by the recent damage to coastal regions in the U.S. and the Caribbean this pa ... more
ABOUT US
Trump removes protection for swaths of Utah parks
Salt Lake City, United States (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US President Donald Trump slashed the size of two Utah conservation areas Monday, the first such large-scale reversal in more than 100 years. ... more
WATER WORLD
Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
In a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers report that shark species have evolved diverse physical attributes to help them thrive in different ocean ecosystems. Le ... more


First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Southampton UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the Univ ... more
UAV NEWS
Research shows drones could help crop management take off
Jackson TN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Is underground transit worse for your health?
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 90 percent of the 4.5 million workers in the Los Angeles area spend an average of 60 minutes each day commuting on a roadway or railway. When USC research ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Seafloor sediments appear to enhance Earthquake and Tsunami danger in Pacific Northwest
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
The Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has all the ingredients for making powerful earthquakes - and according to the geological record, the region is due for its next " ... more



Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities. The new regulation was passed by the local government, state news agency Xinhua said, and comes amid a city-wide campaign that is driving an estimated tens of thousands of migrants from homes that authorities de ... more
Santiago (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bricks in one hour, the new design can print similarly sized objects in just a few minutes. The key to the team's nimble design lies in the printer's compact printhead, which incorporates two new, s ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Borophene shines alone as 2-D plasmonic material
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
UCLA engineers use deep learning to reconstruct holograms and improve optical microscopy
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
Study shows how to get sprayed metal coatings to stick
Seagrass is a key fishing ground globally
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New research demonstrates that seagrass meadows are important fishing grounds all around the globe. The work highlights that there is an urgent need to start appreciating and understanding this role to be able to build more sustainable fisheries. A study led by Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund at Stockholm University, published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries, examines the global extent to w ... more
Watamu, Kenya (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Fishing nets pose grave threat to New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. The far north is warming at nearly twice the global average rate, causing changes in the size and distribution of fish stocks that may become more attractive to fishers in the medium to long term. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Antarctic Selfie's Journey to Space via Disruption Tolerant Networking
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Antarctic landscape insights keep ice loss forecasts on the radar
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
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Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region. "Restoration of the disaster-hit area is an important pillar of our Games," a spokeswoman for the Tokyo 2020 organising committee told AFP. "By offering food from three disaster-hit prefectures, we ho ... more
Rome (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Time between world-changing volcanic super-eruptions less than previously thought
Bristol UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
After analysing a database of geological records dated within the last 100,000 years, a team of scientists from the University of Bristol has discovered the average time between so-called volcanic super-eruptions is actually much less than previously thought. Volcanoes and bolides, such as asteroids, are geohazards powerful enough to be destructive on a global scale. One recent asses ... more
Tirana (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Albania sends in military rescue as heavy rains trigger huge floods
Colombo (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
India, Sri Lanka cyclone death toll rises to 26
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
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Regional force deploys to Lesotho over security concerns
Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
A 258-strong regional force was deployed to Lesotho on Saturday to ease security concerns in the landlocked kingdom after the killing of the country's top army commander in September. The move by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional bloc, was approved in September after Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead at a barracks by officers from a perceived rival faction. Th ... more
Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
Abidjan (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Cash and history keep Europe as Africa's prime partner
Beijing (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
China hails new Zimbabwe leader, denies role in transition
Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own - spontaneously. Many of the gorilla's abilities are thought to be socially acquired, including food cleaning behavior. But during a series of tests, researchers found gorillas cleaned sand from a dirty apple 75 percent of the time. "In four of our five gorillas, at ... more
Salt Lake City, United States (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Trump removes protection for swaths of Utah parks
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Chimp females who leave home postpone parenthood
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Long-term logging study demonstrates impacts on chimpanzees and gorillas
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Southampton UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A team of international scientists used new geochemical measurements, coupled with a model of the 'Earth system', to show that the growth and changing nature of continenta ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Europe backing climate ambitions with capital
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The "Multi-Spectral Imagery" extension defines how to encode and store reflected electromagnetic radiation from the infrared wavelengths into a CDB data store. This extension is limited to only adding this new data type and does not change any existing requirements or structure defined in the CDB standard. This extension also attempts to harmonize with the existing component selectors used in th ... more
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
London, UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
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Trickle-down is the solution to the planetary core formation problem
Austin TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Scientists have long pondered how rocky bodies in the solar system - including our own Earth - got their metal cores. According to research conducted by The University of Texas at Austin, evidence points to the downwards percolation of molten metal toward the center of the planet through tiny channels between grains of rock. The finding calls into question the interpretation of prior exper ... more
San Antonio TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Collisions After Moon Formation Remodeled Early Earth
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Pterosaur hatchlings needed their parents, trove of eggs reveals
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Evolution: In the beginning there was the sponge
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
Musk's record-breaking battery officially launches in Australia
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The world's biggest battery was officially launched in Australia on Friday, a day after the Elon Musk-driven project was powered up early to meet demand amid a bout of hot weather, officials said. Musk's Tesla built the Powerpack system, which can provide electricity for more than 30,000 homes, to ease South Australia's energy woes after the state was hit with a total blackout in 2016 follow ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Batteries with better performance and improved safety
Beijing, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Activity descriptors for electrocatalysts in energy storage applications
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Five arrested over elephant killing in Sri Lanka
Colombo (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Sri Lankan police have arrested five men for allegedly killing a wild elephant, with officers seizing ivory and tusk-cutting tools, officials said Friday. Villagers in the island's northwest had alerted wildlife authorities after a popular local elephant called "Dala Poottuwa", or crossed tusker, disappeared. Its carcass was later found with a bullet wound in the skull. Authorities b ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
The Yeti of the Himalayas is probably an Asian bear, DNA shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
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Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
A Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage. Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks. The 22-year-o ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide - a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States - is locked in the living vegetation of one African country that holds much of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, according to new research. The study conducted by NASA, UCLA and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Germ ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation
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
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