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December 06, 2017
SHAKE AND BLOW
Seismologists worried by tremors in DR Congo



Bukavu, Dr Congo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Seismologists in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday voiced concern after four light earthquakes were felt in the east of the country. Four tremors, each higher than four on the Richter scale, have been recorded in less than week, with the latest overnight Monday registering 4.5, said Professor Kacho Karume, in charge of the Volcanology Observatory of Goma (OVG), told AFP. Quakes are not infrequent in eastern DR Congo, a region that lies next to Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. However, the ... read more

FLORA AND FAUNA
Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review
Paris (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos that killed nearly half a million people last year, mostly in Africa. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains. ... more
EPIDEMICS
World AIDS chief warns of risk for Africa's child brides
Abidjan (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
The head of the UN's AIDS agency on Monday urged African countries to protect young women and children who are bearing the brunt of the continent's AIDS epidemic. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
UN urges 'humanitarian pause' for Yemen
Geneva (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
The UN on Tuesday called for a "humanitarian" truce in air strikes and fighting in Yemen as it seeks to deliver aid to people trapped in the capital Sanaa. ... more
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SPACE MEDICINE
World's smallest tape recorder is built from microbes
New York NY (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Through a few clever molecular hacks, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have converted a natural bacterial immune system into a microscopic data recorder, laying the groundwork for a ... more
FARM NEWS
What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA
Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Ever wondered what makes a soil, soil? And could soil from the Amazon rainforest really be the same as soil from your garden? Researchers at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) an ... more
WHALES AHOY
Scientists discover most blue whales are right-handed
Corvallis OR (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A team of scientists that used motion-sensing tags to track the movements of more than five dozen blue whales off the California coast discovered that most have a lateralization bias - in other word ... more
FARM NEWS
Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The top leaves of crops absorb far more light than they can use, starving lower leaves of light. Scientists designed plants with light green leaves with hopes of allowing more light to penetrate the ... more
TECTONICS
Mass of warm rock rising beneath New England
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Slowly but steadily, an enormous mass of warm rock is rising beneath part of New England, although a major volcanic eruption isn't likely for millions of years, a Rutgers University-led study sugges ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
African protected area can support 10s of thousands of elephants
Maputo, Mozambique (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Despite some forest loss, Mozambique's sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in th ... more


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SHAKE AND BLOW
Eruption clues: UNH researchers create snapshot of volcano plumbing
Durham NH (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Much like a forensic team recreates a scene to determine how a crime was committed, researchers at the University of New Hampshire are using scientific sleuthing to better understand the journey of ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
It is very important to observe and study cloud properties because clouds play an important role in weather, climate, and the Earth's energy balance. Satellite remote sensing is commonly used to obt ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
'Whodunnit', as Aussie reptiles go extinct: study
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Three species of reptile on Christmas Island in Australia have been declared extinct in the wild, according to a study released on Tuesday, with scientists baffled as to the cause. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Pole to pole, linemen hard at work restoring power in Puerto Rico
Ponce, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
For Puerto Rico's exhausted electricity crews, their greatest joy is hearing the cry: "We've got power!" ... more



Pole to pole, linemen hard at work restoring power in Puerto Rico
Ponce, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
For Puerto Rico's exhausted electricity crews, their greatest joy is hearing the cry: "We've got power!" They've been working 12-hour shifts, six days a week since Hurricane Maria hit the island on September 20, shredding the US commonwealth's rickety power grid. "It's tough," says Daniel Velez, 42, rivers of sweat streaming down his face from under his yellow helmet. Velez is part o ... more
Geneva (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
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Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
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Orlando (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
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Seaweed could hold key to environmentally friendly sunscreen
London UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
A compound found in seaweed could protect human skin from the damaging impact of the sun without causing harm to marine ecosystems. The use of sunscreens is advocated to prevent sun damage, but most formulations contain synthetic UV radiation filters that can make their way in to water systems. Many of these are not ecocompatible and may harm fragile marine life including coral, fish and m ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Borophene shines alone as 2-D plasmonic material
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New microscope sets a record for visualizing surface wetting properties
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
First step toward practical application of holographic memory with magnetic assist
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'
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
There's a deeper fish in the sea
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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Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The top leaves of crops absorb far more light than they can use, starving lower leaves of light. Scientists designed plants with light green leaves with hopes of allowing more light to penetrate the crop canopy and increase overall light use efficiency and yield. This strategy was tested in a recent modeling study that found leaves with reduced chlorophyll content do not actually improve canopy- ... more
Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Robotic device tracks plant growth at the cellular level
Seismologists worried by tremors in DR Congo
Bukavu, Dr Congo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Seismologists in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday voiced concern after four light earthquakes were felt in the east of the country. Four tremors, each higher than four on the Richter scale, have been recorded in less than week, with the latest overnight Monday registering 4.5, said Professor Kacho Karume, in charge of the Volcanology Observatory of Goma (OVG), told AFP. Quakes are ... more
Tirana (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Albania sends in military rescue as heavy rains trigger huge floods
Durham NH (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Eruption clues: UNH researchers create snapshot of volcano plumbing
Paris, France (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New early signals to quantify the magnitude of strong earthquakes
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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
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. Trump traveled to Salt Lake City to announce that he was cutting 85 percent of the vast Bears Ears National Monument and around 45 percent of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Trump painted the decision as giving government-held land ... more
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
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
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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
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Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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Meteorite analysis shows reduced salt is key in Earth's new recipe
Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Scientists have found the halogen levels in the meteorites that formed the Earth billions of years ago are much lower than previously thought. The research was carried out by international team of researchers, led by the Universities of Manchester and Oxford, and has recently been published in Nature. Halogens such as Chlorine, Bromine and Iodine, form naturally occurring salts which ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Evolution: In the beginning there was the sponge
San Antonio TX (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
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Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
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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
Superior hydrogen catalyst just grows that way
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Replacing your everyday gas guzzler with a hydrogen fueled car could drastically reduce your carbon footprint. So why don't we all make the switch? One of reasons we don't is the expensive platinum catalyst required to operate hydrogen fuel cells efficiently. Research led by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California, Merced aim at bringing down the cost of hydroge ... more
Adelphi MD (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Army researchers seek better batteries
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
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Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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African protected area can support 10s of thousands of elephants
Maputo, Mozambique (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Despite some forest loss, Mozambique's sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in the journal Parks. Niassa Reserve is Mozambique's largest protected area, spanning 42,300 square kilometers (16,300 square miles), and is considered one of the least biologically explored regions ... more
Colombo (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Five arrested over elephant killing in Sri Lanka
Paris (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
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Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
'Whodunnit', as Aussie reptiles go extinct: study
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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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