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August 20, 2017
FARM NEWS
Surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road



Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Centuries ago, the ancient networks of the Silk Road facilitated a political and economic openness between the nations of Eurasia. But this network also opened pathways for genetic exchange that shaped one of the world's most popular fruits: the apple. As travelers journeyed east and west along the Silk Road, trading their goods and ideas, they brought with them hitchhiking apple seeds, discarded from the choicest fruit they pulled from wild trees. This early selection would eventually lead to the 7,500 ... read more

WATER WORLD
Scientists discover why bubbles zig-zag as they rise through water
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Until now, scientists have struggled to explain the zig-zagging motion of air bubbles rising through water. New research suggests patterns can be explained by the bubbles' rotation. ... more
WATER WORLD
Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Roberto Altamirano has the lake to himself as he casts his glistening net onto the still water in a perfect circle, lets it sink, then slowly pulls it in. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought's severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
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FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... more
FARM NEWS
Climate change will cut crop yields: study
Miami (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Climate change will have a negative effect on key crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, according to a major scientific report out Tuesday that reviewed 70 prior studies on global warming and agriculture. ... more
FARM NEWS
Oceans possess vast, untapped potential for sustainable aquaculture
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Covering 70 percent of Earth's surface, the world's oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aqu ... more
FARM NEWS
Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly
Waterloo, UK (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. Th ... more
FARM NEWS
'Inefficient' sailing fleet keeps oyster fishery alive
Exeter UK (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Oyster stocks in a Cornish fishery are sustained thanks to "inefficient" traditional fishing methods, new research suggests. The Fal oyster fishery is home to the only sail-driven commercial fishing ... more
FARM NEWS
Experts point finger at Dutch oversight agency in egg scandal
The Hague (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Years of cuts at the Dutch food watchdog agency and a tendency among politicians to put economics ahead of public safety may be to blame for the EU's tainted-egg scandal that has spread as far as Hong Kong. ... more


By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study

FARM NEWS
Can offshore fish farming feed a hungry world?
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Harvesting fish and shellfish from offshore farms could help provide essential protein to a global population set to expand a third to 10 billion by mid-century, researchers said Monday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Hong Kong, Switzerland, 15 EU states hit by egg scandal: EU
Brussels (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Insecticide-tainted eggs from European poultry farms have now been found in Hong Kong and Switzerland as well as 15 EU countries, the European Commission said Friday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Global warming alters timing of floods in Europe: study
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Global warming is altering the timing of floods in Europe, making some rivers swell early and others later than usual, a phenomenon that impacts farming and daily life across the region, researchers said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Cracking the code of megapests
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
For the first time, researchers from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have mapped the complete genome of two closely related megapests potentially sav ... more



Identifying individual atmospheric equatorial waves from a total flow field
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Owing to the opposite vertical orientation with respect to the plane of Earth's rotation across the equator from the Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere, the equator serves as a waveguide that houses a zoo of all kinds of atmospheric waves propagating along the west-east direction, which are referred to as "equatorial waves". Equatorial waves are generated from spatially non-uniform ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA-led airborne mission studies storm intensification in northern hemisphere
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Japan launches satellite for better GPS system
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres. An H-IIA rocket blasted off at about 2:30 pm (0530 GMT) from the Tanegashima space centre in southern Japan, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket successf ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Harris delivers navigation package for third GPS III satellite
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin Begins Modernizing Receivers for U.S. Air Force's GPS Signal Monitoring Stations
Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials
Warsaw, Poland (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday. "We're dealing with what is undoubtedly the worst disaster in the history of Polish - and perhaps even European - forestry," Poland's chief forester, Konrad Tomaszewski, told reporters. The storms that hit Poland ove ... more
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Floating solar power: new frontier for green-leaning water utilities
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: solar energy generation. Large-scale floating solar projects have been installed in Japan and China, as well as on ponds at California wineries. But solar energy has remained p ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Work begins in carbon-free site in Dubai
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. ... more
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
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China to strictly control new coal-fired power capacity
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
The construction of new coal-fired power plants will be "strictly controlled" in order to clean up the nation's economy, the Chinese government said Monday. The National Development and Reform Commission said about 150 million kilowatts of new coal-fired power will be halted or postponed under a five-year plan ending in 2020. The government said controls would ensure clean-energy resour ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Russian scientist says leave coal in the ground
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Coal production gains slowing, U.S. report finds
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Profits for Chinese coal producers soar
Chinese crime writer arrested for murders 22 years ago
Beijing (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Life may be stranger than fiction for an award-winning Chinese crime writer who has been arrested in connection with a quadruple-homicide that took place more than two decades ago. For 22 years, police in eastern Zhejiang province tried to crack the cold case of how a family ended up dead in the guesthouse they ran. They filled stacks upon stacks of notepads with possible suspects and le ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Hong Kong activists fear more jailings; As Beijing defends crackdown
London (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Outcry as UK publisher censors content for China
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Street joints and empires in noodle-crazed Hong Kong
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DARPA assured autonomy seeks to guarantee safety of learning-enabled autonomous systems
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Building on recent breakthroughs in autonomous cyber systems and formal methods, DARPA has announced a new research program called Assured Autonomy that aims to advance the ways computing systems can learn and evolve to better manage variations in the environment and enhance the predictability of autonomous systems like driverless vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). "Tremendous a ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
A 128-nation treaty to curb exposure to the dangerous heavy metal mercury entered into force Wednesday, the United Nations announced on the convention's website. Adopted in 2013, the Minamata Convention on Mercury was named for the Japanese fishing town in which thousands were poisoned by the deadly element in the mid-20th century. The toll was caused by discharge from a chemical factory ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
Portugal arsonists feed wildfire destruction
Lisbon (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Portugal's police said Wednesday they had arrested 61 suspected arsonists so far this year, with fires on the rise and figures showing the largest number of people killed in forest blazes since 2003. This year's fires, as well as killing more than 60 people and injuring hundreds more, have destroyed 141,000 hectares, civil protection officials said, citing provisional figures. That comes ... more
Macao, Portugal (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal
Athens (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Greece asks EU for air support to battle fires
Stockholm (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Fires hit Greenland after record temperatures; Corsica and Portugal ablaze
Sediment research is a granular exercise at NRL
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. The rugged apparatus known as a "quadpod," was built to withstand being on the bottom of the ocean for weeks ... more
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Meadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching
Landslide kills 40 in northeast DR Congo
Bunia, DR Congo (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official said Thursday. Part of a mountain engulfed "a fisherman's camp after heavy rains caused a landslide" the deputy governor of Ituri province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. He said 40 people were killed in the disaster in the village of Tora o ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Los Angeles tests cooling pavement paint to beat heat
Freetown (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital
Beijing (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Landslide in southwest China kills eight, 17 missing
US launches formal trade investigation into China
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology dev ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Warning from history: Could Japan-style crash hit China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
China's debt on a 'dangerous trajectory': IMF
Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe
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Tracking a solar eruption through the Solar System
Paris (ESA) Aug 17, 2017
Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the Solar System while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event. Scientists working on ESA's Mars Express were looking forward to investigating the effects of the close encounter of Comet Siding Spring on the Red Planet's atmosph ... more
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New bioimaging technique is fast and economical
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A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue - such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing. The method, which is detailed in Nature Photonics, is capable of simultaneously tracking 16 colors ... more
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Hunter Island penguin species never actually existed, study says
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Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity
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