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December 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken

Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Transportation and water infrastructure funding and finance in the United States are not nearly as dire as some believe, but a national consensus on infrastructure priorities, accompanied by targeted spending and selected policy changes, is needed, according to a new RAND Corporation study. While much of the nation's transportation and water infrastructure is adequately maintained, a 2.5 percent to 3 percent annual spending increase above the total of more than $235 billion now spent annually by l ... read more

Soil researchers quantify an underappreciated factor in carbon release to the atmosphere
Amherst MA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Soil plays a critical role in global carbon cycling, in part because soil organic matter stores three times more carbon than the atmosphere. Now biogeochemist Marco Keiluweit at the University of Ma ... more
Drought behind worsening power outages in Malawi
Blantyre, Malawi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Large parts of Malawi have been plunged into darkness as water levels at the country's main hydro power plant fell to critical levels due to a severe drought, the electricity company said Thursday. ... more
Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which ... more
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
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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 ... more
Robotic device tracks plant growth at the cellular level
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Plant scientists have a new tool in their toolkit. The automated confocal micro-extensometer (ACME) - developed by a team of researchers in Europe and the US - allows scientists to measure spatial v ... more
Perk up, Shanghai: Crowds throng world's biggest Starbucks
Shanghai (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai on Wednesday as the US-based beverage giant bets big on the burgeoning coffee culture of a country traditionally known for tea-drinking. ... more
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
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. ... more
The world needs to rethink the value of water
Oxford UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sust ... more

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UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security
Rome (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
The prickly pear cactus, considered an essential food in Mexico, could be the answer to much of the world's food security woes, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. ... more
Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
After half a century of fishing, 65-year-old Fuat, a retired Turkish civil servant, is nostalgic for the good old days when the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul teemed with fish. ... more
Japan, China dominate list of world's top restaurants
Paris (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japan and China have more of the world's best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week. ... more
Getting a better handle on methane emissions from livestock
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Cattle, swine and poultry contribute a hefty portion to the average American's diet, but raising all this livestock comes at a cost to the environment: The industry produces a lot of methane, a pote ... more

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
London, UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
Galileo satellites atop rocket for next Tuesday's flight
Paris (ESA) Dec 11, 2017
Europe's next four Galileo navigation satellites are in place atop their Ariane 5, ready to be launched next Tuesday. Liftoff from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana is scheduled for 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time), carrying Galileo satellites 19-22. Completion of Galileo's Ariane 5 rocket took place in the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building, following the arrival t ... more
Paris (ESA) Dec 05, 2017
Space technology to drive autonomous ships
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS 3 satellite
Forests are the key to fresh water
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change. UBC Okanagan Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Professor Adam Wei, PhD candidate Qiang Li and researchers from the Chinese Academy of Forestry recently ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US agency confirms Canada softwood lumber hurting US industry
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Hydrogen gas from enzyme production
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Researchers at Freie Universitat Berlin and the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have uncovered a crucial reaction principle of hydrogen-producing enzymes. Teams led by Dr Ulf-Peter Apfel in Bochum and Dr Sven Stripp at Freie Universitat investigated the production of molecular hydrogen in single-cell green algae. They were able to demonstrate how the enzyme succeeds in transferring two electrons i ... more
Kanazawa, Japan (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Next generation solvent contributes to next generation biofuel production from biomass
Limerick, Ireland (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Researchers generate electricity from low-cost biomaterial
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
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Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement - coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
EU "deeply troubled" by China's human rights record
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
The European Union delegation to China said Friday it was "extremely concerned" about the denial to Chinese citizens of "fundamental" human rights. The EU noted "significant improvements in the Chinese people's standard of living and in access to social services such as health and education", according to a statement on its website. "However ... during the past year, we have been deeply ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China, accused of abuses, hosts human rights forum
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
No class: China halts chauvinist 'female morality lessons'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response. The T-HR3 can be controlled by a wearable system that allows users to operate the entire robot in real-time by simply moving their own limbs. It is one of the main attractions at the International Robot Exhibitio ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
'Grinch bots' may steal Christmas by snatching up prized toys
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Speedy cockroaches help researchers train robots to walk
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Smog should stop play, Indian doctors tell cricket bosses
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Cricket organisers must take pollution into account before allowing matches to go ahead, the Indian Medical Association told the country's governing body for the sport Thursday, after a smog-plagued Test match in New Delhi. The IMA said in a letter to the Indian cricket board it was "greatly troubled" by scenes of players wearing masks to protect themselves from air pollution many times the ... more
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution-free planet'
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
UN pledge to tackle lead poisoning too late for some victims
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Tiny ocean creatures can shred a plastic bag into 1.75 million pieces
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NASA Airborne Science Team Surveys California Fires
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 11, 2017
A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. NASA's ER-2, based at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, flies as high as 70,000 feet (21,300 meters), almost twice as ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China jails 21 over deadly fire at elderly home
Ojai, United States (AFP) Dec 10, 2017
Fire in southern California threatening another city
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Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. The results publishing 28 November in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Dr Karlo Hock, Prof Peter Mumby, and colleagues from the University of Queensl ... more
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken
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At least 11 dead as floods and landslide hit Indonesia
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
At least 11 people have died in severe floods and landslides in the east of Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Tuesday. A landslide killed nine people at Pacitan in East Java province and two people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in the same area. Thousands of homes were flooded and 4,000 people forced to evacuate them, said a spokesman for the national disaster ... more
London, Canada (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
High-altitude turbulence data could add 20-minute warning window to tornados
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
US southwest sizzles as experts predict record Thanksgiving
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Heatwaves have at least 27 ways to kill you
China exports soar higher than expected in November
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Chinese exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, providing some more welcome news pointing to improvement in the world's number-two economy. The healthy trade data, which also showed imports outstripping forecasts, come as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
EU wins tougher, swifter anti-dumping trade powers
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
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CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space
Boulder CO (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
A solar instrument package designed and built by CU Boulder to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a a rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instrument suite is called the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) and was designed and built by CU Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for NASA's Goddard S ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter
New York NY (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
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Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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A horse is a horse, of course, of course - except when it isn't
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age. The new findings, published November 28 in the journal eLife, are based on an analysis of ancient DNA from fossils of the enigmatic "New World stilt-legged horse" excavated from sites such as Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, Gypsum Cave in Ne ... more
Libreville (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Militias, poachers wreak havoc on central Africa's wildlife: monitor
Iowa City IA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Pigeons can discriminate both space and time
Paris (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink
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