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October 25, 2016
Pitt researcher part of team that finds Southern East Africa getting wetter, not dryer
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Oct 25, 2016
The prevailing notion that the African continent has been getting progressively drier over time is being challenged by a new study that finds that drought has actually decreased over the past 1.3 million years and that the continent is on a 100,000-year cycle of wet and dry conditions. These new findings add a wrinkle to one of the keys to human evolutionary theory, the savannah hypothesis, which states that the progressively drier conditions in Africa led to prehuman ancestors migrating from fore ... read more

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DARPA enlists insects to protect agricultural food supply and commodity crops
It may not be obvious to humans, but the life of a plant is full of peril. Viruses, pests, fungi, herbicides, drought, pollution, salinity, flooding, and frost-the plants that we depend on for food, ... more

Kent study recommends solution to end unsustainable agricultural practices
A University of Kent study has suggested that rural areas can provide for both people and wildlife in biodiversity-rich tropical countries such as Colombia if agriculture is administered in the righ ... more

Amazon rainstorms transport atmospheric particles for cloud formation
Understanding how tiny particles emitted by cars and factories affect Earth's climate requires accurate climate modeling and the ability to quantify the effects of these pollutant particles vs. part ... more


Research to help develop next-generation food crops
Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) is helping to develop food crops with bigger yields and greater ability to cope with drought compared with today's plants. Crops such a ... more


Hunting gastronomic gold in Italy's truffle country
"It is not a job. It's a passion, a real sickness!" ... more

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Wealthy Australian families make counter-bid for cattle empire
An all-Australian consortium comprising some of the country's richest grazier families made a counter-offer Sunday for one of the world's largest cattle estates, sparking a bidding war with a Chinese-linked proposal. ... more

Reducing ammonia pollution from cattle
Improved barn design, cleaning processes, and manure treatment could reduce ammonia emissions from commercial dairy cattle barns by 17 to 50%, according to a new study published in the journal Scien ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Move over, solar: The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet

Biomass heating could get a 'green' boost with the help of fungi

From ancient fossils to future cars

First complete sabotage attack demonstrated on a 3-D printed drone propeller

Unusual quantum liquid on crystal surface could inspire future electronics

Self-healable battery

Move over, lasers: Scientists can now create holograms from neutrons, too


In drought, Los Angeles grapples with water-guzzling rich
Their California mansions, lush with green lawns and vegetation, guzzle as much water as 90 homes - but the astronomical bills are a drop in the bucket for them. ... more

Evaluating forecasting models for predicting rainfall from tropical cyclones
Many people know that tropical cyclones and hurricanes cause high winds and storm surges. But two of their other effects, heavy rainfall and inland flooding, can be just as dangerous and impact larg ... more

EU sugar producers eye exports when quotas end next year
European sugar producers will target export markets in addition to looking for new domestic customers when the EU lifts quotas next year and fully embraces free-market farm policies, officials and analysts say. ... more
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Drought, hunger add to South Sudan's woes
A serious food crisis in the north of South Sudan is reaching critical levels, as a biting drought across much of east Africa serves up even more woes for the troubled country. ... more

Barrier Reef report card paints bleak picture
Australia Thursday admitted more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution after a government-backed report painted a bleak picture of the natural wonder. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Silent Falcon and MicroPilot succeed at NASA UTM 2016

China's Xi to consolidate power at key meeting: analysts

White House looks to ride out Duterte storm

Airbus Helicopters, DCNS team for future helicopter drone

General Atomics to provide Gray Eagle drone support

US warns Philippines' Duterte over rhetoric, crime war

US to deploy 330 troops in Norway


Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites
Plants cannot move to find new places to live in, but they can actively direct their seeds to new suitable places for plant development. This 'directed dispersal' had previously been shown only for ... more

Small-scale agriculture threatens the rainforest
An extensive study led by a researcher at Lund University in Sweden has mapped the effects of small farmers on the rain forests of Southeast Asia for the first time. The findings are discouraging, w ... more

Soil moisture, snowpack data could help predict 'flash droughts'
New research suggests that "flash droughts" - like the one that unexpectedly gripped the Southern Rockies and Midwest in the summer of 2012 - could be predicted months in advance using soil moisture ... more

Model predicts spread of harmful plant pathogen around the globe
The soil-borne plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi causes root rot, triggering devastating diebacks of infected flora. ... more

Climate change could push 122 mn into extreme poverty: UN
Climate change could sink up to 122 million more people into extreme poverty by 2030, mostly in South Asia and Africa, where small farmers would see their output plummet, the UN warned Monday. ... more


Massive US health tab for hormone-disrupting chemicals
Exposure to tiny doses of hormone-disrupting chemicals is responsible for at least $340 billion (310 billion euros) in health-related costs each year in the United States, according to a report published Tuesday. ... more

Climate change may help Ethiopia, increase the country's access to water
Despite the many disastrous impacts of climate change, there are some regions of the globe that might benefit from hotter temperatures. A team of researchers from Virginia Tech have predicted that w ... more
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Scientists simplify model for human behavior in automation

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Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world


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Biodiversity is a natural crop pest repellent


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Megadrought risks in Southwest soar as atmosphere warms

After Hurricane Matthew, Haiti has lost its breadbasket

Soil microbes flourish with reduced tillage

Australian-Chinese bid for massive cattle estate

Madagascar hillsides stripped bare as locals seek land

As arable land disappears, here come the vertical farmers

Brothers behind Ubisoft locked in real-life battle for control

Large animals most vulnerable to impact of human expansion

A terrible rift

Which cropping system is best for the environment

Flower attracts pollinating flies by mimicking smell of attacked bee

Invasive insects cause tens of billions in damage: study

Foreign farms increase the risk of conflicts in Africa

Microbes help plants survive in severe drought

Salt's secret success in ancient Chaco Canyon

Soil management may help stabilize maize yield in the face of climate change

World's deepest flooded cave found in Czech Republic

Can Africa's mobile money revolution reduce poverty?

Chinese giant turns to France to meet soaring demand for baby formula

Thirsty megacities poisoning rural groundwater

Taking the environmental bite out of salmon farming

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