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March 13, 2017
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This small molecule could have a big future in global food security



Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries. The team's approach uses transgenic corn plants that produce small RNA molecules that prevent fungi from producing aflatoxin, highly toxic substances that can render an entire harvest unsafe for human consumption even in small amounts. Although extensive field tes ... read more

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday. ... more
WATER WORLD
More intense and frequent severe rainstorms likely; no drop off expected
Storrs CT (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A University of Connecticut climate scientist confirms that more intense and more frequent severe rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise due to global warming, despite some observation ... more
WATER WORLD
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The Asian inland plateau (AIP) is located in the East Asian monsoon marginal areas and mainly includes Mongolia and part of northern China. Covering arid and semi-arid regions, the climate variabili ... more
FARM NEWS
Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighin ... more
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Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A new European study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased but in wetter regions soi ... more
WATER WORLD
France's Jarre to play Israel in aid of Dead Sea
Jerusalem (AFP) March 9, 2017
Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre says he will perform in Israel next month in a concert to publicise the plight of the shrinking Dead Sea. ... more
WATER WORLD
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
An Australian lake has turned a vivid pink thanks to extreme salt levels further exacerbated by hot weather in a startling natural phenomena that resembles a toxic spill. ... more
WATER WORLD
Chicago waterways still flowing after over 100 years
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
As the city of Chicago has grown in population and industry since it was established more than 180 years ago, so has its need for clean water. Meeting that growing need has presented many challenges ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
'Traveling' droughts bring new possibilities for prediction
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A small subset of the most intense droughts move across continents in predictable patterns, according a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters by researchers in Austria and ... more
FARM NEWS
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The journal Applied Clay Science has recently published the paper 'Sulfate soils stabilization with magnesium-based bindersa', a piece of research led by Dr Andres Seco-Meneses on the stabilizing of ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Uproar as Norway paves way for hunting wolves
Oslo (AFP) March 3, 2017
Norway's government on Friday paved the way for recreational hunting of wolves, a policy reversal that incensed green campaigners seeking to protect the endangered species. ... more
FARM NEWS
Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques
Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 06, 2017
Timing the harvest and transport of highly perishable, hand-picked crops such as strawberries so these delicate products reach consumers at peak flavor and freshness is an intricate dance that partn ... more
FARM NEWS
Colombia's 'drug triangle' puts hope in chocolate
Guerima, Colombia (AFP) March 4, 2017
Isidro Montiel arrived in Colombia's lawless "drug triangle" in 1982 hoping to get rich farming coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife
Voi, Kenya (AFP) March 5, 2017
In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls. ... more

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Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
DevOps process reduces GPS OCX development time for Raytheon
Los Angeles CA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Raytheon is closer to delivering next-generation capabilities for the U.S. Air Force-led Global Positioning System Operational Control System project. The company recently announced the completion of a major engineering milestone for the project, also referred to as GPS OCX. The work was conducted over a two-year period, and consisted of software development with a focus on cybersecurit ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
How nature creates forest diversity
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Forests, especially tropical forests, are home to thousands of species of trees - sometimes tens to hundreds of tree species in the same forest - a level of biodiversity ecologists have struggled to explain. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and thei ... more
Bangkok (AFP) March 2, 2017
The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest
Tegucigalpa (AFP) March 1, 2017
Indigenous protest in Honduras marks activist's murder
Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
A meeting in a forest between a biologist and a mathematician could lead to thicker, faster growing trees. "Mathematicians like translating biological processes into numbers," said Andrei Smertenko, assistant professor in Washington State University's Institute of Biological Chemistry. "I'm a biologist, and I want to help grow stronger, better trees." Breeding trees is a time-consuming and ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Yeast cell factories make gas, jet fuel alternatives
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U.S. solar market set new record in 2016
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
The solar market in the United States had its best year on record in 2016, according to researchers with the Solar Energy Industries Association. In a study published by the industry group, researchers note the solar market nearly doubled its previous record, and added more electric generating capacity than any other source for the first time in history. The report, called the U. ... more
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French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French and Spanish energy companies said Monday they were setting their sights on building up the wind energy potential off the coast of France. French energy company ENGIE counts an installed wind power capacity of more than 1,700 megawatts in France and is now teaming up with its Spanish counterpart, EDPR, on plans to install as much as 750 MW of wind power offshore. According ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
Breakthrough research for testing and arranging vertical axis wind turbines
China says coal consumption falls for third year
Beijing (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
China's world-leading coal consumption fell for the third straight year in 2016, government data showed Tuesday, as the planet's biggest carbon emitter struggles to break its addiction to the heavily polluting fuel. Coal consumption fell by 4.7 percent year-on-year in 2016, and the share of coal in the country's energy mix slipped to 62.0 percent, down 2.0 percent year-on-year, the National ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
China halts N. Korea coal imports after missile test
Brussels (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Feb 7, 2017
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Punishment of rights lawyers top 2016 achievement: China
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 2017
China on Sunday boasted harsh punishments meted out to rights defenders was the legal system's top accomplishment last year, as the country reported a jump in the number of corruption cases tried in its courts. Activists and lawyers are a constant thorn in the side of Beijing and are often accused of being in cahoots with foreign organisations trying to undermine national security and stir ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
Tillerson to East Asia in shadow of North Korea threat
Sanya, China (AFP) March 13, 2017
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Shanghai (AFP) March 3, 2017
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Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems completed a test firing demonstration using its Protector unmanned surface vehicle, or USV. During the demonstration, the vehicle conducted a series of launches with a variety of munitions, including the Spike missile. The event marked the first missile test firing with a fully operational, remotely-controlled Protector platform. In a video release ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
Washington (UPI) Mar 2, 2017
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Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. Saturday's landslide flattened dozens of homes of people living in the Koshe dump when part of the largest pile of rubbish collapsed, an AFP journalist said. Dagmawit Moges, head of the ... more
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
Paris (AFP) March 3, 2017
City noise linked to hearing loss: study
Dhaka (AFP) March 6, 2017
Bangladesh orders shutdown of city tanneries
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Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the U.S. in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a 21-year period, according to new research. After analyzing two decades' worth of U.S. government agency wildfire records spanning 1992-2012, the researchers found that human-ignited wildfires acc ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
China detains 24 after deadly hotel fire
Sydney (AFP) Feb 13, 2017
Australia fires ease as damage mounts after record heat
Albany CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Vegetation resilient to salvage logging after severe wildfire
Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
At high latitudes, such as near Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, the ocean's surface waters are cooled by frigid temperatures and become so dense that they sink a few thousand meters into the ocean's abyss. Ocean waters are thought to flow along a sort of conveyor belt that transports them between the surface and the deep in a never-ending loop. However, it remains unclear where the deep ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stanford biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
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French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
Winds gusting up to hurricane force battered west and central France on Monday, leaving two people dead and 600,000 homes without electricity, authorities said. Storm Zeus - named after the paramount god in Greek mythology - hit the Atlantic coast before sweeping across to the centre and southeast of the country. Weather experts said they measured gusts of up to 193 kilometres (120 mil ... more
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
One dead as Storm Doris hits British Isles
Los Angeles (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Four dead as 'worse storm in years' buffets California
Albuquerque (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Extreme heat threatens desert songbirds
Silk Road evolved as 'grass-routes' movement
St. Louis MO (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Nearly 5,000 years ago, long before the vast east-west trade routes of the Great Silk Road were traversed by Marco Polo, the foundations for these trans-Asian interaction networks were being carved by nomads moving herds to lush mountain pastures, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. "Our model shows that long-term strategies of mobility by highland nomadic herder ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2017
China warns of 'trade war' if WTO ignored
Beijing (AFP) March 11, 2017
China says industrial policy not aimed at foreign firms
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2017
China producer prices jump 7.8% in February: govt
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Eruptions on the Sun's surface send clouds of electrically charged particles towards Earth, producing solar storms that - among other things - can trigger the beautiful Northern Lights over the Arctic regions. But the storms may also have a strong impact on the efficiency of communication and navigation systems at high latitudes. It is therefore important to study the phenomena. New resear ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 01, 2017
First Solar Images from NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite
A light rain can spread soil bacteria far and wide
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A good rain can have a cleansing effect on the land. But an MIT study published this week in Nature Communications reports that, under just the right conditions, rain can also be a means of spreading bacteria. Using high-resolution imaging, researchers from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria. When falling at s ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A backup copy in the central brain
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
Paris (AFP) March 8, 2017
Bird-slaying snakes ravage island forests


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