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April 11, 2017
A step forward to making crops drought tolerant

Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
QUT researchers are part of an international consortium of researchers whose work hopes to future-proof crops against the impacts of global climate change. The researchers have sequenced the genome of the 'resurrection plant' Xerophyta viscosa, revealing a genetic 'footprint' of the plant's ability to tolerate severe drought for long periods of time. The research team is led by Henk Hilhorst of Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands and includes QUT researchers Professor Sagadevan M ... read more

Archaeologists untangle the complex food webs of the Ancestral Puebloans
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
By reconstructing the complex food webs of Ancestral Puebloan southwestern United States, researchers hope to yield insights into the the ecological consequences of modern climate change. ... more
UBC invention uses bacteria to purify water
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote commu ... more
New rice fights off drought
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have developed strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations. Published in Plant Biotechnology Journal ... more
A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
In the second half of the 20th century, the mass use of fertilizer was part of an agricultural boom called the "green revolution" that was largely credited with averting a global food crisis. Now, t ... more
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Chinese students imbibe secrets of Burgundy winemaking
Dijon, France (AFP) April 6, 2017
Chen Yanfen swirls a glass of Burgundy wine, noting its ruby red robe and fruity bouquet before taking her first sip. ... more
New museum reveals power of poo in Italy
Castelbosco, Italy (AFP) April 7, 2017
It may pong, but Italy's "Shit Museum" has the whiff of success about it: here in Castelbosco, farmers are transforming sloppy cowpats into plates you can eat off. ... more
11 percent of disappearing groundwater used to grow internationally traded food
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
Wheat, rice, sugar, cotton and maize are among the essential internationally traded crops in the global economy. To produce these crops many countries rely on irrigated agriculture that accounts for ... more
New global report on food crisis
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according ... more
Domesticated rice goes rogue
St. Louis MO (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
A new study in the April 3 issue of Nature Genetics describes an adventure that reveals the deep history of a family, including some disreputable relatives. But the family in this ... more
California declares stubborn drought officially over
Los Angeles (AFP) April 7, 2017
California Governor Jerry Brown declared Friday the official end of the state's drought that lasted more than five years. ... more

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Where the Jordan stops flowing
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
A new study conducted at Tel Aviv University and published in the journal Water Research argues that Israel's Jordan River may be a useful case study for the challenges facing stream restoration ini ... more
EU approves Syngenta-ChemChina mega-deal
Brussels (AFP) April 5, 2017
EU antitrust authorities on Wednesday cleared state-owned ChemChina's 40-billion-euro ($43-billion) takeover of Swiss seeds giant Syngenta, the biggest ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. ... more
Drought shatters Turkana's dreams of a better future
Lokamarinyang, Kenya (AFP) April 5, 2017
In just a few years water, oil and money would flow. Roads, schools and hospitals would follow. Turkana's generations of poverty and neglect in Kenya's arid north would end. ... more
Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water
Manchester, UK (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving c ... more

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Satellites map carbon sequestered by forests, with accuracy of up to 10 meters
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the EU North State project has developed a new method of using satellite images to evaluate the forest carbon balance. The carbon balance indicates how much carbon is sequestered or released by forests each year. This enables the carbon balance to be displayed on digital maps, with an accuracy of up to ten metres. The technique involves mapp ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Spaceflight Industries Reveals BlackSky Spectra
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists link California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
As CO2 levels increase, airplane rides get bumpier
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Europe's Galileo satnav network does more than let us find our way - it is also helping to save lives. Today sees a spotlight cast on Galileo's Search and Rescue service, which pinpoints people in distress on land or sea. The service is Europe's contribution to the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite-based locating system that has helped to rescue more than 42 000 people since 1982 - the ... more
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Northrop Grumman, Honeywell receive EGI-M contracts
Beijing (XNA) Apr 04, 2017
China's BeiDou system to expand cooperation to SE Asia
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Next time you bite into a chocolate bar, think of Africa. The continent produces nearly 70 percent of the world's cocoa, a growing output that requires carving more than 325,000 acres of new farmland from forests every year - a drop in the bucket of overall agricultural expansion there. That expansion is the subject of a new Stanford study that provides the first comprehensive assessment o ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models
London (AFP) April 5, 2017
First world survey finds 9,600 tree species risk extinction
Munich, Germany (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Emissions from the edge of the forest
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production. The dual-purpose bioenergy crops are predicted to be more than five times more profitable per acre t ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
San Francisco CA (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel
New Delhi (AFP) March 31, 2017
Shell unveils giant new high-tech research lab in India
Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
After having developed various algorithms and control systems and having applied them in a whole range of fields, such as robotics, control of motors in electric machines, and in wind generators, the UPV/EHU's Advanced Control Group has proven that one of the methods, a sliding mode controller, offers good results in the control of photovoltaic generators, too. "It's a kind of innovative, ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Report shines light on installed costs and deployment barriers for residential solar PV
Pompano Beach FL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Concept, SolarTech team up next-gen solar panels
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
IEA: India needs diverse investments in renewables
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
With economic diversification on the agenda in Canada, the country's natural resources minister said this may be the start of the era for wind energy. Wind energy advocates and government officials visited Quebec for a regional energy conference as the North American energy landscape is shifting. Robert Hornung, the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, told the audience mo ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Mega-wind farm offshore Denmark clears hurdle
Tokyo (AFP) March 29, 2017
Japan scientist eyes energy burst from 'typhoon turbine'
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US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups and a Native American tribe have filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration's plans to resume leasing of federal lands for coal mining. President Donald Trump's move this week to overturn a year-old moratorium on new coal mining leases "was unlawful because it doesn't satisfy basic principles of reasoned decision making," said Jenny Harbine, an attorney leading ... more
Mumbai (AFP) March 19, 2017
Adani to begin work on Australia mine by August: report
Prague (AFP) March 19, 2017
Czech energy group bucks green trend with bet on coal
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2017
World Bank indirectly backs harmful SE Asian projects: report
Hong Kong protester jailed over anti-China clashes
Hong Kong (AFP) April 10, 2017
A Hong Kong technician was jailed for four years and nine months on Monday for rioting and arson during anti-China protests last year, in the harshest punishment yet over the unrest. The case is the latest in a slew of legal action against demonstrators and comes soon after new pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam was selected as leader of the semi-autonomous city. Yeung Ka-lun, 32, was pictu ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 5, 2017
Billionaire Warren Buffet becomes face of Coke in China
Los Angeles (AFP) April 5, 2017
US authorities bust visa fraud scheme for wealthy Chinese
Hong Kong (AFP) April 2, 2017
Warhol Mao portrait fetches $12.7m in Hong Kong auction
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook on Thursday launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence. For users of the messaging platform, M will pop up and suggest "helpful actions" in the chat window. The move is seen as the first step in a broader launch of the digital assistant to compete against services from Goo ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 31, 2017
NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools for Use on Ocean Worlds
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Robot epigenetics: Adding complexity to embodied robot evolution
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
NASA Robotic Refueling Mission Departs Station
Polluted London sets its sights on cars
London (AFP) April 9, 2017
Gone are the days of London's "pea souper" smogs, but like many European cities, the British capital is once again being choked by pollution - and has road traffic firmly in its sights. In 1952, the Great Smog suffocated London for five days, bringing the city to a standstill as soot-filled clouds descended onto the streets and into people's lungs, leaving more than 12,000 dead. The cri ... more
Washington (AFP) April 10, 2017
Road salt runoff threatens US, Canada lakes: study
Shanghai (AFP) April 6, 2017
Shanghai river clean-up leaves boat-dwellers in limbo
Dhaka (AFP) April 6, 2017
Bangladesh closes one of world's most polluted places
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Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Some 6,000 people began returning home Monday after a forest fire forced their evacuation over the weekend, sweeping through central Chile and destroying more than a dozen dwellings, local authorities said. The blaze began in forested areas of Vina del Mar, a popular resort area in the Valparaiso region, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Santiago, where hundreds of poor families live i ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
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
Powers of attraction could decimate deadly starfish
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
An American who fell in love with both the Great Barrier Reef and his wife via The University of Queensland has led a breakthrough discovery that could protect one of the Seven Natural Wonders. Husband-and-wife Professor Bernard Degnan and Associate Professor Sandie Degnan, believe they, along with research colleagues, can use the powers of attraction to decimate one of the reef's fiercest enemi ... more
Sydney (AFP) April 10, 2017
'Zero recovery' for corals in back-to-back Australia bleaching
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Most deep-sea animals produce their own light, research shows
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
UBC invention uses bacteria to purify water
Australian cyclone aftermath hits New Zealand
Wellington (AFP) April 6, 2017
The remnants of a deadly Australian cyclone caused havoc as it passed over New Zealand Thursday, causing "one-in-500-year" flooding that forced an entire town to be evacuated. The former Tropical Cyclone Debbie continued to pack a punch despite being downgraded to a low pressure system after crossing the Tasman Sea, dumping a month's worth of rain on some areas of the North Island in less th ... more
Madrid (AFP) March 30, 2017
Two dead in Tenerife after giant wave sweeps them away
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
Leading electronic fest Ultra expands to China, India
New York (AFP) April 10, 2017
Leading electronic music festival Ultra announced an expansion Monday to China and India, sensing a bright future for the booming genre in the world's two most populous countries. Ultra Music Festival, launched in 1999 in Miami when electronic dance music was beginning to find mass audiences in the West, also plans to head to Australia which will bring the party to six continents. The Se ... more
Stanford-Le-Hope, United Kingdom (AFP) April 10, 2017
First 'Silk Road' train from Britain leaves for China
Hong Kong (AFP) April 6, 2017
Developing Asia to fuel global growth but risks ahead: ADB
Beijing (AFP) April 4, 2017
China plan for new economic zone sparks real estate frenzy
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Charting the skies of history
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Ice cores and ancient sediments can be gleaned for clues to weather and climate in the past. But astronomical phenomena - such as solar flares or auroras - at best leave only faint environmental traces lacking in specificity. So how can we accurately track ancient astronomical events? Now in a collaborative effort between the arts and sciences, researchers at Kyoto University and Japan's N ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Waves on sun give NASA new insight into space weather forecasting
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
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Discovered: Novel group of giant viruses
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Viruses have a ubiquitous presence in the world. Their population is estimated to be 1031, 10 times greater than the nonillion (1030) of microbes on the planet - a figure that surpasses the number of stars in the Milky Way. Giant viruses are characterized by disproportionately large genomes and virions that house the viruses' genetic material. They can encode several genes potentially involved i ... more
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Making spines from sea water
Chitwan, Nepal (AFP) April 10, 2017
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Guelph, Canada (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
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