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April 19, 2017
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Migrating fish leave behind a trail of DNA



Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Wherever fish go, they leave behind traces of DNA. As new research shows, scientists can track fish migrations by following their trail of DNA. Researchers at Rockefeller University sequenced DNA from water samples collected daily in New York's East and Hudson Rivers. Their analysis - detailed in the journal PLOS ONE - revealed the presence and absence of a variety of local fish species as they traversed the river. The presence and absence of specific species corresponded with migratio ... read more

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India likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year
New Delhi (AFP) April 18, 2017
India's crucial monsoon rains are forecast to be normal this year, the weather office said Tuesday, bringing hope to the agricultural sector which employs 60 percent of the population and has been hit by drought in recent years. ... more
WATER WORLD
Overpumping Reduces California's Groundwater Storage
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2017
Decades of overpumping groundwater have irreversibly altered layers of clay beneath California's Central Valley, permanently reducing the aquifer's ability to store water, finds a new satellite remo ... more
FARM NEWS
Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy t ... more
FARM NEWS
People's tribunal accuses Monsanto of possible 'ecocide'
The Hague (AFP) April 18, 2017
An informal people's tribunal headed by five professional international judges Tuesday accused US seeds firm Monsanto of harming the environment and possible "ecocide". ... more
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Ag scientists using electronics to control plant growth
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A drug delivery ion pump constructed from organic electronic components also works in plants. Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linkoping University and from the Umea Plant S ... more
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Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigat ... more
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Can Prosecco help Italy unlock China wine market?
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
On paper it seems as obvious a pairing as a glass of spicy Gewurztraminer with crispy duck and pancakes. ... more
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At least nine beetle species carry fungus threatening avocados
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
According to a new study, at least nine beetle species can carry the fungus responsible for laurel wilt, a disease threatening avocado trees in South Florida. ... more
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Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of CO2 on lawns
Durham NH (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide c ... more
WATER WORLD
Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs out of the air, even in dry or desert climates, using only the power of the sun. That future may be ... more


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Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with th ... more
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Study: Nearly 2 billion people rely on food grown elsewhere
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Almost 2 billion people now rely on imported food, new research shows. ... more
WATER WORLD
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
A recent study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England by hydrologist David Boutt at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin depo ... more
FARM NEWS
Fungus uses light to invade, attack wheat plants
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
The fungus Parastagonospora nodorum has forged a deadly partnership with sunlight, and wheat plants are paying the price. ... more

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New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month's 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Six months ago, the same researchers published a paper on their first technology for a n ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
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
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the Dominican Republic. ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models
Burlington, VT (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
When old growth beats old school
For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
Power comes in many forms, but Kamal al-Jebrini's family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung. The family has begun recycling waste from its cows to produce electricity for one of the largest Palestinian dairy plants and even to provide power to some houses. They discovered the idea during trips abroad and decided cow dung that would otherwise mainly ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Gripen fighter completes test flights using 100 percent biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 06, 2017
Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol
Powerpedia Forms Nonprofit to Provide Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Powerpedia, a San Diego-based renewable energy consultancy has announced the formation of the nonprofit organization "#GetChargedUp" to facilitate a multi-year commitment of providing free solar systems to orphanages throughout Baja Mexico and beyond, under its flagship program #EmpowerOrphans. "I recently had a chance to spend the day with children and volunteers at the Rancho de Los Nino ... more
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Mechanism behind the electric charges generated by photosynthesis
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
NREL's new perovskite ink opens window for quality cells
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Shedding light on the absorption of light by titanium dioxide
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma is resting on its laurels in the renewable energy sector by signing legislation ending tax credits for the wind industry, the state's governor said. Gov. Mary Fallin put her signature on a bill that ends tax credits for wind power, effective July 1. In a statement, the governor said the tax credits were part of a comprehensive energy strategy that left wind accounting for more ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
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Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
The amount of electricity generated by coal since 2007 is down 40 percent as natural gas and renewable power capacity grows, the U.S. government reported. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a daily brief that coal accounted for about 30 percent of all of the electricity generated in the country last year. "As natural gas and renewables have increased their market ... more
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
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
Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male companion Xing Ya (Elegant Star) touched down at Schiphol at around 1730 GMT after leaving Chengdu in central China more than 10 hours earlier. ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2017
Beijing hutongs: village life in the city
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam officially accepts role as chief executive
Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag
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Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads. The rulers of Kathmandu's streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the highly inefficient bus network. Critics say th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
System to turn deadly chemicals into harmless dirt makes advances
London (AFP) April 9, 2017
Polluted London sets its sights on cars
Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Peripheral parts of the Amazon forest were long thought to be most vulnerable to climate-induced collapse. Now, a study by an international team of scientists reveals in the scientific journal PNAS that seasonally inundated areas in the heart of the forest may be an unexpected Achilles' heel. Those floodplains turn out to be particularly prone to fire which may subsequently spread into the surro ... more
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
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
A rusty green early ocean
Rehovot, Israel (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Though they may seem rock solid, the ancient sedimentary rocks called iron formations - the world's chief economic source of iron ore - were once dissolved in seawater. How did that iron go from a dissolved state to banded iron formations? Dr. Itay Halevy and his group in the Weizmann Institute of Science's Earth and Planetary Sciences Department suggest that billions of years ago, the "ru ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Conakry (AFP) April 12, 2017
Guinea seizes shark fins from Chinese ships
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
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
China producer prices jump 7.6% in March: govt
Beijing (AFP) April 12, 2017
Prices for goods at the factory gate in China jumped in March, the government said Wednesday, in a positive sign of strengthening demand for the world's second-largest economy. The producer price index (PPI) rose 7.6 percent year-on-year in March, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, slightly beating economists' expectations of a 7.5 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey. ... more
Kenosha, United States (AFP) April 18, 2017
Trump seeks headway on 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge
Beijing (AFP) April 18, 2017
IMF raises China growth forecast to 6.6% this year, 6.2% in 2018
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
US: China, Germany must do more to cut trade surpluses
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Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), currently under construction on Haleakala, Maui, is expected to start observing the Sun in 2020. When it does, it will rely on two complex infrared instruments being built by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA). Their goal is to measure the Sun's weak magnetic field. The first of these to be completed is called the Cryogenic ... more
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