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June 13, 2017
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Bee buzzes could help determine how to save their decreasing population



Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University of Missouri has developed an inexpensive acoustic listening system using data from small microphones in the field to monitor ... read more

WATER WORLD
New-generation material removes iodine from water
Hanover NH (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a new material that scrubs iodine from water for the first time. The breakthrough could hold the key to cleaning radioactive waste in nuclear reactors ... more
FARM NEWS
Spain's 'jamon' conquers China
Jabugo, Spain (AFP) June 11, 2017
The aroma is so extraordinary it's like "a punch in your mouth" says Luqi Wu, one of several Chinese businessmen standing in a cellar in southwestern Spain surrounded by thousands of hanging ham legs. ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists design laser to kill weeds
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
In a quest to become heroes to yard workers everywhere, a team of German researchers are developing a laser gun to kill weeds. ... more
FARM NEWS
Culls, poultry transport ban as S. Korea fights bird flu outbreak
Seoul (AFP) June 7, 2017
South Korea has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on poultry transportation as it struggles to contain an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus, which has led to the slaughter of some 190,000 birds. ... more
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FARM NEWS
Study predicts where global warming is likely to spark food violence
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Global warming is likely to trigger a higher frequency of extreme weather - longer, hotter droughts and more intense flooding. Regions of Africa and the Middle East are expected to become too hot and dry to sustain large human populations. ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists discover plant 'brain' controlling seed development
Birmingham UK (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Birmingham has revealed a group of cells that function as a 'brain' for plant embryos, capable of assessing environmental conditions and dictating when ... more
WATER WORLD
Understanding a river's 'thermal landscape' may be the key to saving it
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
River temperatures have long been an area of study, but until recently, the field has been hampered by technological constraints. Fine-scale measurements over large distances and long time periods h ... more
WATER WORLD
New ceramic nanofiber 'sponges' could be used for flexible insulation, water purification
Providence RI (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Researchers have found a way to make ultralight sponge-like materials from nanoscale ceramic fibers. The highly porous, compressible and heat-resistant sponges could have numerous uses, from water p ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Slovenia's 'eco-hero' who crushed a cement giant
Trbovlje, Slovenia (AFP) June 4, 2017
When he saw swallows nesting in the barn for the first time in almost two decades, Slovenian farmer Uros Macerl felt vindicated. His exhausting battle against a polluting industrial giant had been worthwhile. ... more
FARM NEWS
As temperatures rise, plants take up more carbon
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
New research suggests plants begin to take up more carbon once they're acclimated to warmer temperatures. ... more


Myanmar's edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

FARM NEWS
Brexit risks disrupting EU agriculture market, experts warn
Brussels (AFP) June 6, 2017
EU farm and food businesses may pay a big price for Brexit if new trade barriers pop up and dim the British appetite for products like Irish cheddar, French wine and Danish bacon, experts and advocates warn. ... more
FARM NEWS
Blockchain seen as tool in food safety
New York (AFP) June 4, 2017
The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. ... more
WATER WORLD
Bacteria may supercharge the future of wastewater treatment
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Wastewater treatment plants have a PR problem: People don't like to think about what happens to the waste they flush down their toilets. But for many engineers and microbiologists, these plants are ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Cape Town cuts back to survive worst drought in 100 years
Cape Town (AFP) June 1, 2017
As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been told to restrict showers to two minutes and flush toilets only when "absolutely necessary". ... more



NASA satellites image, measure Florida's extreme rainfall
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
New satellite images from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission offers a visualization of the extreme rainfall that has accumulated in Florida over the past week. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and Japan's space agency JAXA. It consists of a GPM core observatory satellite and a constellation of cooperating probes. As the GPM core observatory satellite passed above Sou ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 02, 2017
The heat is on for Sentinel-3B
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 31, 2017
exactEarth Launches Revolutionary Global Real-Time Maritime Tracking and Information Service
Paris (AFP) May 30, 2017
Earth is a jewel, says astronaut after six months away
Galileo grows: two more satellites join working constellation
Paris (ESA) Jun 09, 2017
Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe's Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet. These are the 15th and 16th satellites to join the network, two of the four Galileos that were launched together by Ariane 5 on 17 November, and the first additions to the working constellation since ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 30, 2017
GIS is a powerful tool that should be used with caution
Tokyo (AFP) June 1, 2017
Japan launches satellite in bid for super accurate GPS system
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Jun 02, 2017
exactEarth Broadens Small Vessel Tracking Offering
Activists block logging in Poland's ancient forest
Czerlonka, Pologne (AFP) June 8, 2017
Activists chained themselves to logging equipment in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest on Thursday to stop authorities from felling trees in Europe's last primeval woodland. Starting at dawn, several of the 30 activists present attached themselves to wood-cutting equipment to stop it from leaving a nearby car park. Others from Greenpeace and fellow environmental group Dzika Polska (Wild ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 2, 2017
Forensic analysis of wood's chemical signatures could curb illegal logging
Ottawa (AFP) June 1, 2017
Canada provides Can$867 mn to beleaguered softwood sector
Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
End-of-life vehicles, with their plastic, metal and rubber components, are responsible for millions of tons of waste around the world each year. Now, one team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering that the plastic components in these vehicles can be recycled with coconut oil and re-used as foams for the construction, packaging and automotive industries. Recycled polycarbonat ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
US official backs clean energy cooperation with China
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for Sino-US cooperation on clean energy during a visit to Beijing Thursday, a week after President Donald Trump's much-criticised withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. Trump's decision has jolted the international community and could put China, the world's top carbon emitter, in a position to fill the leadership void on curbing global warming. But ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Simulations pinpoint atomic-level defects in solar cell nanostructures
Cayce SC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
SCE and G Launches South Carolina's Largest Community Solar Program
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
U.S. solar power gaining momentum
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
There might be a better way to use wind power, according to a recent paper in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Chinese Association of Automation. Scientists from the University of Rhode Island, Florida Atlantic University, USA, and Wuhan University, China, teamed up to find a way to optim ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
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Coal waste fuel may reduce anthropogenic emissions
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a technology for obtaining liquid fuel from coal wastes for thermal power stations (TPSs). This fuel is ten times more environmentally friendly that will make it possible to resolve two problems at once: to reduce the amount of anthropogenic emissions of TPSs and efficiently dispose wastes from coal processing and beneficiation. The res ... more
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers compute their way toward cleaner coal plants
Sydney (AFP) June 11, 2017
Foreign bidding war for Rio's Australia coal mines
Sydney (AFP) June 6, 2017
India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef
Hong Kong wealth gap hits 46-year high
Hong Kong (AFP) June 9, 2017
Hong Kong's wealth gap was on Friday revealed to be at its highest in nearly 50 years, with living conditions fuelling discontent in the city as it prepares to mark two decades under Chinese rule. Sky-high prices and the cost of living outstrip many ordinary residents' salaries in Hong Kong, with apartments becoming increasingly cramped and generations of families forced to share. In a r ... more
Taipei (AFP) June 12, 2017
Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy
Beijing (AFP) June 9, 2017
Chinese firm tied to Communist Party critic stands trial
Shanghai (AFP) June 11, 2017
China web users take aim at property clampdown
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Autonomous machines edge towards greater independence
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Cars that can drive autonomously have recently made Autonomous machines edge towards greater independences. In the near future, machines that can learn autonomously will become increasingly present in our lives. The secret to efficient learning for these machines is to define an iterative process to map out the evolution of how key aspects of these systems change over time. In a study publ ... more
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
AI gets so-so grade in Chinese university entrance exam
Geneva (AFP) June 8, 2017
AI 'good for the world'... says ultra-lifelike robot
Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
The Hague (AFP) June 8, 2017
Plastic that is dumped in rivers and then ends up in the world's oceans is one of the major sources of marine pollution, a new study said this week, with Asian waterways the main culprits. Researchers at The Ocean Cleanup - a Dutch foundation developing new technologies for ridding the oceans of plastic - say rivers carry an estimated 1.15-2.41 million tonnes of plastic into the sea every ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A new hyper-local air pollution map
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Americans' caffeine habit may be harming waterways, wildlife
Paris (AFP) June 7, 2017
Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage
Thousands evacuated in South Africa as storm fans fires
Cape Town (AFP) June 8, 2017
Up to ten thousand people were evacuated from their homes as fires continued to ravage South Africa's Western Cape region on Thursday, fanned by a ferocious winter storm. Knysna, a town of 77,000 people 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of Cape Town on South Africa's famed Garden Route, was worst hit as firefighters battled to quell 26 fires along the tourist trail. High winds from a stor ... more
Cape Town (AFP) June 8, 2017
Thousands evacuated in South Africa as storm fans fires
Moscow (AFP) May 25, 2017
Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia
Fort Mcmurray, Canada (AFP) April 30, 2017
Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along
One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Wearing white sneakers, a cowboy hat and overalls, Bernie Fowler walks into Maryland's Patuxent River every June to see how deep he can go and still see the tops of his shoes. As a young man he could see his feet on the river bottom as he stood chest-deep to net blue crabs. Now in his nineties, he ventures into the river to assess the water clarity. Fowler has been collecting this data point for ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Boeing, Huntington Ingalls giving boost to Navy UUV program
Hanover NH (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
New-generation material removes iodine from water
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 8, 2017
Branson petitions UN for oceans protection
Heavy rains kill at least 35 in Bangladesh
Dhaka (AFP) June 13, 2017
Heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 35 people in southeast Bangladesh, most of them buried under landslides, authorities said Tuesday. Police warned that the death toll would likely rise as emergency workers reached remote parts of the affected area, where telephone and transport links had been cut. "The recovery work is still going on," the head of the Department of Disaster Manage ... more
Irvine CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Small climb in mean temperatures linked to far higher chance of deadly heat waves
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) June 4, 2017
Storm destroys 1,000 refugee homes in Nigeria
Moscow (AFP) May 30, 2017
Death toll from Moscow storm rises to 15
China condemns EU for new steel anti-dumping duties
Beijing (AFP) June 10, 2017
China has condemned the European Commission for imposing new anti-dumping duties on its steel products, accusing the EU's executive of making China an industrial scapegoat. The 28-nation bloc said on Friday that it would levy duties of up to 35.9 percent on Chinese hot-rolled flat steel in an attempt to create a level playing field with China as it broadens its campaign to protect Europe's s ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 13, 2017
Crown staff charged in China gambling crackdown
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
Chinese exports, imports beat forecasts but analysts wary
Hong Kong (AFP) June 7, 2017
Wonderland Villas: A tale of Hong Kong's property rollercoaster
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NASA's SDO sees partial eclipse in space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 30, 2017
On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun's face. The moon's crisp horizon can be seen from this view because the moon has n ... more
Miami (AFP) May 31, 2017
A real scorcher: NASA probe to fly into sun's atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
NASA renames Solar mission to honor Eugene Parker
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 24, 2017
CLASP Sounding Rocket Mission Opens New Research Window in Solar Physics
Dogs and wolves have an innate sense of inequity
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Humans and primates have a finely tuned sense of inequity. New research suggests dogs and wolves also possess a sense of fairness - or lack there of. Previously, researchers have hypothesized dogs gained a sense of inequity through domestication. But the latest study - published in the journal Current Biology - shows the sense is equally strong in dogs and wolves, suggesting a sense ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers
Paris (AFP) June 12, 2017
Tracking invasive species? Follow the people
Tokyo (AFP) June 12, 2017
Japan zoo toasts birth of panda cub, snug in mum's furry hug


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