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July 13, 2017
WATER WORLD
Big Muddy Missouri river needs a plan



Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
As the Missouri River flows across the Great Plains to where it meets the Mississippi River at St. Louis, it accumulates such a large sediment load that it has earned the nickname "Big Muddy." A recent University of Illinois study looks at the history of the river, damages and changes from the 2011 flood, and its current post-flood condition. The study concludes that the river needs a comprehensive plan with multi-state cooperation. "Flooding, particularly near infrastructures, residences, and cro ... read more

FARM NEWS
Using treated graywater for irrigation is better for arid environments
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Reusing graywater in dry areas may require treatment for more efficient irrigation in arid, sandy soils, according to a new study published in Chemosphere by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University ... more
FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 12, 2017
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... more
WATER WORLD
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever
Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
You won't find ice cubes like this in your freezer. An international team of scientists has set a new record for creating ice crystals that have a near-perfect cubic arrangement of water molecules - ... more
FARM NEWS
Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, ... more
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Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
Colombo, Sri Lanka (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmen ... more
WATER WORLD
Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The research ... more
WATER WORLD
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for ... more
FARM NEWS
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Exceptionally warm years in the Arctic have provoked extra-cold winters and springs further to the south, decreasing crop yields across central Canada and the United States, researchers said Monday. ... more
TERROR WARS
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
An air strike by Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees
Madrid (AFP) July 6, 2017
A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday. ... more


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FARM NEWS
Customs grab 122 tonnes of fake pesticide: Europol
The Hague (AFP) July 6, 2017
European customs have seized 122 tonnes of illegal pesticides, pouncing on shipments entering the continent through ports and airports, Europol said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Incremental discovery may one day lead to photosynthetic breakthrough
Champaign IL (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Photosynthesis is one of the most complicated and important processes -responsible for kick-starting Earth's food chain. While we have modeled its more-than-100 major steps, scientists are still dis ... more
WATER WORLD
Calculating 'old' and 'new' water runoff
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He'll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path t ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Climate change could make Sahel wet: study
Paris (AFP) July 5, 2017
Climate change could transform one of Africa's driest regions, the Sahel, into a very wet one, a study showed Wednesday. But this is not necessarily good news. ... more



Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides
Newcastle UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Researchers are using satellite data to accurately map the movement of the earth before a landslide in a bid to develop a life-saving early warning system. The team from Newcastle University (UK), Chengdu University of Technology, Tongji University, China Academy of Space Technology and Wuhan University (China) have been tracking the devastating events of last week when a massive landslide ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Study finds Earth's magnetic field 'simpler than we thought'
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
See our seasons change from space
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Computer vision techniques shed light on urban change
Orbital Alliance Techsystems receives contract for GPS artillery
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Orbital Alliance Techsystems Operations has been awarded a $53.6 million modification to an existing contract for procurement of M1156 presicion-guidance kits, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. The modification will provide PGKs for converting standard Army unguided 155mm artillery shells into GPS-guided munitions used by conventional artillery. Work will be perfor ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Europe's Galileo satnav identifies problems behind failing clocks
Paris (AFP) June 22, 2017
New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system
Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. "The idea that long-dormant, symbiotic fungi could help trees migrate during p ... more
Kraków, Poland (AFP) July 5, 2017
UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest
Missoula MT (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month on the cover of the ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling crystal size and orientation. The process, which uses parallel plates to cre ... more
New Bedford MA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
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Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
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Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls' wings could allow aircraft and wind turbines to become quieter. Researchers from Japan and China studied the serrations in the leading edge of owls' wings, gaining new insight into how they work to make the birds' flight silent. Their results, published in the journa ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
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China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
Chinese companies are planning or constructing hundreds of coal-fired power projects around the world, data show, even as Beijing talks up its commitment to fighting climate change. The report by German environmental lobby group Urgewald comes as China seeks to fill a vacuum left by the United States following President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate agreement. Urgewal ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets
Sydney (AFP) June 20, 2017
Rio backs Yancoal over Glencore for Australia coal minesw
China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in a critical condition, his hospital said Monday, raising fears about his life after Western doctors said there was time to take him abroad. The First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern city of Shenyang said Liu's tumour has grown, his liver is bleeding and he has kidney problems. The hospital said in a statement ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
Chinese court jails author of Tiananmen report: lawyer
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Beijing (AFP) July 8, 2017
Chinese Nobel laureate too sick to travel abroad: hospital
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Intelligent technologies like advanced analytics and biometrics/identity analytics can help government agencies fulfill their missions to improve the delivery of public services and meet the rising expectations of citizens, a recent survey found. However, successful adoption of intelligent technologies first requires overcoming challenges-challenges that can be solved, survey respondents say, by ... more
Toyohashi, Japan (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Human pose estimation for care robots using deep learning
Multan, Pakistan (AFP) July 6, 2017
Pizza bytes! Pakistan enchanted by first robot waitresses
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European firms join in robot ship project
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health and well-being of people, wildlife and waterways, according to a UMass Lowell scientist investigating the source of the pollution. A research team led by Prof. Daniel Obrist, chairman of UMass Lowell's Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, found that airborne mercury is gather ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
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Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia
Los Angeles (AFP) July 10, 2017
More than a dozen wildfires were raging across California on Monday, forcing thousands of residents of the most populous US state to flee their homes. Further to the north, the Canadian province of British Columbia was under a state of emergency as fire crews there also battled blazes fueled by searing temperatures and high winds. The worst of the brush fires in California was the Alamo ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 10, 2017
Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia
Los Angeles (AFP) July 8, 2017
Wildfires rage as California sizzles
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
NASA detects drop in global fires
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyo ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Strengthening of West African Monsoon during Green Sahara period may have affected ENSO
Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
Five killed, 10 missing in landslide in remote India
New Delhi (AFP) July 11, 2017
At least five people were killed and 10 missing Tuesday after a massive landslide buried homes in a remote village in northeast India, a disaster management official said. An avalanche of mud and rock struck the village after weeks of heavy rain in Papum Pare district in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh along the border with China. Jokey Angu, head of the state's disaster manage ... more
Shanghai (AFP) July 6, 2017
At Ikea, Chinese shoppers make themselves at home
Istanbul (AFP) July 2, 2017
Turkey, Greece swelter under soaring temperatures
Sofia (AFP) July 1, 2017
Five dead as heatwave hits Bulgarian capital
Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
Shanghai (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's Wanda agrees to mammoth asset sale to slash debt
Berlin (AFP) July 12, 2017
Germany toughens rules on foreign buyouts in strategic sectors
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Improved representation of solar variability in climate models
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
How much do solar cycle variations influence our climate system? Could the rising Earth temperatures due to anthropogenic effects partly be compensated by a reduction of solar forcing in the future? These questions have been in the focus of climate research for a long time. In order to answer these questions as precisely as possible, it is required to know the fluctuations of solar forcing ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees sunspot turn toward Earth
Hull UK (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Musical Sun Reduces Range of Magnetic Activity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
Scientists uncover origins of the Sun's swirling spicules
The big ecological roles of small natural features
Orono, ME (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ecologists and conservationists have long recognized that keystone species have major ecological importance disproportionate to their abundance or size. Think beavers, sea stars and prairie dogs - species that keep a ecosystem balanced. Similarly across landscapes, the keystone concept of disproportionate importance extends to other ecological elements, such as salt marshes in estuaries. ... more
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared: scientists
Mexico City (AFP) July 7, 2017
Birth of wolf cubs in Mexico raises hopes for endangered species
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Sea spiders use guts, not heart, to move oxygen


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