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September 04, 2017
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Soybean rust develops 'rolling' epidemics as spores travel north



Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Although Midwestern soybean growers have yet to experience the brunt of soybean rust, growers in the southern United States are very familiar with the disease. Every year, the fungus slowly moves northward from its winter home in southern Florida and the Gulf Coast states, and eventually reaches Illinois soybean fields--often just before harvest. Research shows there is a possibility the disease could jump much longer distances and reach the Midwestern soybean crop earlier in the growing season. S ... read more

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China blocks US request for WTO arbitration in grain dispute
Geneva (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
China on Thursday blocked a US request for the World Trade Organization to create an expert panel to resolve a dispute over Chinese restrictions on imports of American grain. ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists turn brewing waste into fresh yeast to make more beer
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
What's better than beer? More beer, of course. It's a motto scientists in Singapore have taken to heart. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 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
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WATER WORLD
Oil and water can mix under the right conditions, scientists say
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
Is any cliche safe? New research suggests oil and water can combine when conditions are just right. ... more
WATER WORLD
Better use of scarce water key to Middle East's future: World Bank
Washington (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Political stability and economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa could hinge on better management of scarce water resources, the World Bank said in a report released Tuesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Sentinel-1 speeds up crop insurance payouts
Paris (ESA) Aug 21, 2017
For the first time in India, a state government is using satellites to assess lost crops so that farmers can benefit from speedy insurance payouts. The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is h ... more
FARM NEWS
France faces worst wine harvest since 1945
Paris (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
France faces its poorest wine harvest since 1945 after an unusually mild March and frosty April, experts said Friday, although a hot summer promises to deliver top vintages. ... more
WATER WORLD
Outperforming nature's water filtration ability with nanotubes
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
At just the right size, carbon nanotubes can filter water with better efficiency than biological proteins, a new study reveals. The results could pave the way to new water filtration systems, at a t ... more
WATER WORLD
EPA plans ten hearings on water rule rewrite
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today it is taking its first steps to rewrite the Waters of the United States regulation under the Trump Administration. ... more


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FARM NEWS
Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops
Lancaster UK (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Crops such as wheat could be up to 21% more efficient at turning the sun's energy into food, according to new research by Lancaster University. The food chain relies on plants using sunlight t ... more
FARM NEWS
Can 'reading' leaves lead to more drought-tolerant crops
Uvalde TX (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Looking at leaves to peer into the future might seem the stuff of superstition, but is actually the essence of research conducted by scientists from Texas A and M AgriLife and the University of Sout ... more
FARM NEWS
Wild sheep grazed in the Black Desert 14,500 years ago
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Excavations of architecture and associated deposits left by hunter-gatherers in the Black Desert in eastern Jordan have revealed bones from wild sheep - a species previously not identified in this a ... more
FARM NEWS
Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low ... more



Teledyne e2v sensors will play a vital role in ESA's FLEX satellite mission to study plant health and stress from space
Essex, UK (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
eledyne e2v has been awarded a multimillion euro contract by OHB System AG to supply customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission, under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The FLEX mission, which is the eighth in ESA's Earth Explorer programme, is scheduled to launch in 2022. For the first time, it wi ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
Russian scientists invent device allowing them to sense kilometers into Earth
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Rochester NY (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Man-made fossil methane emission levels larger than previously believed
Nine Satellites in exactEarth's Real-Time Constellation Now in Service
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
As of today, exactEarth, in partnership with Harris Corporation, is bringing five more satellites from our ever-growing real-time (RT) constellation into service. These additional satellites will raise the total to nine in our real-time system that have been successfully incorporated into exactEarth services. Combined with our first-generation satellites, we are proud to be operating the l ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
India to launch satellite next week to fix malfunctioning navigation system
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Japan launches satellite for better GPS system
Ancient trees reveal relationship between climate change, wildfires
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
New analysis of centuries-old trees in South America has revealed a strong correlation between wildfires and periods of warming. The history of Earth's climate features frequent fluctuations in global temperatures, including many periods of warming. In modern history, periods of warming have occurred more frequently - interrupted by shorter and shorter periods of more and more moderate ... more
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Brazil's opening of Amazon to mining sets off alarm
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Annual value of trees estimated at 500 million dollars per megacity
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jiangnan University. That step? Bringing the heat. Nebraska's Yiqi Yang and colleagues found that raising the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to sev ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
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Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Mining giant Rio Tinto has wrapped up the sale of most of its Australian coal assets to Yancoal, with the China-backed firm taking control of the business on Friday. Rio, the world's second-largest miner, which is dual-listed in Britain and Australia, banked US$2.45 billion in cash with a further US$240 million due in royalty payments. With its Coal & Allied operations transferring to Ya ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
China to strictly control new coal-fired power capacity
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Russian scientist says leave coal in the ground
Ghost cities haunt stability dream in far west China
Kashgar, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The future of economic development in China's far western Xinjiang region lies behind the shattered glass door of a welcome centre on the outskirts of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Inside, a dusty model depicts a modern urban development with wide, tree-lined boulevards and a pair of twin skyscrapers - but outside the project remains a ghost town reflecting Beijing's struggle to br ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Chinese Communist Party congress set for Oct 18: state media
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Widow of Chinese dissident Liu back in Beijing: NGO
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sour note: China bans parodies of national anthem
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Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. The third-generation robot is an all-terrain system used for explosive ordnance disposal, and in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material missions and HAZMAT operations. Roboteam said the two ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Smart computers
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil's government said Thursday it has frozen attempts to license commercial mining in a huge natural reserve in the Amazon after a court decision put the controversial project on hold. Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho "ordered a stop to all procedures having to do with eventual mineral rights" in the reserve in the eastern Amazon known as Renca, a statement from the minist ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
State of emergency extended in western Canada over wildfires
Montreal (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
A state of emergency was extended Friday in Canada's western province of British Columbia, where thousands of firefighters have been battling wildfires for months. The announcement marks the fourth time the state of emergency has been renewed in the province since it was issued on July 7. The order allows for the mobilization of firefighting resources and the mandatory evacuation of citi ... more
Marseille (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Arson suspected as fire in southeast France brought under control
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
forces 1,100 to flee in western Canada
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Blazes merge into largest ever wildfire in westernmost Canada
Don't be salty - tiny tubes desalinate water one molecule at a time
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Earth is 70 percent water, but only a tiny portion - 0.007 percent - is available to drink. As potable water sources dwindle, global population increases every year. One potential solution to quenching the planet's thirst is through desalinization - the process of removing salt from seawater. While tantalizing, this approach has always been too expensive and energy intensive for large-scal ... more
Quito (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Ecuador prison for Chinese fishers caught in Galapagos
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Phoenix International receives $23.3M for deep-sea rescue vehicles
Apia, Samoa (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Pacific leaders to turn up heat on climate change
15 injured as lightning strikes French music festival
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Fifteen people were injured, two of them seriously, when lightning struck a tent during a music festival in northeast France on Saturday, local officials and reports said. "The lightning struck in several areas during" the Vieux Canal festival in the northeast town of Azerailles, the regional council said in a statement. A woman in her 60s and a 44-year-old man were said to be in serious ... more
Sibi, Pakistan (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Fear and sweating in Pakistan's hottest cities
Houston (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm's return
Bunia, DR Congo (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Landslide kills 40 in northeast DR Congo
Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The five BRICS nations hold their annual summit in China on Monday under the shadow of a Sino-Indian border spat and growing questions about the grouping's relevance. BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - was formed to allow the biggest emerging economies representing more than 40 percent of humanity to form a united front in a world whose trade and finance rules were wri ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Prosecutors appeal against ruling on Samsung heir
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil 0.2 percent GDP growth confirms end to recession
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
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NASA's Lunar mission captures solar eclipse as seen from the moon
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, captured an image of the Moon's shadow over a large region of the United States, centered just north of Nashville, Tennessee. As LRO crossed the lunar south pole heading north at 3,579 mph (1,600 meters per second), the shadow of the Moon was racing across the United States at 1,500 mph (670 meters per ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Joint Base Charleston SC (AFNS) Aug 28, 2017
Charleston C-17 flies on "dark side of the moon"
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
NASA, ESA spacecraft track solar storm through space
Romania to kill bears, wolves after rise in attacks
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Romania on Monday said it would kill or relocate 140 bears and 97 wolves following a rise in the number of attacks on humans, sparking outrage from animal rights groups. The measures aim to "prevent important damages and protect public health and safety", the environment ministry said in a statement. A government-appointed commission of scientists backed the move, saying that it did not ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Two-year Amazon study yields 381 new species
Ticuantepe, Nicaragua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Scientists make breakthrough in study of mitochondria


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