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September 06, 2017
WATER WORLD
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn



Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries. While the health risks are unknown, the researchers pointed to previous findings that plastic particles can absorb, and release, potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria. For the survey, 159 tap water samples were analysed of which "83 percent were found to contain plastic particles," researchers from the University of Minnesota and the ... read more

FARM NEWS
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Orange juice prices jumped in New York on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma's approach cast a shadow over the citrus-producing US state of Florida. ... more
FARM NEWS
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Researchers have identified a set of genes that help control early drought response in a popular global crop. The pioneering study, conducted by Dartmouth College, the University of Wyoming, and the ... more
FARM NEWS
Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong's sweet obsession
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
It is one of Hong Kong's most treasured food traditions: the buying, giving and eating of "mooncakes" to mark mid-autumn festival, celebrated in Chinese communities around the world next month. ... more
FARM NEWS
Getting well-oiled: booze in the age of the robo-barman
Los Angeles (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
As Tipsy methodically unfolds an arm to select a glass, retrieve ice and mix a drink, it's all a far cry from the flashy swagger of Tom Cruise in "Cocktail." ... more
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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
FARM NEWS
Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and ... more
FARM NEWS
To detoxify soil, just shoot lasers at it, study says
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Researchers have developed a new technique for ridding soil of pollutants: blasting the dirt with lasers. ... more
FARM NEWS
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 no ... more
FARM NEWS
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


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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
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
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



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
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 28, 2017
Russian scientists invent device allowing them to sense kilometers into Earth
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
An advance GPS anti-jam navigation system is to be jointly developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and Honeywell Aerospace, the companies announced on Monday. The technology, covered under a recent memorandum of understanding between the two companies, will combine IAI's existing ADA GPS Anti-Jamming system together with Honeywell's embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Sys ... more
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Nine Satellites in exactEarth's Real-Time Constellation Now in Service
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
Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there. Expanding forests suck up CO2 from the atmosphere, but the plants and animals from savannas struggle to cope in the leafier environments. Encroaching forest resulted in major loss ... more
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Ancient trees reveal relationship between climate change, wildfires
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. Although many attempts have been made to improve their synthesis using catalysts containing nickel, palladium and platinum, for example, few have succeeded in reducing the formation of secondary and ... more
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
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
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
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
Hong Kong radio replaces BBC with Chinese programming
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Hong Kong's public radio station has replaced its 24-hour BBC World Service broadcast with Chinese state-run programming, in a move the British broadcaster called "disappointing" as concerns grow over Beijing's influence on the semi-autonomous city. Listeners woke up on Monday morning to the Mandarin-language broadcast of the China National Radio Hong Kong Edition (CNR), instead of the World ... more
Geneva (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
China blocking rights activists, harassing experts at UN: HRW
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Geneva (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
China blocking rights activists, harassing experts at UN: HRW
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
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future
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
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka banned plastic bags and other disposable products on Friday after the collapse of the island's biggest dump led to a rubbish disposal crisis. Rotting garbage piled up in many parts of the capital after the giant rubbish tip collapsed in April, crushing dozens of homes and killing 32 people. Many blamed the haphazard use of plastic, which was also cited in flash flooding in the ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
As showcased by new data and images collected by NASA satellites, wildfire smoke has spread out across much of the United States. More than 80 large wildfires are burning in nine Western states. As a result, many residents of the Western United States are dealing with poor air quality. Wildfire smoke can carry a number of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, including methanol, benzen ... more
Marseille (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Arson suspected as fire in southeast France brought under control
Montreal (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
State of emergency extended in western Canada over wildfires
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
forces 1,100 to flee in western 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
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world
Eight killed as lightning strikes goldmine in DR Congo
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
At least eight people have died after a bolt of lightning struck a small-scale goldmine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Monday. "Thirty people were struck, including seven who were killed instantly and an eighth who died of their injuries in hospital," local official Christophe Ikando told AFP. The lightning strike occurred in the northeastern town of Dungu in the H ... more
Sibi, Pakistan (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Fear and sweating in Pakistan's hottest cities
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
15 injured as lightning strikes French music festival
Houston (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm's return
Trump's turn on S.Korea risks alliance: analysts
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Donald Trump is playing into North Korea's hands by turning on the South, accusing it of appeasement, snubbing its leader and threatening to end their trade deal in moves that analysts say risk weakening a decades-long alliance. More than 24 hours after Pyongyang shook the ground and the world with what it said was a hydrogen bomb test, the US president had yet to speak to his South Korean c ... more
Managua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Nicaraguan anti-canal activist says held without charge
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS
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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
Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers in California are helping fruit flies live longer. A team of biologists at UCLA have developed a way to repair damaged mitochondria in fruit fly cells, thus delaying the aging process. The mitochondria is the engine room of the cell - the powerhouse. They dictate the lifespan of a cell. In humans, older mitochondria malfunction and damaged cells can accumulate and tu ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Romania to kill bears, wolves after rise in attacks
Ticuantepe, Nicaragua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs


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