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October 10, 2017
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Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions



Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn - the world's largest commodity crop - by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient called methionine, according to a new study. The Rutgers University-New Brunswick discovery could benefit millions of people in developing countries, such as in South America and Africa, who depend on corn as a staple. It could also significantly reduce worldwide animal feed costs. "We improved th ... read more

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Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Pursuing sustainable irrigation without significant irrigation efficiency gains could negatively impact environmental and development goals in many areas of the world, a new study has found. O ... more
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Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country. ... more
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Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios - an option that may provide a new sour ... more
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Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
Urbana IL (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Imagine walking the cereal aisle at your favorite grocery store. Are you reading labels? Scanning prices? Thinking about weeds? If you're like most American consumers, weeds probably aren't at the f ... more
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Climate solution in soil
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil's ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to Stanfo ... more
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Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Traces of pesticides that act as nerve agents on bees have been found in 75 percent of honey worldwide, raising concern about the survival of these crucial crop pollinators, researchers said Thursday. ... more
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Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Climate policies that target agriculture and forests could lead to increased food prices, but reducing deforestation and increasing soil carbon sequestration in agriculture could significantly reduc ... more
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Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. The evidence comes from an archaeological site (known ... more
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Setback for EU deal on hormone-disrupting chemicals
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The EU's efforts to regulate chemicals which can potentially disrupt the body's hormones suffered a setback on Wednesday when MEPs blocked a key proposal. ... more
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Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nowadays microsensors are already used in many different applications, such as the detection of poisonous gases. They are also integrated into miniaturised transmitter/receiver systems, such as the ... more


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WATER WORLD
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
An unusually intense rainy season in Central America has left dozens dead and thousands more affected by damaged or destroyed homes and roads. ... more
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EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller
Brussels (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
A battle is heating up over whether the European Union will renew at year-end the licence for glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers that some fear causes cancer. ... more
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First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights. ... more
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Chinese buyers fleeced in Australian wool scam
Sydney (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The theft of high-end Australian wool destined for China is under investigation, authorities said Wednesday, as customers end up with lower-grade produce in a scam threatening the industry's reputation. ... more



Sentinel-5P poised for liftoff
Paris (ESA) Oct 10, 2017
With four days to liftoff, the next Sentinel satellite is now on the launch pad at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The rocket will be fuelled two days before launch, set for Friday at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST). The Sentinel-5P satellite has been at the cosmodrome since early September going through a series of tests and being readied for the big day. After being sealed from ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 06, 2017
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exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
exactEarth Ltd. reports that its exactTrax small vessel monitoring technology is now incorporated into Alltek Marine Electronic Corp's (AMEC) AIS Tracking Beacon (TB560). The AMEC TB560 is a simplified Class B AIS device that offers an efficient and cost-effective vessel monitoring solution within AIS VHF transmission range. Now outfitted with exactTrax technology from exactEarth, which ex ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Predicting insect feeding preferences after deforestation
Annapolis, MD (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Like a scene from the movie Alien, insect parasitoids inject their eggs into unsuspecting hosts, their offspring grow and eat from within, eventually bursting out leaving dead, empty host vessels. These tiny predators, many of them wasps, can have major ecological and economic impacts. For example, wasps in the genus Melittobia attack pollinating bumblebees. Parasitoid wasp larvae feed on ... more
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes. Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land. The UN's Intern ... more
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. "Today's bid opening represents a significant milestone for the National Renewable Energy Programme, and an important step on the way to diversifying Saudi Arabia's domestic energy mix and building a cutting edge domestic renewable energy sector," Energy Minister K ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Scientists propose new way of increasing the efficiency of solar batteries
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Governor Brown Sends SCE to CEC Investigation and ABC Solar Files CPUC Petition to Censor SCE
Upton, NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
New efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in the open ocean can generate far more renewable energy than those on land, possibly enough to power the whole world, said a US study on Monday. Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science found that higher wind speeds over the open seas could produce five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. While no commercial-scale deep water wind farms exist at present ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
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Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio Tinto will return $2.5 billion to shareholders in a buyback after selling most of its Australian coal assets to China-backed Yancoal, the mining giant said Friday. The world's second-largest miner sold Coal & Allied to Yancoal, majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal, earlier this month in a divestment drive analysts expect will lead to a complete exit from the sector. The buybac ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
Former Hong Kong leader appears in court over sandwich 'attack'
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Unpopular former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying testified Wednesday in a case involving a sandwich thrown at him by a pro-democracy activist. The sandwich was aimed at Leung, the city's then leader, as he was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election - but it missed and hit a police officer. In court, a stern-looking Leung occasionally smiled as he was questioned b ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
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Sensitivity to time improves performance at remotely controlling devices
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new study from North Carolina State University finds that people who are more sensitive to the passage of time are better at accounting for the latency - or time lag - inherent in remotely controlling robots or other tools. "There are many situations, from bomb disposal to remote surgeries, in which people want to remotely control devices," says Federico Scholcover, a Ph.D. student at NC ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Mattel scraps plan for digital assistant for kids
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
DeepMind forms ethics unit for AI; Google unveils $49 mini assistant
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Looking tired and haggard, William Coronado pulls up before dawn with a boat full of fish on the muddy shore of Nicaragua's Lake Managua, a dumping ground for trash and waste. "The lake is so polluted. They throw all sorts of crap into it," said the 56-year-old. "Containers, old buckets, all sorts of bags - all the junk they throw away in Managua. It's a disgrace." Coronado spent two da ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
Papua New Guinea supermarket fire kills 10: reports
Sydney (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Ten people believed to be Chinese died when a supermarket caught fire in Papua New Guinea while they were sleeping, reports and officials said Monday. The disaster at the Splendid Star shop was made worse by the lack of any proper fire-fighting equipment in Manus province in the impoverished Pacific nation's north, where the blaze started early Friday. The dead included six women and fou ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Portuguese ex-firefighter jailed for starting 2016 forest fires
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States
Marseille (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Arson suspected as fire in southeast France brought under control
Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of international collaboration between the University of Sydney and researchers from Japan, Spain, and the United States. Scientists globally are investigating just how quickly sea-level rise can occur as a result of global warming and ice sheets melting. Recent findings sugg ... more
Wellington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Shipping, fishing killed Canada right whales: autopsy
Valletta (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish
Twenty-three killed in China rainstorms: ministry
Beijing (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty-three people have been killed as rainstorms battered China over the past week, destroying more than 5,200 homes and forcing the evacuation of nearly 34,000 people, authorities said Monday. Heavy rainfall since October 1 has caused widespread damage in southwestern Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality, the central provinces of Anhui, Henan and Hubei and in northwest Shaanxi prov ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Germany reels from deadly storm; Severe train disruptions
Sydney (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days
Paris (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Searing summers becoming the new normal in Europe: study
Researchers look for ancient trade routes at the bottom of the Mediterranean
Washington (UPI) Oct 9, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Toronto are retracing the paths of Bronze Age Mediterranean traders by studying ancient anchorages along the coast of Cyprus. Over the past summer, U of T archaeologist Carrie Fulton led daily dives to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in search of insights into the economic and cultural relations among ancient peoples of the Mediterranean. ... more
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Outsiders challenge Chicago school for Nobel economics prize
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
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Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Iraqi animal lovers go online to help save Baghdad's strays
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The welfare of stray cats and dogs roaming Iraq's capital Baghdad is far from a priority for most residents after years of bloodshed and insecurity. Homeless animals typically face cruelty or even extermination on the streets of the city, but now some pet lovers are looking to use social media to change attitudes and find loving owners for the four-legged friends. Agricultural college ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Examining the lifestyles of microbes
Suiyang, China (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
From poacher to ranger: saving China's Siberian tigers
York, UK (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools


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