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November 08, 2017
WATER WORLD
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city



Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. It holds a vital resource of which they have been deprived for years: water. In a world where more than a billion people lack access to water, residents of this dusty corner of Gao, the main city in Mali's sprawling arid north, know the terrifying consequences of drought - and today is a time for celebration. "Before, I had to walk three or four ... read more

FARM NEWS
First luxury Perigord truffle is cultivated in Britain
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A black Perigord truffle has been cultivated in Britain for the first time, and the scientists who announced the breakthrough on Monday said climate change could make it a new British crop. ... more
FARM NEWS
Swapping where crops are grown could feed an extra 825 million people
New York NY (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Redrawing the global map of crop distribution on existing farmland could help meet growing demand for food and biofuels in coming decades, while significantly reducing water stress in agricultural a ... more
FARM NEWS
Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs
Tumaco, Colombia (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down. Now, the leaders of a black community in Colombia who dared urge farmers to stop growing coca plants are "hiding like rats" from drug lords intent on maintaining their supply of narcotics. ... more
FARM NEWS
Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss's theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fills the air. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
Troy NY (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new ... more
WATER WORLD
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Filtration membranes are, at their core, sponge-like materials that have micro- or nanoscopically small pores. Unwanted chemicals, bacteria and even viruses are physically blocked by the maze of mes ... more
BIO FUEL
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study examining how certain decisions impact what farmers plant and harvest identified one crucial factor that researchers believe needs to be added to the list of decision variables when consider ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow healthy crops
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
The first crops of tomatoes and cucumbers grown inside electricity-generating solar greenhouses were as healthy as those raised in conventional greenhouses, signaling that "smart" greenhouses hold g ... more
FARM NEWS
Flour power to boost food security
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
The discovery of genes that determine the yield of flour from wheat could increase milling yield, boosting food security and producing a healthier flour. University of Queensland researchers b ... more
FARM NEWS
RUDN University researcher found out what happens to organic matter on rice fields
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
A soil scientist from RUDN University has found out how plant root secretions affect microorganisms and biochemical processes in paddy soils (rice fields, for instance). Rice field soils play a very ... more


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FARM NEWS
Mammoth projects to make Norway's fish farms eco-friendly
Trondheim, Norway (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
"We could produce five times as much fish by 2050": in a posh hotel in the Norwegian town of Trondheim, a fishing industry representative winds up his presentation on Norway's sky-high fish farming goals. ... more
FARM NEWS
Marijuana farming is harming the environment, study shows
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Marijuana farming in remote locations is hurting the environment, new research shows. ... more
FARM NEWS
Pumpkin genomes sequenced, revealing uncommon evolutionary history
Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
For some, pumpkins conjure carved Halloween decorations, but for many people around the world, these gourds provide nutrition. Scientists at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and the National Engineeri ... more
FARM NEWS
The advent of 'green' cattle
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Implications of livestock farming on climate change should not be drawn from aggregate statistics, reveals a study based on a new method of carbon footprinting for pasture-based cattle production sy ... more



FIMI completes control acquisition transaction in IAI's ImageSat
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced it has entered an agreement with FIMI, the largest Private Equity fund in Israel (FIMI). Pursuant to the agreement, FIMI shall invest $40 million in ImageSat International (ISI) in exchange for 53.6% of ISI's share equity. The agreement further stipulates that ISI shall buy the new observation satellite 'EROS C' from IAI and at the transaction cl ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
JPSS-1 to Provide More Accurate Environmental Forecasts
Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Blue Canyon to build CubeSat constellation for NASA hurricane observation
Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satnav accuracy
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
New, ultra-accurate rubidium atomic clocks on board two BeiDou-3 satellites launched into space Sunday have greatly improved the accuracy of the system. The two satellites are equipped with more reliable rubidium atomic timekeepers than those in previous BeiDou satellites. According to Yang Changfeng, chief designer of the satellite system, their stability was as high as E-14. "It means on ... more
Xichang, China (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket
Antwerp, Belgium (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Airobot supplies positioning technology to single largest container terminal in Europe
Paris (ESA) Oct 24, 2017
Galileo in place for launch: then there were four
It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events - the microclimate. Microclimates are localized climates found within a larger one, like that of a cool canyon in the desert Southwest. These microclimates occur because of local differences in the lan ... more
Kent UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Protecting 'high carbon' rainforest areas also protects threatened wildlife
Waiapi, Brazil (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
For Amazon tribe, rainforest is a whole world
Waiapi, Brazil (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Beer o'clock in the Amazon: the tribe that loves to party
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study examining how certain decisions impact what farmers plant and harvest identified one crucial factor that researchers believe needs to be added to the list of decision variables when considering bioenergy crops: the option value. Most studies have not examined the role of the option value, which has to do with farmers waiting to see how bioenergy crop prices will change in the futur ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar, a division of OMCO Holdings, has announced a significant expansion to their solar product offerings and construction leadership teams, bringing years of solar experience to support the launch of their exclusive, Field-Fast fixed-tilt racking solution. Chosen as Director of Solar Product Engineering, Matt Kesler will oversee all current and future solar engineering and design op ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2017
European lender closer to green finance goals
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
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Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn, on Sunday, the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the west German city. Some two hundred protesters crossed a denuded no-man's land and lined up like guards at the edge of the 40-square kilometre (15 square mile) Hambach opencast coal mine, the biggest manmade hole in Euro ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy activists, who were jailed for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement were granted leave to appeal their sentences by the city's top court on Tuesday. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were imprisoned in August after Hong Kong's government pushed for harsher sentences - rather than the initial community service orders they were given. The government's appeal ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China calls on France to ensure security of its citizens
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Hong Kong government under fire in LGBT row
Beijing (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a wealth of computational tools for designing new materials useful for a range of applications, from energy and electronics to aeronautics and civil engineering. But developing processes for producing those materials has continued to depend on a combination of experience, intui ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Are elevated levels of mercury in the American dipper due to run-of-river dams?
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry used American dippers to determine if run-of-river (RoR) dams altered food webs and mercury levels at 13 stream sites in British Columbia. Run-of-river dams are deemed "green energy" because they produce lower greenhouse gas emissions, have lower water storage, barrier size, extent of flooding and water level fluctuations than con ... more
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal ash
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
Miami (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Survival of coral reefs depends on pollution cuts: study
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EU to re-think civil protection aid after Portugal fires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The European Union is re-thinking civil protection assistance, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday, after a request from Portugal which this year suffered several deadly forest fires. "We will consider, at Portugal's request, the reorganisation of civil protection in Europe," Juncker said at a press conference alongside Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Portuguese govt survives no confidence vote over forest fires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Suva, Fiji (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Central Europe storms leave seven dead
Berlin (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Seven people have died as heavy storms lashed central Europe, leaving authorities in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic scrambling to restore rail and road links. Storm "Hewart" had Sunday pounded the region with cold rains and heavy winds, downing trees and flooding coastal areas and the German port city of Hamburg while leaving 200,000 people without power in western Poland. In Ger ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
California roasts under record-setting temperatures
Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Fourteen feared dead in Malaysian landslide
Beijing (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty-three killed in China rainstorms: ministry
Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Amazon announced Friday that it will double its workforce in Canada's western metropolis of Vancouver, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of its Seattle headquarters, to 2,000. The company said in a statement it would open a new office in downtown Vancouver in 2020 to accomodate the new staff, which will bring its total number of its employees across Canada to 6,000. "We are among th ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Alibaba launches electronic trading hub in Malaysia
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Hong Kong skyscraper sold for record $5.15 bn
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
UK space science mission SMILE gets first round of funding
London, UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
UK teams will lead an international solar-terrestrial and space weather mission, taking on the development of a major science instrument thanks to funding from the UK Space Agency. The 3 million pounds will support academics working on SMILE (the Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer), a European Space Agency (ESA) science mission, being delivered jointly with the Chinese Acade ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares
Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Just as humans and other animals are often more dexterous with one hand or paw - usually the right - honeybees have individualized flight pattern preferences. Some prefer to go right, others feel more comfortable going left. Left-handedness is relatively rare among humans. But according to the latest research, plenty of bees go left. The insects are more democratic in their directiona ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Endangered vaquita porpoise dies in captivity
London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint
Liwonde, Malawi (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Malawi turns to British troops in poaching war
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