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November 10, 2017
FARM NEWS
Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps



Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won't do well. Their seeds won't germinate or their roots will die. "Most plants are sensitive to extreme changes in soil temperature," said Samuel Haruna, a researcher at Middle Tennessee State University. "You don't want it to chang ... read more

FARM NEWS
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Forgot to water that plant on your desk again? It may soon be able to send out an SOS. MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are e ... more
FARM NEWS
Breeding highly productive corn has reduced its ability to adapt
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Stuck where they are, plants have to adapt to their environments, responding to stresses like drought or pests by changing how they grow. On a broader scale, crop breeders need to be able to d ... more
FARM NEWS
WSU researcher sees huge carbon sink in soil minerals
Vancouver WA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenh ... more
FARM NEWS
Fresh EU bid fails to renew controversial weedkiller
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The European Union on Thursday failed to win approval from members to renew a five-year licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which critics say causes cancer. ... more
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France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, saying Wednesday the new cutoff should be three years. ... more
FARM NEWS
Together for more food safety in Europe and its neighboring countries
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
"To protect consumers, the responsible public institutions have to be networked together all over the world," says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the German Federal Institute for Ris ... more
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. ... 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
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


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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
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
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



Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth's ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced this week. According to NASA, the ozone hole reached its peak extent on Sept. 11, covering an area about two and a half times the size of the United States - 7.6 million square miles in extent - ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
FIMI completes control acquisition transaction in IAI's ImageSat
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 01, 2017
Vega to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco
China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Expands Into a Global Network
Beijing (XNA) Nov 10, 2017
China launched the first two of the BeiDou-3 satellites into space on Sunday evening, indicating that its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has begun to expand into a global network, Cyol.com reported on November 6. Positioning accuracy of the BeiDou-3 satellites have an accuracy of 2.5 to five meters, which is comparable with that of GPS, said Xie Jun, chief designer of the satellite at ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satnav accuracy
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
Police detain protesters in primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Police on Thursday detained 22 environment activists who staged a sit-in at the Warsaw headquarters of Poland's state forest management agency to protest against logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. Critics say Poland's right-wing government is defying a European Court of Justice injunction to suspend logging in the forest, ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
UN's number two accused in Chinese scam to import Nigerian rosewood
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Mbandaka, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Could the peatlands of Congo be a carbon bomb?
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
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
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow healthy crops
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
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a "highly respected and powerful representative of his people" on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to reduce a trade deficit with China and rein in nuclear-armed North Korea. ... more
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
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
Delhi restricts vehicles as smog envelopes India and Pakistan
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
New Delhi banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced stringent restrictions on private car use on Thursday, seeking to combat a massive spike in pollution across large swathes of India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of schools in Delhi and surrounding states remained closed as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, bringing g ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Delhi's poor bear the brunt of deadly smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
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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
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
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
US slams World Bank lending to rich countries like China
Washington (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
World Bank lending to countries like China that are rich enough to finance their own development hurts poor countries that need help, a senior US Treasury official said Wednesday. David Malpass, Treasury's under secretary for International Affairs, cited China as a prime example of the practice, as the World Bank's biggest borrower with $2.4 billion in loans this year. The Trump administ ... more
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
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
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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
Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures. The pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, were recovered on Tuesday in two separate raids in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. Despite concerted efforts to c ... 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
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
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