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December 06, 2017
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What makes soil, soil? Researchers find hidden clues in DNA



Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Ever wondered what makes a soil, soil? And could soil from the Amazon rainforest really be the same as soil from your garden? Researchers at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and The University of Manchester, UK, are using DNA sequencing to unlock the secrets of the world's different soils and, for the first time, analysing ecological patterns and microbial communities on a global scale. The research team, made up of 36 scientists from around the world, collated and analysed d ... read more

FARM NEWS
Light green plants save nitrogen without sacrificing photosynthetic efficiency
Champaign IL (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The top leaves of crops absorb far more light than they can use, starving lower leaves of light. Scientists designed plants with light green leaves with hopes of allowing more light to penetrate the ... more
FARM NEWS
Robotic device tracks plant growth at the cellular level
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Plant scientists have a new tool in their toolkit. The automated confocal micro-extensometer (ACME) - developed by a team of researchers in Europe and the US - allows scientists to measure spatial v ... more
UAV NEWS
Research shows drones could help crop management take off
Jackson TN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee ... more
FARM NEWS
Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region. ... more
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WATER WORLD
The world needs to rethink the value of water
Oxford UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sust ... more
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Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal disease that is hampering wheat production throughout A ... more
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UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security
Rome (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
The prickly pear cactus, considered an essential food in Mexico, could be the answer to much of the world's food security woes, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. ... more
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Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
After half a century of fishing, 65-year-old Fuat, a retired Turkish civil servant, is nostalgic for the good old days when the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul teemed with fish. ... more
FARM NEWS
Japan, China dominate list of world's top restaurants
Paris (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japan and China have more of the world's best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week. ... more
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Getting a better handle on methane emissions from livestock
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Cattle, swine and poultry contribute a hefty portion to the average American's diet, but raising all this livestock comes at a cost to the environment: The industry produces a lot of methane, a pote ... more


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CLIMATE SCIENCE
German judges agree to hear Peruvian's climate case against RWE
Berlin (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
A German court ruled Thursday that it would hear a Peruvian farmer's case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labelled by campaigners as a "historic breakthrough". ... more
FARM NEWS
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table
East Lansing (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop loss d ... more
FARM NEWS
Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
After half a century of fishing, 65-year-old Fuat, a retired Turkish civil servant, is nostalgic for the good old days when the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul teemed with fish. ... more
FARM NEWS
France to monitor air-borne farm chemicals
Paris (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
French air quality experts will begin monitoring the presence of air-borne pesticides and other chemicals at around 50 sites across France next year, their umbrella group ATMO France said Tuesday. ... more



Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed as exceptional and show how this latest Copernicus satellite is set to take the task of monitoring air quality into a new era. This new mission promises to image air pollutants in more detail t ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Arianespace's second Ariane 5 launch for the Galileo constellation and Europe
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 06, 2017
For its 11th launch of the year, and the sixth Ariane 5 liftoff from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana during 2017, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). For the second time, an Ariane 5 ES version will be used t ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Paris (ESA) Dec 05, 2017
Space technology to drive autonomous ships
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS 3 satellite
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide - a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States - is locked in the living vegetation of one African country that holds much of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, according to new research. The study conducted by NASA, UCLA and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Germ ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
Researchers generate electricity from low-cost biomaterial
Limerick, Ireland (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Mobile phone speakers and motion detectors in cars and video games may soon be powered by electricity generated from low cost and sustainable biomaterials, according to research carried out at University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. Scientists at UL's Bernal Institute have discovered that the biomolecule glycine, when tapped or squeezed, can generate enough electricity to power electrical de ... more
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Surrey UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Sustainable solvent platform for photon upconversion increases solar utilization efficiency
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The conversion of solar energy into electricity is currently restricted by a concept known as the Shockley-Quesser limit. This limitation allows only photons that have higher energies than those of the bandgap to be used, while those with lower energies are wasted. In an effort to obtain a solution to this problem and make solar energy conversion more efficient, the process of converting photons ... more
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
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Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement - coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
A Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage. Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks. The 22-year-o ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to l ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Robot learning improves student engagement
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Robots foresee future with automated visualized predictions
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains. The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world's 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe pollution - at least six times more than safe levels ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Is underground transit worse for your health?
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
Nairobi (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
UN assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet'
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Ten dead in northern China apartment fire
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Ten people were killed in a fire that broke out in a residential building in northern China Friday morning, local authorities said. Flames tore through the 38th floor of the apartment building in Tianjin, leaving 10 people dead and five people hospitalised with minor injuries, according to a social media account run by the city government. An unknown number of "responsible personnel" are ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
EU to re-think civil protection aid after Portugal fires
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
Seagrass is a key fishing ground globally
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New research demonstrates that seagrass meadows are important fishing grounds all around the globe. The work highlights that there is an urgent need to start appreciating and understanding this role to be able to build more sustainable fisheries. A study led by Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund at Stockholm University, published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries, examines the global extent to w ... more
Watamu, Kenya (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
There's a deeper fish in the sea
At least 11 dead as floods and landslide hit Indonesia
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
At least 11 people have died in severe floods and landslides in the east of Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Tuesday. A landslide killed nine people at Pacitan in East Java province and two people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in the same area. Thousands of homes were flooded and 4,000 people forced to evacuate them, said a spokesman for the national disaster ... more
London, Canada (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
High-altitude turbulence data could add 20-minute warning window to tornados
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
US southwest sizzles as experts predict record Thanksgiving
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Heatwaves have at least 27 ways to kill you
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
The United States on Tuesday imposed huge duties on some steel imports from Vietnam, saying they were produced with Chinese material already subject to retaliatory penalties. The products will be subject to US punitive duties of up to 265 percent of their value, the Commerce Department said in a statement, yet another in a series of aggressive trade enforcement steps by President Donald Trum ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
China and Canada sign trade agreements during Trudeau visit
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China
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All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized - still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomeno ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
African protected area can support 10s of thousands of elephants
Maputo, Mozambique (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Despite some forest loss, Mozambique's sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in the journal Parks. Niassa Reserve is Mozambique's largest protected area, spanning 42,300 square kilometers (16,300 square miles), and is considered one of the least biologically explored regions ... more
Colombo (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Five arrested over elephant killing in Sri Lanka
Paris (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
'Whodunnit', as Aussie reptiles go extinct: study
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