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September 26, 2017
Exploring the adaptation extremes of human high altitude sickness and fitness

Oxford UK (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Many research groups have recently explored human adaptation and successfully identified candidate genes to high altitude living among three major far-flung global populations: Tibetans, Ethiopians and Peruvians. But few have simultaneously explored the other extreme - maladaptation - in the form of chronic mountain sickness (CMS), also known as Monge's disease, which is characterized by the production of an excessive number of red blood cells. Now, in the largest whole genome study of its k ... read more

US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
US forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. ... more
Study identifies likely scenarios for global spread of devastating crop disease
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Stem rust, named for the blackening pustules that infect plant stems, caused devastating crop epidemics and famine for centuries before being tamed by fungicides and resistance genes. Since th ... more
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. ... more
C. Africa asks UN to send more peacekeepers, ease arms embargo
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
The Central African Republic's president urged the United Nations on Friday to send more peacekeepers to his strife-torn country and ease an arms embargo in the way of equipping his weak army. ... more
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New ceasefire signed by armed groups
Bamako (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Former rebels and pro-government fighters have signed a new ceasefire in northern Mali, they told AFP Thursday, after a summer of intense battles in violation of a 2015 peace deal. ... more
Bite force research reveals dinosaur-eating frog
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists say that a large, now extinct, frog called Beelzebufo that lived about 68 million years ago in Madagascar would have been capable of eating small dinosaurs. The conclusion comes fro ... more
Nigerian journalist detained over report on flood camp protest
Lagos (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
A Nigerian journalist was detained for reporting that relief materials were allegedly being diverted from a camp for flood victims, his employers and police said Saturday. ... more
Nigeria ready to play OPEC ball, Russia says
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Nigeria may be ready to give up its status as an OPEC member exempt from the effort to balance the market with production cuts, Russia's oil minister said. ... more
Nigeria, Turkey to meet over illegal arms shipments
Lagos (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
A top Nigerian official was scheduled to meet the Turkish ambassador Friday after hundreds of rifles allegedly from Turkey made it to the west African country this week falsely labelled as plumbing materials. ... more
51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
With the North Korean nuclear crisis looming large, 51 countries on Wednesday lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been fiercely opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers. ... more

West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

More cities in the DRCongo get satellite-enabled high-speed connectivity
Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
SES Networks' longtime customer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gilat Telecom, has expanded the satellite capacity under contract with SES Networks in the country, now topping more th ... more
Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species
Porto-Novoa Benin (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
During the last twenty years, scientists worked hard to protect and restore the scattered patches of a dilapidated forest and its surroundings of agricultural and fallow vegetation in southern Benin ... more
Huge genetic diversity among Papuan New Guinean peoples revealed
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The first large-scale genetic study of people in Papua New Guinea has shown that different groups within the country are genetically highly different from each other. Scientists at the Wellcome Trus ... more
Baker Hughes to improve Nigerian LNG reliability
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Software solutions for liquefied natural gas facilities in Nigeria could improve operational stability by as much as 20 percent, Baker Hughes said. ... more

Study identifies likely scenarios for global spread of devastating crop disease
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Stem rust, named for the blackening pustules that infect plant stems, caused devastating crop epidemics and famine for centuries before being tamed by fungicides and resistance genes. Since the turn of the century, however, aggressive new strains have emerged - such as 'Ug99', first detected in Uganda in 1999 - that infect widely grown varieties of wheat. These diseases threaten to dispers ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Food labeling pact aims to cut food waste
Paris (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'
Dubai (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
At Dubai expo, Chinese firms look to tap lucrative halal market
Veolia's US growth hopes run into trouble
New York (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Veolia's hopes of taking advantage of municipal privatizations and promised Trump administration public works projects to expand its US presence, are being strained by its role in water crises in Flint, Michigan and other cities. The French water and waste management giant has targeted five percent revenue growth in North America in 2017, with the United States expected to lead the way. In 2 ... more
San Juan (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Puerto Rico rushes to evacuate many amid fears dam will burst
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Wave Glider surfs across stormy Drake Passage in Antarctica
Manila (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Two Vietnamese fishermen dead in Philippine navy chase
Science denial not limited to political right
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right. But what happens when scientific conclusions challenge liberals' attitudes on public policy issues, such as gun control, nuclear power or immigration? A new study from social psychologists at the Univer ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
Green Bank Network totals over $29 Billion for clean energy projects around the World
Albany NY (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The Green Bank Network has closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than US$29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe, putting them on pace to exceed their collective goal of US$40 billion by 2019. The announcement was made at the 5th annual Green Bank Congress, part of ClimateWeek NYC. Green Bank Network members are mobilizing as much as 1 ... more
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Two new studies of green algae - the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds - have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice. In the studies publishe ... more
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Researchers discover unique property of critical methane-producing enzyme
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Re-engineering biofuel-producing bacterial enzymes
In Dominica, islanders stand strong despite chaos
Roseau, Dominica (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
It's been less than a week since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed the Caribbean island of Dominica - but despite cut-off supplies and extreme conditions, its inhabitants remain optimistic in the face of devastation. Maria killed 15 people when it tore through the "Nature Island" - population 72,000 - as a Category Five storm, leaving its once-luscious green mountains stripped to dirt. ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Frida, the four-legged heroine of Mexico's quake rescues
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Psychologists help Mexico deal with double trauma of quake
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 25, 2017
NASA Tech Aids Search Following Mexico Quake
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Gazprom steals spotlight from Exxon Mobil
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Russian energy company Gazprom was ranked by S&P Global Platts as the top financial performer of the year, ending the reign for Exxon Mobil. Only two U.S. companies were in the Top 10 list of the biggest financial performers, and Exxon's move from No. 1 to No. 9 was the first time in 12 years it wasn't ranked at the top. U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp. was ranked No. 8, down from the N ... more
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Iraqi Kurdistan, autonomous and oil-rich
Swansea UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Filter may be a match for fracking water
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Balanced sentiment drives oil prices higher
Japan raising up to $11.6 bn in postal giant share sale
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Japan said on Monday that it expects to raise more than $11.6 billion by selling off another chunk of the country's massive postal service. The government will sell 914 million Japan Post shares at 1,322 yen apiece, it said in a regulatory filing, with the offering set to raise as much as 1.3 trillion yen ($11.6 billion) if domestic and foreign investors snap up an extra allotment of stock. ... more
Washington Sept 22, 2017
US says NAFTA helps Chinese goods reach American market
Shenyang, China (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
China rust belt opens door wider to foreign investors
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US commerce secretary in Beijing ahead of Trump trip
Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul siezed by French navy
Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million scam
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
Pandas rebounding, but their habitat isn't: study
Paris (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
China's fiercely protected giant panda had a smaller habitat in 2013 than when it was declared endangered more than 20 years earlier, researchers said Monday. What living space they had was much more fragmented, and often in areas under threat from earthquakes, road construction, tourism or global warming, they wrote in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. Last year, the International ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Study finds wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Imagining a world without species
Chinese ships sail near disputed islands with Japan
Beijing (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. The four ships entered the waters surrounding the island chain, controlled by Japan and known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in China, at around 10:00 am (0100 GMT) and were moving in a southwest direction, according to ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
General's 'intervention' comment raises eyebrows in Brazil
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
US defence chief in India to boost military ties
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Five key events that shaped Abe's career
Ancient human DNA in sub-Saharan Africa lifts veil on prehistory
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The first large-scale study of ancient human DNA from sub-Saharan Africa opens a long-awaited window into the identity of prehistoric populations in the region and how they moved around and replaced one another over the past 8,000 years. The findings, published Sept. 21 in Cell by an international research team led by Harvard Medical School, answer several longstanding mysteries and uncove ... more
Grand-Lahou, Ivory Coast (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. Coast
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Cell phone data coupled with sewage testing show drug use patterns
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Royal tomb of ancient Mayan ruler found in Guatemala
US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
US forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. The command said the air strikes were conducted on Friday, in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord, hitting a desert camp 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the city of Sirte. "The camp was used by ISIS to move fighters in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
BTO Lays Foundation for a New Generation of Biotech Ventures
Beirut (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
US-backed force says in 'final stages' of defeating IS in Raqa
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
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Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve
Brasília (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
The Brazilian government backed off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve Monday after blistering domestic and international criticism. President Michel Temer's office will issue a new decree Tuesday that "restores the conditions of the area, according to the document that instituted the reserve in 1984," the Ministry of Mines and Energy s ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
American oaks share a common northern ancestor
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Harvard report details the threats faced by New England forests
Navy takes delivery of new attack submarine
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
The future U.S. Navy submarine USS Colorado, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics Electric Boat, has been delivered to the service. U.S. Sea Systems Command said delivery of the submarine occurred Thursday. The vessel is expected to be commissioned into service next spring. "Colorado's delivery brings another Block III Virginia-class submarine to the fleet ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Electric Boat receives $5.1B contract for Columbia-class submarines
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Damen Shipbuilding highlights offshore patrol vessel activities
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate

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