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August 22, 2017
SHAKE AND BLOW
Sudan warns of floods as Nile water level surges



Khartoum (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Sudan on Monday warned Khartoum residents along the Nile of likely "massive floods" as water levels of the river rose to a record high following heavy rains in neighbouring Ethiopia. The Blue Nile flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia converges with the White Nile in Khartoum, and from there they become the Nile which runs through the country into Egypt. Almost 75 percent of the water in the Nile is brought by the Blue Nile, which swells every year during the rainy season in Ethiopia. "Water level ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
'It could have been me': S.Leone struggles to recover from disaster
Freetown (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Gathered in a Freetown church, worshippers struggled Sunday to come to terms with the devastation wrought by the flooding and mudslide that struck the Sierra Leone capital six days ago, as the arduous search for bodies continued. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
The Africa Endeavor 2017 defense communications and technology sharing conference sponsored by the Armed Forces of Malawi and U.S. Africa Command started Monday in Lilongwe, Malawi. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441
Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Mass burials begin for 400 Sierra Leone flood victims
Freetown (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Sierra Leone buried at least 300 victims of devastating floods on Thursday, as fears grew of more mudslides and accusations of government "inaction" over deforestation and poor urban planning mounted. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Landslide kills 40 in northeast DR Congo
Bunia, DR Congo (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official said Thursday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa
Johannesburg (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Charlize Theron hopes to create an AIDS-free generation in her home country South Africa which has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. ... more
WIND DAILY
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
A U.S. trade division said it awarded a $1 million grant to support a feasibility study for the development of a 130 megawatt wind farm in Zambia. ... more
MARSDAILY
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator a ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. ... more


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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Libyan marine rescue zone aims to 'organise' NGOs: navy
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Libya is not "preventing" NGOs from carrying out migrant rescue operations off its coast, but has set up a coastal search and rescue zone to "organise" their work, its navy said Wednesday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods
Freetown (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Sierra Leone's president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country's capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing. ... more
ABOUT US
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Na ... more
AFRICA NEWS
UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
A UN humanitarian official said Saturday that relations with Nigeria remain "intact" following an unauthorised raid by Nigerian troops at a UN base in the country's conflict-torn northeast. ... more



Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more compl ... more
Newark DE (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Sediment research is a granular exercise at NRL
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. The rugged apparatus known as a "quadpod," was built to withstand being on the bottom of the ocean for weeks ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Scientists discover why bubbles zig-zag as they rise through water
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Mexico City fishermen fight to save Aztec floating gardens
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat wa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaic devices
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Sensitized solar cells consisting of a molecular or solid-state sensitizer that serves to collect light and inject an electron into a substrate that favors their migration are among the most studied photovoltaic systems at present. Despite its importance in determining the potential of a photovoltaic device, current methods for monitoring the interfacial electron transfer remain ambiguous. ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Midsummer receives two new orders for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
The power of perovskite
Dandong, China (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
China's solar panels shine spotlight on North Korea trade
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday. "We estimate that there at least a hundred bodies buried underneath the rumble of large rocks that fell on the 48 destroyed homes," the deputy governor of Ituri Province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. The landslide occurred ... more
Yangon (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Brazilian army, police raid violent Rio favelas
Jaipur, India (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance
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PZ Projects launches novel platform for registering natural gas trades
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Israel's P.Z. Projects is launching a novel software platform that enables the registering of transactions between companies that are active in the global natural gas sector. Developed over a two-year period, the platform has been successfully tested by several leading local players who are active in the gas market. The platform allows players in the gas sector, including both consumers an ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Oil retreats after Friday's market rally
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
OPEC congratulates Iran's oil minister on reappointment
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Ukraine works to chart new energy strategy
US launches formal trade investigation into China
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology dev ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
US in 'economic war' with China, says Trump strategist Bannon
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Sydney (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Australia to regulate virtual currency exchanges like Bitcoin
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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
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa. In this gusty rural region near the Pacific coast, the wind is so strong it sometimes flips over cars and even trailer trucks. Lopez always considered it a curse, until an international energy company came along and said it wanted to build these 40-meter (13 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
New bioimaging technique is fast and economical
Troy NY (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue - such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing. The method, which is detailed in Nature Photonics, is capable of simultaneously tracking 16 colors ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Hunter Island penguin species never actually existed, study says
Mexico City (AFP) July 19, 2017
Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Bacteria passed from mom to offspring is most beneficial, study shows
Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned a top Turkish general who played a key role in defeating last year's failed coup and led a cross-border operation in Syria that he must accept a surprise demotion without rancour. In a rare show of tension between the military and Erdogan, Turkish media reported that Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakalli had wanted to resign from the armed forces ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
India says China stand-off will end soon
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Top American general says attack on Japan same as on US
Narita, Japan (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
New US envoy reassures Japan over security pact
To teach kids morals, read books with humans not animals
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Anthropomorphic, or human-like, animals are often the protagonists of children's books. But new research suggests parents who want their kids to pick up on a story's moral lessons should choose books featuring humans, not animals. Researchers in Canada found four to six-year-olds were more likely to share with their peers after being read a story with human characters. "Many peop ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Research reveals how neurons communicate
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned
World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack
Barcelona (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
As Spanish police on Friday hunted for the driver who rammed a van into pedestrians on an avenue crowded with tourists in Barcelona, world leaders have condemned the attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. - Spain - The Spanish royal family issued an unusually strongly-worded statement: "They are assassins, criminals who won't terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona." ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate IS
Beirut (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor
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Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Tropical trees maintain high carbon accumulation rates into old age, according to a study published August 16, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Kohl from the Universitat Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues. Trees play an important role in mitigating climate change by storing carbon in their biomass. While old trees are generally acknowledged for their long-term carbon stora ... more
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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
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