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July 21, 2017
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Gamma-ray Telescopes Reveal a High-energy Trap in Our Galaxy's Center



Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy. "Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermost region of our galaxy, and especially the most energetic ones, are produced in active regions beyond the gala ... read 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
MILTECH
Nigeria starts receiving armored vehicles from Streit
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
The Streit Group has delivered 25 new 4x4 armored personnel carriers to the Nigerian armed forces, the first of 177 vehicles on order. ... more
WOOD PILE
Paying farmers not to cut down trees in Uganda helps fight climate change
New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A new study finds that simply paying landowners in the developing world to not cut down trees can significantly reduce carbon in the atmosphere. It may also be a very cost-effective way to help meet ... more
FARM NEWS
Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions
Crocodile Jaw Bridge, Kenya (AFP) July 20, 2017
Close by a narrow, rickety bridge in Kenya's central Laikipia highlands two herders sit on blistering hot rock next to the muddy trickle of the Ewaso Nyiro river to explain why they routinely break the law, invading private land to graze their cattle. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
Peace deal eludes Senegal's Casamance, 35 years on
Toubacouta, Senegal (AFP) July 20, 2017
In Senegal's southern Casamance region, new houses dot a landscape once dominated by abandoned ruins full of bullet holes, though the spectre of a 35-year conflict still haunts its villages. ... 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
FLORA AND FAUNA
3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.N. to help Nigeria look beyond oil for revenue
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Developing parts of the Nigerian economy outside the oil sector could help make the country more competitive and attract investments, a U.N. agency said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OPEC-member Libya still in crisis mode, European Commission says
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Exempt from an OPEC-led move to cut protection for national security reasons, the European Commission said Thursday that Libya remains steeped in crisis. ... more
WAR REPORT
Malian soldiers' bodies recovered after 'jihadist' attack
Bamako (AFP) July 17, 2017
The bodies of eight missing Malian soldiers have been found following a presumed jihadist attack on July 9, official sources told AFP Monday. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Nigeria and the hunt for oil in Boko Haram's heartland
Lagos (AFP) July 19, 2017
Nigeria is reviving its search for oil in the country's conflict-riven northeast, aided by China and emboldened by gains made against Boko Haram. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Libya called to share production plans with OPEC
(UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Libya has been called on by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to share production plans at a summit next week, an oil company director said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Rally in oil prices runs out of steam
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Crude oil prices struggled to continue the upward momentum Monday even as China, the world's second-largest economy, reported better-than-expected expansion. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
6.4-magnitude quake hits off PNG
Sydney (AFP) July 13, 2017
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Thursday, officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued. ... more



Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions
Crocodile Jaw Bridge, Kenya (AFP) July 20, 2017
Close by a narrow, rickety bridge in Kenya's central Laikipia highlands two herders sit on blistering hot rock next to the muddy trickle of the Ewaso Nyiro river to explain why they routinely break the law, invading private land to graze their cattle. "The reason we go there is not to grab the land, we go for pasture, nothing else," says Lemerigi Letimalo, a 28-year-old Samburu herder in a M ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Using treated graywater for irrigation is better for arid environments
Los Angeles (AFP) July 12, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
New algorithm, metrics improve autonomous underwater vehicles' energy efficiency
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better. AUVs such as underwater gliders are valuable research tools limited primarily by their energy budget - every bit of battery power wasted via inefficient trajectories cuts into the time they can spend wor ... more
Sydney (AFP) July 20, 2017
MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world
Sydney (AFP) July 19, 2017
Risky business for fish in oil-polluted reef waters
Tokyo (AFP) July 18, 2017
World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached
Dust deposits give new insights into the history of the Sahara
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
The Sahara is the world's largest desert and dust source with significant impacts on trans-Atlantic terrestrial and large-scale marine ecosystems. Remote Saharan dust influences the earth's radiation budget and tropical North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere temperature variability that might even attenuate Hurricane activity. In a new research study an international team of geoscientists reconst ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 18, 2017
California extends tough climate policy measures to 2030
Manila (AFP) July 14, 2017
ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth - the so-called "green element" which sits next to lead on the periodic table, could be used in low-cost solar cells. T ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Nuremberg, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Making two out of one
New Bedford MA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
There Will Always be Sun on this Horizon
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material," says Cigdem Eskicioglu, an associate professor with UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering. "The process can traditionally t ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
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Separated by war, Iraqi children wait for parents
Debaga, Iraq (AFP) July 18, 2017
Adel, 15, hasn't seen his parents for the past nine months, but that was the price to pay to escape the brutal rule of Islamic State group jihadists in his northern Iraqi hometown. "I miss my family, nine months is too long," said the teenager, among hundreds of youngsters separated from their parents because of IS and the months-long battle that has expelled the jihadists from Mosul, the ma ... more
Leogane, Haiti (AFP) July 18, 2017
Haiti's army reborn 20 years after it was demobilized
Oxford UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The last survivors on Earth
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
Civilian deaths soar in Iraq, Syria: monitoring group
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Russia boasts of Turkish gas pipeline progress
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2017
Russian energy company Gazprom is moving forward with developments of a gas pipeline through Turkey with shallow-water preparations, a spokesperson said. Russian energy company Gazprom said construction of a pipeline known variably as TurkStream or Turkish Stream started in May. Sergei Kupriyanov, a spokesman for the energy company, told Russia news agency Tass progress is still in the ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2017
An IPO in Thailand sparks push for regional energy development
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
U.N. to help Nigeria look beyond oil for revenue
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Brent crude oil passes the $50 threshold in early Thursday trading
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for an increase in imports and fewer restrictions for foreign investors as Beijing comes under pressure from the US and Europe to provide a more level playing field for companies in the country. Donald Trump has railed against China's massive trade surplus while the European Union and US companies have complained about a lack of access to the huge mark ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
Canadian premiers note role of expanding trade with China
Aspen, United States (AFP) July 18, 2017
Target CEO unfazed by Amazon-Whole Foods deal
Washington (AFP) July 19, 2017
US seeks to smooth trade relations with China in talks
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US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, placing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders. The State Department downgraded China in its annual "Trafficking in Persons Report," saying Beijing is doing little to combat the phenomenon or protect its victims. It pointed to ethnic Uighurs, ... more
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
Bogota (AFP) May 4, 2017
UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The expansion of renewable energy has been widely criticised for increasing weather-dependent fluctuations in European electricity generation. A new study shows that this is due less to the variability of weather than from a failure to consider the large-scale weather conditions across the whole continent: many European countries are unilaterally following national strategies to expand wind ener ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity
Mexico City (AFP) July 19, 2017
Star chefs from around the world gathered in Mexico City's ancient floating gardens for a symposium on saving the world's threatened biodiversity, a bleak subject they peppered with breaks to savor the local cuisine. Joan Roca of Spain, Michel Bras of France and Gaston Acurio of Peru were among the big-name chefs who took part in the event Tuesday at Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site ... more
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Bacteria passed from mom to offspring is most beneficial, study shows
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
To avoid getting eaten, spiders walk like ants
Chinese ships heading for joint exercises with Russia in the Baltic Sea
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2017
A Chinese naval group is steaming to the Baltic Sea to engage in exercises with the Russian Navy as part of the "Joint Sea" series of maneuvers running from July 24 to 27. The People's Liberation Army Navy ships were shadowed by Great Britain's Royal Navy as the vessels transited the English Channel. The task force was greeted in the North Sea by NATO warships, including the Norwegian M ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
NATO, Jordan mark establishment of new cybersecurity team
New Delhi (AFP) July 20, 2017
India says it has international backing in border dispute with China
New Delhi (AFP) July 19, 2017
China 'aggressive' in border row, says India diplomat
Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
When and how the first humans made their way to Australia has been an evolving story. While it is accepted that humans appeared in Africa some 200,000 years ago, scientists in recent years have placed the approximate date of human settlement in Australia further and further back in time, as part of ongoing questions about the timing, the routes and the means of migration out of Africa. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Father's presence encourages sibling bonding among baboons
Aspen, United States (AFP) July 19, 2017
Startup touts neuro-stimulation as 'medicine for the brain'
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 11, 2017
Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a bombing raid near the IS stronghold of Raqa in Syria. But over a month after the announcement Kremlin s ... more
Sydney (AFP) July 17, 2017
Australia military powers beefed up for terror attacks
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Australian military expanding domestic terrorism aid
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official
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Eucalyptus gets the chop after deadly Portugal forest fires
Lisbon (AFP) July 20, 2017
Portugal is to reduce the number of eucalyptus groves after the highly flammable plant was blamed for last month's deadly forest fires. Parliament voted for the measure Wednesday as part of ongoing forest law reforms that started in April, before the blaze in the central Pedrogao Grande region that killed 64 people and injured more than 250. Prime Minister Antonio Costa last week urged m ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Paying farmers not to cut down trees in Uganda helps fight climate change
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 18, 2017
Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season
Brussels (AFP) July 13, 2017
EU hauls Poland to top court over ancient forest logging
Navy test fires Tomahawk from new Virginia-class launch system
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017
The Virginia-class submarine USS North Dakota fired two Tomahawk vertically-launched cruise missiles to test its Block III Payload Tubes ability to use the munition, Raytheon announced on Tuesday. The Block III Payload Tubes are designed to be simpler and more reliable than the original Virginia-classes 12 vertical launch missile tubes. "Today's Tomahawk is a far cry from its pre ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2017
Huntington Ingalls awarded $148.7 million for Ford-class Enterprise construction
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
USNS Lewis B. Puller expeditionary sea base deploys for first time


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