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April 24, 2017
MARSDAILY
Danish Martian Experts Get Their Hands on a Piece of 'Black Beauty'



Copenhagen (Sputnik) Apr 24, 2017
Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but meteorites have been, by far, the most frequent visitors from outer space on Earth. Recently, one which has been dubbed "Black Beauty" landed in the hands of Danish researchers. The Natural History Museum (NHM) in Copenhagen has obtained a piece of Mars: it has procured a piece of a famous Martian meteorite, known as "Black Beauty." The NHM acquired a 44-gram piece of the meteorite 7033/34, which landed in the Sahara desert in southern Morocco, for subseque ... read more

AFRICA NEWS
US Defense Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti
Djibouti (AFP) April 24, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged France to continue its fight against terror in Africa on Sunday as he visited Djibouti, a strategic Horn of Africa nation which hosts Washington's only permanent military base on the continent. ... more
MILPLEX
Dutch court jails Charles Taylor arms-supplier for 19 years
The Hague (AFP) April 21, 2017
A Dutch court on Friday sentenced a businessman to 19 years in prison for arms trafficking and aiding war crimes in Liberia and Guinea by armed forces of ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Pentagon chief pledges support for Egypt's Sisi
Cairo (AFP) April 20, 2017
US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and top brass in Cairo on Thursday, pledging support for the American ally on his first regional tour. ... more
EARLY EARTH
The formation of gold deposits in South Africa
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
At a first glance, the Witwatersrand basin, the largest known gold resource on our planet, is not automatically related to ocean research. However, in its 3 billion years old geological history, the ... more
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Top conservationist wounded in Kenya gun attack
Nairobi (AFP) April 23, 2017
Italian-born conservationist and writer Kuki Gallmann was shot and seriously wounded Sunday while patrolling her conservation park in central Kenya, a region plagued by violence linked to a drought. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island
Kunta Kinteh Island, Gambia (AFP) April 21, 2017
As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Morocco, US stage joint military exercise
Rabat (AFP) April 22, 2017
Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1,300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials said. ... more
TECH SPACE
Nature: 3-D-printing of glass now possible
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Glass is one of mankind's oldest materials. It was used as far back as in ancient Egypt and ancient Rome and has found a place now also in manufacturing technology of the 21st century. An interdisci ... more
AFRICA NEWS
South Sudan war strains Uganda's generous refugee policy
Yumbe, Uganda (AFP) April 20, 2017
Ugandan motorbike taxi driver Sadiq Agotre grumbles as he waits for a rare client among thousands of South Sudanese refugees hoping to receive food rations in the outskirts of his town. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Suspected meningitis epidemic kills 745 in Nigeria
Abuja (AFP) April 19, 2017
A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 745 people, an increase of more than 50 percent in barely a week, officials said Wednesday, sounding the alarm over the feared epidemic. ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF
Geneva (AFP) April 18, 2017
Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Invading 'rat of the sky' irks Algerians
Algiers (AFP) April 13, 2017
"It's not a bird, it's a rat - and it's squatting on my terrace," Ali says of his new neighbour, a yellow-legged gull - a pest ubiquitous in the Algerian capital. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Russia interested in oil and gas opportunities in Senegal
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Russia has an opportunity to foster a better trade relationship with Senegal, an emerging West African oil producer, the Russian foreign minister said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
'A few dozen' US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) April 15, 2017
The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday. ... more

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New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Honeybees - employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season - encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee's own food. Researchers used 120 pristine honeybee colonies that were placed near 30 apple orchards around New York state. After allowing the bees to forage for several days during the apple flower ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Climatic effect of irrigation over the Yellow River basin
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A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Laramie WY (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers quantify grasslands' carbon storage value
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the virus-removal process from treated municipal wastewater used for drinking in water-scarce cities. Current membrane filtration methods require intensive energy to adequately remove pathogenic viruses ... more
Kiev (AFP) April 20, 2017
Ukraine's Mariupol to be without hot water for months
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Sea scorpions: The original sea monster
UK Space Agency and CNES join forces to curb climate change
London, UK (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The UK Space Agency and their French counterparts, CNES, have reached a ground-breaking new agreement to work together to tackle climate change. The Agency's Director of Growth, Catherine Mealing-Jones, and CNES President, Jean-Yves Le Gall, signed the MicroCarb cooperation agreement 19th April at the French Ambassador's Residence in London, witnessed by Jo Johnson, the Minister of State f ... more
Washington (AFP) April 22, 2017
In Washington, the economic world meets Trump climate skepticism
Paris (AFP) April 21, 2017
Proposed cuts in US climate science reverberate worldwide
Lawrence KS (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
In new paper, scientists explain climate change using before and after photographic evidence
Center for Sustainable Energy Partners with EnergySage to Offer an Online Multifamily Solar Marketplace
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is collaborating with EnergySage, an online solar marketplace, to promote and simplify installations of solar electric power systems at multifamily residences in California. The partnership has resulted in the development of an easy-to-use, online comparison-shopping tool that provides information about the unique opportunities for shared solar proje ... more
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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources for use in more eco-friendly electronic components. They report their development in ACS' journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry ... more
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
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Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
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Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
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US to honour 'dumb' refugee deal with Australia: Pence
Sydney (AFP) April 22, 2017
The US will honour a controversial agreement with Australia to take refugees from Pacific island detention centres, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday - a deal Donald Trump had previously branded "dumb". Pence also sought to clear the waters about the location of US supercarrier Carl Vinson that was supposedly steaming towards North Korea, saying it would arrive in the Sea of Japan "in ... more
Seoul (AFP) April 24, 2017
Rights group urges China to release N. Korean refugees
Bogota (AFP) April 21, 2017
'Is this Miami?': An Iraqi family's Colombian odyssey
Colombo (AFP) April 19, 2017
Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32
Saudi king's air force pilot son named US envoy
Riyadh (AFP) April 22, 2017
Saudi Arabia on Saturday named an air force pilot son of King Salman as ambassador to its major ally Washington, with which ties are improving under President Donald Trump. The change came among a series of orders issued by the king, who shuffled his cabinet, restored civil service benefits, and replaced the head of the army which for two years has been fighting rebels in neighbouring Yemen. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
More oil production possible from Texas shale
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Oil prices stage weak recovery in early Friday trading
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Schlumberger posts yearly gain on North American oil recovery
Japan's exports jump in March
Tokyo (AFP) April 20, 2017
Japanese exports recorded their biggest gain in more than two years in March, official data showed Thursday, in a sign of optimism for the world's third-biggest economy. The strong result, which came in better than expected, backs up the view that Japan's economic growth is picking up steam. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday boosted its economic forecast for Japan, proje ... more
Jerusalem (AFP) April 23, 2017
Israel signs deal to bring in 6,000 Chinese labourers
Juigalpa, Nicaragua (AFP) April 23, 2017
Police block farmers' protest against planned Nicaragua canal
Washington (AFP) April 20, 2017
Trump invokes national security to probe US steel imports
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Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said. After receiving a distress call on Saturday night, the Indian warships established contact with the captain of the merchant vessel who had locked himself in a strong room along with the rest of the Filipino crew. " ... more
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
A Norwegian energy company said it was moving to the next phase of testing for a project that would use wind power to facilitate offshore oil production. DNV GL is leading a joint research project that includes the Norwegian Research Council, the regional subsidiary of Italian energy company ENI and U.S. supermajor Exxon Mobil as its partners. The partnership is testing whether or not w ... more
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Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
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How Venus flytrap triggers digestion
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant. Catching its prey, mainly insects, with a trapping structure formed by its leaves, the plants' glands secrete an enzyme to decompose the prey and take up the nutrients released. Although postulated since Darwin's pioneering studies, these secretory events have not been measured and analysed until now: An international team of resear ... more
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Ants rescue their injured
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
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Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people
EU hopeful UK vote will smooth Brexit path
Brussels (AFP) April 21, 2017
Britain's snap election has sparked hopes in Europe that Brexit negotiations could run more smoothly with a leader who has a big mandate, analysts and diplomats say. In Brussels, the belief is that if Prime Minister Theresa May wins a large majority as expected on June 8, she will no longer have to worry so much about upsetting hardliners in her Conservative Party. That would give her sp ... more
Stockholm (AFP) April 23, 2017
Russia boosts military spending despite sanctions: study
Tokyo (AFP) April 23, 2017
US warship in west Pacific for Japan navy drills
Cairo (AFP) April 20, 2017
Pentagon chief pledges support for Egypt's Sisi
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Indonesian hobbit evolved from African ancestor
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
New analysis of the remains of Flores man - the most complete Homo floresiensis specimen - suggests the Indonesian "hobbits" evolved from an African relative, not from Homo erectus. Homo erectus is the only other hominid species found on the islands of Indonesia, but the latest research suggests H. floresiensis and H. erectus belong to separate lineages. "The analyses show that ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Neuroscientists measure 'higher' state of consciousness
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Putting social science modeling through its paces
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Science says: Let a stranger pick your profile picture
US forces kill IS leader blamed for nightclub attack
Washington (AFP) April 21, 2017
US forces operating in Syria have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group blamed for an attack on a nightclub that left 39 dead, officials said Friday. "We will reach you anywhere," Brett McGurk, the US diplomat who coordinates the coalition fighting the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, said in a tweet confirming the death. Officials identified the slain militant as Abdurakhmo ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
New system to destroy chemical warfare agents announced
Baghdad (AFP) April 13, 2017
Anti-IS strike rules unchanged under Trump: general
Baghdad (AFP) April 16, 2017
IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military
Belgium's 'fairytale' bluebell forest victim of own beauty
Halle, Belgium (AFP) April 22, 2017
A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world - but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty. For two or three weeks in April the ground of the Hallerbos wood just outside the drab capital of Brussels is transformed into a breathtaking sea of shimmering purple. "The scene is like in a fairytale, we're still expecting a ... more
Alexandria VA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Application of statistical method shows promise mitigating climate change effects on pine
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Russia's frigate Admiral Gorshkov proceeds with sea trials
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Admiral Gorshkov, the lead vessel in Russia's new class of frigates, is conducting sea trials ahead of formally entering service. The Russian navy began testing the warship in November 2014. March 20 marked the vessel's final tests. According to Russian state media reports, the trials are expected to be completed in July. "The works are not being delayed and are proceeding accord ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 20, 2017
Damen prepares training vessel for Australian navy
Washington (UPI) Apr 21, 2017
Construction begins for U.K's 5th Offshore Patrol Vessel
Manila (AFP) April 21, 2017
Philippines' Duterte tours Russian warship


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