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May 14, 2017
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South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative



Madison WI (SPX) May 15, 2017
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, a subterranian maze that last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi. The discovery, announced May 9, 2017 with the publication of a series of papers in the journal eLife, helps round out the picture of a creature that scientists now know shared the landscape with modern h ... read more

EXO WORLDS
Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48-billion-year-old Australian rocks
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2017
Fossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia - pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest k ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Gunfire as I.Coast troops resume protest despite 'apology'
Abidjan (AFP) May 12, 2017
Disgruntled Ivorian soldiers took to the streets of Abidjan and two other cities on Friday, firing angrily into the air a day after publicly apologising for a string of recent uprisings. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Ivory Coast's rebel soldiers apologise to president
Abidjan (AFP) May 12, 2017
Some 8,400 Ivory Coast soldiers who mutinied in January apologised to President Alassane Ouattara in an orchestrated ceremony that was aired on national television late Thursday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Wounded author Kuki Gallmann vows return to Kenyan ranch
Nairobi (AFP) May 12, 2017
Blood was already pooling in the seat of her car when a second bullet tore through the driver's door and thumped into Kuki Gallmann's abdomen. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
Army to protect Tunisia economy from protests: president
Tunis (AFP) May 10, 2017
President Beji Caid Essebsi said Wednesday that the army will protect Tunisia's main economic assets from being disrupted by protests over social and labour issues. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa will relaunch plans to build nuclear power plants by signing new agreements with several countries, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said Saturday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Riyadh backs Equatorial Guinea as new OPEC member
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Equatorial Guinea has a role to play in oil market stabilization efforts and has support to become a member of OPEC, the Saudi Arabian government said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba
Juba (AFP) May 13, 2017
Sacked South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday claiming he had been asked to return by the authorities and insisting that he'd never had any intention of rebelling. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OMV first quarter production at 10-year high
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Austrian energy group OMV said Thursday that net production during the first quarter hit a 10-year high on strong gains from Norway and Libya. ... more
OIL AND GAS
South Sudan president sacks controversial army chief
Juba (AFP) May 9, 2017
South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked his powerful, hardline army chief Paul Malong on Tuesday, a government spokesman said. ... more


Libyan oil production has potential to cross 1 million barrels per day

AFRICA NEWS
UN chief condemns attack that killed four peacekeepers in C. Africa
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 10, 2017
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned an attack on a UN convoy that killed four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Record haul of pangolin scales seized in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) May 8, 2017
Malaysian customs officers have seized more than 700 kilograms of pangolin scales, the country's largest haul of the scales considered by some to have medicinal properties, officials said Monday. ... more
WOOD PILE
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Fourteen Chinese people suspected of illegally exporting red wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo were arrested Thursday, local officials said, as Beijing stressed Friday its commitment to tackling the illegal trade. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Former rebels block entrance to I. Coast's second city
Abidjan (AFP) May 8, 2017
Several hundred ex-rebels on Monday blocked access to Ivory Coast's second city Bouake, their former stronghold, seeking thousands of euros in bonuses in line with a deal following a deadly January mutiny. ... more



Novel use of satnav saves precious water
Paris (ESA) May 15, 2017
Water conservation is a growing concern globally, and particularly for farmers in the USA, where decades of irrigating huge fields has depleted vital resources of fresh surface water and groundwater. An ESA spin-off that can help to preserve water supplies while guaranteeing crop irrigation is now undergoing final testing. The ambitious plan of former ESA employee Javier Marti is to tackle ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations
Zurich (AFP) May 5, 2017
Syngenta shareholders accept ChemChina offer
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Conservation agriculture offers tired soil remedies
Robots may bring reef relief
Newark, DE (SPX) May 09, 2017
A study authored by University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs - known as mesophotic reefs - near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba "diver's paradise" because it contains some of the most well-preserved co ... more
Miami (AFP) May 10, 2017
Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Large storms can flood aging sewer systems with harmful bacteria, viruses
Boulder CO (SPX) May 15, 2017
Warmer temperatures cause decline in key runoff measure
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
President Donald Trump will not rush his review of US climate change policy and will do what is best for the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday. Tillerson is hosting the Arctic Council, where many delegates from some of the countries most affected by global warming were hoping for a renewed US commitment to reduce emissions. "In the United States, we are curren ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2017
Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
Washington (AFP) May 11, 2017
US cities, states mobilize against climate change without Trump
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without ... more
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) May 11, 2017
New technology generates power from polluted air
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water. However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good ... more
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Today, there is great interest in using distributed sensors to continually monitor the structural health of large structures such as dams or bridges. With 1 million sensing points, a newly developed fiber optic distributed sensor could offer significantly faster detection of structural problems than is currently available. "With fiber-based sensors, it is possible to precisely detect erosi ... more
Paris (AFP) May 7, 2017
Marine Le Pen: far-right firebrand who has shaken up French politics
Beijing (AFP) May 6, 2017
20 sentenced to prison for deadly 2015 China landslide
Oxford UK (SPX) May 08, 2017
Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba
Juba (AFP) May 13, 2017
Sacked South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday claiming he had been asked to return by the authorities and insisting that he'd never had any intention of rebelling. "If I want to rebel I can rebel here (in Juba)... If I was about to fight I would fight here," he told reporters upon his arrival in the capital. South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Sesame oil, opening the door to sustainable lubricants
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Oil prices extend rally for weekly gain of more than 4 percent
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Funding for giant Israeli gas field to be tapped
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. "We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things, so we have to import," Ahuja said as he listed the frustrations entrepreneurs still encounter since the government launched i ... more
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile
Kathmandu (AFP) May 12, 2017
Nepal signs up to China's new Silk Road plan
UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials
Bogota (AFP) May 4, 2017
A UN official has been kidnapped in Colombia by renegade FARC rebels just ahead of a visit Thursday by the UN Security Council to review progress in a peace accord with the guerrillas, authorities said. The official, with the UN Office on Crime and Drugs, was kidnapped Wednesday in the southeastern department of Guaviare while on a tour to promote replacing coca with legal crops, according t ... more
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
Indonesian rangers dismantle traps to save wildlife
Leuser, Indonesia (AFP) May 14, 2017
In the depths of Indonesia's dense Leuser rain forest, a group of rangers are searching for traps set by poachers which are endangering rare wildlife. Scientists and conservationists consider the Leuser Ecosystem, which falls mostly within Aceh province on Sumatra island, to be among the most important forests left in Southeast Asia. It is the last place of sufficient size and quality ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria first emerged at least 450 million years ago
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 11, 2017
In brain evolution, size matters most of the time
Golden CO (SPX) May 11, 2017
New method of microbial energy production discovered
Manila, Beijing to open South China Sea talks next week: envoy
Manila (AFP) May 13, 2017
The Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila's ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite its extensive island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea, in the hopes of securing billions of dollars' worth of investments from Beijing. ... more
Colombo (AFP) May 11, 2017
Sri Lanka refuse Chinese submarine docking: official
Brussels (AFP) May 12, 2017
Britain blocking EU military HQ: sources
Beijing (AFP) May 13, 2017
China tells the world bedtime stories in propaganda drive
South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
Madison WI (SPX) May 15, 2017
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, a subterranian maze that last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi. The discovery, announced May 9, 2017 with the publication of a series of papers in the journa ... more
Norwich UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Changes in Early Stone Age tool production have 'musical' ties
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) May 11, 2017
Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Modern DNA reveals ancient origins of Indian population
No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) May 12, 2017
The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria - only for some of them to be killed anyway. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had independently cut a deal with the jihadists that let a group of about 70 of them leave Tabqa, an important city by a dam near the IS stronghold of Raqa. But as soon ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 11, 2017
Dramatic terror drill ahead of China visit
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Turkey to play role in Raqa fight: Mattis
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations
Knoxville TN (SPX) May 11, 2017
Warming temperatures are prompting some tree species in the Rocky Mountains to "migrate" to higher elevations in order to survive. Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have discovered that tiny below-ground organisms play a role in this phenomenon - and could be used to encourage tree migration in order to preserve heat-sensitive species. Their work shows how these invisi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
New look at satellite data questions scale of China's afforestation success
Warsaw (AFP) May 5, 2017
Poland EU row over ancient forest heats up
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Italian shipyard delivers new Torado submarine
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
The attack submarine Romeo Romel, the fourth being build for the Naval Armament Unit of the Italian navy, was delivered at Italian defense contractor Fincantieri's shipyard at Muggiano, the company announced on Thursday. The vessel is the last of four submarines being built in the U212A Todaro-class. The previous ship, Pietro Venuti, a twin of the Romeo Romel, was delivered in Ju ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Austal opens new office in Australian contract bid
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Nimitz-class carrier USS Ronald Reagan begins sea trials
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
DCNS to modernize three French navy frigates


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