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July 14, 2017
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 at the boundary of the southern highlands and northern lowlands, was imaged on 21 February 2017 by the spacecraft's high-resolution stereo camera. The Libya Montes highlands mountains, one of the oldest regions on Mars, were uplifted during the formation of the 1200 km-wide Isidis impact basin some 3.9 b ... read more

TERROR WARS
Five killed in Boko Haram ambush in NE Nigeria: sources
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) July 11, 2017
Boko Haram ambushed Nigerian troops in the country's restive northeast, leaving three soldiers and two Islamists dead, military and vigilante sources told AFP Tuesday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China ships troops to its first overseas base in Africa
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2017
China has deployed troops to its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, a major step forward for the country's expansion of its military presence abroad. ... more
OIL AND GAS
South Sudan to hold its first-ever oil and gas conference
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
South Sudan in October will highlight its potential for energy investments in its first-ever conference for potential investors, the organizer said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
More oil discovered off the coast of Senegal
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Oil was discovered again off the coast of Senegal, which companies said Tuesday would be added to the reserve potential in the emerging basin. ... more
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Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria is ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy potential in Africa and General Electric aims to ride that momentum, a regional manager said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
China, diplomacy and oil part of the mix in South Sudan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Invested in the country's energy sector, China's emerging role as a peacemaker is being put to the test in South Sudan, the International Crisis Group said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OPEC supply concerns drag oil prices lower
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Persistent concerns about the effectiveness of an arrangement by OPEC and other producers to balance the market left oil prices bruised in early Monday trading. ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
SKA South Africa sees first light with addition of Ghana baseline antenna
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
The Ministries of Ghana and South Africa have announced the combination of 'first light' science observations which confirms the conversion of the Ghana communications antenna from a redundant telec ... more
OUTER PLANETS
New Mysteries Surround New Horizons' Next Flyby Target
Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft doesn't zoom past its next science target until New Year's Day 2019, but the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, is already revealing surprises. Scientists have b ... more
TERROR WARS
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
An air strike by Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday. ... more


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AFRICA NEWS
3 killed in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence
Bamako (AFP) July 6, 2017
Clashes between armed groups killed three people in northeastern Mali on Thursday, a security source told AFP, as the United Nations condemned repeated ceasefire violations by the combatants. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping
Addis Ababa (AFP) July 5, 2017
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Apache Corp. leaves Canadian energy sector behind
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
U.S-based energy company Apache Corp. said it freed up capital to direct at strategic parts of its portfolio after leaving the Canadian market. ... more
THE STANS
Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Uighur students: HRW
New York (AFP) July 6, 2017
Egyptian authorities have arrested "dozens" of students from China's Uighur Muslim ethnic minority "apparently to deport them" following a request from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said. ... more



Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, is working with the fishermen to help develop better fishing methods. Involving local people in figuring out how to improve their farming and fishing methods provides more lasting and widespread ... more
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
Colombo, Sri Lanka (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyo ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Strengthening of West African Monsoon during Green Sahara period may have affected ENSO
Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A consortium of international scientists led by a climate expert from USC have upgraded an open-source global database tracking the Earth's temperatures since 1 A.D. that further confirms that the Earth is warming at a rate unprecedented in recent geologic history. The database by the PAGES 2k Consortium relies on proxy data such as tree rings, corals, glacier ice, marine sediment and other such ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
New York (AFP) July 12, 2017
Bloomberg outlines plan to quantify US climate efforts
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A new low-temperature solution printing technique allows fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with large crystals intended to minimize current-robbing grain boundaries. The meniscus-assisted solution printing (MASP) technique boosts power conversion efficiencies to nearly 20 percent by controlling crystal size and orientation. The process, which uses parallel plates to cre ... more
New Bedford MA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
There Will Always be Sun on this Horizon
San Francisco, CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
SolarEdge Launching First PV Inverter-Integrated Electric Vehicle Charger
Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Investors Generate 174,000,000 kWh of Renewable Electricity
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month on the cover of the ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
Syria's Raqa once thrived on the banks of the gushing Euphrates River, but dire shortages in the Islamic State group stronghold are forcing desperate civilians to risk their lives for water. The northern city has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by ... more
Tallinn (AFP) July 6, 2017
EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan
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Oklahoma says economic recovery under oil price pressure
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
The state economy in Oklahoma has recovered from recession, though momentum could be hindered by lower oil prices, the state treasurer said. Oklahoma accounts for as much as 5 percent of the total national output of crude oil, making it one of the more significant oil producers in the nation. It's the fifth-largest shale natural gas producer in the country. Spending in Oklahoma s ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Energy jobs on the decline, but not production, IEA finds
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Norway's oil production higher year-over-year
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
More oil discovered off the coast of Senegal
Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
Shanghai (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's Wanda agrees to mammoth asset sale to slash debt
Berlin (AFP) July 12, 2017
Germany toughens rules on foreign buyouts in strategic sectors
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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
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls' wings could allow aircraft and wind turbines to become quieter. Researchers from Japan and China studied the serrations in the leading edge of owls' wings, gaining new insight into how they work to make the birds' flight silent. Their results, published in the journa ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
The big ecological roles of small natural features
Orono, ME (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ecologists and conservationists have long recognized that keystone species have major ecological importance disproportionate to their abundance or size. Think beavers, sea stars and prairie dogs - species that keep a ecosystem balanced. Similarly across landscapes, the keystone concept of disproportionate importance extends to other ecological elements, such as salt marshes in estuaries. ... more
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared: scientists
Mexico City (AFP) July 7, 2017
Birth of wolf cubs in Mexico raises hopes for endangered species
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Sea spiders use guts, not heart, to move oxygen
U.S. Navy ships to participate in Black Sea exercises
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Two guided-missile ships have arrived at the Ukrainian port city of Odessa July 10 to participate in the Sea Breeze 2017 maritime exercises, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Hue City and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney will play active roles in the exercises, which involve air, naval and land forces from 17 nations. Sea Breeze 2017 ... more
Kiev (AFP) July 10, 2017
NATO vows support for Ukraine against Russia's 'aggressive actions'
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
US warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2017
China ships troops to its first overseas base in Africa
Towards a High-Resolution, Implantable Neural Interface
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 11, 2017
DARPA has awarded contracts to five research organizations and one company that will support the Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program: Brown University; Columbia University; Fondation Voir et Entendre (The Seeing and Hearing Foundation); John B. Pierce Laboratory; Paradromics, Inc.; and the University of California, Berkeley. These organizations have formed teams to develop the ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
Laramie WY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Researchers document early, permanent human settlement in Andes
Lawrence KS (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Analysis of Neanderthal teeth grooves uncovers evidence of prehistoric dentistry
US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday. The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an "advise, assist and accompany" role to support local fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces as they battle IS, said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a military spokesman. T ... more
Beirut (AFP) July 11, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Baghdad (AFP) July 9, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) July 11, 2017
Five killed in Boko Haram ambush in NE Nigeria: sources
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Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. "The idea that long-dormant, symbiotic fungi could help trees migrate during p ... more
Kraków, Poland (AFP) July 5, 2017
UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest
Missoula MT (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks
USNS Lewis B. Puller expeditionary sea base deploys for first time
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
The USNS Lewis B. Puller has deployed from Val Air Station Norfolk, marking the first operational cruise of the expeditionary sea base as it joins its supporting role in the U.S. Fifth Fleet. The Puller is part of the U.S. Navy's Sealift Command and has a joint U.S. Navy and civilian crew. "The Puller is a brand new ship, so we had a lot to learn. The military crew has been train ... more
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Sweden orders aluminum fast attack combat boats
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
U.S., Japan, India start Malabar 2017 joint naval exercises
Hong Kong (AFP) July 7, 2017
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning arrives in Hong Kong


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