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August 09, 2017
TERROR WARS
Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing



Rann, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
He fled to Rann to escape Boko Haram, but Babagana Jugudum lost everything on January 17 when the Nigerian military accidentally killed more than 100 people in a botched air strike on the town. His wife and two children were among the dead. Only now can his story be told after AFP became one of the first global media organisations allowed access to the area. On that fateful Tuesday at around 12:30 pm, witnesses say a Nigerian fighter jet flew over the northeastern town of more than 40,000 people ... read more

AEROSPACE
State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
The State Department has approved a $593 million sale to Nigeria of A-29 Super Tucano attack planes with associated parts, training, facilities and weapons. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scale ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Former US president Barack Obama led international calls for peace Monday ahead of Kenyan elections seen as too close to call, with fears that violence could flare in east Africa's richest economy. ... more
FIRE STORM
Tunisia loses swathes of forest in fires
Tunis (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Around 2,000 hectares of forest in Tunisia have gone up in flames over the past week, with some of the fires probably started deliberately, the authorities said on Saturday. ... more
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OIL AND GAS
First batch of regional troops arrive in South Sudan
Juba (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
The head of South Sudan's UN mission announced on Tuesday the long-awaited arrival of troops from a regional force meant to patrol roads and quell violence in the war-ravaged country. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices relatively even on wait-and-see Tuesday
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Crude oil prices were relatively even early Tuesday as Libyan production resumes after a brief disruption, while anticipation stews over broader OPEC moves. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Libyan oil production issue resolved
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Matters that led to a disruption at Libya's largest oil field have been resolved and the situation is improving, a spokesperson for an energy company said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Win-win deal for Baker Hughes and offshore Papua New Guinea
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
From equipment services to appraisal activity, Baker Hughes, now a GE company, said it landed a first-of-a-kind deal for operations offshore Papua New Guinea. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian conservationists are suing a Chinese firm they say polluted a lagoon by dumping waste into the sea, their lawyer told AFP Tuesday, after a government agency settled out of court with the company. ... 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


Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos

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
TERROR WARS
US approves sale of war planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The State Department has approved the sale of US warplanes to Nigeria to aid its fight against Boko Haram militants, ending a suspension of weapons sales that followed a deadly Nigerian military strike on a refugee camp. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil success continues offshore Senegal
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Companies exploring the waters off the coast of Senegal said they've made another oil discovery just north of the flagship SNE oil field. ... more
WATER WORLD
Angolan leader opens nation's largest hydro plant
Luanda (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down from office at the end of this month, on Friday officially opened the country's largest hydro-electric dam. ... more



Low to no risk from pesticide-tainted eggs: experts
Paris (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
The pesticide fipronil at the heart of Europe's latest food safety scare is found in common household products used to rid the family dog of ticks, kill lawn pests, and in cockroach bait. It is also a prolific killer of bloodsucking red mites that can devastate poultry farms, but Europe prohibits its use on food-producing animals. Tests with lab rats have observed toxic effects on the ne ... more
The Hague (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Mexichem buys 80% of Israel's Netafim for $1.5 bln
Leidos Innovations receives contract for U.S. Navy's undersea warfare system
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Leidos Innovations is receiving a $7.2 million modification to an existing contract for spare parts and support services for the U.S. Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system on surface ships. The modification applies towards the system used by the U.S. Navy and foreign military sales. The work will be conducted in Norfolk, Va. and is expected to be completed by July 2018. ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Marine reserves can help commercial fishermen catch more fish, avoid bycatch
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Guam told to 'enjoy paradise', ignore North Korean threat
Caracas (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
4,500 families, major dam affected by Venezuela flooding
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The world's biggest polluter China has a "big job" ahead of it in the global fight against climate change, the UN's environment chief said Wednesday. Since US President Donald Trump's decision in June to quit the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Beijing has proclaimed its willingness to stick to the pact. Analysts say the US move gives China an opportunity to establi ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Government report sees drastic climate change impact in US: NYT
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Solar glasses generate solar power
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight - and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells. In the Energy Technology journal, researchers from KIT now present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
The resting place of missing flight MH370 will eventually be found but it will require advances in science and technology, including artificial intelligence, Malaysia Airlines' chief said Tuesday. No trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the search ca ... more
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
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High demand means higher gasoline prices, report finds
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Swelling consumer demand and pressure from crude oil prices means the average price for gas is 23 cents higher than this time last year, retail analysis finds. Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.35 for Tuesday, a slight increase from the previous day, about 9 cents higher than a month ago and 23 cents more than this dat ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Oil prices relatively even on wait-and-see Tuesday
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
United Arab Emirates, an OPEC member, eyes more oil production
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Libyan oil production issue resolved
Canada to protect national interests during NAFTA talks
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
As energy trade groups enter the fray, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told leaders national interests would be protected during NAFTA negotiations. The first round for negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement starts August 16 in Washington, D.C. Canada counts on the United States as its top trading partner and is the top oil exporter to its southern neighbor. Trad ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Chinese export, import growth rates slow in July
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Hong Kong tycoon Li 'cautious' as profits rise
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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
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
According to a prediction made by the U.S. Department of Energy, wind energy could provide 20 percent of electricity in the U.S. by the year 2030. This has motivated researchers from the University of Utah's Department of Mechanical Engineering to investigate the performance capabilities and financial benefits of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) in urban and suburban areas. A VAWT is a ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Skin-ditching gecko inexplicably leaves body armor behind when threatened
Gainesville FL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
When trouble looms, the fish-scale geckos of Madagascar resort to what might seem like an extreme form of self-defense - tearing out of their own skin. Their unusually large, overlapping scales flake off so easily that one biologist in the late 1800s tried collecting the geckos with cotton, but even with careful handling, few fish-scale gecko specimens have been preserved with all scales i ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Rogue elephant tramples 15 to death in India, faces culling
Davis CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The biology of color
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lizards demonstrate rapid evolution in the face of extreme cold
US, allies slam Chinese island-building
Manila (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
The United States, Australia and Japan on Monday denounced Beijing's island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea, in contrast to the increasingly tepid response from Southeast Asian nations over the festering issue. China claims nearly all of the sea, through which $5 trillion in annual shipping trade passes and which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits. Its s ... more
Manila (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
China scores diplomatic coup in sea row
Beijing (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
China warns against stoking Korea tensions after Trump salvo
Vijfhuizen, Netherlands (AFP) July 17, 2017
On third MH17 anniversary, families unveil 'living memorial'
New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans diverged from an archaic lineage that gave rise to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Yet the evolutionary relationships between these groups remain unclear. A University of Utah-led team developed a new method for analyzing DNA sequence data to reconstruct the early history of the archaic human populations. They revealed an evol ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Cultural flexibility was key to surviving extreme dry periods in Africa
College Station TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Shedding light deeper into the human brain
Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing
Rann, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
He fled to Rann to escape Boko Haram, but Babagana Jugudum lost everything on January 17 when the Nigerian military accidentally killed more than 100 people in a botched air strike on the town. His wife and two children were among the dead. Only now can his story be told after AFP became one of the first global media organisations allowed access to the area. On that fateful Tuesday at ar ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
Anti-IS operations enter fourth year
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Battelle helps DHS assess, train canine security teams
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Pentagon may boost support to Philippine counter-IS ops: official
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