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August 11, 2017
AFRICA NEWS
India Eyes Big Business with Africa in Space Exploration



New Delhi (Sputnik) Aug 09, 2017
The recent foray of Ghana into space exploration provides immense business opportunities for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which boasts the most cost-effective launch vehicle. New Delhi (Spuntik) - Ghana recently launched its first ever satellite, GhanaSat-1, from NASA's International Space Station. A group of students at Ghana's All Nations University (ANU) built the satellite, which weighs about 1 kg and will orbit 400kms above the earth. Launched last month, it will help Ghana ... read more

TERROR WARS
Suspect arrested after car rams Paris anti-terror troops
Paris (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
French police shot and arrested a suspect in a dramatic motorway chase Wednesday after a car smashed into soldiers outside a barracks in a Paris suburb, injuring six. ... more
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. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Next to a palm grove, a blackish mud flows into the sea. After years of living with industrial pollution, residents of Tunisia's Gabes are fighting back. ... more
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Ancient infant skull yields insights into human-ape lineage
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Researchers believe a 13-million-year-old skull recovered in Kenya belongs to the earliest common ancestor of humans and all living apes. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
The Libyan navy on Thursday ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, a measure it said targeted NGOs. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Kenyan opposition demands Odinga be 'declared president'
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Kenya's opposition coalition the National Super Alliance (NASA) on Thursday demanded its candidate Raila Odinga be declared president, claiming it had evidence he had won this week's election. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorised dawn raid on the UN's main base in the country's conflict-torn northeast on Friday, the UN said, further inflaming tensions between the government and aid groups. ... 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
OIL AND GAS
OMV posts production, but weak financials
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Austrian energy company OMV said it planned to spend less as the price of oil levels out, but boasted of production gains from Libya and offshore Norway. ... 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
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
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



Dramatic changes needed in farming practices to keep pace with climate change
Lancaster UK (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Major changes in agricultural practices will be required to offset increases in nutrient losses due to climate change, according to research published by a Lancaster University-led team. To combat repeated, damaging storm events, which strip agricultural land of soil and nutrients, farmers are already adopting measures to conserve these assets where they are needed. But in a new pape ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Cracking the code of megapests
Paris (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Low to no risk from pesticide-tainted eggs: experts
The Hague (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests
Guam told to 'enjoy paradise', ignore North Korean threat
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The Pacific island of Guam remained outwardly calm Wednesday in the face of a threatened North Korean attack, and a senior official in the US territory urged people to "relax and enjoy paradise". After US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" over its nuclear ambitions Tuesday, Pyongyang raised the stakes just hours later - saying it was considering missile stri ... more
Alexandria VA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
No longer water under the bridge, statistics yields new data on sea levels
Washington (UPI) Aug 8, 2017
Teamwork key to ocean travel for jellies
Hagatna, Guam (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Guam tourism sees silver lining in North Korean threats
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
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
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
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
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
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
Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
India's top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal who crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. ... more
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada military sets up tents at US border for Haitian refugees
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Mexican energy sector escapes Franklin more or less unscathed
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Mexican refiners along the country's western coast were relatively spared as the remnants of Tropical Storm Franklin move out to sea, an industry report found. Franklin bounced along the western Mexican coast this week, hitting the country twice as a Category 1 hurricane. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Franklin is still producing strong thunderstorms offshore and could ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Amec Foster Wheeler ready for new life with Wood Group
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Rig movements increase offshore Norway
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Saudis ready to export more oil to Iraq
China factory gate inflation misses expectations in July
Beijing (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
China's factory price inflation remained steady for the third consecutive month in July, the government said Wednesday, coming in slightly below expectations as experts warn of a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The producer price index (PPI) rose 5.5 percent year-on-year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the same as the previous two months but mis ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
US finds Chinese aluminum foil subsidized, slaps duties
Shanghai (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Treadmills to karaoke -- China goes sharing crazy
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Ahead of NAFTA talks, Canada looks to U.S. Midwest
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
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it swapped out some of its assets in order to share control over wind farms located off the British coast. Statoil signed a swap agreement with British energy company SSE and German energy company Innogy for interests in the Dogger Bank wind park. Innogy under the arrangement takes a 100 percent stake in the developments Teesside wind farms at Dogge ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
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
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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 (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Alcohol helps goldfish make through the winter without oxygen
North Korea: Trump fire talk singes Tillerson's wings
Washington (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Will the United States defeat the North Korean nuclear threat through "peaceful pressure" or "fire and fury"? This week US Secretary of State and diplomatic good cop Rex Tillerson was in southeast Asia, working with allies to isolate and cajole Kim Jong-Un's regime. Meanwhile, back home, bad cop in chief President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury like the world has ... more
Manila (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
US, allies slam Chinese island-building
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
India's army steps up troop level on China border: report
Paris (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Guam: strategic island in the Pacific
Ancient infant skull yields insights into human-ape lineage
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Researchers believe a 13-million-year-old skull recovered in Kenya belongs to the earliest common ancestor of humans and all living apes. Paleontologists have made great strides in detailing the evolution of humans since they first diverged from apes some 7 million years ago. Less is known about human and ape ancestors living before 10 million years ago. The newly discovered skul ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Paleolithic bones reveal evidence of ritualistic cannibalism
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Origin of human genus may have occurred by chance
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
Paris (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Suspect arrested after car rams Paris anti-terror troops
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
The report finds that hydraulic failure, which is the inability of a plant to move water from roots to leaves to be almost universally present when trees died, while carbon starvation was a contributing factor roughly half of the time. "Droughts are increasing in frequency and severity, and their impact on plants and humans, is becoming more intense," says research co-author, Dr Melanie Ze ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
Brussels (AFP) Aug 7, 2017
EU demands Polish 'reassurance' over ancient forest
U.S. Navy issues contract proposal to lift USS Fitzgerald back to US
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
The U.S. Navy has issued a contract proposal for transporting the USS Fitzgerald back to the United States after it collided with a Filipino flagged cargo ship off the coast of Japan. The June 17 incident, which resulted in the death of seven sailors, is still under investigation by the Navy. While transiting to a base at Yokosuka, Japan, the vessel was struck by the ACX Crystal ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Austal lays keel for first Pacific Patrol Boat


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