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September 11, 2017
EARLY EARTH
Study discovers why fossilized hairs are so rare to find



Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin found that fossilized hair is five times rarer than feathers and may be due to types of the protein keratin. The study, published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that hair probably evolved much earlier than current fossil samples indicate. "This pattern of where and when we do find fossilized feathers and hairs can be used to inform where we look for future fossil discoveries," Chad Eliason, a researcher at the Field ... read more

EPIDEMICS
WHO sounds alarm over DRCongo cholera epidemic
Kinshasa (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
The World Health Organization on Saturday sounded the alarm over a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already claimed 528 lives and reached "worrying proportions". ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Niger River authorities warn of flooding in Benin, Nigeria
Niamey (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
The Niger Basin Authority issued a warning Saturday of possible flooding in Benin and Nigeria, two countries downstream on the river, which is currently flooding in Niger. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
A Kenyan park ranger who said his closest friend was shot dead while protecting elephants urged Hong Kong not to compensate the city's ivory traders in an emotive speech to lawmakers on Wednesday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil tied to South Sudan and U.S. sanctions
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against officials in South Sudan, including those accused of inciting civil war and funding arms with oil. ... more
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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
FLORA AND FAUNA
Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. ... more
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
OIL AND GAS
Mexico, Russia eye energy trade relations
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Structural reforms in the energy sector could lead to greater bilateral trade between Mexico and Russia, Mexico's president said from a regional summit. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Good first half of 2017 for West African explorer FAR Ltd.
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
FAR Ltd., an Australian energy company with a focus offshore West Africa, reported a strong first half, adding it expected positive cash for the next year. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Eight killed as lightning strikes goldmine in DR Congo
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
At least eight people have died after a bolt of lightning struck a small-scale goldmine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Monday. ... more


One dead as heavy flooding displaces thousands in Nigeria

TRADE WARS
Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The five BRICS nations hold their annual summit in China on Monday under the shadow of a Sino-Indian border spat and growing questions about the grouping's relevance. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Anxious Houston storm victims come home, dig out
Houston (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Maline Johnney knew it was going to be bad when she returned to her Houston home after Hurricane Harvey. But she was unprepared for the mess - and the stench - when she opened the door. ... more
OIL AND GAS
No change in status for Libyan oil production, OMV says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
There's been no change in the Libyan production status since conflict sidelined hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil capacity, Austria's OMV said Friday. ... more
UAV NEWS
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
In the developing world, basic healthcare is often a challenge - let alone expensive medical screening or tests for easily treatable, preventable illnesses. ... more



Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use of bio-decomposable materials which decompose under the influence of the microflora to innocuous products and provide a gradual release of the active principle into the soil, is the newest area of rese ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week (Monday 4 September). A team at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) examined the potential distribution of over 900 species of shelf-dwelling ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Paris (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. And just as chemists have used their periodic table as a point of reference to understand relationships among elements, the emerging table for ecologists shows relationships over time among animals, plants and their environments - acting as a critical resource for scientists se ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Australia has hottest winter on record
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity. The international team of researchers demonstrated in 2016 that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskites could be healed by exposing them to light, but the effects w ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China's air quality, but they're not atmospheric scientists. They're agronomists. "China's poor air quality is caused by a combination of coal burning and particulates from soil erosion. The Loess Plateau is the major source of erosion in China, and air quality there is just terrible. If erosion in the Lo ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
US floods rescue workers sue over chemical plant fire
Chicago (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Seven emergency workers who responded to the aftermath of last month's mega-storm Harvey sued chemical company Arkema Thursday for exposing them to smoke from a fire at its flooded Texas plant. The $1 million lawsuit alleges negligence, claiming Arkema did not adequately prepare for potential flooding, forcing it to abandon the plant near Houston as waters rose without adequate safeguards to ... more
Berlin (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Germany rejects Polish call for more WWII reparations
Marigot (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
St Martin, St Barts contemplate rebuilding in Irma's wake
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster
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DNO gains oil lead in the north of Iraq
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
The foot is "on the accelerator" for Kurdish oil operations with new assets gained through a deal with Exxon Mobil, Norwegian energy company DNO said. The Norwegian company, which has a core focus on oil basins in the Kurdish north of Iraq, said it assumed the role of operator after acquiring 50 percent of Exxon Mobil's stake in the Baeshiqa reserve area. DNO joins a consortium that inc ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
TransCanada mulling pipeline options after regulatory review
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
U.S. part of energy security strategy, Ukraine says
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
US dollar, not OPEC, driving markets, Russian oil boss says
Goldman Sachs halts advising work on HNA unit: source
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Goldman Sachs suspended work for an affiliate of Chinese conglomerate HNA that has been under increased scrutiny by the Chinese government, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The US investment bank had been enlisted in August to manage a stock offering of HNA outsourcing business Pactera. But Goldman Sachs concluded the financial structure of the Pactera business was too o ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
China export growth slows in August but imports pick up
Managua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Nicaraguan anti-canal activist says held without charge
Managua (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Nicaragua renews environmental permit for Chinese canal project
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
Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real-time wind measurements could help scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and provide information that meteorologists can use to pinpoint landfall earlier, giving people more time to prepa ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Texas makes wind energy strides
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
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Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Kingston RI (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a common garden at the University of Rhode Island, Laura Meyerson has been growing specimens of Phragmites - also known as the common reed - that she has collected from around the world. And while they are all the same species, each plant lineage exhibits unique traits. Now Meyerson, a professor of natural resources sciences, and Northeastern University Professor Jennifer Bowen have rev ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Tasmanian DNA to aid bandicoot reboot in Victoria
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate
India's army chief says China 'testing limits' after stand-off
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
India's army chief has said his country must be prepared for war and accused China of "testing our limits", days after the nuclear-armed neighbours ended one of their worst border stand-offs in decades. General Bipin Rawat said India could not afford to be complacent and should be prepared for the possibility of an all-out war. "As far as our northern adversary is concerned, flexing of m ... more
Chisinau (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Row in Moldova over US military drills in Ukraine
Konya, Turkey (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
German MPs in Turkey for soldier visit amid tensions
Moscow (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Russia tells NATO not to worry over war games
Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving
New York NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations. Researchers further find that sets of genetic ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
EU warns of 'real risk' of new funds for terror attacks
Brussels (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
There is a "real risk" of increased funding for attacks in Europe as the Islamic State (IS) group loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the EU's security chief warned Thursday. IS, which is also known as Daesh, has lost an estimated 90 percent of its territory in Iraq and 85 percent in Syria as a result of military campaigns, some of them backed by Western forces. At one time, the group held a ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
Ithaca NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously thought. The new paper, "Are the Impacts of Land Us ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain's Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy has launched plans to obtain a new frigate to replace Type 23 frigates now in service. The project was announced Thursday by Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin and came on the heels of the ministry's announcement of a new shipbuilding strategy. "A day after we launched the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking ou ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Navy leaders testify before Congress on McCain, Fitzgerald collisions
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Ex-minister questioned as Israel submarine graft probe widens
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Navy to issue order for heavy lift of the USS John S. McCain


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