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September 12, 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
OIL AND GAS
Libyan oil production back to normal
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Operations at the Sharara oil field in Libya, the country's largest, are back to normal following short-term "irregularities," an Austrian energy company said. ... 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
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
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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
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
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
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
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


Eight killed as lightning strikes goldmine in DR Congo

SHAKE AND BLOW
One dead as heavy flooding displaces thousands in Nigeria
Lagos (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
At least one person has been killed after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks in southeast Nigeria, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, an NGO said Friday. ... more
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



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
NASA team find evidence of sea level 'fingerprints'
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, have reported the first detection of sea level "fingerprints" in ocean observations: detectable patterns of sea level variability around the world resulting from changes in water storage on Earth's continents and in the mass of ice sheets. The results will give scientists confiden ... more
Kiel, Germany (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic
Apia, Samoa (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
Italy's drought seen from space
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using satellite data to monitor the drought that has gripped the country. Wildfires, water scarcity and billions of euros worth of damage to agriculture are just some of the effects of this summer's drought in Italy - not to mention the relentless heat. News of potential w ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Australia has hottest winter on record
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
Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
International divisions emerged on Tuesday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on a worsening refugee crisis in Myanmar, with China voicing support for a military crackdown that has been criticised by the US, slammed as "ethnic cleansing" and forced 370,000 Rohingya to flee the violence. Beijing's intervention appears aimed at heading off any attempt to censure Myanmar at the council when ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Sometimes 'sorry' makes things worse
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
With Irma goodwill gesture, Tesla's remote control raises eyebrows
Wellington (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Christchurch's quake-hit cathedral to be rebuilt
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Oil-rich Norway struggles to beat its 'petroholism'
Oslo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
For climate reasons as much as economic prudence, Norway is trying to cut its dependence on oil, a godsend that has made the small Scandinavian country rich beyond its dreams - which is exactly what makes it hard to pass up. 'Black gold' has enabled Norway to build up the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, currently worth close to $1.0 trillion. Yet several small political parties have ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Libyan oil production back to normal
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Energy driving Oklahoma's economic recovery
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
China's CEFC buys into Russian oil giant Rosneft
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 6, 2017
Nicaragua renews environmental permit for Chinese canal project
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
China's fifth-largest bank downgraded to junk status
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
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers in California are helping fruit flies live longer. A team of biologists at UCLA have developed a way to repair damaged mitochondria in fruit fly cells, thus delaying the aging process. The mitochondria is the engine room of the cell - the powerhouse. They dictate the lifespan of a cell. In humans, older mitochondria malfunction and damaged cells can accumulate and tu ... more
Kingston RI (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Sheffield, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Insects can see the world in much finer resolution than previously thought
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Row in Moldova over US military drills in Ukraine
Chisinau (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Moldova's president accused the government Friday of defying him by sending troops to join US-led military drills in Ukraine and vowed to punish those responsible, in the latest crisis to hit the ex-Soviet country. President Igor Dodon said 57 soldiers had left Thursday to join the Rapid Trident exercises spearheaded by US Army Europe, in defiance of a presidential decree banning participati ... more
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
Kiev (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Joint military drills begin in Ukraine as Russian war games loom
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 (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a bombing raid near the IS stronghold of Raqa in Syria. But over a month after the announcement Kremlin s ... more
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
Brussels (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
EU warns of 'real risk' of new funds for terror attacks
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Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
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