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October 05, 2017
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Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago



Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
South Africa is well-known for its hominin fossil record. But this time, results from a study of ancient DNA presented in the September 28th First Release early online issue of Science show that the 2000-year-old remains of a boy found at Ballito Bay in KwaZulu-Natal during the 1960s, helped to rewrite human history. Marlize Lombard, Professor of Stone Age archaeology at the University of Johannesburg, initiated collaboration with geneticists from Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of ... read more

FARM NEWS
Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. The evidence comes from an archaeological site (known ... more
FARM NEWS
First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights. ... more
TERROR WARS
Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
Beirut (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
The Islamic State group is under attack across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but what happens to its thousands of fighters as their group loses grip on territory? ... more
OIL AND GAS
OPEC-member Libya still in turmoil, EU report finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A European memo on the status of stability in OPEC-member Libya warns that progress in the war-torn country may be limited. ... more
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OIL AND GAS
KBR to work at gas sites in Algeria hit by terror attacks in recent years
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
Engineering company KBR said Monday it would support construction activity for gas operations in Algeria at two sites hit in terrorist attacks in recent years. ... more
WAR REPORT
US carries out more airstrikes in Libya
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The US military has carried out more air strikes against the Islamic State group in Libya, killing several fighters, the US Africa Command said Thursday. ... more
THE STANS
Kurds face growing isolation; Flights to Iraq Kurd capital to stop Friday
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Iraq's Kurds faced the threat of growing isolation Thursday after a massive "yes" vote for independence in a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Ghanaian villagers profit from monkey business
Tafi Atome, Ghana (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
The villagers of Tafi Atome, in Ghana's Volta Region, grew up listening to tales of their spiritual links to the 1,000 or so mona monkeys that inhabit the surrounding lush forest. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
The link between drought and riots in sub-Saharan Africa
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
The scientific community has been working on the possibility of a relationship between periods of drought and rioting for several years. The University of Geneva (UNIGE), operating in partnership wi ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Wildlife groups accused of funding abuses against Pygmies in Africa
Libreville (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Wildlife guards funded by the WWF and other conservation groups have carried out systematic abuses against tribes in central Africa, an activist group claimed on Monday. ... more


Kiir tells South Sudan police to work with UN

SUPERPOWERS
China conducts first military drills in Djibouti
Beijing (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
China has staged military exercises in Djibouti after opening its first overseas military base there last month, official media said. ... more
FARM NEWS
Study identifies likely scenarios for global spread of devastating crop disease
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Stem rust, named for the blackening pustules that infect plant stems, caused devastating crop epidemics and famine for centuries before being tamed by fungicides and resistance genes. Since th ... more
OIL AND GAS
Strongman Haftar bolsters stature as key Libya player
Rome (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar met Italy's defence minister and security chiefs in Rome Tuesday, bolstering his stature as a key player in international efforts to stabilise his troubled country. ... more
TERROR WARS
US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
US forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. ... more



Artificial light device boosts cows' milk yields by 9 percent
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A new artificial light device developed in Ireland promises to increase cows' milk yields by 9 percent. In the latest tests, the technology, a mask, increased milk production among lactating bovines. The device was developed by Equilume, a company spun-out of the research labs at the University College Dublin in Ireland. For a few years, the company has been making light therapy masks f ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security
Brussels (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
An unusually intense rainy season in Central America has left dozens dead and thousands more affected by damaged or destroyed homes and roads. Weather observatories said precipitation in September and October - usually the wettest period of the five-month-long season - were 25 to 50 percent heavier than average in the rainiest zones. The worst-hit country in the region was Honduras, wh ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone
Onna, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A sustainable future powered by sea
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Getting the measure of mud
Auditor slams Canada on lack of climate actions
Ottawa (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Canada's rhetoric on climate change must be translated into action, the environment commissioner said Tuesday in a scathing report blaming years of inertia for leaving the nation vulnerable to climate damage. The government must move "from a seemingly endless planning mode into an action mode," said Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand in the report. ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Cost of climate disasters to reach half of US growth in a decade: report
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Science denial not limited to political right
Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. "Today's bid opening represents a significant milestone for the National Renewable Energy Programme, and an important step on the way to diversifying Saudi Arabia's domestic energy mix and building a cutting edge domestic renewable energy sector," Energy Minister K ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
DOE should take steps toward facilitating energy development on its public lands
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers set time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells
Paris (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables: IEA
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecosystems. Now in a study appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists report on the development of an environmentally friendly process that could transform this pollutant int ... more
Ithica NY (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Algae with light switch
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 02, 2017
A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The hurricane, a Category 4 storm at landfall on Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, caused widespread damage and numerous casualties on the Caribbean island, an unincorporated U.S. territory with a populatio ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Trump to request $29 bln for storm-hit Puerto Rico
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
MIT engineers attempt to predict extreme events
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Oil prices inch lower and move into wait-and-see mode
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Crude oil prices on Wednesday continued to drift away from recent highs on signs the U.S. energy sector was returning to normal following recent hurricanes. Crude oil prices have moved lower for each session in October after rallying close to one-year highs during the previous month. Seasonal norms were upended in late August when Hurricane Harvey hit the large concentration of refineri ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Exports could add a layer to OPEC, non-OPEC accountability
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Western states to roll out EV highway initiative
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Iraq to rehab oil in liberated northern province
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
China's manufacturing activity accelerated for a second straight month in September, official figures showed Saturday, although an independent indicator was less positive about the world's second largest economy. The sector expanded at its fastest pace since 2012 after rebounding in August, official data showed. "The indicator showed a steady upward trend in the manufacturing sector," n ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports
Hong Kong, China (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
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
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
With the start of construction of a new wind farm off the coast of Germany, officials said the nation's economy was supported through low-carbon efforts. German energy company E.ON, with support from Norway's Statoil, hosted a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Arkona offshore wind farm, which formally started in late August. Christian Pegel, a regional Germany en ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
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Cats kill more than one million birds per day in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Cats in Australia kill more than 1 million birds every day, according to a new study. The study, a survey of 100 studies conducted across the continent, was published this week in the journal Biological Conservation. Data pooled from the dozens of studies showed some 316 million birds are killed by feral cats every year in Australia. Another 61 million birds are killed by pet cats. ... more
Pekanbaru, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sun bear attacks couple in Indonesia; Giant python attacks man
Brasília (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Activists condemn craze for wild animal selfies
Jakarta (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Panda diplomacy: Two giant pandas from China land in Indonesia
Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker on Friday was found guilty of "desecrating" the Chinese and Hong Kong flags by turning them upside down in parliament, but escaped a prison sentence. Cheng Chung-tai upended small Chinese and Hong Kong flags that some pro-Beijing legislators had displayed on their desks in the legislative assembly last October. The incident happened during a feisty sess ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Brussels (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
40,000 troops in Russian war games: US general
Washington (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Trump hails 'very strong' ties with Thailand
Stone Age child reveals that modern humans emerged more than 300,000 years ago
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
South Africa is well-known for its hominin fossil record. But this time, results from a study of ancient DNA presented in the September 28th First Release early online issue of Science show that the 2000-year-old remains of a boy found at Ballito Bay in KwaZulu-Natal during the 1960s, helped to rewrite human history. Marlize Lombard, Professor of Stone Age archaeology at the University of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
Sleep helps the brain reorganize, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Isotopic analyses link the lives of Late Neolithic individuals to burial location in Spain
Birmingham UK (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Chimpanzees can learn how to use tools without observing others
Germany redeploys anti-IS surveillance jets to Jordan
Berlin (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Germany on Wednesday moved four Tornado jets flying surveillance missions against the Islamic State group to Jordan after withdrawing them from Turkey amid a bilateral dispute, the defence ministry said. Berlin decided in June to pull out the contingent after Ankara repeatedly denied German lawmakers the right to visit about 250 German troops then stationed at Turkey's Incirlik NATO base nea ... more
The Hague (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sarin used in Syria 5 days before Khan Sheikhun: OPCW
Beirut (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
Manila (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
US, Philippine troops launch new counter-terror drills
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Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland on Friday rejected evidence put before the European Court of Justice to prove illegal logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. During a court hearing in Luxembourg on September 11, the European Commission's representative showed satellite images of Bialowieza to show that Warsaw is defying the court's temporary injunctio ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
Brasilia (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
American oaks share a common northern ancestor
Future NZ navy ship to feature Saab communications system
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
The future replenishment vessel of the Royal New Zealand Navy will feature a tactical communications network from Saab of Sweden. The system, called TactiCall, interconnects communication technologies regardless of radio band, frequency or hardware. Saab said support for the system chosen by the navy for the future HMNZS Aotearoa, will receive in-service support from Electronic N ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Navy leadership testifies before SASC on ship collisions, readiness concerns
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Australia selects Saab for naval C4I systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Elbit Systems supplying C4ISR solution to unidentified navy


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