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November 10, 2017
ROCKET SCIENCE
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco



Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 09, 2017
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega's 11th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 01:42 GMT on 8 November (02:42 CET; 22:42 local time on 7 November). With a mass at liftoff of 1110 kg, Mohammed VI-A was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 55 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega's upper stage. Complying with debris regulati ... read more

ABOUT US
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent r ... more
TERROR WARS
US kills 'several militants' in Somalia air strike
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The US military announced Thursday it had killed "several militants" in an airstrike against Al-Shabaab jihadists in Somalia. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Dozens of new wildlife corridors identified for African mammals
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified 52 potential wildlife corridors linking protected areas across Tanzania. Using a cost-effective combination of interviews with loc ... more
WOOD PILE
UN's number two accused in Chinese scam to import Nigerian rosewood
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed faced accusations from an advocacy group on Thursday that she granted illegal permits to Chinese firms to import endangered Nigerian timber when she was Nigeria's environment minister. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
Judges finish investigation into Guinea stadium massacre
Conakry (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Guinean judges have completed an investigation into a massacre in which at least 157 opposition supporters were killed and 109 women raped by troops in a stadium in 2009, the justice ministry said in a statement Thursday. ... more
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Tracking collars reveal raiding strategies used by hungry baboons
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Baboons in South Africa mostly use a sit and wait tactic before raiding homes in search of food, according to new research. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
6.5-magnitude quake hits PNG
Sydney (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, according to officials, but there were no immediate reports of damage. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
An investigation into an ambush that resulted in the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger early October will not conclude until at least January 2018, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Sahel anti-terror force sees teething problems in first mission
Niamey (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
The maiden mission of a counterterrorism force that aims to tackle jihadist groups in the troubled Sahel experienced "logistical problems" but they are not "insurmountable", according to the military's first appraisal of the operation. ... more
WATER WORLD
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. ... more


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NUKEWARS
S. Korea announces sanctions against Pyongyang
Seoul (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
South Korea announced new unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang - the first under President Moon Jae-In - on Monday, a day before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul on an Asian tour dominated by the North's nuclear programme. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Vega to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Nov 01, 2017
For its 10th launch of the year, and the 11th Vega mission since this launcher began its career at the Guiana Space Center in 2012, Arianespace will orbit the MOHAMMED VI - A satellite. This E ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. ... more
OIL AND GAS
No letup in Juba standoff around ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Troops remained deployed around the home of South Sudan's powerful former army chief Paul Malong on Sunday in a dispute over the fate of his 30 bodyguards, an army spokesman told AFP. ... more



Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won't do well. Their seeds won't germinate or their roots will die. "Most plants are sensitive to extreme changes in soil te ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Vancouver WA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
WSU researcher sees huge carbon sink in soil minerals
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate
Paris (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, warned Thursday at UN negotiations in Bonn. The diplomatic spat has underscored the difficulty of reaching a consensus at the 196-nation talks. "If we do not respect decisions that we have made, then how ... more
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets, rival China
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Cities can cut greenhouse gas emissions far beyond their urban borders
Bonn (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US
OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar, a division of OMCO Holdings, has announced a significant expansion to their solar product offerings and construction leadership teams, bringing years of solar experience to support the launch of their exclusive, Field-Fast fixed-tilt racking solution. Chosen as Director of Solar Product Engineering, Matt Kesler will oversee all current and future solar engineering and design op ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal
Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Solar greenhouses generate electricity and grow healthy crops
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
A study examining how certain decisions impact what farmers plant and harvest identified one crucial factor that researchers believe needs to be added to the list of decision variables when considering bioenergy crops: the option value. Most studies have not examined the role of the option value, which has to do with farmers waiting to see how bioenergy crop prices will change in the futur ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Fighting overdose epidemic, US bans all fentanyl-type drugs
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The US Justice Department on Thursday announced a ban on all fentanyl-like drugs amid skyrocketing rates of overdoses from the synthetic opioids. Authorities moved to plug legal loopholes in which producers of fentanyl - which can be 50 times more potent than heroin - slightly alter the chemical makeup to render it a legal substance. "Anyone who possesses, imports, distributes, or manu ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
French robbers target big-spending Chinese tourists
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Mexico earthquake reconstruction will cost $2.5bn: Pena Nieto
San Juan (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Back to school in Puerto Rico, but still without power
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OMV sees Brent oil at $52 for the year
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
A 9 percent gain in realized crude oil prices during the third quarter helped contribute to a 52 percent jump in year-on-year profits, Austria's OMV said. OMV reported an operating net profit in the third quarter of $933 million, up 52 percent from the same period last year. The company said gains were supported by a 14 percent quarterly gain in Brent crude oil prices, which it said cam ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
DNO says Kurdish oil operations continuing without interruption
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
China examines LNG potential in Alaska
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
An effective solution for collecting spilled petroleum
US slams World Bank lending to rich countries like China
Washington (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
World Bank lending to countries like China that are rich enough to finance their own development hurts poor countries that need help, a senior US Treasury official said Wednesday. David Malpass, Treasury's under secretary for International Affairs, cited China as a prime example of the practice, as the World Bank's biggest borrower with $2.4 billion in loans this year. The Trump administ ... more
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Alibaba launches electronic trading hub in Malaysia
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
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
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
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Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures. The pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, were recovered on Tuesday in two separate raids in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. Despite concerted efforts to c ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Endangered vaquita porpoise dies in captivity
London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
No decision on Trump, Putin meeting: Tillerson
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Russia and the US disagreed on Thursday over whether US President Donald Trump plans to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam. Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told Russian news agencies that the meeting "will be on November 10", with the exact time still being discussed. But in comments in Beijing, where Trump is on a state visit, US Secretary of Stat ... more
Seoul (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
S. Korea to join three US aircraft carriers in drills
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France hikes defence spending, inches towards NATO goal
Brussels (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
US defence chief meets NATO to discuss IS, Afghanistan
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
A passer-by drops something and you spring to pick it up. Or maybe you hold the door for someone behind you. Such acts of kindness to strangers were long thought to be unique to humans, but recent research on bonobos suggests our species is not as exceptional in this regard as we like to think. Famously friendly apes from Africa's Congo Basin, bonobos will go out of their way to help stran ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Faith not linked to intuition or rational thinking, study shows
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
Tracking collars reveal raiding strategies used by hungry baboons
Macron warns looming military defeat of IS 'not the end'
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the Islamic State group faced complete military defeat in Iraq and Syria within months but warned the battle against jihadism would go on. He was speaking after Syrian troops and allied militiamen broke into the IS-held town of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, edging closer to ousting the jihadists from their last urban stronghold in the cou ... more
Beirut (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
IS left clinging to scraps in Syria and Iraq
Washington (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
US kills 'several militants' in Somalia air strike
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's Karbala hail 'revenge' against IS
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Police detain protesters in primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Police on Thursday detained 22 environment activists who staged a sit-in at the Warsaw headquarters of Poland's state forest management agency to protest against logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. Critics say Poland's right-wing government is defying a European Court of Justice injunction to suspend logging in the forest, ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
UN's number two accused in Chinese scam to import Nigerian rosewood
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree
Mbandaka, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Could the peatlands of Congo be a carbon bomb?
UAE closes deal for two Gowind navy corvettes: Macron
Dubai (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The United Arab Emirates has closed a deal to buy two French-made Gowind navy corvettes, built for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday in Dubai. The deal for the Gowind-class corvettes built by France's Naval Group was announced at the end of a two-day visit to the UAE, an ally of France and longtime client of Western defense indust ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
General Dynamics to sustain U.S., British submarine weapons systems
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
BAE awarded $22M contract for work on USS Little Rock, USS Sioux City
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