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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

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Tracking a typhoon's seismic footprint

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Princeton NJ (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
(image) Climatologists are often asked, "Is climate change making hurricanes stronger?" but they can't give a definitive answer because the global hurricane record only goes back to the dawn of the satellite era. But now, an intersection of disciplines - seismology, atmospheric sciences, and oceanography - offers an untapped data source: the continuous seismic record, which dates back to the early 20th

Towards a better prediction of solar eruptions

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Paris, France (SPX) Feb 13, 2018
(image) Just one phenomenon may underlie all solar eruptions, according to researchers from the CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, CEA and INRIA[1] in an article featured on the cover of the February 8 issue of Nature magazine. They have identified the presence of a confining 'cage' in which a magnetic rope[2] forms, causing solar eruptions. It is the resistance of this cage to the attack of the rope that

Ball Aerospace Delivers Flight Cryocooler Early for NASA's Landsat Mission

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 16, 2018
(image) Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Achieving this milestone early will allow GSFC additional time and options during the instrument integration and test phase. For more than 45 years, Landsat Earth-observing satellite missions have gathered multispectral imagery from space

Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Jakarta (AFP) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Four Indonesian men have been arrested over the killing of an orangutan shot some 130 times with an air rifle, police said Monday, in the latest fatal attack on a critically endangered species. The suspects, farmers from the island of Borneo, admitted killing the animal, saying it ruined their crops at a pineapple and palm oil plantation, according to authorities. "They meant to shoo aw

In Kenya, anti-poaching dogs are wildlife's best friends

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Maasai Mara, Kenya (AFP) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent. Straining at the leash, she pulls her handler along an invisible scent path laid down for her until she finds a ranger hiding in the grass, pretending to be one of the poachers she is trai

France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Paris (AFP) Feb 19, 2018
(image) The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in Fran

Footage shows 'dumbo' octopod hatchling looks like a miniature adult

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Washington (UPI) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Scientists have for the first time published footage of a 'dumbo' octopod hatchling. The documentation, shared this week in the journal Current Biology, proves the young octopods look very much like the adult version of the species. Dumbo octopods are a group of Cirrate octopods occupying the deep sea. They comprise the largest invertebrates found at the lowest depths of the ocean, and

'Loneliest tree in the world' offers evidence of Anthropocene's beginning

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Washington (UPI) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Scientists have discovered evidence of the beginning of the Anthropocene, the newest geological epoch. The evidence came in the form of a "golden spike" found in the heartwood of the "loneliest tree in the world." Though scientists have shown that humans have been influencing the planet's ecosystems for thousands of years, many consider the sudden spike in radioactive carbon caused by t

Study reveals 15 new genes that influence face shape

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Washington (UPI) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Scientists have identified 15 new genes that influence the development of a person's facial features. During previous genetic surveys, scientists have focused on specific facial features, like the distance between a person's eyes or the width of their mouth, and used advanced genomic algorithms to identify corresponding genes. The technique is effective, but it's narrow in its sc

Polish logging in ancient forest breaches EU law: court advisor

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Luxembourg (AFP) Feb 20, 2018
(image) Poland's rightwing government breached EU law by allowing logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests, the legal advisor to the bloc's top court said Tuesday, setting up a new clash between Brussels and Warsaw. Logging in the Bialowieza Forest began in May 2016 but the European Commission took Poland to court last year arguing that it was destroying a forest that boasts unique plant and

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Singapore (AFP) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Singapore said Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said the tax would be levied on all facilities producing 25,000 tonnes or more of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The tax, to be applied to all sectors, will be Sg$5.0

Giant London glasshouse to reopen with world's rarest plants

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

London (AFP) Feb 14, 2018
(image) A gleaming monument to the ambition and creativity of its age, the world's largest Victorian glasshouse will once again welcome visitors to see some of the world's rarest plants following a lengthy facelift. "Temperate House" in London's Kew Gardens is large enough to house three jumbo jets, and was home to around 1,000 species of plants from around the world before it was shut in 2013 after

Growing crops with crushed rocks could reduce CO2 emissions

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Washington (UPI) Feb 19, 2018
(image) Just add rocks. In a recent study, scientists at the University of Sheffield showed the addition of reactive silicate rocks to agricultural soil can boost crop production while limiting the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. In addition to capturing CO2, the rocks also protected crops against pests and disease while improving the soil's structure and fertility. Researchers deta

Indonesia's Mt. Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Karo, Indonesia (AFP) Feb 19, 2018
(image) An Indonesian volcano erupted Monday, sending a massive column of ash and smoke some 5,000 metres (16,400 feet)into the air, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out face masks to residents. Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, which has been rumbling since 2010 and saw a deadly eruption in 2016, spewed the thick plume after activity picked up recent days.

Fukushima operator told to compensate for suicide of 102-year-old

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:38:37 GMT

Tokyo (AFP) Feb 20, 2018
(image) A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to compensate relatives of a 102-year-old man who killed himself at the prospect of fleeing his home. The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Co (TEPCO) to pay 15.2 million yen ($143,400) in damages to the family of Fumio Okubo, according to their attorney Yukio Yasuda. Okubo was the olde