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Golden eagle found in Wyo. tied for second-oldest

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America, Wyoming wildlife officials said.

Posted on 19 April 2014 | 4:39 pm

OMV CEO warns against more Russia sanctions

Europe should avoid more sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine and continue to pursue dialogue with Moscow, the chief executive of OMV, the longest-standing Western trade partner of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, said. The Austrian energy group signed its first long-term supply contract with the Soviet Union in 1968 and is a major importer of Russian gas. “None of us can estimate what it would mean if no gas came from Russia to Europe, and if we can’t calculate the consequences we shouldn’t threaten it,” Gerhard Roiss told Austrian ORF radio in an interview aired on Saturday. The European Union is dependent on Russia for about a third of its oil and gas, and about 40 percent of the gas is shipped through Ukraine.

Posted on 19 April 2014 | 2:22 pm

US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

Activists march during a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 7, 2014 in WashingtonThe United States indefinitely extended the review process for a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline Friday, potentially delaying a final decision on the project until beyond mid-term elections in November.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 9:41 pm

Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika wins re-election

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his ballot during the presidential election in AlgiersBy Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power. Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair on Thursday in what was a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised questions about stability in the North African OPEC oil-exporting state. The Algerian leader, 77, was already widely expected to win with the backing of the powerful ruling Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) party, which has dominated the political system since independence from France in 1962. Preliminary official results showed Bouteflika had won with 81.53 percent of the vote, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 7:54 pm

Brazilian tycoon Batista investigated for financial crimes -reports

Brazil´s federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering, Brazilian media reported on Friday. If the police probe leads to criminal charges against Batista, it would be yet another major blow for a businessman once hailed as Brazil’s model entrepreneur and symbol of its economic success. Batista´s EBX oil, mining and logistics empire, which two years ago was valued at $60 billion, collapsed last year in a mountain of debt and massive filings for bankruptcy protection. A week ago, Brazil’s securities commission, CVM, announced that Batista was under investigation for insider trading as chairman of his now-bankrupt oil-producing company Óleo and Gás Participações SA, formerly known as OGX, and its sister company, shipbuilder OSX Brasil SA. Batista is now being investigated by the police at the request of federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro for financial crimes involving the allegedly illegal sales of shares before his conglomerate fell apart, O Globo newspaper reported.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 6:07 pm

Algeria’s Bouteflika wins re-election with 81.5 percent – official results

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his ballot during the presidential election in AlgiersBy Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran already in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power. Sitting in a wheelchair, Bouteflika had cast his vote on Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised doubts about whether he is fit enough to govern the North African oil-exporting state. Preliminary official results showed Bouteflika had won with 81.53 percent of the vote, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. His nearest rival, Ali Benflis, won 12.18 percent, and national turnout was 51.7 percent.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 4:44 pm

RIP LADEE: NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar Surface

RIP LADEE: NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar SurfaceNASA's newest moon probe met its end during a vaporizing crash into the lunar surface last night. The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE for short) made its planned crash into the lunar surface between 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) and 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT) on April 18, after orbiting the moon since October 2013. Scientists expected the impact, predicting that LADEE would hit the far side of the moon on or before April 21 because the probe was running out of fuel — as intended. NASA engineers think that the loveseat-sized probe broke apart as most of it heated up to several hundred degrees.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 3:00 pm

Algeria’s Bouteflika set for re-election, foes cry fraud

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his ballot during the presidential election in AlgiersBy Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared set to win re-election for another five years on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power. Sitting a wheelchair, Bouteflika cast his vote on Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that has raised doubts about whether, after 15 years in power, he is fit enough to govern the North African oil state. Official results were scheduled to be released later on Friday by the interior ministry, but Bouteflika's allies on Thursday were already claiming a landslide victory for the veteran of Algeria's independence war. Bouteflika, 77, was already widely expected to win with the backing of the ruling Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) party, which has dominated the political system since independence from France in 1962.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 1:19 pm

Female Insects with Penis-like Sex Organs Discovered in Brazil

Female Insects with Penis-like Sex Organs Discovered in BrazilResearchers have discovered one of the first sex reversals in nature, with little-known cave insects in Brazil. During copulation, which lasts between 40 to 70 hours, female insects insert an elaborate, penis-like organ into males' vagina-like opening. The researchers believe that the insects' sex organs and sex-role reversal may have been driven over evolutionary time by hunger, as there are few food sources in the cave environment where the bugs live. At first, Rodrigo Ferreira from the Federal University of Lavras in Brazil was focused on a description of species in the cave environment where Neotrogla lives.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 11:49 am

Insight – Compensation battle rages four years after BP’s U.S. oil spill

File photo of fire boat response crews battling the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon off LouisianaFour years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colourful houses on stilts, says he has not found a single oyster alive in his leases in the area since the leak and relies on an onshore oyster nursery to make a living. The British oil major has paid out billions of dollars in compensation under a settlement experts say is unprecedented in its breadth. Some claimants are satisfied, but others are irate that BP is now challenging aspects of the settlement.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 11:08 am

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A fifth of gardeners throw snails and slugs into neighbour’s garden

One in five Britons admits to throwing slugs and snails over the garden fence, polling by the Royal Horticultural Society found






Posted on 18 April 2014 | 5:30 pm

Pictures of the day: 18 April 2014

Cruising alpacas, mother ducks and Easter commemorations






Posted on 18 April 2014 | 8:49 am

Second earthquake strikes Rutland

The epicentre of the 3.5 magnitude earthquake, the second in two days, was in Oakham in the East Midlands, the British Geological Survey confirms






Posted on 18 April 2014 | 8:13 am

Brazilian insects with reversed sexual organs have sex for 70 hours, scientists learn

Mating habits of a little-known Brazilian insect with reversed gender-associated sexual organs revealed by scientists






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 4:47 pm

Caroline Lucas cleared of all charges over anti-fracking protests

Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been cleared of all charges relating to the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 1:52 pm

In pictures: Baby animals spring into life in the Falkland Islands

North London vet documents spring births in the Falklands






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 11:34 am

Earthquake strikes in Rutland

The epicentre of the 3.2 magnitude earthquake was in Oakham in the East Midlands, the British Geological Survey confirms






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 10:54 am

Peak District National Park celebrates its 63rd birthday

On April 17 1951 the Peak District is recognised as an area of national importance, becoming Britain’s first ever National Park






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:59 am

Pictures of the day: 17 April 2014

Injured orangutans, Holy Week traditions and a confused goose






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:42 am

Most Britons ‘never see red squirrels’

New study underlines decline of red squirrels, with just three per cent of people reporting sightings






Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:02 am

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

‘Dressed’ laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning

The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it” may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possible uses of this technique could be used in long-distance sensors and spectrometers to identify chemical makeup.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 6:12 pm

Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species

Seeds that sprout as soon as they’re planted may be good news for a garden. But in the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells, it turns out that seed dormancy has long-term advantages too: plants whose seeds put off sprouting until conditions are more certain give rise to more species.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 6:12 pm

Impact glass from asteroids and comets stores biodata for millions of years

Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists exploring large fields of impact glass in Argentina suggest that what happened on Earth might well have happened on Mars millions of years ago. Martian impact glass could hold traces of organic compounds.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 6:11 pm

Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites

Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 11:17 pm

Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years

Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States have been outlined in a new report. “The northern quadrant of the United States includes 172 million acres of forest land and 124 million people,” said one researcher. This report “is helping identify the individual and collective steps needed to ensure healthy and resilient futures for trees and people alike.”

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 11:17 pm

More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years

Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year — an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 7:12 pm

Alternative identification methods for threatened species urged

With global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of endangered species, there is a sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Researchers want to change how biologists think about collecting ‘voucher’ specimens for species identification, suggesting current specimen collection practices pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations nearing extinction.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:19 pm

Fewer sources for self-cleaning air: Study overturns existing knowledge on nitrous acid, HONO

Up to now, nitrous acid, HONO, was considered one of the most important sources of hydroxyl radicals, OH, which is regarded as the detergent of the atmosphere, allowing the air to clean itself. Scientists have put an end to this conception. The new hypothesis is based on air measurements recorded by a Zeppelin NT.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:19 pm

There’s something ancient in the icebox: Three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

Scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. This finding provides strong evidence that the ice sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:18 pm

Surprising material could play huge role in saving energy: Tin selenide is best at converting waste heat to electricity

One strategy for addressing the world’s energy crisis is to stop wasting so much energy when producing and using it, such as in coal-fired power plants or transportation. Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat. Now scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. This outstanding property could be exploited in solid-state thermoelectric devices, with potentially enormous energy savings.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 4:45 pm