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ACCRA (Reuters) – The U.N. mission for Ebola wants to achieve significant progress in combating the deadly disease within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases receive treatment, its new head Tony Banbury said on Tuesday. At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in the remote southeast forest region of Guinea in March. The other two most affected countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia. …
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Every evening, sunset signals the start of dinner for billions of wiggling sea monkeys living in the ocean. As these sea monkeys — which are not actually monkeys but a type of shrimp — swarm to the surface in one large, culminating force, they may contribute as much power to ocean currents as the wind and tides do, a new study reports. Even though they're small, sea monkeys — given the playful name because their tail resembles a monkey's tail, but also known as brine shrimp (Artemia salina) — may contribute about a trillion watts, or a terawatt, of power to the surrounding ocean, churning the seas with the same power as the tides, the researchers said. Devotees can watch a group of brine shrimp hatch, grow and mate within weeks.
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This cephalopod is dexterous underwater, can camouflage itself, has well-developed vision, muscular arms, sensory suction cups and a soft body. “The octopus is a fascinating animal, very special indeed, given its muscular structure that works like a modifiable skeleton,” said Cecilia Laschi, a biorobotics professor at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy. Here are some novel technologies that researchers, like Laschi herself, have created based on the sea creature: A team of researchers led by Cunjiang Yu, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Houston, and John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, developed their own version of that camouflage.
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GENEVA (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups.
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Sumitomo Corp shares slumped the most in 18 years after Japan’s fifth-biggest trading house by sales slashed its annual profit forecast by 96 percent due to massive losses on a U.S. shale project and sharp declines in iron ore and coal prices. Japanese trading houses have invested heavily in North American shale oil and gas fields as the world’s third-largest economy looks to diversify its energy sources after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. But revised reserve estimates and unproductive wells have led to write-downs. …
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An extraterrestrial spacecraft lurking in a satellite's orbit near Earth would be able to see city lights and pollution in our atmosphere. NASA's Kepler space telescope is among a fleet of telescopes and spacecraft searching for rocky planets similar to our own.
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Ten British species facing the risk of extinction
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Watch as this blue whale surfaces in front of a paddle boarder in California
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Mount Ontake blankets the surrounding area in thick ash
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Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis.
Posted on 29 September 2014 | 10:05 pm
The pattern of nitrogen in biomolecules like proteins, which differ greatly from that seen in other parts of the solar system, could have been generated by the interactions of light from the early sun with nitrogen gas in the nebula, long before Earth formed.
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The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California’s crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today’s global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases, scientists say.
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DNA signature found in Ice Storm babies: Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile of offspring
The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec’s Ice Storm in 1998 predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.
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Australia’s hottest year on record in 2013 along with the accompanying droughts, heat waves and record-breaking seasons of that year was virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused global warming, scientists say.
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Dolphins are attracted to magnets: Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say
Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals, French researchers say. Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects.
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Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative.
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A team of researchers in Italy are expanding the reach of optical fiber sensors ‘to the hills’ by embedding them in shallow trenches within slopes to detect and monitor both large landslides and slow slope movements.
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Before dinosaurs, it was thought the top aquatic and terrestrial predators didn’t often interact. But researchers have discovered that the smaller of the two apex predators was potentially targeting the larger animal.
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A new study finds that the Greenland Ice Sheet, which covers 1.7 million square kilometers and contains enough ice to raise sea levels worldwide by seven meters, is less stable and more sensitive to climate change than previously thought.
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