Natural gas is set to be the next big energy trend

Global consumption of natural gas will rival the use of coal and steal the market share from oil on the world market.

The “next defining energy trend” is poised to be natural gas as it increasingly becomes a primary global energy source, according to a report released today by GE.

 

 

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Sharks and Wolves: Prey Interactions Similar on Land and in Oceans

major predators help control the populations of their prey… (but not people)

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia.

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New Approach to Water Desalination Could Lead to Small, Portable Units for Disaster Sites or Remote Locations

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A single unit of the new desalination device, fabricated on a layer of silicone.

A new approach to desalination being developed by researchers at MIT and in Korea could lead to small, portable desalination units that could be powered by solar cells or batteries and could deliver enough fresh water to supply the needs of a family or small village. As an added bonus, the system would also remove many contaminants, viruses and bacteria at the same time.

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Anti-Mosquito Laser System

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Welcome to the future, where your fly swatters and insect repellent have been replaced by auto-targeting laser systems. The “Photonic Fence,” designed by Intellectual Ventures Lab, is capable of detecting, tracking, and destroying mosquitoes in flight using basic components harvested from laser printers, Blu-ray disc writers, camcorders, and video game consoles. From the website:

 

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Nasca People Of Ancient Peru: Forest Clearances Sealed Civilization’s Downfall

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Nazca Lines in the Peruvian Desert.

An ancient South American civilisation which disappeared around 1,500 years ago helped to cause its own demise by damaging the fragile ecosystem that held it in place, a study has found.

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Loss Of Top Predators Causing Surge In Smaller Predators, Ecosystem Collapse

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In this image, the extermination of wolves may allow coyote populations to surge, which in turn can suppress feral cat populations, leading to more rodents, etc.

The catastrophic decline around the world of “apex” predators such as wolves, cougars, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller “mesopredators” that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions, a new study concludes.

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Scientists Closer To Developing Salt-tolerant Crops

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This is a comparison of genetically modified plants and non-GM plants grown in saline conditions

An international team of scientists has developed salt-tolerant plants using a new type of genetic modification (GM), bringing salt-tolerant cereal crops a step closer to reality.

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Amazon River Is 11 Million Years Old, Drilling Study Finds

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The Amazon River originated as a transcontinental river around 11 million years ago and took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago.

The Amazon River originated as a transcontinental river around 11 million years ago and took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago. These are the most significant results of a study on two boreholes drilled in proximity of the mouth of the Amazon River by Petrobras, the national oil company of Brazil.

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Ecologists Assess The Impact Of People On Bees

Ecologists Assess The Impact Of People On Bees 

Most of the world’s plant species rely on animals to transfer their pollen to other plants. The undisputed queen of these animal pollinators is the bee, made up of about 30,000 species worldwide, whose daily flights aid in the reproduction of more than half of the world’s flowering plants. In recent years, however, an unprecedented and unexplained decline in bee populations across the U.S. and Europe has placed the health of ecosystems and the sustainability of crops in peril.

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