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2012: Sorry But Due To Budget Restriction, Apocalypse Has Been Delayed

Since the release, one year ago, of the first trailer of 2012, the disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich, scientific newspapers have received thousands of inquiries about the galactic alignment supposed to occur on December 21, 2012 and whether or not a galactic or planetary alignment could cause any kind of major disaster.

The "2012 theory" that inspired the movie was already popular on the internet years before Roland Hemmerich and Harald Kloser started writing their screenplay.

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Global Warming In The Agenda Of The Pittsburgh G20 Summit

Sept. 24, 2009 - Last summit in London was centered around the financial crisis and the best strategies to get the global economy out of recession. Although it is expected that the reform of international financial institutions will still be an important part of the discussion in today Pittsburgh summit, some sentences in president Barack Obama address to the UN indicate that global warming will be part of the agenda.

According to sources in the White House, the US president will propose to his G20 partners a plan to eliminate subsidies on fossil fuels, in order to encourage the use of renewable energy and to fight against global warming.

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Kiss Global Warming Goodbye, Say Hello To Global Cooling

While the UN, the ICCP and the WWF are calling world leaders to make all the necessary efforts to reach an agreement on greenhouse gases reduction at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change which will be held in Copenhagen in December (read Global Warming In The Arctic Above All Predictions), some scientists still dare to express opinions that conflict with the prevailing scientific opinion.

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Global Warming In The Arctic Above All Predictions

Sept 03, 2009 According to a WWF 100 pages report that was released yesterday, the Arctic has warmed at about twice the rate of the rest of the globe over the last decades, and is projected to grow throughout this century and beyond.

The climate change is affecting the Arctic's physical and biological systems earlier and in a much worse way than previously predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.

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Could It Be The Missing Link In Anthropoid Evolution?

The New York Natural History Museum presents the remains of a primate that could be the "missing link".

Ida is 47 million years old but is very well preserved for its age. "It is the most complete primate fossil that was ever found," explains the group of scientists that is presenting today the remains of a young female who, they say, could be the "missing link" in the evolution of anthropoids.

The fossil of Ida, 58 centimeters in length, is twenty times older than the majority of existing remnants that explain the human evolution. Scientists say that it could be a transitional specy that shows characteristics of a very primitive prosimian lineage, at the root of the anthropoid evolution, when the first primates developed features that later evolve into monkeys, apes and humans species.

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Mathematics: New Pattern Found in Prime Numbers

PhysOrg.com -- In a recent study, Bartolo Luque and Lucas Lacasa of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain have discovered a new pattern in primes that has surprisingly gone unnoticed until now. They found that the distribution of the leading digit in the prime number sequence can be described by a generalization of Benford’s law. In addition, this same pattern also appears in another number sequence, that of the leading digits of nontrivial Riemann zeta zeros, which is known to be related to the distribution of primes. Besides providing insight into the nature of primes, the finding could also have applications in areas such as fraud detection and stock market analysis.

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Could Coccolithophores Save The Earth From Global Warming ?

Ever heard of Coccolithophores? Despite their small size and their weird name, these tiny single-celled marine organisms are major regulators of global climate.

Most of the models used to predict climate change are based on ocean level, carbon dioxide and temperature measurements but fail to integrate marine ecosystems in their projections.

Actually, the whole process of climate and gas regulation by marine organisms is so complex that it is quite impossible to integrate in already complex models...and much more impossible to explain in details in this artile. I'll try to do my best to keep it simple, concentrating on one of the top players, the Coccolithophores.

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Genetically Modified Trees Can Give Direction To Lost Hickers

A small step for genetic engineering, but a big step for mankind, at least for people unable to read a map or to use a GPS to find their way when hicking in national parks: BioTeckTrees Corp. (NasdaqGS: BTTC) has just announced that they have successfully introduced electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) genetic material into a Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis; family Pinaceae) and that they will soon be able to design the trees so they can give direction to lost hickers.

Electrophorus electricus, also know as "electric eel" or "tremblador" is an electrical fish, capable of generating powerful electric shocks. This electric power generation property will also allow the tree to recharge lost hickers' mobile phones.

Despite strong resistance from environmentalists who are opposed to the introduction of GM plants in American forests, the first tree should be planted on April 1st in Redwood National Park (Ca).

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Colony Collapse Disorder: Bees Need An Emergency Plan

Although the disappearence of billions of bees without any trace of dead bees around hives may sound like a urban legend, the Colony Collapse Disorder is a real and frightening phenomenon that could lead to an overall wipeout of the world's food supply.

While a dramatic decrease of feral and domestic bees has been observed in the US since 1971, it is only in 2006 that some US beekeepers started to report massive disappearence of up to 90% of their bees colonies. And since then, similar reports are coming from other countries like Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, India or Brazil.

The honey bee is a major actor in the food chain, as roughly 90% of vegetal species depend on bees as pollinators, and 30% of the US crops would not exist without pollination. This include all the fruit trees, but also many other crops like cucumbers, squash, melons and all kinds of berries.

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Scientists See Asteroid Hurtle To Earth !

Stunned astronomers watched a car-sized asteroid explode into a brilliant meteor shower as it crashed into Earth's atmosphere.

It was the first time ever that scientists recovered fragments from an asteroid detected in space, according to the study, published in the British journal Nature on Wednesday.

'Any number of meteorites have been observed as fireballs and smoking meteor trails as they come through the atmosphere,' said co-author Douglas Rumble, a researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

'But to actually see this object before it gets to the Earth's atmosphere and then follow it in - that's the unique thing.'

The drama unfolded like an overheated Hollywood script, according to a reconstruction of the event by Nature.

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