A cloud of pollution descended over Beijing at the weekend, shrouding the city and its famous cultural landmarks in a thick haze amid a US warning against physical activity outdoors.
With the completion of the first genome-wide association study for Sjögren's syndrome, an international coalition of researchers led by scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has identified six new disease-related ... Water vapor changes in the stratosphere contribute to warmer temperatures and likely play an important role in the evolution of Earth's climate, says a research team led by a Texas A&M University professor. Brazilian authorities on Friday sided with protesting natives and slammed as unconstitutional an amendment that would give lawmakers authority to approve and demarcate indigenous lands.
A total of 103 international flights were cancelled in Taiwan while 14 flights were delayed. ... Taiwan evacuated more than 2,000 tourists on Thursday as the island braced for super-typhoon Soulik, while Japan's Okinawa warned residents that giant waves of up to 12 metres (40 feet) could pound the archipelago.
Rising ocean surface temperatures caused by climate change could make fish accumulate more mercury, increasing the health risk to people who eat seafood, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues report ...
NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of Typhoon Trami's center just north of Taiwan as it headed for landfall in eastern China.
The Taiwan weather bureau said the typhoon had brought up to 400 mm (16 inches) of rainfall although it was not likely to make landfall on the island.
The storm, which the centre classified as "strong" with winds up to 151 kilometres (94 miles) an hour, was located Sunday afternoon about 280 kilometres southeast of the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang and moving at a speed of 18 kilometres an hour. Biologists of the University of Zurich have developed a method to visualize the activity of genes in single cells.
Super Typhoon Usagi--one of the strongest storms of the year--barrelled towards Hong Kong and southern China on Friday, prompting warnings of fierce winds and torrential rains.
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Typhoon Trami during the time it was making landfall in eastern China and captured an infrared view of the storm. China was on its highest alert for Typhoon Fitow Sunday, with tens of thousands evacuated as the storm was set to slam into the east coast as early as Sunday night. At 250 metres high, the channels are almost as tall as the Eiffel tower and stretch hundreds of kilometres along the ... Fitow was expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds, Xinhua added, quoting the weather centre as saying it was unusual for a typhoon to come ashore in China's southeast during October. ...
Scientists have discovered huge ice channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica. It urged authorities and residents to be especially alert.
A unique study of 16 pairs of identical twins in which one twin is obese and the other lean has yielded some surprising results. The method is so efficient that, for the first time, a thousand genes can be studied in parallel ... New research now reveals that one class of inhibitory neurons--called VIP interneurons--specializes in inhibiting other inhibitory neurons in multiple regions of cortex, and does so under specific behavioral conditions. Soulik is approaching Taiwan and is forecast to make landfall in southeastern China over the weekend of July 13 and ... Chinese maritime authorities also issued red alerts, warning of storm tides and waves kicked up by Fitow.
A global hunt for genes that influence heart disease risk has uncovered 157 changes in human DNA that alter the levels of cholesterol and other blood fats - a discovery that could lead to new medications. "We must not leave anybody in danger," said Li Qiang, the provincial governor.
He urged local authorities to increase inspections of dams and reservoirs as well as safety checks of chemical plants and other important facilities, Xinhua reported.
Fishermen were urged to return to port and local authorities were told to prepare harbour facilities and sea walls for high tides.
Astronomer Ignacio Ferrin, FACom researcher, analyzed the most recent observational data of Comet ISON and has identified clear signatures of what he has called an "impending demise." The so-called light-curve ... The National Meteorological Centre issued a red alert for the storm, saying it was expected to make landfall in China late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the south of Zhejiang province and the north of click here to read Fujian province. The storm, which Xinhua described as the 23rd to hit China this year, passed through Japan's southern Okinawan island chain, forcing flight cancellations and causing power outages. Explore further: Super Typhoon Usagi on path of destruction
Taiwan's military has ordered more than 20,000 troops on standby.
A cloud of pollution descended over Beijing at the weekend, shrouding the city and its famous cultural landmarks in a thick haze amid a US warning against physical activity outdoors. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau issued a warning over the storm Sunday morning as it was barrelling past the north of the island. Southeastern China was hit by the most powerful typhoon of 2013 on Sept. 22, when Typhoon Usagi came ashore landfall in the Guangdong Province during the evening. The UN aviation body has reached a deal on curbing the airline industry's rising carbon emissions, sources close to the negotiations said Friday. Fitow, named after a flower from Micronesia, comes just two weeks after Typhoon Usagi wreaked havoc in the region. (Phys.org) --A team of researchers from the Netherlands has found that material sloughed off by sponges is eaten by organisms that live on or near coral reefs. But this is just what happens during the degradation of pollutants in the atmosphere. Seventeen ferry services between Taiwan and offshore islands were also terminated. Zhejiang has so far evacuated more than 130,000 people ahead of the expected landfall, state news agency Xinhua said.
The health of the ocean is spiralling downwards far more rapidly than previously thought, according to a new review of marine science.
Typhoon Soulik's eyewall appears to have rebuilt as evidenced in NASA satellite imagery. NASA's TRMM satellite observed very heavy ... Some 670 mountain climbers were advised to scrap their plans as the bureau forecast torrential rain in mountainous areas in the north and northeast.