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Monday's Best Deals: HP Back-to-School Sale, Aukey 12-in-1 USB-C Hub, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, Gooloo 1500A Jump Starter, Taste of Asia Snack Mix, Reusable Face Shields, and More

An HP back-to-school sale on laptops, desktops, and printers, an Aukey 12-in-1 USB-C hub, a discounted copy of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers for PS4, a Goooloo 1500A jump starter, a Taste of Asia snack mix package, and a reusable face shield five-pack lead Monday’s best deals.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Asia, Science

Global report: South Korea goes into recession as Australia flags huge deficit

United States nears four million Covid-19 cases; Trump blames BLM protests for spread; Hong Kong sees more than 110 new infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Korea’s economy has recorded its worst performance in more than 20 years amid plummeting exports as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Asia’s fourth-largest economy contracted 2.9% year-on-year in the April-June period, the Bank of Korea said, after a fall of 1.3% in the first quarter, putting the cou...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Science, Australia, World news, Australia news, US news, United States, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Korea, BLM, Trump, Bank of Korea, Coronavirus outbreak

Breeding new rice varieties will help farmers in Asia

New research shows enormous potential for developing improved short-duration rice varieties.
Tags: Asia, Science

The road to a battery-powered Europe

For the past century, the world has relied on combustion engines powered by fossil fuels for transportation, but now lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles are emerging as sustainable successors. As major vehicle producers, European manufacturers are looking to establish their own lithium-ion battery market to compete with firms in Asia and the US. A new report in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explores the challenges and opportunities poweri...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, US, American Chemical Society

Monitoring groundwater changes more precisely

A new method could help to track groundwater changes better than before. Researchers from Potsdam and the USA have compared gravity field data from the GRACE and GRACE-Follow On satellite missions with other measuring methods. They investigated the seasonal water storage in almost 250 river basins in Asia, whose water regime is dominated by monsoon. The results allow the large-scale GRACE data to be scaled down to smaller regions. The researchers report on this in the journal Earth and Planetary...
Tags: Asia, Usa, Science, Potsdam

Where did the Asian longhorned ticks in the US come from?

The invasive population of Asian longhorned ticks in the United States likely began with three or more self-cloning females from northeastern Asia, according to a Rutgers-led study. Asian longhorned ticks outside the U.S. can carry debilitating diseases. In the United States and elsewhere they can threaten livestock and pets. The new study, published in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health, sheds new light on the origin of these exotic ticks and how they are spreading across the United States.
Tags: Asia, Science, US, Public Health, United States, Rutgers

Coronavirus live news: Russia cases pass 660,000; Indonesia reports record daily infections rise

Worst-hit nation records another new daily record of infections; Middle East at ‘critical threshold’ says WHO; NZ health minister David Clark resignsCalifornia rolls back reopening of bars and restaurantsGlobal report: new US record increase as NZ health minister quitsOxford offers world best hope of vaccine this year, UK MPs toldRolling Stones and McCartney in bid to rescue music industryUK coronavirus updates - live 11.29am BST A strain of Covid-19 that has infected more than 300 people in...
Tags: Asia, UK, Science, Indonesia, Russia, US, US news, Beijing, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Harvard University, Middle East, Mccartney, Nz, David Clark, Lucy Campbell

Consumption of products derived from vulnerable wildlife species pervasive in Laos

A new study of wildlife consumption in northern Laos by San Diego Zoo Global researchers found widespread use of products made from sun bears, Asiatic bears and serows--goat-like mammals found throughout Asia--among other vulnerable species. The findings indicate that efforts are needed to reduce the unsustainable harvest of bears and serows, in particular, 'before this demand becomes a significant conservation challenge,' the authors wrote.
Tags: Asia, Science, Laos, San Diego Zoo Global

Coronavirus live updates: New Zealand PM dismisses calls to open borders; UK locks down city of Leicester

Broadway theatres to stay closed until January 2021; Iran reports record daily deathsGlobal report: WHO to send team to China to investigate Covid-19 originsLeicester lockdown: what are the new Covid-19 restrictions?Jacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand bordersSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.24am BST A coordinated response to the Covid-19 crisis in the Americas, India and Africa must be led by countries that have suppressed it, writes Adam Tooze, urging us to stay...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, Science, Greece, China, Africa, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Iran, Infectious Diseases, Athens, Broadway, New Zealand

This is how some snakes can fly

Some snakes have evolved the ability to glide through the air. For example, paradise tree snakes in southeastern Asia can launch off from a branch and fly as far as 10 meters. Scientists have known that the snakes flatten their bodies to gain lift but new research reveals that they also undulate their bodies as they're gliding in order to remain stable. Johns Hopkins University mechanical engineer Isaac Yeaton and colleagues from Virginia Tech put reflective tape on snakes' bodies and then use...
Tags: Asia, Post, Video, Science, News, Biology, Snakes, Evolution, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Altitude Not Attitude, Flying Snakes, Isaac Yeaton, Gihan Jayaweera CC BY SA

Fancy Aussie bees flew in from Asia

Ancestors of a distinctive pollinating bee found across Australia probably originated in tropical Asian countries, islands in the south-west Pacific or greater Oceania region, ecology researchers claim. Describing the likely dispersal corridor for the ancestral lineage of the bee genus Homalictus will help understand the social evolution of the vibrant halictine bees, South Australian, Czech and PNG researchers say in a new paper.
Tags: Asia, Science, Australia, Oceania, PNG, South West Pacific

Coronavirus live news: Austria warns against travel to German state; deaths in Latin America pass 100,000

Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ US cases surge; Brazil records 39,436 new cases; 200 cases at one South African school; new cluster confirmed in TokyoGlobal report: seven US states report record Covid-19 hospitalisationsLatin America deaths top 100,000Coronavirus has brought US ‘to its knees’, says CDC directorUK coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – live 9.20am BST Health leaders are calling for an urgent review to ensure Britain is properly prepared for the “real risk” of a...
Tags: Asia, UK, Science, Cdc, US, America, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Austria, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, British Medical Journal, Latin America

Rare 'ring of fire' annular solar eclipse to cast shadow over Africa and Asia

Event will be visible across a narrow band from Congo-Brazzaville to southern ChinaSkywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian peninsula, India and southern China will witness the most dramatic “ring of fire” solar eclipse in years on Sunday.Annular eclipses occur when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, but not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure the sun’s light. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Space, Science, China, Africa, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, West Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Solar eclipses, Arabian peninsula India

Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse to cast shadow over Africa and Asia

Event will be visible across a narrow band from Congo-Brazzaville to southern ChinaSkywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian peninsula, India and southern China will witness the most dramatic “ring of fire” solar eclipse in years on Sunday.Annular eclipses occur when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, but not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure the sun’s light. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Space, Science, China, Africa, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, West Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Solar eclipses, Arabian peninsula India

Coronavirus live news: New Zealand reports another new case as Brazil nears 1m infections

Deaths worldwide near 500,000; US health expert says country is ‘still in first wave’; Argentinian president enters voluntary isolation amid coronavirus surge. Follow the latest updatesBeijing coronavirus outbreak: city raises emergency level and grounds hundreds of flightsBrazil cases near 1mNew Zealand confirms one new caseSpanish opera house reopens with concert for plantsSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.19am BST Elmo, Cookie Monster and Muppets from Asia and the Middle East are joining...
Tags: Asia, Science, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Ap, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Middle East, Microbiology, New Zealand, Brazil, Honduras, Latin America

Coronavirus live news: New Zealand to trace 320 'close contacts' of virus pair as Beijing raises alert level

Beijing grounds hundreds of flights; Brazil suffers record case increase; six US states see record new cases. Follow the latest updatesNew Zealand traces 320 ‘close contacts’ of two new casesNew Zealand brings in military after Covid-19 quarantine fiascoBeijing raises alert levelCovid-19 outbreaks in New Zealand and China highlight stark choicesSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.23am BST Kimon de Greef reports for the Guardian: Some so-called “wet markets” in Asia, named for the common pract...
Tags: Asia, Science, Biology, China, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, New Zealand, Brazil

Cholesterol levels dropping in Western nations but rising in Asia

Cholesterol levels are declining sharply in western nations, but rising in low- and middle-income nations - particularly in Asia, according to a study of global cholesterol levels, which involve researchers at the University of Gothenburg.
Tags: Asia, Science

This ancient crocodile walked on two legs 'like humans'

The Jinju Formation, South Korea,houses nearly 100 well-preserved fossilized footprints.An analysis of the footprints suggests they were left by a 3-meter-long crocodile that walked on human-length hindlegs.The animal, named Batrachopus grandis, is another potential addition to the widely diverse family of the crocodylomorphs. As any schoolchild will tell you, crocodiles have remained unchanged for millions of years. These powerful ambush predators have evolved to fit perfectly within their nic...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Biology, Animals, Bbc, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Kim, University Of Queensland, North Carolina, Paleontology, University of Manchester, Phil Manning, Jinju

What has caused more extreme summer heat events over northeast Asia?

A new study found that anomalous anticyclone over Northeast Asia was responsible for nearly half of the magnitude in extreme heat events of 2018.
Tags: Asia, Science, Northeast Asia

Discovery of oldest bow and arrow technology in Eurasia

The origins of human innovation have traditionally been sought in the grasslands and coasts of Africa or the temperate environments of Europe. More extreme environments, such as the tropical rainforests of Asia, have been largely overlooked, despite their deep history of human occupation. A new study provides the earliest evidence for bow-and-arrow use, and perhaps the making of clothes, outside of Africa ~48-45,000 years ago -in the tropics of Sri Lanka.
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, Africa, Eurasia

Sharp drop in Australia's bad cholesterol levels -- but rising in Asia and Pacific

The proportion of Australians with bad cholesterol levels has dropped significantly, while Asian and Pacific countries recorded a sharp rise, according to the world's largest study on the condition.
Tags: Asia, Science, Australia, Pacific

Cholesterol levels dropping in Western nations -- but rising in Asia

Cholesterol levels are declining sharply in Western nations, but rising in low- and middle-income nations - particularly in Asia, suggests the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels.
Tags: Asia, Science

Patterns in crop data reveal new insight about plants and their environments

A new study unearthed patterns in datasets collected on rice plants across Asia that allowed researchers to develop a matrix to predict the traits of rice plants depending on their genetics and environment. The approach could lead to better predictability in crop production.
Tags: Asia, Science

Synthesis of prebiotic peptides gives clues to the origin of life on Earth

Coordination Compounds Lab of Kazan Federal University started researching prebiotic peptide synthesis in 2013 with the use of the ASIA-330 flow chemistry system. Many lab projects are devoted to the problem of selectivity and specificity of processes in living nature.
Tags: Asia, Science, Earth, Kazan Federal University

First ancient cultivated rice discovered in Central Asia

Rice has always been one of the most important food in Asia and the world. The spread of rice agriculture is an important part during the early crop globalization process. Recently, researchers have first discovered the carbonized rice remain in Central Asia archaeological sites, providing a new evidence to explain how rice further spreads westward, the local ethnic dietary systems and dietary culture transformation and the early civilization exchange on Eurasia continent.
Tags: Asia, Science, Eurasia, Rice, Central Asia

New map reveals global scope of groundwater arsenic risk

Up to 220 million people worldwide, with approximately 94% of them in Asia, could be at risk of drinking well water containing harmful levels of arsenic, a tasteless, odorless and naturally occurring poison.
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Sustainable palm oil? How environmental protection and poverty reduction can be reconciled

Palm oil is often associated with tropical deforestation above all else. However, this is only one side of the story, as agricultural scientists from the University of Göttingen and the IPB University Bogor (Indonesia) show in a new study. The rapid expansion of oil palm has also contributed considerably to economic growth and poverty reduction in local communities, particularly in Asia. The study was published in the Annual Review of Resource Economics.
Tags: Asia, Science, University of Göttingen, Bogor Indonesia, IPB University

Global cooling event 4,200 years ago spurred rice's evolution, spread across asia

A major global cooling event that occurred 4,200 years ago may have led to the evolution of new rice varieties and the spread of rice into both northern and southern Asia, an international team of researchers has found.
Tags: Asia, Science

Reptile poaching in Balochistan (Pakistan) is on a decreasing trend but still troublesome

Since 2013, following strict enforcement of provincial wildlife legislation in the less studied regions of Asia, the overall trend of illegal reptile poaching is steadily decreasing. Despite that, the issue is not yet resolved and poached reptiles are largely destined not only for the international pet trade, but also utilized in folk medicines and snake charmer shows, according to a recent study, published in the open-access journal Herpetozoa.
Tags: Asia, Science, Balochistan Pakistan

Eager for Manufacturing Independence, Feds Eye Bringing Chip Production Stateside: Report

The coronavirus pandemic has kicked the Trump administration’s concerns regarding America’s dependence on Asian factories for supplying critical technology into overdrive. According to a new Wall Street Journal report, officials are in talks with several semiconductor companies about potentially building chip…Read more...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Science, Samsung, America, Department Of Defense, Intel, Taiwan, Chips, Donald Trump, TSMC, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Semiconductors, Department of Commerce, Trump Administration

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