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Have Desert Researchers Discovered a Hidden Loop in the Carbon Cycle?
  • R. Stone
  • Medicine, Environmental Science
    Science
  • 13 June 2008
Findings in two deserts on opposite sides of the world suggest that deserts are a larger sink for carbon dioxide than scientists had assumed.
A Human Trigger for the Great Quake of Sichuan?
SEISMOLOGYThe first researchers have gone public with evidence that stresses from water piled behind the new Zipingpu Dam may have triggered last May's devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan
China Plans $3.5 Billion GM Crops Initiative
  • R. Stone
  • Business, Medicine
    Science
  • 5 September 2008
Confronted with land degradation, chronic water shortages, and a growing population, the Chinese government later this month is expected to roll out a $3.5 billion R&D initiative on genetically
Chinese Probe Unmasks High-Tech Adulteration With Melamine
TLDR
A weeks-long investigation into China's tainted milk scandal has left scientists astonished by the technical sophistication of those who used melamine to adulterate food products.
Last Stand for the Body Snatcher of the Himalayas?
  • R. Stone
  • Biology, Medicine
    Science
  • 21 November 2008
The caterpillar-hijacking fungus Cordyceps sinensis is touted as a natural Viagra. But overharvesting has put the peculiar parasite9s back against the wall.
Ecologists Report Huge Storm Losses in China's Forests
  • R. Stone
  • Geography, Medicine
    Science
  • 7 March 2008
NATURAL DISASTERSLast week, China's State Forestry Administration announced that winter storms have damaged 20.86 million hectares--one-tenth of China's forests and plantations--roughly equivalent to
Landslides, Flooding Pose Threats as Experts Survey Quake's Impact
  • R. Stone
  • Medicine, Geography
    Science
  • 23 May 2008
Landslides unleashed by the rupture on 12 May of a more than 200-kilometer section of the Longmenshan fault in Sichuan, China, followed by powerful aftershocks, dammed parts of nine rivers, creating
Three Gorges Dam: Into the Unknown
  • R. Stone
  • Medicine, Geography
    Science
  • 1 August 2008
A marvel of engineering, the Three Gorges Dam will start operating at full capacity later this year. Already under way is an epic experiment on how a dam impacts the environment.
Diseases. A medical mystery in middle China.
  • R. Stone
  • Medicine, Biology
    Science
  • 12 June 2009
China has launched a 5-year, $240 million initiative that aims to stamp out Kashin-Beck disease (KBD), a little-known ailment that has crippled and stunted the growth of hundreds of thousands of
Toxicology. Heart-stopping revelation about how Chinese mushroom kills.
  • R. Stone
  • Medicine, History
    Science
  • 16 March 2012
TLDR
Southwest China's hill country has long been stalked by a killer whose victims sometimes drop dead in midsentence, but now researchers have isolated its toxins and proposed an astonishing modus operandi.
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