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Bacteria aid Plant Roots to Grow in Desert Conditions

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that the soil’s microbial communities can aid plant growth even more so during drought conditions. The roots work together differently with the soil microbes to accommodate for a lack of water. Daniele Daffonchio and colleagues from the University of Milan, Italy, published their findings in the October 31, 2012 open access journal PLOS One.

The symbiotic relationship between plants and soil microbial communities are important for growth. The researchers wanted to find out what happens to the bacteria and plant roots when there is a lack of water.

Microsoft introduces new Windows Phone 8 OS for Smartphones

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(Best Syndication News) - Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) revealed their Windows Phone 8 operating system in San Francisco Monday. The new operating system complements the new Windows 8 operating system for computers.

The Windows Phone 8 mobile smartphones will go on sale starting in November. Nokia, Samsung, and HTC will offer the operating system on some of their smartphones. The major carriers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, along with others, will supply the Windows Phone-8 supported devices.

SpaceX Dragon splash lands west of Baja California, Mexico

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(Best Syndication News) – SpaceX completed their initial mission contracted by NASA with the first commercial cargo delivery flight to the space station. The SpaceX Dragon successfully splash-landed a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

On October 7, 2012 the SpaceX Dragon was sent to the International Space Station to deliver goods as well as to take items back to Earth. Now that the Dragon capsule has successfully landed in the Pacific Ocean, it will be moved by boat to a port near Los Angeles. Some items will be delivered to NASA while the space craft is in Los Angeles, before the capsule returns to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas. Once there, the remaining contents of the capsule will be unloaded.

Ozone hole in Antarctic Shrinks

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(Best Syndication News) - The size of the ozone hole was the second smallest it has been in the last 20 years. Satellite data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates the Antarctic ozone hole was approximately 8.2 million square miles on September 22, 2012. The average size of the hole in 2012 was 6.9 million square miles.

Comparatively, the largest recording of the ozone hole was on September 6, 2000, when it measured 11.5 million square miles. Scientists believe that the ozone hole is shrinking because of warmer temperatures in the area.

New Apple iPad mini offers Lightweight Compact Design

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(Best Syndication News) - Apple unveiled their iPad mini today, a new thinner, faster, and lighter iPad. It is the third generation of iPad products and includes retina display for better viewing from any angle. The HD camera offers high resolution pictures and conferencing. The wireless transfer speed is also faster.

The 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display offers 35 percent more screen space than the 7-inch tablets. The viewing area when browsing the web is 67 percent more usable. The display has the same number of pixels as the other iPad tablets, so it will be compatible with all iPad-supported apps.

The Apple iPad mini is lightweight and thin. The new offering weighs only 0.68 pounds and is only 7.2 mm thick. The case is aluminum for durability and the display is glass.

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