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Live fast, die young true for forests too

...hor of the article. "You can view a forest like a bank account," said Stephenson. "As long as deposits and withdrawals are similar, your balance remains stable. But if the deposits or withdrawals are disrupted, the balance changes." In productive forests, such as tropical forests growing on rich soils, ...

Searching the depths of the straits of Florida for disease cures

... why we're going." Cay Sal is a 60-mile wide sand bank fringed with a few small islands and surrounded on all sides by the deep Straits of Florida and the swiftly flowing Florida Current, which joins with the Antilles Current to form the Gulf Stream off Central Florida. Besides the Cay Sal Bank, the expe...

Discarded placentas deliver researchers promising cells similar to embryonic stem cells

...eutic benefit, parents could conceivably choose to bank their child's amniotic epithelial cells in the event they may someday be needed, as is sometimes done now with umbilical cord blood," commented Dr. Strom. The amnion is derived from the embryo and forms as early as eight days after fertilization, wh...

'Computer-chemistry' yields new insight into a puzzle of cell division

...ing his graduate student Jerry Parks, uses another bank of computers to calculate how components of molecules behave in small spaces -- in this case "how they wiggle," Rudolph said. By allowing both molecules to move -- as they would in the real world -- the researchers could evaluate whether match-ups th...

New maps reveal true extent of human footprint on Earth

...llaboratory," an unprecedented Internet-based data bank that would simultaneously draw on the knowledge of global scientists, local environmentalists and everyday citizens. Adds Foley: "[The Collaboratory] will truly be a brave new experiment that effectively bridges science, decision-making and real-worl...

DNA conclusive yet still controversial, Carnegie Mellon professor says

...have been prosecuted with help from the FBI's data bank of DNA profiles, while at least 170 people have seen their convictions overturned on appeal thanks to DNA evidence. Nonetheless, the use of DNA evidence in appeals has been impeded by political considerations and legal uncertainties, according to Roe...

Multi-million pound UK Biobank underway

...world first ?will gather, store and protect a vast bank of medical data and material that will allow researchers to study in depth, in decades to come, how the complex interplay of genes, lifestyle and environment affect our risk of disease. Because it will involve thousands of people who eventually go on...

Exotic crab poised for widespread UK invasion

...o half a metre long which may eventually cause the bank to collapse. The Newcastle University study, published in the academic journal Biological Invasions, recommends that a nationwide monitoring and trapping system for the crab should be introduced before it is too late to control the population. C...

US woman gives birth to baby from world's first frozen donor egg bank

...deliver a baby from the first commercial donor egg bank in the world, which has offices in Lexington, Kent...ery. She's beautiful." The first frozen donor egg bank was formed based on new egg freezing technology developed by Jeffrey Boldt, PhD, Scientific Director...

Inflammation and drugs to control this activity studied in a variety of tumors sites

...ancerous tissues. They took advantage of a tissue bank from the Mayo Clinic Benign Breast Disease Cohort, which includes several thousand women who, between 1967 and 1991, had a benign breast biopsy. Of this group, 235 women had atypical hyperplasia and tissue available for the study. Cancer follow-up in...

Iron critical to ocean productivity, carbon uptake

...tra pigments, they don't use them right away ?they bank them. Then when they get an infusion of iron, they just take off. They don't have to wait to begin dividing and growing. But that green color wasn't an indication of health, it was an indication of stress from a lack of iron." The study is also impo...

Cougar predation key to ecosystem health

...f most cottonwoods along the streambanks and heavy bank erosion." "But the end result isn't just loss of trees," he said. "It's the decline or disappearance of shrubs, wetland plants, amphibians, lizards, wildflowers, and even butterflies." Until recently, ecologists had a poor...

Scientists discover new, readily available source of stem cells

...that are expelled after delivery. Atala said a bank with 100,000 specimens theoretically could supply 99 percent of the U.S. population with perfect genetic matches for transplantation. There are more than 4 million live births each year in the United States. In addition to being easily obtainable,...

Study examines genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

...rtment of Psychological Medicine has established a bank of more than 3,000 volunteers in South Wales, and elsewhere in the UK, to identify possible genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease. "This is one of the largest studies of its kind and involves many Welsh families " said Professor Julie Wil...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...s from a National Center for Voice and Speech data bank (containing nearly 6600 hours of voice data). The project tracked 31 teachers over two weeks and recorded their voices during all waking hours. The data captured voice-production events as short as 0.0316 seconds and as long as 100 s. On average, the...

Math that powers spam filters used to understand how brain learns to move our muscles

...red the information about its mistakes in a memory bank so it could adapt and make more accurate predictions the next time around. Every time the learner repeated the task, it would sift through the prior knowledge in its memory banks and make a prediction on how to move, which in turn would also be memor...

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