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How the environment could be damaging men's reproductive health

...etween 27 and 67, some of whom fished off the east coast in the contaminated Baltic Sea, while others fished off the west coast. Prof Giwercman explained: "Closed aquatic ecosystems, such as the Baltic Sea, have become heavily polluted by POPs. In spite of decreases since the 1970s, this contamination has...

Dead zone area in Gulf could be increasing, researchers say

...ulf. The dead zone is located along the Louisiana coast where the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers empty into the gulf. The dead zone area typically develops in late spring and early summer following the spring flood stage of the rivers, which bring large amounts of nutrients ?often in the form of ferti...

No relief for Pacific Northwest drought

...redominated in the Southwest, Central and Atlantic coast regions of the United States. As a result, 2005 should be a fairly mild fire season in most areas of the nation. But the same forecasts for a period from now to August show some pockets of drought severity and associated fire risks in southern Flori...

Promising new West Nile therapy cures disease in mice

...in New York City in 1999. It has since spread from coast to coast, sickened more than 16,000 Americans and killed more than 600. As the virus spread, medical investigators hastened research to develop an effective vaccine or therapy. None currently exist, but a newly published paper by researchers at Washi...

Anammox bacteria produce nitrogen gas in oceans' snackbar

...s to upwelling of nutrient-rich cold water off the coast of Namibia and acts as a kind of snackbar in the tropical ocean, which is visited by many animals including giant whales. The newly discovered anammox bacteria remove ammonium from the ocean, which as a result can not be taken up anymore by other org...

Oceans more vulnerable to agricultural runoff than previously thought, study finds

...rigated, there was a response in the ocean off the coast of the Yaqui Valley," Matson explained. "We were ...appears every summer in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana and Texas. Scientists believe that agricultural runoff from the Mississippi River plays...

Cousin of Asian super termite invades Florida

...ite is now well established along the southeastern coast of Florida. Infestations have been found in 14 other Florida counties: Citrus, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon, Marion, Martin, Orange, Pasco, Palm Beach, Putnam and Volusia. Fortunately, Su developed a new baiting system that cont...

Researchers find gene that may be at root of potato blight

...evastating stands of oak trees along California 's coast and is present in at least three other states. Kamoun conducted the multidisciplinary study with lead author Miles Armstrong and other researchers from the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee; Jorunn Bos, a graduate student in plant pathology...

An (ecological) origin of species for tropical reef fish

...es collected only 360 km apart along the Brazilian coast were genetically more distinct than were fish coll...om Fernando de Noronha island off of the Brazilian coast and St. Croix in the Caribbean. The fact that evolutionary partitions correspond more closely to ha...

Bugs, even 'bad' ones, can be educationally beneficial, new book says

... such as the evergreen bagworm that spans the east coast of the United States and stretches westward to Nebraska and Louisiana. Other pests with wider ranges, such as disease-toting mosquitoes, produce-feasting fruit flies and sap-sucking aphids, also are featured. The history of how many insects were spr...

Climatologists discover deep-sea secret

... across the Atlantic and southwards along the west coast of Europe, bringing a mild climate. The strength of the current is dependent on the salinity of the water travelling from the south. If the salinity decreases, the current weakens. Scientists predict that global warming could cause part of the Greenl...

Census of Marine Life explorers surprised by diversity, density of Arctic creatures

...ave plumbed the depths of the Weddell Sea, off the coast of Antarctica, and the Scotia Sea (between South America's furthest tip and Antarctica). During the Census-affiliated ANDEEP III expedition, from January to April 2005, a crew of 56 scientists from 10 countries took samples by towing two kinds of ne...

Scientists discover global pattern of big fish diversity in open oceans

...t remaining bits, say the authors. Today the east coast of the U.S., just south of Cape Hatteras and along the east coast of Florida, harbor some of the most important areas for big fish, as does the open ocean south of th...

Researchers use 3-D imaging system to unveil swimming behavior of microscopic plankton

...al reef of Eilat in Israel and at Ras Burka on the coast of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. At the sites scuba divers attached Fish TV's sonar head ("transducer") on a large underwater tripod raised some 20 feet above the seafloor. The transducer was cabled to a control and data-acquisition unit consisting of a c...

More animals join the learning circle

...ing in Snowbird, Utah. Wild dolphins off the west coast of Australia were the first marine mammals in which cultural learning was observed. They apparently learn from group-mates how to use sponges to protect their snouts while scavenging (New Scientist, 11 June, p 12). But the evidence from killer whales...

Secrets of the deep may hold key to life on other planets

...rn to these sites in the East Pacific Rise off the coast of South America over the next three years to examine the fossilisation process. ...

Monkeypox mystery: New research may explain why 2003 outbreak in the US wasn't deadly

...gical strains of monkeypox virus - one on the west coast of Africa, and the other in the Congo basin," Buller said. "The 2003 outbreak in the United States was from West Africa. If it had come from Congo, we might have had a bigger problem on our hands and very well might have seen patient deaths." Resear...

'Sinkers' provide missing piece in deep-sea puzzle

...for animals that live on the deep seafloor off the coast of Central California. After analyzing hundreds of hours of deep-sea video, Bruce Robison and his colleagues found that "sinkers"-the cast-off mucus nets of small midwater animals called larvaceans-are a significant source of food for deep-sea organi...

Molecular miners find pain relief drugs from the sea

...marine cone snail found in tropical waters off the coast of Australia. All cone snails produce venom which they use to paralyse prey before killing and eating them. The venom of some cone snails is toxic to humans ?as many as 30 people are known to have died from cone snail envenomation. The cone snails ...

Envisat and ERS-2 reveal hidden side of Hurricane Rita

...our. Rita is expected to make landfall on the Gulf coast during the morning of 24 September. ERS-2 joins in Rita observations The same day Envisat acquired its ASAR image of Rita, its sister spacecraft ERS-2 also made complementary observations of the hurricane's underlying wind fields using its rada...

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