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Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest

...uch as Suriname’s rainforest to assess the need to conserve them. The study sponsored by two mineral companies – BHP Billiton Maatschappij Suriname (BMS, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton) and Suriname Aluminium Company LLC (Suralco, a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc.) – provides information for policymakers and other ...

Hormone helps mice 'hibernate,' survive starvation

... mice to alter their metabolism and “hibernate” to conserve energy, revealing a novel molecular target for drugs to treat human obesity and metabolic disorders, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. The starvation-fighting effects of the hormone, called fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21),...

Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan

...y areas, but also urgently need strong measures to conserve and manage them through joint efforts at all levels.” The Southern Sudan region was last surveyed in1982 by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Civil war broke out in the region in 1983. Based on experiences in other war-torn regions such as Mozambi...

Australian wins prestigious prize in biodiversity informatics

...be more efficient in their efforts to discover and conserve species. The GBIF Science Committee noted when it announced the 2007 Prizewinner, “Paul Flemons has been a key figure in developing a robust and accessible biodiversity data infrastructure that supports visualization and analysis for use in cons...

Runners -- Let thirst be your guide

...coming dehydrated in order to force the kidneys to conserve water. At rest, a person’s AVP level is low and can be suppressed to zero when sufficient fluids are ingested so that the kidney can excrete, rather than retain, excess water. But AVP levels can rise in people who exercise strenuously over a number o...

World's leading scientists announce creation of 'Encyclopedia of Life'

...variety of life, the challenges to it, and ways to conserve biodiversity. The Encyclopedia of Life will ultima...ow, we can protect Earth's biodiversity and better conserve our natural heritage." "For more than 250 years, scientists have catalogued life, and our trad...

Cambodian vulture nests offer hope for species

...y a successful strategy, then we should be able to conserve these species forever." ...

Male reindeer inflate a large air sac in the neck region to emit their hoarse rutting calls

...al males and thereby prevent fighting, allowing to conserve energy. Simultaneously, the performance serves to attract female mating partners. Males vocalize almost exclusively during the autumn rutting season whereas females are mostly silent during that period. Instead, vocal communication of females tend...

Misclassified for centuries, medicinal leeches found to be 3 distinct species

... "However, it will also require a better effort to conserve these much-maligned animals, in a way that takes into account their impressive diversity." While Hirudo medicinalis was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004, for use as a prescription medical device that helps restore bl...

Large size crucial for Amazon forest reserves

...tance of this action and other, similar efforts to conserve forested regions. ...

New species declared: Clouded leopard on Borneo and Sumatra

...ia and Malaysia ?signed an historic Declaration to conserve and sustainably manage the Heart of Borneo. ...

Plants give up answers in the war on bacteria

...hine, the stomata open. In darkness, they close to conserve water. It has been assumed that these tiny ports were busy with their photosynthesis business and were merely unwitting doorways to invading bacteria on a plant's surface. Melotto and Underwood, however, have discovered that stomata are an intrica...

Seals protect brain, conserve oxygen by turning off shivering response on icy dives

...that researchers believe allows the diving seal to conserve oxygen and minimize brain damage that could result from long dives. The researchers presented the study at The American Physiological Society's conference "Comparative Physiology 2006: Integrating Diversity," in Virginia Beach, Va., October 8-11. Th...

LSU professor discovers new species

...or basic and applied fields of science. "We can't conserve what we don't know we have. It is imperative that we know what species exist in order to preserve them for future generations," said Austin. He used the cutting-edge molecular genetics lab at the LSUMNS to decipher the genetic code of the lizards....

Special chip provides better picture of salmon health

...h save the salmon industry thousands and also help conserve dwindling wild salmon populations. Atlantic salmon are the most important farmed fish in the UK and a disappearing species in the wild. They are particularly vulnerable to infection because of the dramatic physical and chemical changes they go thro...

Ocean temperature predicts spread of marine species

... is replenished if we want to attempt to manage or conserve it." Using data from 72 marine species, including cod, herring, American lobster, horseshoe crabs and clams, O'Connor and her colleagues developed a model that predicts how far larvae travel at a certain temperature. The predictions appear to hold...

A human taste for rarity spells disaster for endangered species

... may destabilize threatened populations. How to conserve biodiversity when simply declaring a species endangered catalyzes its exploitation? Since many collectors, pet owners, and ecotourists actually care about biodiversity, the authors hope that education may go a long way toward curbing these human acti...

Save the whales? Sure, but how many?

...in tourism.) Most models for sustainable use only conserve animals at the level of demographics, not ecology, Sanderson says. The highest standard for animal populations is achieving 'historical baselines' where species are restored to when humanity as a whole had significantly less impact on the world as ...

Female guppies risk their lives to avoid too much male attention

...egregation] occurs is essential if we are going to conserve and protect species and habitats," explains Croft, who points out that fish are not the only species who display this social characteristic. "In many ecosystems, predators are the first to go extinct, and our work shows that this may have many, perha...

Butterfly farming to help save rain forest

... secondly that butterfly farming actually needs to conserve the rainforest because that is the butterflies' preferred habitat. The research will be led by Dr Doreen Winstanley and Neil Naish from Warwick HRI, the University of Warwick's plant research arm who already have experience of butterfly farming thro...

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