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Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan

... including an enormous amount of extensive seismic exploration for oil in the Sudd that is harming the environment,” added Elkan. “Industrial permits have been awarded over much of the migration corridors. Widespread automatic weapons used during the conflict are now being used by unauthorized individuals for po...

Electric fish conduct electric duets in aquatic courtship

...motor patterns during courtship allows for further exploration of such topics as mate choice and neural basis of pattern generation in these fish," explained Hopkins, noting that the next step in the research will be to decode the fish transmissions and unravel their meaning....

Study identifies 5 genetic themes key to keeping stem cells in a primitive, flexible state

... damaged tissues, and may provide further areas of exploration for the treatment of cancer.”...

NASA-funded robotic sub finds bottom of world's deepest sinkhole

A robotic vehicle designed for underwater exploration plunged repeatedly into the depths of Mexico’s mys...Robotics Institute. During a two-week NASA-funded exploration led by Bill Stone of Stone Aerospace, the Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer (DEPTHX) revealed that the ...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...explain how it has stimulated ideas for acoustical exploration of space (3aPAb2). Michael Yang of ATA Engineering in San Diego ( michael.yang@ata-e.com ) will discuss acoustical issues associated with SpaceX's Falcon 1. The Falcon 1 is designed to minimize the price per launch and increase reliability for low-E...

Study warns deep-sea mining may pose serious threat to fragile marine ecosystems

...tly planning the world’s first commercial undersea exploration for high-grade gold and copper. They are targeting...with developing nations—redirected prospecting and exploration of the seafloor into areas under national jurisdiction, where regulations are often weaker or non-ex...

Rare soft-shell turtle, nesting ground found in Cambodia

...ves is an area closed for many years to scientific exploration because it was one the last strongholds of the former Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The survey was the first detailed study of the area since security restrictions were relaxed in the late 1990s. “Our survey work to date has documented some of t...

Executable biology -- Computer science sheds light on animal development

...hese kinds of models hold great promise for future exploration of a variety of biological systems, explains lead EPFL researcher and biologist Dr. Jasmin Fisher. "Once a robust model has been built of a particular system, it can be used to get a global, dynamic picture of how the system responds to a variation ?...

Veterinary scientists explore poultry virus as cancer killer

...ed Medical Research Program?award will support the exploration and hypothesis development for an innovative approach to treating prostate cancer. Subbiah and his co-investigator, Dr. Siba K. Samal, associate dean, University of Maryland campus, received a $113,250 grant for their ongoing work using a genetic...

Researchers uncover protection mechanism of radiation-resistant bacterium

...Health Sciences (USU) could lead to new avenues of exploration for radioprotection in diverse settings. Michael J...protection. These findings point to new avenues of exploration for radioprotection, which could eventually influence how individuals are treated for exposure to ch...

Termites get the vibe on what tastes good

...ety Interface ("Termites live in a material world: exploration of their ability to differentiate between food sources" by Mr RA Inta, Professor JCS Lai, Mr EW Fu and Dr T Evans (doi: 10.1098/rsif.2007.0223)). Mr Ra Inta, from UNSW@ADFA and CSIRO Entomology, says the ability to differentiate between food sourc...

New protein implicated in autism

... that had never met), hyperactivity, and decreased exploration of a new environment; all of which are characteristics of individuals with autism. Importantly, an abnormal form of CADPS2 mRNA (which is an intermediate in the conversion of the CADPS2 gene to CADPS2 protein) was detected in some individuals with au...

ASU researchers test antibacterial effects of healing clays

...scination with clay started when she was a mineral exploration geologist looking for ore deposits. She worked with 'the father of clay mineralogy,' Bob Reynolds, at Dartmouth College. Later, as a research associate at Louisiana State University, a colleague was studying geophasia ?eating clay, a behavior seen in...

How fish mend a broken heart

...aid. "These findings in fish should encourage more exploration of what adult epicardium can do. "There is the potential that these cells could be utilized for therapies." The ability to regenerate tissue is a feature shared among vertebrate species, the researchers said. However, particular animals, includin...

NHGRI aims to make DNA sequencing faster, more cost effective

...aches have shown significant promise, yet far more exploration and development are needed if they are to be useful to the average researcher or physician," said Jeffery Schloss, Ph.D., NHGRI's program director for technology development. "We look forward to seeing which of these technologies fulfill their promis...

New bird discovered on unexplored Columbian mountain

...following their leadership of the first biological exploration of the Yariguíes mountains. The description was published in the June issue of the scientific journal Bulletin of the British Ornithologists Club (Vol. 126: June 2006). The new bird is named for the Yariguies indigenous people who formerly inhabit...

Stanford discovery may help predict when toxoplasma can be deadly

...ess the risks to the fetuses. The group's further exploration of the Toxoplasma virulence process may also have implications for immune-system modulating drugs that could specifically dampen the effects of toxoplasmosis. ...

Mayo Clinic study suggests that a central nervous system viral infection can lead to memory deficits

...ornaviruses. Further analysis of such deficits and exploration of potential therapeutic interventions is clearly needed," the authors wrote. Clinical case studies indicate that picornavirus infections in humans may be associated with inflammation of the brain and damage to the hippocampus -- the part of the br...

The Midas Bug -- the bacterial alchemy of gold

... This research has significance for the mineral exploration industry ?as current models of gold formation do not include a biological mechanism. "There may be new opportunities for the bio-processing of gold ores now that we have discovered bacteria that precipitants gold out of solution," Dr Reith said. ...

Pure novelty spurs the brain

...logists have known that a novel environment sparks exploration and learning, but very little is known about whether the brain really prefers novelty as such. Rather, the major "novelty center" of the brain--called the substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area (SN/VTA)--might be activated by the unexpectedness of a...

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