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Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest

...me to 100 indigenous groups. In Suriname, the only former Dutch colony in South America, the forests are at risk from foreign logging and other resource extraction. Cutting and burning tropical forests worldwide contributes 20 percent of the total carbon emissions into the atmosphere, more than all the ...

Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan

...k. “This species has gone extinct over much of its former range, so it is very good news that what we believe is a viable population has survived in Southern National Park,” said Elkan. Many non-migratory wildlife species on the east side of the Nile were also significantly reduced. “We did not observe a...

Plastic that grows on trees

...troleum-based chemicals. Zhang, lead author and former post doc Haibo Zhao, and colleagues John Holladay and Heather Brown, all from PNNL, were able to coax HMF yields upward of 70 percent from glucose and nearly 90 percent from fructose while leaving only traces of acid impurities. To achieve this, they...

In nature, proteins sweep up nanoparticles

...” says John Moreau, lead author of the study and a former PhD student in UC Berkeley’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. “The intriguing discovery that biomolecules may shape nanoparticles into larger aggregates, which reduces the nanoparticles’ mobility, could have significant implications for bi...

CU study reveals why starling females cheat

... in different contexts," said Dustin Rubenstein, a former Cornell graduate student in neurobiology and behavior and now a research associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California-Berkeley. Usually, if a female bird (and at times if a human f...

Smoking rate has plummeted in New York City

...ck and dying smokers and their children, including former smoker Ronaldo Martinez, who now breaths through a hole in his throat as a result of smoking-related cancer. In a separate recent survey, nine out of 10 smokers said they saw the ads -- and half of smokers said the ads made them want to quit. High...

Putting feelings into words produces therapeutic effects in the brain

...sistant professor of psychology Naomi Eisenberger, former UCLA psychology undergraduate Molly Crockett, former UCLA psychology research assistant Sabrina Tom, UCLA psychology graduate student Jennifer Pfeifer an...

'Virtual Patient' to simulate real-time organ motions for radiation therapy

...ation with the group in Texas came about when Xu's former student, Chengyu Shi, a clinical medical physicist, and Martin Fuss, a radiation oncologist, expressed their interests to develop better radiation treatment by accounting for lung movement. Xu contacted De, who had been using the 3-D VIP-Man to simul...

How to look at dinosaur tracks

...nt layers of concentric circles extending from the former location of the true track. These “undertracks?reveal the squishing and displacement of sand when the heavy dinosaur took a step. “The tracks and undertracks of large theropods found in the [Middle Jurassic] Entrada Sandstone at the studied locali...

'Personality-gene' makes songbirds curious

...tute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, together with a former lab member who is now at the Cawthron Institute in Nelson (New Zealand) and with colleagues from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Heteren, have shown that the choice of the Drd4-gene in the study of the great tit turned out to be a good bet. ...

Legal ruling may put endangered species in danger

...at Congress intended 'range' to be the historic or former range of the animal," said John A.Vucetich, an ass...to be restored throughout a large portion of their former or historic range. We object to the Solicitor's ruling because it waters down the Act." Vucetich,...

Scientists seek useful traits in wild cottons

...esides in France and another in Uzbekistan, in the former Soviet Union. Breeders worldwide are evaluating specimens from these collections and exchanging germplasm in their efforts to improve the cotton genome. "These collections contain a wealth of genetic material," Gannaway said, "especially whe...

Rare soft-shell turtle, nesting ground found in Cambodia

... it appears to have disappeared across much of its former range in Vietnam and Thailand. It is currently ...ion 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 r...

In young mice, gregariousness seems to reside in the genes

...ce was assessed when they were reunited with their former cage mates. At the same time, the researchers tuned in to the ultrasonic chattering that mice use to communicate with each other. For the more socially predisposed animal, gregariousness was the order of the day, says Lahvis: "A young mouse will s...

Row over study puts Korea's scientific community under scrutiny again

...d that in his place as lead author was Dr Cha, his former employer and the head of CHA Health Systems, a "global healthcare enterprise" whose interests include the CHA Stem Cell Institute and several hospitals and clinics in Korea and the US. But the BMJ has learnt that the editor in chief of Fertility a...

Imaging pinpoints brain regions that 'see the future'

... or, to picture a famous celebrity -- specifically former U.S. President Bill Clinton -- participating in such an event. The "Clinton-Imagine" task was introduced to help researchers establish a baseline level of brain activity for a cognitive event that was in many ways similar to the other two tasks bu...

Mimicking how the brain recognizes street scenes

...e used for computer science," said Thomas Serre, a former PhD student and now a post-doctoral researcher in ...r in the Poggio lab. He and co-author Lior Wolf, a former post-doctoral associate who is now on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Tel-Aviv Uni...

Robotic exoskeleton replaces muscle work

...walk faster and more effectively." Ferris and former U-M doctoral student Keith Gordon, who is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, showed that the wearer of the U-M ankle exoskeleton could learn how to walk with the exoskeleton in about 30 minutes. Additionally, the w...

Researchers first to map gene that regulates adult stem cell growth

...ed on the project for six years with Ying Liang, a former graduate student who is now a postdoctoral fellow at UK. Van Zant said this research and publication of the journal article is the culmination of a difficult but rewarding scientific journey. "We think these findings will have an effect on the br...

New research says winning a Nobel Prize adds nearly 2 years to your lifespan

... the University of Warwick, and Matthew Rablen, (a former Warwick postgraduate researcher now a government economist), is published this month in a study entitled "Mortality and Immortality". The researchers carried out their study in order to try to answer a long-standing question for economists and med...

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