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Pattern of human Ebola outbreaks linked to wildlife and climate

...west across Gabon. It then looped back toward the northeast from sites in western or central Gabon and caused the most recent outbreaks in RoC. "If the spread of the Ebola virus follows its current northeastward path, the next outbreak would be expected to occur in northern Republic of the Congo towards Ca...

Study suggests evolutionary link between diet, brain size in orangutans

...ylor found evidence that orangs living in Borneo's northeast have jaws that are better able to handle tougher varieties of food than orangutans in other parts of Borneo or Sumatra. This improved feeding efficiency, coupled with a relatively small brain, would enable such animals to adapt to their conditions ...

The secret lives of sea slugs

... a nudibranch mollusc species found in the shallow northeast Pacific, is important in laboratory studies of the how the brain controls behavior, a field known as neuroethology. Biologists Russell Wyeth and Dennis Willows, of University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories, launched the study to help pro...

Brazil creates buffer zone around coral reefs off Atlantic coast

...astal town of Caravelas in the far south of Bahia, northeast Brazil, is home to mangrove forests and restinga (a uniquely Brazilian ecosystem of sparsely vegetated sand ridges) and a complex of small islands, coral and algal reefs. Its natural resources directly support more than 100,000 people. Since 1996, C...

Healthy coral reefs of Madagascar resisting damage from climate change

Healthy coral reefs of Madagascar's northeast coast have so far resisted the damaging effects of warmer ocean temperatures attributed to global climate change, say scientists who recently studied the region. The survey of a previously unexplored region in March 2006 by scientists from Conservat...

Vegetables inhibit growth of prostate cancer in mice with human tumors

... foraging trips, the black-footed albatrosses head northeast toward the West Coast of North America, while Laysan albatrosses head northwest toward the northern and western regions of the North Pacific. Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses both consume a mixed diet of squid, fish, and fish eggs. Finkelstein a...

Albatross study shows regional differences in ocean contamination

... foraging trips, the black-footed albatrosses head northeast toward the West Coast of North America, while Laysan albatrosses head northwest toward the northern and western regions of the North Pacific. Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses both consume a mixed diet of squid, fish, and fish eggs. Finkelstein a...

Rhinos clinging to survival in the heart of Borneo, despite poaching

...in the interior of the Malaysian state of Sabah in northeast Borneo. It was conducted in 2005 by teams of more than 100 field staff from the Sabah Foundation, the Sabah Wildlife Department, WWF, Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Parks, S.O.S. Rhino, Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project, University Malay...

UCR environmental scientists propose chemical solution to cleaning California's Salton Sea

..., a 32 kilometer-long State Recreation Area on the northeast shore remains under-used. "The Salton Sea at one time attracted more visitors than Yellowstone National Park," Amrhein said. "If nothing is done, this sea will shrink, exposing lake sediments that could generate dust and worsen air quality. Fish and...

WWF peeks into mysterious life of Borneo's pygmy elephants

... other Asian elephants. They are found only on the northeast tip of Borneo, mainly in the Malaysian state of Sabah. "We are learning about more than just elephants with this project," said Raymond Alfred, project manager of the elephant tracking project in Sabah. "Elephants are a 'keystone species' and habita...

Genetic analysis of Asian elephants in India reveals some surprises

... India, the groups that inhabit the forests in the northeast of the country is actually composed of two genetically distinct populations separated by the Brahmaputra River. Despite the low and declining numbers of Asian elephants, relatively little is known about their genetic diversity--information that is ...

Bacteria which sense the Earth's magnetic field

... found in the mud of a creek at Greifswald, in the northeast corner of Germany. Recently, the researchers were able to identify the part of the DNA that seemed to carry the entire genetic information required for formation and organisation of magnetosome particles. In this genomic fragment, known as a "magneto...

Breath of the dragon: ERS-2 and Envisat reveal impact of economic growth on China's air quality

...'s largest amount of NO2 hanging above Beijing and northeast China, as reported in Nature this week. As part of ESA's Dragon Programme, European and Chinese researchers are using results returned from the Global Ozone Mapping Experiment (GOME) on ERS-2 and the Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmo...

Picky female frogs drive evolution of new species in less than 8,000 years

...ria genimaculata, lives in the Wet Tropics area of northeast Queensland, a rugged tropical region of Australia along the Pacific Ocean's Great Barrier Reef. The frog, which is green with reddish-brown splotches, is common around streams and grows to about 2 1/2 inches in length. Because of geographic isolatio...

Innovative collaboration brings Arctic science into the classroom

...eek water sampling expedition on the Lena River in northeast Russia. While on board, he saw that the boat captain's 13-year old daughter was very interested in the process. Communicating primarily through translators, he explained the work being done and she quickly mastered the basic sampling protocols. At th...

The secret lives of whales

...falls on the sea floor ?say for grey whales in the northeast Pacific, the neighboring whale falls are about 5-10 kilometers away, which is a very reasonable dispersal distance for the animals that live on them,?says Smith. In the North Atlantic, where only 10% of historic populations of the great whales are e...

Study Links Ebola Outbreaks To Animal Carcasses

...carcasses were discovered in the region straddling northeast Gabon and the northwest Republic of Congo. Of these carcasses, 21 gorilla, chimp and duiker carcasses were tested for the Ebola virus, with 14 samples being found positive. In 11 cases, instances of human infection were directly linked to gorilla, ch...

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