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Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest

...ntain savannah forest, high dryland rainforest and palm swamp with freshwater sources clean enough to support abundant fish and amphibian life. Among the 24 species believed new to science are an Atelopus frog with brilliant purple markings, four Eleutherodactylus frog species, six species of fish, 12 ...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...ewing food-by propping your head (ear down) in the palm of your hand. The low rumbling comes from the shortening of the actomyosin filaments in the muscle fibers. Muscle noise can be measured using various sensors, such as microphones and even skin-mounted accelerometers. Scientists at the Scripps Inst...

Custom-made cancer cell attacks

...laysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the acreage of palm oil is extending very rapidly because palm oil can be converted to biodiesel with a quite high efficiency and very low capital investment. But ...

Cellulosic ethanol: Fuel of the future?

...laysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the acreage of palm oil is extending very rapidly because palm oil can be converted to biodiesel with a quite high efficiency and very low capital investment. But ...

Natural vitamin E tocotrienol reaches blood at protective levels

...abundant in the American diet, occurs naturally in palm oil; this vegetable oil is increasingly used in prepared foods because it has no trans fat. In the first study of this form of the nutritional supplement in humans, Ohio State researchers determined that a moderate dose of tocotrienol reached conc...

USC, Rice to develop bacteria-powered fuel cells

... cells that could power spy drones that fit in the palm of a hand. The Air Force has long been interested in micro-scale air vehicles ?some as small as insects ?but it has been stymied by the lack of a suitable, compact power source. With $4.4 million from the Department of Defense's Multidisciplinary Un...

Genetic study shows humans have pushed orangutans to the brink of extinction

...survival of orangutans in Sabah is linked with oil palm plantation development and forest destruction. Illegal killing also contributes to this decline." Sixty percent of orangutans found in Sabah are living outside the network of protected areas. "The largest population of the East Bornean orangutan s...

WWF peeks into mysterious life of Borneo's pygmy elephants

...the elephants spend at least some of their time in palm oil plantations or near human habitation, which le...as been converted to tree plantations that produce palm oil, the leading export crop for Malaysia. „X Each elephant belongs to a herd of 30-50 elephants but...

Wild Gorillas Handy with a Stick

...me ambling round a bend bearing an armful of dried palm nuts,?sit down beside a rock, select a nut, place it on a flat rock surface, and pound it with another rock to extract the meat. Thirty years passed before primatologists would describe the same behavior in chimps in Guinea. By then it was clear that...

NC State researchers redesign life for Mars and beyond

... the Arctic Circle shouldn't be rushing out to buy palm trees just yet. It'll take years and much more study before plants will be able to survive outside of their usual habitats. Moreover, there could be deleterious side effects to this type of genetic manipulation. What's important, the researchers say,...

Beetle-inspired switch uses water for bonding

...rong as aluminum by borrowing a mechanism found in palm beetles. The new beetle-inspired switch, designe...ning to Cornell entomologist Tom Eisner lecture on palm beetles, which are native to the southeastern United States. Like the beetle, which clings to a ...

Microscopic brain imaging in the palm of your hand

...anical techniques into one device that fits in the palm of the hand. The results appear in the September 1...ull functionality of a microscope that fits in the palm of your hand," says Schnitzer, indicating that this is what makes the technology eminently marketabl...

Marine sponge yields nanoscale secrets

... James C. Weaver. The simple sponge fits into the palm of your hand, and proliferates in the ocean next to the UCSB campus, said Morse. "When you remove the tissue you're left with a handful of fiberglass needles as fine as spun glass or cotton. This primitive skeleton supports the structure of the spong...

Camera Traps Catch Eye of the Tiger

...ed to commercial plantations growing pulp wood and palm oil trees." This is the first time WWF has used camera traps to study tigers in Indonesia. In July 2004, field staff began handing out questionnaires to find out if local people had seen any tigers. Scientists then conducted a track survey, in which...

New research indicates a 'troubled' greenhouse is brewing

...Zealand," Retallack says. "Turtles, alligators and palm trees graced Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, which is now the treeless abode of musk oxen and polar bears." The bottom line? A new Ice Age is probably the least of our worries. "Frostbite and snow-blindness are less likely to be in our fut...

Scientists ID molecular 'switch' in liver that triggers harmful effects of saturated and trans fats

...ts of meat, whole-milk dairy products, butter, and palm and coconut oils; they are associated with higher risk of coronary disease. The healthier polyunsaturated fats are those that remain liquid at room temperature, such as various types of vegetable oils. Trans-unsaturated fatty acids, or trans fats, a...

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