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LUCA technologies confirms real-time methane generation

...r the potential of turning currently finite energy reserves into methane "farms" capable of long-term, sustainable energy generation. "The hydrocarbon resources available in the Monument Butte oilfield are very large, making the possibility of shifting from oil production to the ongoing farming of clean, nat...

Elephant seal pups suffer from ocean warming

... gain less body mass while pregnant and have fewer reserves to draw on during nursing. Nursing pups get all nourishment from their mothers; changes in ocean temperature therefore directly affect the weight, and the survival rate, of the pups. To assess the impact of temperature changes on food availability t...

Scientists discover global pattern of big fish diversity in open oceans

...laces to put them." Some have doubted that marine reserves on the high seas would work because the big fish travel such great distances, but the new Science paper shows there are indeed consistent areas in which to prioritize conservation efforts. Overlaying detailed information on animal movements and shift...

Deep thinking: Scientists sequence a cold-loving marine microbe

...roxyalkanoate (PHA) compounds, that may also boost reserves of nitrogen and carbon, which could be in short supply in the extreme cold. The organism also engineers cold-hardy versions of ordinary enzymes found in free-living bacteria, such as enzymes that break down organic matter. C. psychrerythraea possesse...

Tiny polyps gorge themselves to survive coral bleaching

...turally available) Porites continued to use up its reserves while Montipora had somehow managed to completely ...ile bleached Porites is limited by how much energy reserves it has, bleached Montipora is not. That's good news for Montipora and corals like it as the freque...

Satellites show Amazon parks, indigenous reserves stop forest clearing

...mparative performance of inhabited and uninhabited reserves in slowing the most extreme form of forest disturb... be re-examined as must the notion that indigenous reserves are less effective than parks in protecting nature." While previous studies had queried park m...

Human albumin from tobacco plants

...y extracted from blood, but the lack of sufficient reserves to cover all worldwide needs has instigated researchers to look for new formulae to multiply this protein. One of the methods most used has been the obtention of HSA from yeasts and mammal cells. However, their high market-place costs have meant that...

The Amazon in 2050: Implementing the law could save a million square kilometers of rainforest

...e paving of highways to the requirement for forest reserves on private properties will influence the future of the world's largest tropical forest. Our model shows that several unique forest ecosystems and entire watersheds will be badly degraded over the next 45 years if we don't rapidly increase our capaci...

Protecting endangered species helps reduce poverty

... illegal and damaging activities in forested panda reserves declined when communities gained alternative sources of income, such as farming and animal husbandries supported by WWF. In Namibia, the creation of conservancies, where communities are jointly managing their wildlife resources, has resulted in bette...

How marine reserves are giving coral reefs a helping hand

It may be no surprise that marine reserves protect the fish that live in them, but now scient...und the world. What we have found is that marine reserves might provide exactly the right conditions to allow this to happen. Interestingly, once parrotfish r...

Report shows deforestation threatens Brazil's Pantanal

...nt legislation regarding protected areas and legal reserves for the region; and implementation of a broad environmental restoration program in devastated areas. ...

How to grow a bigger brain

...h also moved around less, perhaps using their yolk reserves more efficiently. Fish reared in the river had larger brains than either group of fish reared in tanks, but the relative size of the cerebellum compared to the rest of the brain was about the same as in fish reared in tanks with stones. ...

Possible brain hormone may unlock mystery of hibernation

... their metabolic rate to survive on limited energy reserves and withstanding extreme cardiovascular and oxygen stresses--the candidate hormone might also pave the way toward clinical therapies that lend humans the same kind of protection, they added. The researchers earlier found that concentrations of "hibe...

'Scent of a woman' tells male redback spiders to find a mate

... rapidly, trading a smaller body size and less fat reserves against getting to virgin females sooner. The competition is tough -- you'll often find up to eight males on a female's web, says Andrade. The density of males is also critical -- in areas with many males, the researchers found that the males were sm...

A catalogue of proteins

...for lipid synthesis and producing important energy reserves for cell growth. Now scientists led by Matthias Mann have specialised in identifying individual proteins in protein complexes. Proteins have various functions in a cell, from transport to mechanical support. As enzymes, they catalyse all kinds of me...

Researchers develop flood-tolerant California rice

... gene cluster makes rice conserve the carbohydrate reserves in the plant leaves when the plant is submerged, resulting in a controlled growth for the plant," said Bailey-Serres, who is a member of UCR's Center for Plant Cell Biology . "Rice plants that lack this particular gene, however, are not able to cons...

Brighter future for giant panda?

... Chinese government including a network of natural reserves and strictly enforced bans on poaching and defores...e results are likely to be replicated in other key reserves indicating that there may now be many more giant pandas remaining in the wild than previously though...

Major initiative proposed to address amphibian crisis

...to address global threats that cross boundaries of reserves and nations, the scientists said in their report. ...

Wolves are suffering less from inbreeding than expected

...large areas for their territories and most natural reserves are of a size in which only a few territories can be accommodated. Without immigration inbreeding will increase. If the pattern seen in the Scandinavian wolf population holds to be general, active introductions is only required to be done at rather l...

Wild tigers need cat food

...ons of this study show that effectively protecting reserves to maintain high prey densities is a key pillar in an overall strategy for the conservation of tigers." The research team, which included Dr. Karanth and Dr. Jim Nichols from USGS, used remote cameras to identify individual tigers and then accurat...

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