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Genetic evidence for avian influenza movement from Asia to North America via wild birds

Wild migratory birds may be more important carriers of avian influenza viruses from continent to continent than previously thought, according to new scientific research that has important implications for highly pathogenic avian influenza virus surveillance in North America. As part of a multi-...

Academy establishes Asia Center to protect the environment

PHILADELPHIABuilding on nearly 15 years of biodiversity and climate change research in Mongolia, The Academy of Natural Sciences today announced formation of its Asia Center to forge international partnerships for the study, protection and sustainable use of environmental resources. One of the...

NASA satellite measures pollution from east Asia to North America

In a new NASA study, researchers taking advantage of improvements in satellite sensor capabilities offer the first measurement-based estimate of the amount of pollution from East Asian forest fires, urban exhaust, and industrial production that makes its way to western North America. China, the...

Impoverished areas of Africa and Asia face severe crop losses from climate change in 20 years

Many of the worlds poorest regions could face severe crop losses in the next two decades because of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford Universitys Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE). Their findings will be published in the Feb. 1 issue of the journ...

SCI marks expansion into Asia with the launch of SCI INDIA

SCI is securing a foothold in South East Asia with the official launch of SCI India at the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai on 27th November 2007. Followed by detailed research India was identified as one of the leading chemical markets worldwide, with overwhelming support and enthusiasm towards ...

Stanford scientists find new solutions for the arsenic-poisoning crisis in Asia

Every day, more than 140 million people in southern Asia drink groundwater contaminated with arsenic. Thousands of people in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar and Vietnam die of cancer each year from chronic exposure to arsenic, according to the World Health Organization. Some health experts ca...

Simian foamy virus found in several people living and working with monkeys in Asia

A research team led by University of Washington scientists has found that several people in South and Southeast Asian countries working and living around monkeys have been infected with simian foamy virus (SFV), a primate virus that, to date, has not been shown to cause human disease. The findings...

WCS study finds potential to double tiger numbers in South Asia

Researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society and other institutions declare that improvements in management of existing protected areas in South Asia could double the number of tigers currently existing in the region. The study appears in the most recent edition of the journal Biologic...

Researchers help develop pest-resistant eggplant for South Asia

Cornell researchers and Sathguru Management Consultants of India have successfully led an international consortium through the first phase of developing a pest-resistant eggplant. By about 2009 this eggplant is expected to be the first genetically engineered food crop in South Asia. Farmers have g...

Ossur -- leading orthopedic pioneer - expands network to Asia

October 5, 2007 - Shanghai Ossur, a leading provider of non-invasive orthopaedic products and services, today announced the inauguration of its Asia Pacific operations in Shanghai, China. Ossur, renowned for its pioneering work in lower-limb prosthetics and a comprehensive range of braces and sup...

Performing monkeys in Asia carry viruses that could jump species to humans

Some urban performing monkeys in Indonesia are carrying several retroviruses that are capable of infecting people, according to a new study led by University of Washington researchers. The results indicate that contact with performing monkeys, which is common in many Asian countries, could represen...

Drug resistant avian influenza viruses more common in Southeast Asia than North America

Analysis of a key protein in different subtypes of avian flu viruses shows that resistance to the antiviral drug amantadine in H5N1 occurs worldwide, but is especially prevalent in China, according to St. Jude Resistance to the antiviral drug amantadine is spreading more rapidly among avian infl...

Lead-based consumer paint remains a global public health threat

... For the current study, Clark analyzed a total of 373 new household enamel paint samples of various colors and brands from 12 countries in Africa, asia and South Americawith a minimum of 10 samples from most countries included in analysis. His goal was to determine the amount of lead and how it compar...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...g 210093. Pages 727-730. Densely populated East asia is often hit by severe dust storms. It has been su...mples of loess -- a natural eolian deposit of East asia dust that has accumulated over the past few millio...ples and found that the natural background of East asia dust is dominated by binary sources from the arid ...

New Report Just Published: World Solid-State, Fiber, Gas and Dye Lasers Market Report

...onding Graph/Chart) II-2 Europe Dominates, asia Grows Fastest II-2 Table 2: Worldwide Solid-St...oduction by Region - North America, Europe and asia and By Type - CO2 Lasers, Solid-State Lasers, ...oduction by Region - North America, Europe and asia and Type - CO2 Lasers, Solid-State Lasers, Fib...

New study ranks 'hotspots' of human impact on coastal areas

...of impact are minimal or can be ignored." The hottest hotspot is at the mouth of the Mississippi River, explained Halpern, with the other top 10 in asia and the Mediterranean. "These are areas where conservation efforts will almost certainly fail if they don't directly address what people are doing on ...

Mystery of bat with an extraordinary nose solved

...t. The echoes of the sound wave convey a wealth of information on objects in the bat's environment. This bat from the remote rainforests of South East asia received its name 58 years ago because of its mysterious trait. Much like a flashlight with an adjuster that can create an intense but small beam ...

Policy transparency key to saving world's fisheries

...ing policies." Indeed, the study by Mora and colleagues indicates that policy-making is strongly influenced by corruption in poor countries in Africa, asia and Central and South America. "This study provided us with a look at both sides of the coin," says Andrew Rosenberg at the University of New Hamp...

Discovery of a water snake that startles fish in a way that makes them flee into its jaws

... Forget the old folk tales about snakes hypnotizing their prey. The tentacled snake from South East asia has developed a more effective technique. The small water snake has found a way to startle its prey so that the fish turn toward the snake's head to f...

The straight poop on counting tigers

...uable additional tool for estimating tiger abundance in places like the Russian Far East, Sunderban mangrove swamps and dense rainforests of Southeast asia where camera trapping might be impractical due to various environmental and logistical constraints," said Karanth. ...

Humans related to orangutans, not chimps, says new Pitt, Buffalo Museum of Science study

...e last common human-orangutan ancestor migrated between Africa, Europe, and asia at some point that ended at least 12 million to 13 million years ago. Plant... to these scenarios, European apes then diverged into apes that moved on to asia and into apes that returned to Africa to later become humans and modern ape...

Beaked, bird-like dinosaur tells story of finger evolution

...embryos-contrary to the traditional interpretation that they were the first, second and third. Limusaurus is the first ceratosaur known from East asia and one of the most primitive members of the group. Ceratosaurs are a diverse group of theropods that often bear crests or horns on their heads, and m...

Climate change could drive vast human migrations

... considering prospects for total relocation. Ongoing melting of alpine glaciers in the Himalayas will devastate the heavily irrigated farmlands of asia by increasing floods and decreasing long-term water supplies. The glacier-fed basins of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Irawaddy, Salween, Mekong, Yangtze an...

CU-Boulder study shows 53 million-year-old high Arctic mammals wintered in darkness

...heres in the high Arctic was a "behavioral prerequisite" for their eventual dispersal across high-latitude land bridges that geologists believe linked asia and Europe with North America, Eberle said. Their dietary chemical signatures, portly shapes and fossil evidence for babies and juveniles in the Arct...

Striata and CIC Launch Integrated eSignature, eDelivery, and eBilling for the Financial Services Industry

... customers, Striata has operations in New York, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Johannesburg and partners in North, Central & South America, Europe and asia Pacific. For more information, please visit: http://www.striata.com Forward Looking Statement Certain statements contained in this pr...

Shellfish face an uncertain future in a high CO2 world

...trial CO2 treatment were compared with those exposed to the levels predicted for the year 2100. Surprisingly, the closely related Suminoe oysters from asia showed no change to either growth or calcification. The results reported suggest that the impacts of acidification may be tied to a species' unique...

Hunt for 'climate-ready' crops accelerates as organizations search seed collections worldwide

...rotect food production from the ravages of climate change. The awards support a wide range of innovative projects, including a search in Southeast asia and the Pacific for bananas that are resistant to banana streak virus, which will likely become more problematic with climate change; transferring tra...

UCSD researchers make first direct observations of biological particles in high-altitude ice clouds

...easured dust, the ICE-L team was able to identify the source of the dust as asia or Africa. "This has really been kind of a holy grail measurement for us," ...said initial evidence is increasingly suggesting that dust transported from asia could be influencing precipitation in North America, for example. Resea...

Scientists urge global action to preserve water supplies for billions worldwide

... to highly populated regions of the world, especially near the Himalayas in asia and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of the western United States, according to ...rapid glacial melt. Himalayan glaciers supply more than 1 billion people in asia with drinking water. Participants also discussed methods by which water ...

Striata and CIC Launch Integrated eSignature, eDelivery, and eBilling for the Financial Services Industry

... customers, Striata has operations in New York, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Johannesburg and partners in North, Central & South America, Europe and asia Pacific. For more information, please visit: http://www.striata.com Forward Looking Statement Certain statements contained in this pr...

Prefilled WFI Syringe Provides a High-Quality Solution for Drug Reconstitution

...in Lionville, Pennsylvania, West supports its partners and customers from 50 locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, Mexico, Japan, asia and Australia. For more information, visit West at www.westpharma.com . About Vetter Vetter is an independent international specialist in the pro...

Decreasing deer damage

... used to satisfy increasing consumer demand for herbal medications. American ginseng, for example, accounted for $32 million in U.S. export revenue to asia during 1996. The emerging economic industry has its share of challenges, including the impact of wildlife that naturally inhabit forests where NTFPs g...

NASA study says climate adds fuel to Asian wildfire emissions

...cut down. As a result, the landscape of equatorial asia now lies vulnerable to fires, which are growing mo...emperatures in the western Pacific near equatorial asia that suppress the convection necessary for rainfal...e average carbon dioxide emissions from equatorial asia accounted for about 2 percent of global fossil fue...

Native Americans descended from a single ancestral group, DNA study confirms

... the fact that the allele was absent in other Asian populations most likely meant that America's ancestral founders had been isolated from the rest of asia for thousands of years before they moved into the New World: that is, for a period of time that was long enough to allow the allele to originate in, a...

Google Earth aids discovery of early African mammal fossils

...epresent some of the first mammals to migrate from asia to Africa when the land bridge between the two con...t formed. "It's likely that animals moving from asia to Africa passed through the Khasm el Raqaba area,...nding of biogeography and dispersal events between asia and Africa and between North Africa and the rest o...

Genome projects launched for three extreme-environment animals

...advancements in past 2 years, as driven by breakthroughs in next generation sequencing technology," said Dr. Yafei Liu, Head of Sequencing Business at asia Pacific & Japan, Illumina China. He added, "Genomics research is taking a prominent position in today's world. BGI Shenzhen is a distinguished organiz...

Immigrant women may be at higher risk of having a baby with a birth defect

... were much lower among women born in the Caribbean or Latin America (41%), Sub-Sahara Africa (44%), Northern Africa or the Middle East (31%), or South asia (46%). What's more, only 39% of foreign-born women living in Canada less than four years reported using supplements compared to 64% of foreign-born wo...

Queen's researchers shine light on compact fluorescent bulb problems

...tries, including Australia and the European Union, have already begun phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of the compact fluorescents. (Europe and asia have established minimum standards for power factor for CFLs over 25 watts, but Canada and the U.S., which plan to ban incandescent by 2012, have not....

In troubled economic times, BioSquare 2009 successfully serves as business and innovation starter

...e cleantech, stem cells and theranostics. Regarding the workshop on theranostics, Marc Essodaigui, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Europe & asia at Ipsogen, notes: “Theranostics as a concept has been around a long time but is coming into real applications now. A better understanding of di...

Smithsonian scientist warns that palm oil development may threaten Amazon

... form of land use in the region," said Laurance. "Oil palm plantations are effectively biological deserts relative to even logged forests; research in asia suggests an 80 percent drop-off among major animal groups." Expansion of oil palm cultivation could also have an impact on the climate. According t...
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