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Investing wisely to save the Great Barrier Reef

CSIRO science is being used to improve land management practices on farmland to help reduce run-off of sediments, nutrients and pesticides on to the Great Barrier Reef. A decision support process facilitated and designed by CSIRO, Australian Government Reef Rescue team and the Bureau of Rural S...

What makes a great footballer?

While most fans are in awe of what their football heroes can do with a football, the source of their remarkable skill remains strangely mysterious. Although being in excellent physical condition undoubtedly helps, few people actually believe that intense physical training alone can turn an average...

From Jack the Ripper to great white sharks

What do great white sharks have in common with serial killers? Refined hunting skills, according to a paper published today in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of Zoology . A team of US-based researchers have found that sharks hunt in a highly focused fashion, just like serial crimin...

Innerscope Research(R) Receives Three Great Minds Innovation Awards from the Advertising Research Foundation

CEO Dr. Carl Marci Wins Gold Innovation Award; Senior Scientist Dr. Caleb Siefert Wins Silver Innovation Award; President Brian Levine Receives Certificate of Recognition BOSTON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Innerscope Research (R), a revolutionary biometric media research firm specializing i...

Innerscope Research(R) Receives Three Great Minds Innovation Awards from the Advertising Research Foundation

CEO Dr. Carl Marci Wins Gold Innovation Award; Senior Scientist Dr. Caleb Siefert Wins Silver Innovation Award; President Brian Levine Receives Certificate of Recognition BOSTON, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Innerscope Research (R), a revolutionary biometric media research firm specializing i...

Ancestral genome of present-day African great apes & humans had burst of DNA sequence duplication

The genome of the evolutionary ancestor of humans and present-day apes underwent a burst of activity in duplicating segments of DNA, according to a study to be published in Nature Feb 12, the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday. "The new study shows big differences in the genomes ...

Study of polar dinosaur migration questions whether dinosaurs were truly the first great migrators

EdmontonContrary to popular belief, polar dinosaurs may not have traveled nearly as far as originally thought when making their bi-annual migration. University of Alberta researchers Phil Bell and Eric Snively have suggested that while some dinosaurs may have migrated during the winter season, ...

Waterborne disease risk upped in Great Lakes

MADISON An anticipated increased incidence of climate-related extreme rainfall events in the Great Lakes region may raise the public health risk for the 40 million people who depend on the lakes for their drinking water, according to a new study. In a report published today (Oct. 7, 2008) in t...

Tiny invasive snail impacts Great Lakes, alters ecology

Long a problem in the western U.S., the New Zealand mud snail currently inhabits four of the five Great Lakes and is spreading into rivers and tributaries, according to a Penn State team of researchers. These tiny creatures out-compete native snails and insects, but are not good fish food replacem...

Predicting the distribution of creatures great and small

In studying how animals change size as they evolve, biologists have unearthed several interesting patterns. For instance, most species are small, but the largest members of a taxonomic group -- such as the great white shark, the Komodo dragon, or the African elephant are often thousands or millio...

New ballast treatment could protect Great Lakes fish

A Michigan Technological University professor has developed a new water treatment that could help keep a deadly fish disease out of Lake Superior. David Hand, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Tech, has devised a simple way to treat ballast water in vessels ranging ...

A Great Lakes mystery: The case of the disappearing species

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Throughout the overlooked depths of Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes, a small but important animal is rapidly disappearing. Until recently, the animal - a shrimplike, energy-dense creature called Diporeia - was a major food source for commercially important species lik...

Restoring fish populations leads to tough choice for Great Lakes Gulls

You might think that stocking the Great Lakes with things like trout and salmon would be good for the herring gull. The birds often eat from the water, so it would be natural to assume that more fish would mean better dining. But a new report published in the April journal of Ecology by the Ecol...

Barnacles go to great lengths to mate

Compelled to mate, yet firmly attached to the rock, barnacles have evolved the longest penis of any animal for their size - up to 8 times their body length - so they can find and fertilize distant neighbours. Graduate student Christopher Neufeld and Dr. Richard Palmer from the Department of Bio...

New report finds great potential for Swedish medical technology

Medical technology is an industry for the future in Sweden. However, to exploit the potential that exists, the industrial, academic and healthcare sectors will have to collaborate more closely on areas such as education and clinical research. This is the conclusion of a joint report commissioned b...

Meteor no longer prime suspect in great extinction

The greatest mass extinction in Earths history also may have been one of the slowest, according to a study that casts further doubt on the extinction-by-meteor theory. Creeping environmental stress fueled by volcanic eruptions and global warming was the likely cause of the Great Dying 250 milli...

RIT to study air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the Great Lakes region

Reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the Great Lakes region due to freight transportation requires a little creativity and a serious look at sustainabilityways of protecting the environment without slowing the economy. A team of professors at Rochester Institute of Technology rec...

Rapid oral HIV test shows great promise according to MUHC-led research

A convenient, easy to use, and rapid alternative to blood-based HIV testing may become the new standard for field testing according to a new MUHC study. The study shows that the oral fluid-based OraQuick HIV1/2 test is 100 per cent accurate and patients?preferred choice. Senior and lead author ...

National Academies advisory: Invasive aquatic species in the Great Lakes

On May 7, a National Research Council committee will hold a meeting in Toronto to gather information on trade in the Great Lakes region and ways to eliminate further introductions of nonindigenous aquatic species into the lakes by vessels traveling the St. Lawrence Seaway. The committee's final rep...

CSIRO imagery shows Outer Great Barrier Reef at risk from river plumes

A stunning series of satellite imagery of Australia's Great Barrier Reef released by the CSIRO shows for the first time visual confirmation of the theory that sediment plumes travel to the outer reef, and beyond. The remotely sensed images, taken from February 9 to 13 this year, challenge conve...

The great escape -- fleeing fish fall in line

With the unappealing prospect of being eaten, one might imagine that during a predator attack it is a case that all fish escape at once in the desperate hurry to escape as quickly as possible. However, new research indicates that this is not the case, and in fact fish in schools escape using a rel...

UNH researcher restoring oyster reefs to Great Bay

In the past decade, the oyster population in New Hampshire's Great Bay estuary has plummeted by 90 percent, due to the 1995 arrival of the oyster disease MSX. The previous century saw a slower but equally devastating demise of oysters from exuberant overharvesting. "We have seen local extinction on...

Leading lampreys to slaughter: Pheromone for scourge of Great Lakes identified

For the rats of Hamelin, it was the Pied Piper's tune. For the destructive sea lamprey of the Great Lakes, it's a chemical attractant, or pheromone, released by lamprey larvae living in streambeds. Following the pheromone trail, adults are drawn to streams favorable for spawning. Researchers have l...

Low oxygen likely made Great Dying worse, greatly delayed recovery

The biggest mass extinction in Earth history some 251 million years ago was preceded by elevated extinction rates before the main event and was followed by a delayed recovery that lasted for millions of years. New research by two University of Washington scientists suggests that a sharp decline in ...

Aggressive aquatic species invading Great Lakes

Foreign species, such as zebra mussels and carp, are invading the Great Lakes and changing the ecology of this vital ecosystem. A study from McMaster University published in the March issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research suggests that for the round goby, a recently introduced fish species, ...

Microbial forensics: The next great forensic challenge

Deliberately spreading disease among the enemy has been occasionally practiced over hundreds of years. But modern bioterrorism is more chilling than ever because of rapidly expanding knowledge about infectious diseases and biotoxins and their potential to wreak havoc in complex, interdependent soci...

AGU journal highlights -- Aug. 6, 2009

...008JD011470 8. Can seismic variation in the mantle be explained by temperature alone? The structure and dynamics of Earth's mantle are of great importance because they determine the forces acting upon tectonic plates. Imaging the deep Earth is accomplished through seismic tomography, where var...

New cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversible

... the therapeutic molecules to fight cancer or other diseases, and you can reverse the dose," Cheng said. "That's a lot of tools in the toolbox. It has great potential." ...

Argonne to showcase science and technology at community open house

...amily. The event is free and open to the public. "The open house will be great fun for everyone," said Eric Isaacs, director of Argonne National Laborator...e welcoming the community and having an opportunity to show off some of the great work we are doing to benefit our nation while inspiring public interest in ...

Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting

...ller says, ocean fertilization schemes will likely exacerbate this problem. "Any large-scale fertilization could cause risks to ocean ecosystems as great as those of global warming itself," he says. Despite its apparent hazards at the global scale, Jackson thinks that research should continue on safe...

delSECUR CORPORATION Announces Agreement to Purchase the Intellectual Property Assets of the Corporation

...y viable and bring it to the marketplace," said Randall McCormick, delSECUR's current CEO. Mr. McCormick further stated, "We believe this is a great opportunity for the advancement of the del-ID technology and puts our business plan and mission statement immediately into action without further dela...

Neuropathic pain: The sea provides a new hope of relief

...lp people suffering from neuropathic pain, but we believe that these marine-derived compounds could lead to the development of a new range of drugs of great potential," he adds. ...

Pitt researchers find promising candidate protein for cancer prevention vaccines

...ancer," Dr. Finn said. "Cyclin B1 and MUC1 are part of a big family of self-proteins that become over-produced during cancer development, so they have great potential as targets in prevention vaccines." ...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...lanetary scientists have debated the origin of the great canyons of Valles Marineris on Mars ever since the... ago. The impact may have been responsible for the great extinction event that occurred at the Cretaceous-P...pe ratios (34S/32S) in marine limestones tell us a great deal about sulfur and oxygen cycles in the ocean a...

MU researchers create drought conditions to unearth solutions

...ws researchers to accommodate any crop, forage and turf species grown in Missouri and surrounding states. "Water is a finite resource that is in great demand for a wide variety of reasons, including domestic, industrial, leisure, landscape and agricultural uses," Fritschi said. "In light of populatio...

Rodent size linked to human population and climate change

...he mainland, where human populations were denser. Pergams found both increases and decreases in the 15 anatomic traits he measured, with changes as great as 50 percent over 80 years. Ten of the 15 traits were associated with changes in human population density, current temperature, or trends in temperat...

Jet-propelled imaging for an ultrafast light source

...lecules. A knowledge of the arrangement of a protein's atoms is therefore a great help to drug designers, who like to understand how a drug molecule will doc...eded for the computer to construct a 3-D image of the structure. It's a great idea, but as Spence notes, there are a few problems. "So as not to scatter,...

Naming evolution's winners and losers

...isa. The research is federally funded by the National Science Foundation. Alfaro's laboratory also studies why some groups of animals have great diversity in their shapes and others do not, even if there are many species. He and his colleagues use DNA sequencing to tease apart evolutionary rela...

Stem cell research: From molecular physiology to therapeutic applications

...ny devastating diseases that are currently incurable, ranging from diabetes and Parkinson's disease to paralysis. Totipotent embryonic stem cells have great potential for generating a wide range of different human cells that can be used to restore malfunctioning or damaged cells and tissues in patients. Re...

Nottinghamshire Police First Law Enforcement Agency to Deploy ForensicSoft in United Kingdom

...ooking for ways to streamline our procedures without sacrificing quality of work. SAFE has allowed us to do exactly that, and provides our unit with a great deal of flexibility by offering an easy-to-use and forensically sound platform to run our preferred tools from," said Chris Tappin of Nottinghamshire ...
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