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Penn Medicine honored for its historic role in the history of microbiology

(PHILADELPHIA) The University of Pennsylvania was honored by The American Society for Microbiology last Friday with a plaque dedication ceremony celebrating the designation of its third Milestones in Microbiology site. Formally known as the Laboratory of Hygiene, the current Vagelos Laboratorie...

Scientists announce major progress towards historic Census of Marine Life in 2010

In a report on progress towards the first Census of Marine Life, more than 2,000 scientists from 82 nations announce astonishing examples of recent new finds from the world's ocean depths. As more than 500 delegates gather for the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (Valencia, Spain Nov. 11...

Governor Doyle announces historic genomic research collaboration

MARSHFIELD, MILWAUKEE, MADISON Governor Jim Doyle today announced a historic collaboration between four Wisconsin research institutions to advance personalized health care leading to health care that proactively addresses diseases. The Wisconsin Genomics Initiative is a collaborative research eff...

Saving Sumatra: Indonesia reaches historic agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2008 The Indonesian government and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced a bold commitment to protect the remaining forests and critical ecosystems of Sumatra, an Indonesian island that holds some of the world's most diverse and endangered forests. The historic ...

Rwanda's Gishwati Forest selected as site for historic conservation project

Des Moines, Iowa, USA January 15, 2008 The Rwandan government, Great Ape Trust of Iowa and Earthpark have announced that the Gishwati Forest Reserve is the future site of the Rwanda National Conservation Park, setting into motion one of Africas most ambitious forest restoration and ecological re...

Costa Rica, US announce historic debt-for-nature swap

Arlington, Virginia (Oct. 17, 2007) The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International (CI) have joined the governments of the United States and Costa Rica in one of the largest debt-for-nature swaps in history. The agreement will ensure the protection of Costa Ricas most critically threate...

Universities partner with national parks to give historic sites energy makeovers

An idea Rochester Institute of Technology professor James Winebrake had more than a decade ago while working on energy issues at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has solidified into a respected national program partnering universities with national parks to identify ways to make historic sites...

Gray whales a fraction of historic levels, genetic research says

Gray whales in the Pacific Ocean, long thought to have fully recovered from whaling, were once three to five times as plentiful as they are now, according to a report to be published September 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Todays population of more than 22,000 gray...

Number Of Babies Born Prematurely Nears Historic Half Million Mark In U.S.

Some 12.3 percent of all babies -- 499,008 infants -- were born prematurely (less than 37 weeks gestation) in 2003, according to the report released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). That's up from 12.1 percent (or about 480,000 babies) in 2002 -- and an increase of more than 30 ...

New discovery suggests trees evolved camouflage defense against long extinct predator

... food chain. However moa were hunted to extinction 750 years ago. The Araliaceae tree has several defences which the team suggest are linked to the historic presence of moa. Seedlings produce small narrow leaves, which appear mottled to the human eye. Saplings meanwhile produce larger, more elongated leav...

Kornberg Associates Architects Selected to Develop Design for New Stanford University Imaging Center

... The two sites provided for the new imaging facilities are located in Jordan Hall, a 19th century stone structure built as part of the original historic Stanford Quadrangle. Both sites are primarily interior spaces. The MEG will be located in interior space on the 4th floor and the MRI facility will be...

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

...n for the period of 2006 through 2015. A five-year historic analysis is also provided for this market. The rep...onding Graph/Chart) II-66 Table 18: World historic Review for Solid-State, Fiber, Gas and Dye Las...onding Graph/Chart) II-69 Table 21: World historic Review for Solid-State, Fiber, Gas and Dye Las...

Academy Library accepted to prestigious Biodiversity Heritage Library

...stitution and museum in the Americas. Today the library collection is world renowned and unique in the Western Hemisphere for its holdings of rare and historic printed books in every discipline of natural science. The collection contains more than 200,000 volumes and more than 250,000 manuscripts, including j...

First riser-drilling research operations undertaken

...ing operations for CHIKYU in the history of scientific ocean drilling began. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) chronicled the lead-in to this historic activity, the first media organization outside Japan to broadcast live from aboard CHIKYU. The target drilling depth at the first borehole is 1,600...

Study shows transfer of heavy metals from water to fish in Huelva estuary

... contamination", says Galindo. The Huelva estuary and the Tinto and Odiel rivers which flow into it are all affected by discharges from industries and historic mining activities locally. The area, in which fishing is forbidden, is globally significant in terms of its levels of heavy metal contamination. ...

Two Central High (Philadelphia) grads honored by AIBS

...The 2009 AIBS Distinguished Scientist Award was presented to Joseph Felsenstein, Ph.D. Felsenstein is a graduate of the 213th class of Philadelphia's historic and prestigious Central High School. Felsenstein is currently Professor of Genome Sciences and Biology at the University of Washington. After gradua...

Jeepers creepers: Climate change threatens endangered honeycreepers

...urvivors. Today, native Hawaiian birds face one of the highest rates of extinction in the world. Of 41 honeycreeper species and subspecies known since historic times, 17 are probably extinct, 14 are endangered, and only 3 are in decent shape. Pox and malaria transmission in Hawaii depends on climatic cond...

Notre Dame researchers describe new tool for evaluating 'managed relocations'

...r northern range boundaries for timber harvest or the desire by some stakeholders to relocate aesthetically or culturally valued species outside their historic range. Such activities may take place as humans grapple with how natural resources should be managed as the climate changes. Hellmann, who joined the...

Voyages of discovery or necessity?

...heorize that ciguatera outbreaks were linked to climate and that the consequent outbreaks prompted historical migrations of Polynesians. Why would historic populations of Cook Islanders take the chance of voyaging? A journey beyond the horizon was risky and favorable landfalls were uncertain. It is known ...

UT nanomedicine project to be tested in space

...including cancer, said Grattoni, a Turin, Italy, native, who will receive his doctorate in biomedical engineering in May. "I am delighted with this historic opportunity to perform research in space and bring back the results to Earth to improve health care," Ferrari said. "This experiment will allow us to ...

Origins of wolverine in California genetically verified

...d to help determine whether the wolverine had somehow survived as part of a historic population, escaped or was released from captivity, or dispersed on its own...ics Laboratory in Missoula, Mont., later found the animal was not part of a historic population by comparing its genetic samples with specimens found in Califor...

MBL director and CEO and cell biology pioneer Gary Borisy elected to National Academy of Sciences

...played a key role in numerous MBL accomplishments, including the acquisition of $10 million in state funds awarded to the MBL last year as part of the historic $1 billion Massachusetts Life Sciences Act. Most recently, Dr. Borisy was instrumental in the formation of the Woods Hole Consortium, a new alliance ...

G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation funds purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for UM's Rosenstiel School

...ntally relevant questions has been the size of geologic, biologic and chemical samples required to analyze trace elements and isotopes that unlock the historic climate records contained within. The new ICP-MS will help Rosenstiel School scientists address this challenge by allowing them to study samples that ...

Study reveals potential to amass more carbon in eastern North American forests

...So if we're going to add something like forests, we're going to need to take something out." That certainly seems to be true in Wisconsin. Based on historic carbon levels, the researchers' analysis found that much of the best land for growing trees is the north-central region and along northern Lake Michig...

Study reveals potential to amass more carbon in eastern North American forests

...So if we're going to add something like forests, we're going to need to take something out." That certainly seems to be true in Wisconsin. Based on historic carbon levels, the researchers' analysis found that much of the best land for growing trees is the north-central region and along northern Lake Michig...

New wheat disease could spread faster than expected

...ss the United States when experts had been expecting a more plodding, methodical progression of the disease. They help analyze the progression of some historic disease problems, such as the catastrophic potato late blight that led to the Irish potato famine of the mid-1840s. And they suggest that a new fungal...

It's for the birds

...lect that group or even a particular species. And if you live in the Baltimore-Washington area and would like to help the volunteer crew work with the historic files, you are welcome to do so." ...

Arsenic and old toenails

..., for example through contaminated water, food, dust or soil. The risk of exposure is greater in certain areas of the UK where the natural geology and historic mining activities have led to widespread contamination of the environment with arsenic. Long term exposure to arsenic is associated with increases in ...

Threats to biodiversity rise in the world's Mediterranean-climate regions

...as greatest in southwest Australia. Underwood said that urban expansion is worrisome in that it is not only impacting lowlands, which have been the historic urban centers, but is spreading into intact foothills, especially those within commutable distances to major cities. For example, this trend is seen ...

Biotech scientists team with curators to stem decay of world's art, cultural heritage

.... Peru's National Culture Institute will describe its efforts to inventory historic possessions not yet catalogued in 20 churches, monasteries and other entiti...the current economic downturn, we all have a great responsibility to ensure historic objects are managed and used in a sound and sustainable way and to safeguar...

February 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

... census and analysis of erratic boulders and other tsunamigenic features along shorelines elsewhere in the world may provide a means for extending the historic record and thus more accurately assessing tsunami hazard. Volcanic spreading and lateral variations in the structure of Olympus Mons, Mars Patr...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Jan. 7, 2009

...TERN TIME, Jan. 12, 2009 Shrinking U.S. nuclear weapons labs poised for historic reinvention Chemical & Engineering News Because of a changing global ...ears. Along with the sweeping reductions, many scientists are calling for a historic reinvention of the weapons complex, which will be shaped in large part by P...

Human genomics in China

...e past may teach us to be smarter. China, a developing socialist country rising from a hundred years of weakness and poverty, needs genomics to make historic contributions to the rejuvenation of the nation. ...

The birds of Spain, in a digital ornithological encyclopedia

...re feeding behavior, courting and birdsong, nesting, hatching and chicks, and migration (its origin, navigation systems, flight techniques, etc.). The historic relationship between birds and humans, their conservation status in Spain and the main threats they face, conservation priorities, legal protection me...

Traditional Dutch landscape under threat

...esearcher Evelien van Rij. Green areas in the Randstad region with cultural historic value will disappear unless specific agricultural policy is developed for t...ut do not usually contribute to the retention of a green area with cultural historic value. Merely the suspicion that new developments are possible can push up ...

Oregon's Rogue River Basin to face climate-change hurdles

...cally, the report calls for plans and policies that focus on a "future range of variability" rather than the long-held approach of management based on historic patterns. It also calls for "expanded planning and decision-making to the landscape level rather than planning at the forest, county, city or project ...

USGS Science Picks

...terature dating back to 13th century Icelandic sagas, for Iceland's 269 modern named glaciers. The publication Geographic Names of Iceland's Glaciers: historic and Modern includes descriptions, a striking array of aerial and ground photographs, satellite images, maps, geographic coordinates, and bibliographic...

New national survey says public reveres bison

...th American bison would occur when large herds of plains and wood bison can move freely across extensive landscapes within all major habitats of their historic ranges. It would also include bison interacting with the fullest possible set of other native species, as well as inspiring, sustaining and connectin...

Planetary 'first family' discovered by astronomers using Gemini and Keck Observatories

...U.S. and U.K., confirmed this discovery and found a third planet orbiting even closer to the star with images obtained by the Keck II telescope. These historic infrared images of an extra-solar multiple-planet system were made possible by adaptive optics technology used to correct in real time for atmospheric...

Planetary "first family" discovered by astronomers using Gemini and Keck Observatories

...U.S. and U.K., confirmed this discovery and found a third planet orbiting even closer to the star with images obtained by the Keck II telescope. These historic infrared images of an extra-solar multiple-planet system were made possible by adaptive optics technology used to correct in real time for atmospheric...
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