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Woods Hole lecture series explores range of scientific topics

WASHINGTON The National Academies announced today this summer's lineup of lectures called Distinctive Voices@The Jonsson Center. The public events in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, feature diverse subjects for those curious about science, technology, and medicine. This year, the program will explor...

3 Woods Hole scientific institutions forge alliance to address societal issues

Woods Hole, MA -- Three leading research centers based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, announce the creation of the Woods Hole Consortium, a new alliance that will bring their combined scientific power to bear on some of the major issues facing society today and spawn scientific growth and job oppor...

Ozone hole recovery may reshape southern hemisphere climate change

A full recovery of the stratospheric ozone hole could modify climate change in the Southern Hemisphere and even amplify Antarctic warming, according to scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. While Earth's average surf...

Fossils excavated from Bahamian blue hole may give clues of early life

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Long before tourists arrived in the Bahamas, ancient visitors took up residence in this archipelago off Floridas coast and left remains offering stark evidence that the arrival of humans can permanently change -- and eliminate -- life on what had been isolated islands, says a...

Woods Hole Research Center debuts new image mosaic that will strengthen global forest monitoring

Much of the discussion at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, will focus on monitoring tropical deforestation and the critical role that remote sensing systems will play in the development of REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) mechanis...

2007 ozone hole 'smaller than usual'

The ozone hole over Antarctica has shrunk 30 percent as compared to last year's record size. According to measurements made by ESAs Envisat satellite, this years ozone loss peaked at 27.7 million tonnes, compared to the 2006 record ozone loss of 40 million tonnes. Ozone loss is derived by measu...

Woods Hole Research Center to lead undergraduate initiative in the Siberian Arctic

A new initiative at the Woods Hole Research Center known as the Polaris Project, led by Associate Scientist Max Holmes, will train future leaders in arctic research and education, and inform the public, both of which are essential given the rapid and profound changes underway in the Arctic in resp...

Cold water corals conference to be held in Woods Hole

On October 24, 2008, scientists from North America and Europe will meet at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to develop the first coherent plan for studying and conserving cold-water corals in the Atlantic Ocean. The plan will lay the foundations for an international research program...

August LabBits: A media tip sheet from the MBL in Woods Hole

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MASummer on Cape Cod is synonymous with a surge of tourists, but also a surge of scientists at the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory). For more than a century, researchers have come to the MBL each summer from around the world to immerse themselves in biological discovery. Researc...

Scientists find Antarctic ozone hole to recover later than expected

Scientists from NASA and other agencies have concluded that the ozone hole over the Antarctic will recover around 2068, nearly 20 years later than previously believed. Researchers from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Researc...

Woods Hole Research Center plans controlled burn in Amazon rainforest

Fire is an important agent of transformation in the Amazon landscape. Every year, low intensity fires burn thousands of square miles of Amazon forest. To study the effects of these fires on the forest, and the forests' ability to recover from repeated burning, Woods Hole Research Center scientists ...

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

...n over the Arctic could lead to dangerous levels of ultraviolet light hitting the Earth's surface," she says. "In this case, the recovery of the ozone hole over the Antarctic could be delayed by decades." Another large-scale geoengineering scheme is fertilizing the oceans with iron to increase carbon u...

Plankton Power and RTDC announce proposed algae-to-biofuels pilot facility on Cape Cod

... leading-edge facility to produce renewable biofuels from algae. Under the leadership of Plankton Power, the RTDC, Massachusetts National Guard, Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and Cape Cod Commission are joining forces to establish the Cape Cod Algae Biore...

Music is the engine of new U-M lab-on-a-chip device

...onnected to a computer. The computer generates the notes, or chords. The resonance cavities amplify those notes and the sound waves push air through a hole in the resonance cavity to their assigned channel. The air then nudges the droplets in the microfluidic device along. "Each resonance cavity on th...

World's largest ocean observatory takes shape

...nstallation process is being led by the cable ship Lodbrog (operated by Alcatel-Lucent) and supported by the research ship Atlantis (operated by Woods hole Oceanographic Institution). The research ship Thompson (operated by the University of Washington) will lead the instrument portion of the installation...

International team of students and scientists on month-long field course in Siberian Arctic

...climate change. Dr. R. Max Holmes, an associate scientist at the Woods hole Research Center and director of the Polaris Project, says, "The Arctic is c...nent influence the others. Participating institutions include The Woods hole Research Center, Carleton College, Clark University, Holy Cross College, St...

Leading scientists and scholars urge action on climate issues

...udies; Richard A. Houghton, Acting Director and Senior Scientist, The Woods hole Research Center; William Schlesinger, Director of the Cary Institute of Eco...; and George M. Woodwell, Director Emeritus and Senior Scientist, The Woods hole Research Center. ...

Rising acidity levels could trigger shellfish revenue declines, job losses

...ustrial activity could cause U.S. shellfish revenues to drop significantly in the next 50 years, according to a new study by researchers at the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Intensive burning of fossil fuels and deforestation over the last two centuries have increased CO 2 levels in th...

Seventy-three scientists elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

...gel W. Fraser, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia Patrick L. Green, The Ohio State University, Columbus John Hayes, Woods hole Oceanographic Institution, MA Deborah M. Hinton, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD David W. Holden, I...

Aluminum-oxide nanopore beats other materials for DNA analysis

... the University of Illinois. The nanopore sensor, made by drilling a tiny hole through a thin film of aluminum oxide, could ultimately prove capable of pe...s a suspended membrane. An electron beam is then used to create a very tiny hole a nanopore in the membrane. The process of making the nanopore resulted...

Breakthrough made in assessing marine phytoplankton health

...the University of Maine/Orono, University of California/Santa Barbara, University of Southern Mississippi, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Woods hole Oceanographic Institution, Cornell University, and the University of California/Irvine. In continued studies, researchers at OSU hope to reproduce ...

NASA satellite detects red glow to map global ocean plant health

...ence" over the open ocean. "Chlorophyll gives us a picture of how much phytoplankton is present," said Scott Doney, a marine chemist from the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution and a co-author of the paper. "Fluorescence provides insight into how well they are functioning in the ecosystem." All pl...

Obama Budget Level Funds Career Technical Education

...tional Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. "Level funding this program is like putting a temporary patch on a hole in a dam that is ready to burst. Demand for these programs is up. The pace of technological change is increasing. Equipment needs are growing. To be a...

Getting to the root of science in a nutty way

...h to look at roots in the real setting." To do that, Lombardini bored a hole at a 45-degree angle about 20 inches from the trunk of 20 trees in a 400-tree orchard planted in February. Each hole was fitted with a six-foot clear plastic tube into which a camera will be i...

Skip this cocktail party

... Environmental Pollution , performed the research as a student in the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution-MIT Joint Graduate Program in Oceanography and Ocean Engineering and as a postdoctoral fellow at the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The final data analysis and writing were ...

UCSB scientists document fate of huge oil slicks from seeps at coal oil point

...e 8 to 80 times the amount of oil spilled in the Exxon Valdez accident. According to new research by scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), that's how much oil has made its way into sediments offshore from petroleum seeps near Coal Oil Point in the Santa B...

MIT: New tissue scaffold regrows cartilage and bone

...on. There are currently a few different ways to treat cartilage injuries, including stimulating the bone marrow to release stem cells by drilling a hole through the cartilage into the bone; transplanting cartilage and the underlying bone from another, less highly loaded part of the joint; or removing c...

Rules proposed to save the world's coral reefs

...fronts," say the researchers from the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS), The Australian Museum, Woods hole Oceanographic Institution, James Cook, Perpignan and the United Nations Universities and The Nature Conservancy. These are the "...reduction of imm...

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

...isy was instrumental in the formation of the Woods hole Consortium, a new alliance between the MBL, the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Woods hole Research Center that brings the combined scientifi...

Researchers report 'moderately large' potential for red tide outbreak in Gulf of Maine region

...reak of the phenomenon commonly called "red tide" is expected to be "moderately large" this spring and summer, according to researchers with the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). This advisory is based in part on a regional seafloor survey of quant...

Marine scientists warn of potential for spring, summer red tide outbreak in Gulf of Maine

...l for an outbreak of the phenomenon called "red tide" is expected to be moderately large this spring and summer, according to researchers at the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). The finding is based in part on a regional seafloor survey of quantiti...

Tiny but toxic: MBL researchers discover a mechanism of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease

...Llins of New York University School of Medicine. Brady and Llins both conduct neuroscience research at the MBL using the giant nerve cell of the Woods hole squid, Loligo paeleii, as a model system. Llins found that activation of CK2 blocks neurotransmission at the synapse the point where the neuron co...

You don't call, you don't write: Connectivity in marine fish populations

... it to another marine reserve up to 35 km away," says Simon Thorrold, co-author of the study and a senior scientist in the Biology Department of Woods hole Oceanographic Institution. Thorrold and his colleagues from the French National Center for Scientific Research and James Cook University in Austral...

Wild bees can be effective pollinators

...n support their populations by providing nesting materials. "Untreated bamboo or reeds are good materials because they provide natural variation in hole diameter to attract the broadest range of species," said Dr. Tuell. "There are also a number of commercially manufactured options that growers can use...

Smithsonian scientist warns that palm oil development may threaten Amazon

... major animal groups." Expansion of oil palm cultivation could also have an impact on the climate. According to research by scientists at the Woods hole Research Center, the 2.3 million square kilometers of land in the Brazilian Amazon suitable for oil palm cultivation store 42 billion tons of carbon. ...

New simulation shows consequences of a world without Earth's natural sunscreen

...over the poles, but everywhere. The infamous ozone hole over Antarctica, first discovered in the 1980s, is... quantify a given concentration of ozone. An ozone hole starts to form each year over the Arctic, which wa...rn in about 10 minutes. Over Antarctica, the ozone hole becomes a year-round fixture. In the 2050s, som...

Right whale sedation enables disentanglement effort

... possible for rescuers to remove 90 percent of the entanglement. The rescue involved the efforts of a multi-institutional team including the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), NOAA Fisheries, which manages the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network based at the Provincetown (MA) Center...

A new view of oceanic phytoplankton

...phytoplankton growth in the vast nutrient-poor habitats of tropical and subtropical seas. The research team was led by Benjamin Van Mooy of the Woods hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, MA, with key contributions by UHM scientists Michael Rapp and David Karl of the School of Ocean and Earth Scien...

Lobster traps going high tech

...eable of the local waters," said Jim Manning, an oceanographer at the Woods hole Laboratory of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), part of NOAA'...cott College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Woods hole Oceanographic Institution has deployed some of the drifters for NOAA-funded...

Freezing kidney cancer: Hot treatment should be new gold standard for destroying small tumors

...e minimally invasive nature of interventional cryoablation means that it can be performed with minimal blood loss and without an incision, just a tiny hole in the skin. The interventional radiology treatment translates into significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay and more rapid recovery. This saf...
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