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Warming climate threatens California fruit and nut production

Winter chill, a vital climatic trigger for many tree crops, is likely to decrease by more than 50 percent during this century as global climate warms, making California no longer suitable for growing many fruit and nut crops, according to a team of researchers from the University of California, Da...

Consumption of nut products during pregnancy linked to increased asthma in children

Expectant mothers who eat nuts or nut products like peanut butter daily during pregnancy increase their children's risk of developing asthma by more than 50 percent over women who rarely or never consume nut products during pregnancy, according to new research from the Netherlands. "We were pre...

Getting to the root of science in a nutty way

...hers at other universities focus on almonds, pistachios and walnuts. The overall goal is to discover ways to produce a higher quality, more nutritious nut in the most efficient, sustainable way. "There have been very little root research efforts," said Lombardini who is teamed on the project with Dr....

Toothsome research: Deducing the diet of a prehistoric hominid

...icture, said Strait, the new understanding about A. africanus s diet may help to explain its successful adaptation to changing climates. A large hard nut that had to be cracked with the premolars may not have been a preferred meal, but it could be something to fall back on when other foods were scarce. ...

'Fingerprinting' method tracks mercury emissions from coal

...of mercury pollution are in certain areas. "For some time, we weren't sure that it was going to be technically possible, but now we've cracked that nut and have shown significant differences not only between mercury from coal and, say, metallic forms of mercury that are used in industry, but also betw...

Researchers develop nano-sized 'cargo ships' to target and destroy tumors

...y a grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The nano mother ships look individually like a chocolate-covered nut cluster, in which a biocompatible lipid forms the chocolate shell and magnetic nanoparticles, quantum dots and the drug doxorubicin are the nuts. They...

Unexpected large monkey population discovered

...elieve total populations within the wider landscape may be considerably greater. The WCS scientists who worked on the census include Tom Clements, nut Meng Hor, Men Soriyun, Edward Pollard, Hannah O'Kelly, and Samantha Strindberg. The data were first presented at the International Primatological ...

New book further supports controversial theory of 'Man the Hunted'

...60-100 pounds. They were basically smallish bipedal primates. Their teeth were relatively small, very much like modern humans, and they were fruit and nut eaters. But what Sussman and Hart discovered is that Australopithecus afarensis was not dentally pre-adapted to eat meat. "It didn't have the sharp...

Studying volcanoes with balloons

...terminate the flight themselves, to avoid exceeding the new FAA window or interfering with Hilo or Kona airports. This flight landed in a macadamia nut tree plantation. The Google Earth images were so clear "we could count the rows of trees to find the balloon," Durant said. They also managed to land...

Macadamia nuts can be included in heart healthy diet

...ogical studies showed that people who are frequent nut consumers have decreased risk of heart disease," s...omly assigned participants to either the macadamia nut diet or the standard American diet and provided al...uts that helps lower cholesterol." The macadamia nut diet included macadamia nuts as a snack, mixed int...

Scientists find that squid beak is both hard and soft, a material that engineers want to copy

...ry different materials such as ceramics, metals and plastics. Joining them together requires either some sort of mechanical attachment like a rivet, a nut and bolt, or an adhesive such as epoxy. But these approaches have limitations. If we could reproduce the property gradients that we find in squid...

Arsenic contamination lacks one-size-fits-all remedy

...ucing bacteria, which thrive in low-oxygen conditions. "There is different geochemistry in different [areas]," Gotkowitz says. "That makes it a harder nut to crack. ... People might have a similar symptom - arsenic in their water - but there are different solutions because the geologic environment is qui...

Fossilized cashew nuts reveal Europe was important route between Africa and South America

... Cashew nut fossils have been identified in 47-million year old lake sediment in Germany, revealing that the cashew genus Anacardium was once distributed in Europ...

HortTalks, a valuable scientific resource

...s the new Standard Material Transfer Agreement"; Water Conservation Practices for Nursery Crop Protection; Vegetable Breeding; Floriculture; Fruit and nut Production; Teaching Methods; Biotechnology for Horticultural Crops; and the Presidential Address. Professor Rhodus, Ohio State University Horticul...

Hawaiian treasure, macadamia nuts good for the heart

...g drugs. Researchers randomly assigned participants to either the macadamia nut diet or the standard American diet and provided all meals for the participa...t monounsaturated fat and 5 percent polyunsaturated fat. The macadamia nut diet included macadamia nuts as a snack, mixed into meals, as a salad toppi...

The chimpanzee stone age

...ific type of work and projected usage; habitual reoccupation of sites where garbage and debris accumulate; and the use of locally available resources. nut cracking behaviour in chimpanzees is transmitted socially, and the new discoveries presented in this study shows that such behaviour has been transmit...

Amazon trees much older than assumed, raising questions on global climate impact of region

...s to grow back to their full size." Some of the older trees found in the study included economically valuable species. For example, three Brazil nut trees measured in the study ranged in age from 680 to 1,000 years. ...
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