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Our 'caveman logic' embraces ESP over evolution

We see the face of the Virgin Mary staring up at us from a grilled cheese sandwich and sell the uneaten portion of our meal for $37,000 on eBay. We believe in ESP, ghosts, and angels over the scientific theory of evolution. While science offers a wealth of rational explanations for natural phenome...

Nitrogen research shows how some plants invade, take over others

Biologists know that when plants battle for space, often the actual battle is for getting the nitrogen. Now, research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gives important new information on how plants can change "nitrogen cycling" to gain nitrogen and how this allows plant species to invade an...

Study on keeping nuclear bombs from US ports shows misplaced fear over cargo scanning cost

A two-tiered scanning-protocol for inspecting all containers at international ports could be the most affordable approach to ensuring containers moving through the global transportation system are not carrying nuclear bombs, according to a paper being presented at a services special interest group...

Bullies have harassed 14 percent of workers over past 6 months

Although it is a relatively widespread phenomenon, the experts have still not been able to come up with an all-encompassing and precise definition of workplace abuse or bullying. Basing their work on previous literature, David Gonzlez, of the High Court of Justice of Madrid and Jos Lus Graa, of th...

Cantabrian cornice has experienced seven cooling and warming phases over past 41,000 years

In 1996, an international team of scientists led by the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) started to carry out a paleontological survey in the cave of El Mirn. Since then they have focused on analysing the fossil remains of the bones and teeth of small vertebrates that lived in the Cantabrian region...

Study reveals conflict between doctors, midwives over homebirth

CORVALLIS, Ore. Two Oregon State University researchers have uncovered a pattern of distrust and sometimes outright antagonism among physicians at hospitals and midwives who are transporting their home-birth clients to the hospital because of complications. Oregon State University assistant...

CCNY, CSHL biologists find birdsong of isolates reverts to norm over several generations

AUDIO: This recording demonstrates the progression from isolate song to "wild-type " song in two tutoring lineages and also in the isolate colony. ...

Turning over a new leaf for future energy supplies

A global energy supply based on biomass grown to generate electricity and produce fuel is a real possibility. According to Prof. Jrgen O. Metzger from Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany and Prof. Aloys Huettermann from the University of Goettingen in Germany, it is both a sustai...

Study on wildlife corridors shows how they work over time

At the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, there are five strange looking "patches" cleared out of the surrounding forest. No, they're not crop circles carved by aliens. They're actually budding longleaf pine forest ecosystems. Biologists at Washington University in St. Louis and their coll...

Building a stronger roof over your head: '3 little pigs' project begins first tests

LONDON, ON With hurricane season upon us, many wonder if the roof over their heads will hold firm in the face of high winds. This week, inaugural tests at The University of Western Ontario's 'Three Little Pigs' project at The Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes will begin to provide answers ...

Penguins setting off sirens over health of world's oceans

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for potentially catastrophic changes in the world's oceans, and the culprit isn't only climate change, says a University of Washington conservation biologist. Oil pollution, depletion of fisheries and rampant coastli...

Census of Marine Life lists 122,500 known species, over halfway to complete inventory by Oct. 2010

Census of Marine Life-affiliated scientists consolidating world databases of ocean organisms have demoted to alias status almost one-third of all names culled from 34 regional and highly specialized inventories. The new World Register of Marine Species ( www.marinespecies.org ) contains about 1...

Nurture over nature

Score one for the nurture side of the nature vs. nurture debate, as North Carolina State University geneticists have shown that environmental factors such as lifestyle and geography play a large role in whether certain genes are turned on or off. By studying gene expression of white blood cells...

BARACLUDE data show low resistance over 5 years in nucleoside-naive hepatitis B patients

(PRINCETON, NJ, March 24, 2008) New BARACLUDE (entecavir) data presented today demonstrated a continued low incidence of resistance in nucleoside-nave patients through five years of treatment. In the nucleoside-nave chronic hepatitis B patients analyzed, no additional patient developed resistanc...

Tiny dust particles from Asian deserts common over western United States

It has been a decade since University of Washington scientists first pinpointed specific instances of air pollution, including Gobi Desert dust, traversing the Pacific Ocean and adding to the mix of atmospheric pollution already present along the West Coast of North America. Now a UW research...

Clever plants chat over their own network

Chat network Many herbal plants such as strawberry, clover, reed and ground elder naturally form networks. Individual plants remain connected with each other for a certain period of time by means of runners. These connections enable the plants to share information with each other via internal c...

U.S. Army and Navy Purchase Over 10,000 New Beretta M9 Pistols

ACCOKEEK, Md., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced today the receipt of purchase orders from the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy for a total of 10,576 M9 pistols (5,969 for the Army, 4,607 for the Navy). The purchase orders were issued against a multi-year contract between Beretta ...

U.S. Army and Navy Purchase Over 10,000 New Beretta M9 Pistols

ACCOKEEK, Md., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced today the receipt of purchase orders from the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy for a total of 10,576 M9 pistols (5,969 for the Army, 4,607 for the Navy). The purchase orders were issued against a multi-year contract between Beretta ...

Zebra mussels hang on while quagga mussels take over

MADISON The zebra mussels that have wreaked ecological havoc on the Great Lakes are harder to find these days not because they are dying off, but because they are being replaced by a cousin, the quagga mussel. But zebra mussels still dominate in fast-moving streams and rivers. Research condu...

Row over study puts Korea's scientific community under scrutiny again

This week's BMJ investigates a bitter row over a scientific paper that is putting Korea's scientific community under scrutiny once again. The dispute has pitted a young Korean doctor, Jeong Hwan Kim, against Kwang Yul Cha, a fertility specialist and one of the most powerful players in the country...

Record ozone loss during 2006 over South Pole

Ozone measurements made by ESA's Envisat satellite have revealed the ozone loss of 40 million tons on 2 October 2006 has exceeded the record ozone loss of about 39 million tons for 2000. Ozone loss is derived by measuring the area and the depth of the ozone hole. The size of this year's ozone ho...

Incidence of stroke decreases over last 50 years

The incidence of stroke in the U.S. over the past 50 years has declined, although the severity of stroke has not, according to a study in the December 27 issue of JAMA. Stroke continues to be a major public health concern, with more than 750,000 new strokes occurring each year in the United State...

NAU researchers chirping over discovery of new cricket genus

A Northern Arizona University doctoral candidate and a National Park Service researcher have discovered a new genus of cave cricket. J. Judson "Jut" Wynne, an NAU graduate student and cave research scientist with U.S. Geological Survey's Southwest Biological Science Center, and Kyle Voyles from ...

Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teens surge 250 percent over 7 year period

Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teenagers skyrocketed 250 percent between 1994 and 2001, rising particularly sharply after 1999, when the federal government allowed direct-to-consumer advertising and looser promotion of off-label use of prescription drugs, according to a new Brandeis University...

Man's best friend: Study shows lonely seniors prefer playtime with pooch over human interaction

A new Saint Louis University study shows there is some truth in the old cliché that describes a dog as "man's best friend." "Or at least a less aggravating friend," said study author William A. Banks, M.D., professor of geriatrics in the department of internal medicine and professor of pharmacolo...

Concern over fast tracking of new drugs

Concerns over the fast tracking of new drugs for commercial licensing are raised by a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. It follows approval of natalizumab, a new drug for multiple sclerosis, and its recall three months later, after three trial patients developed a life threatening condition while...

Bird song changes sound alarm over habitat fragmentation

Changes in bird song could be used as an early warning system to detect man-made ecological disturbances, new research published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology has found. Although much previous research has focused on bird song and vocal mimicry, this is the first st...

Hunger in America rises by 43 percent over last five years

Hunger in American households has risen by 43 percent over the last five years, according to an analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data released today. The analysis, completed by the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University, shows that more than 7 million people have joined ...

Fragile US vaccine system needs improvement despite dramatic gains in health over past century

A comprehensive system of vaccine development in the U.S. resulted in a reduction of 87 to more than 99 percent in illness from ten vaccine-preventable diseases during the twentieth century. These dramatic successes should not be taken for granted, however, as the vaccine system now faces numerous ...

Measles Deaths Worldwide Drop By Nearly 40% Over Five Years

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that countries are on target to halve deaths from measles, a leading vaccine-preventable killer, by the end of this year. Global measles deaths have plummeted by 39%, from 873 000 in 1999 to an estim...

Highest ever winter water temperatures recorded

...at to measure nutrients, phytoplankton, and zooplankton (biomass and species composition). Satellite images indicate the surface water temperature over the continental shelf current is around 13 degrees, a degree or two warmer than at this time in recent years. The EAC has been a research focus for Ka...

NIH stimulus funding supports Emory biomedical scientists

...cientists believe they will continue to reap benefits for years to come. Emory expects more funds to be received as ARRA grants continue to be awarded over the next several months. "This unprecedented funding from the National Institutes of Health presents a tremendous opportunity for Emory scientists...

Scientists find universal rules for food-web stability

...position, but also vary in their stability. Observable food webs are stable food webs, with the relationships between their species remaining constant over relatively long periods of time. Understanding complex systems such as food webs present major challenges to science. They can either be examined b...

AGU journal highlights -- Aug. 6, 2009

...erns in dimming and brightening, and how dimming and brightening may evolve over the coming decades. Title: Global dimming and brightening: A review A... resolution as high as 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), a significant improvement over conventional radar altimetry. According to a study by Klein et al., such SS...

Mary had a lot of lambs: Researchers identify way to accelerate sheep breeding

...n, though it's uncertain whether the gene actually impacts how the sheep's body reacts to melatonin. And there may be a risk of losing the association over generations, the researchers said, as recombination could occur between the marker and the functional gene. Thus, the researchers stress that it wi...

Protein handlers should be effective treatment target for cancer and Alzheimer's

...perones. For contrast, they also have a mouse that over expresses heat shock factor 1, or Hsf1, a major ac...ng the mice, to create one, for example, that also over expresses the molecule, Her2/Neu, which is over active in some of the most aggressive breast cance...

University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers reveal ocean acidification at Station ALOHA

...tate University) presents an analysis of the changes of pH at Station ALOHA over time and depth. Dore, along with SOEST co-authors Karl, Lukas, Matt Church and Dan Sadler, found that over the two decades of observation, the surface ocean grew more acidic at exact...

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

...radiation reaching the Earth's surface. "An increase in ozone depletion 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 geoengin...

Women often opt to surgically remove their breasts, ovaries to reduce cancer risk

...es along with such a diagnosis. Patients should consult with an expert in advance and stay in contact with them to see how the science may be changing over time," she advised. "This is an ongoing conversation that needs to be addressed and individualized for each patient." Likewise, Evans suggested tha...

Venomous sea snakes play heads or tails with their predators

...na ) use skin markings and behaviour patterns to fool predators into thinking their tail is a second head, complete with lethal venom. There are over 65 species of sea snakes in the tropical waters of the Southern Hemisphere, ranging from Africa to the Gulf of Panama. Most spend their entire lives i...
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