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Scientists map West coast areas most affected by humans

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) Climate change, fishing, and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States. "Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast," said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and...

UQ research targets West Nile virus and dengue fever

Research conducted at The University of Queensland could contribute to the development of a vaccine and cure for West Nile virus and Dengue fever. Led by Associate Professor Alexander Khromykh, a team of researchers from UQ's School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences identified a novel charac...

Study: Bird diversity lessens human exposure to West Nile Virus

This one's for the birds. A study by biologists at Washington University in St. Louis shows that the more diverse a bird population is in an area, the less chance humans have of exposure to West Nile Virus (WNV). Now, let's hear it for the birds. "The bottom line is that where there are more...

CSC Identity Labs Headquarters Relocates to West Virginia

Move Will Expand CSC's Support of Federal Government Activity in Identity Management and Biometrics FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- CSC (NYSE: CSC ) announced today that it is relocating the CSC Identity Labs headquarters from Camp Hill, Pa., to Fairmont, W.Va...

Study: Future snowmelt in West twice as early as expected; threatens ecosystems and water reserves

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - According to a new study, global warming could lead to larger changes in snowmelt in the western United States than was previously thought, possibly increasing wildfire risk and creating new water management challenges for agriculture, ecosystems and urban populations. Re...

Diversity among bird populations found to reduce threat of West Nile virus

Santa Barbara, California - A biologist and undergraduate student have discovered that what's good for an area's bird population is also good for people living nearby. The research, by John P. Swaddle and Stavros E. Calos, published June 25 in the online peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, indica...

Motorola Biometric Identification System Selected by West Virginia State Police

Motorola Launches New Multi-Modal Biometric Identification Solution Delivering Enhanced Performance and Interoperability SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT ) today announced that it has been selected by the West Virginia State Police to d...

Motorola Biometric Identification System Selected by West Virginia State Police

Motorola Launches New Multi-Modal Biometric Identification Solution Delivering Enhanced Performance and Interoperability SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT ) today announced that it has been selected by the West Virginia State Police to d...

Unfavorable ocean conditions likely cause of low 2007 salmon returns along West Coast

NOAA scientists are reviewing unusual environmental conditions in the Pacific Ocean as the likely culprit for the dramatically low returns of Chinook and coho salmon to rivers and streams along the West Coast of the United States in 2007. Researchers from NOAAs Northwest and Southwest Fisheries...

Dust in West up 500 percent in past 2 centuries, says CU-Boulder study

The West has become 500 percent dustier in the past two centuries due to westward U.S. expansion and accompanying human activity beginning in the 1800s, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sediment records from dust blown into alpine lakes in southwest Colorad...

New dinosaur from Mexico offers insights into ancient life on West America

SALT LAKE CITY A new species of dinosaur unearthed in Mexico is giving scientists fresh insights into the ancient history of western North America, according to an international research team led by scientists from the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah. To date, the di...

Rice's West honored as one of Texas' best researchers

HOUSTON, Jan. 10, 2008 -- Rice University bioengineer Jennifer West is being recognized today with one of the Lone Star State's highest scientific honors, the O'Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). The O'Donnell Awards, given for excellence in m...

Earlier bites by uninfected mosquitoes boost West Nile deaths in lab mice

GALVESTON, Texas Theres one more reason to try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, scientists have discovered: bites from mosquitoes that arent infected by the West Nile virus may make the disease worse in people who acquire it later from West Nile-infected mosquitoes. Researchers from the Un...

UGA Odum School of Ecology professor receives grant to study West Nile Virus in NYC

Athens, Ga. When West Nile virus first struck New York City in 1999, news of the potentially fatal illness alarmed citizens and public health officials alike, showing that even affluent, urban societies are vulnerable to vector-borne diseases. Although West Nile virus has been widely studied, the...

Warmer climate causing huge increase in tree mortality across the West

CORVALLIS, Ore. Regional warming and drought stress are the "dominant contributors" to a rapid increase of tree mortality in old growth forests across the West during the past 50 years, a new report concludes, with the Pacific Northwest the hardest hit of all areas studied. The findings, to be...

New strategy developed to combat West Nile Virus

The spread of West Nile Virus appears to be triggered by a complex interaction of mosquitoes, nesting birds and specific weather patterns, scientists say, which leads to "amplification" of the virus within mosquito populations. Researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Florid...

Genetic mutation linked to West Nile virus infection

A genetic mutation that protects against HIV increases the risk of developing clinical West Nile Virus infection, according to a new study appearing online on January 9th in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. The mutation in question is a small deletion in a gene that encodes a protein called ...

Screening blood for West Nile virus

A recent mandate to screen blood donations in all US states for West Nile virus (WNV) makes little sense from a public health point of view, say researchers from Columbia University and Harvard School of Public Health. And while this is not yet the time of year to worry about mosquitoes, it seem...

Mosquito study shows new, faster way West Nile can spread

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have discovered a quick new way that mosquitoes can pass West Nile virus to each other. The new study challenges fundamental assumptions about the virus' transmission cycle and may help explain why it spread so rapidly across...

Secrets to antibody's success against West Nile Virus surprise scientists

Insights may advance vaccines for related viruses including dengue fever. A monoclonal antibody that can effectively treat mice infected with West Nile virus has an intriguing secret: Contrary to scientists' expectations, it does not block the virus's ability to attach to host cells. Instead, the a...

NIAID begins clinical trial of West Nile virus vaccine

A small trial testing the safety of an experimental vaccine targeting West Nile virus (WNV) opened today at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. The vaccine, which will be tested first in 15 healthy adult volunteers, was developed for human clinical studies by ...

Promising new West Nile therapy cures disease in mice

West Nile virus alarmed Americans when it made its first U.S. appearance in New York City in 1999. It has since spread from coast to coast, sickened more than 16,000 Americans and killed more than 600. As the virus spread, medical investigators hastened research to develop an effective vaccine or t...

Scientists discuss improved biopesticides for locust control in West Africa

Two Virginia Tech scientists contributed by invitation to an international scientific meeting called by Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal, to identify strategies for the control of the ongoing locust outbreak in West Africa. Last year, locusts stripped fields of crops and trees of foliage across...

Ice core 'dipstick' indicates West Antarctic ice has thinned less than believed

Rising sea levels 20,000 years ago, as the last ice age was beginning to wane, often are attributed in part to melting in West Antarctica. But in a new study led by University of Washington researchers, an ice core of 1,000 meters was used as a sort of dipstick to show that a key section of the ...

AGU journal highlights -- Aug. 6, 2009

...North America and Central America are important sources of the hum, and the west coast of Europe is a strong secondary source region, while no significant h...s as well as a new data set of currents recorded at 15 degrees North on the west coast of India. They find that while sea level shows a seasonal variability...

ComCam Selected by ePortation on New Maritime Domain Awareness Project

... west CHESTER, Pa., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ComCam International, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CMCJ), a leader in IP video analytics and control products, so...

Sustainable agriculture at the ESA Annual Meeting

...shi Kumar of Texas Tech University will explore the relationship between conventional tilling and low-tilling practices on farms in semi-arid areas of west Texas. In areas where soil tilling was kept at a minimum, Kumar and his colleagues found a higher diversity of soil bacteria; conventional tilling pro...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...dle Miocene oxygen minimum zone expansion offshore west Africa: Evidence for global cooling precursor even... records of this time interval from the Congo Fan, west Africa, may shed light on the events preceding the...eveal two acidification events in the deep sea off west Africa about 16 and 15.5 million years ago, coinci...

Global curbs on overfishing are beginning to work

...ough time as the system changes." Dr Fulton says surveys conducted up to the mid-1990s showed signs of recovery in ecosystem structure in the North west Shelf region of Western Australia, although some species groups had not fully recovered. ...

1 in 6 health workers won't report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers

...ity. The study,just published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE , as conducted among 1,835 public health workers in Minnesota, Ohio and west Virginia from November 2006 to December 2007. "We found belief in the importance of one's work was strongly associated with a willingness to rep...

Smaller than expected, but severe, dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

... dead zone is due to unusual weather patterns that re-oxygenated the waters, among other factors. "The winds and waves were high in the area to the west of the Atchafalaya River delta and likely mixed oxygen into these shallower waters prior to the cruise, thus reducing the area of the zone in that reg...

NOAA bans commercial harvesting of krill

...r protecting the entire California Current ecosystem", said William Douros, west Coast Regional Director for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "...mportant as target species for commercial and recreational fisheries on the west coast. ...

Herbicide diversity needed to keep Roundup effective

... west LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Using a diverse herbicide application strategy may increase production costs, but a five-year Purdue University study shows the prac...

Federal Bureau of Investigation Awards Lockheed Martin Biometric Card Scanning Service Contract

...nt and criminal justice efforts, while creating employment opportunities in west Virginia," added FBI CJIS Division Acting Assistant Director Jerome M. Pend... support from several small business partners across the country, including west Virginia-based IMTS; Communications Resource, Incorporated (CRI), a woman-o...

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

...th sites are primarily interior spaces. The MEG will be located in interior space on the 4th floor and the MRI facility will be in the basement of the west wing. The MEG will be located in existing interior office space and requires the complete demolition and renovation of 1,160 ft2. The MRI facility w...

Down Under dinosaur burrow discovery provides climate change clues

...Victoria have yielded the best-documented assemblage of polar dinosaur bones in the world. During a hike to a remote site known as Knowledge Creek, west of Melbourne, Martin rounded the corner of an outcropping and was astounded to see, right at eye level, the trace fossil of what appeared to be a burr...

UH team analyzes Hurricane Ike's effects on waterways, fish contamination

...ruined by Hurricane Ike. In July 2008, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory for Galveston Bay, Chocolate Bay, East Bay, west Bay, Trinity Bay and contiguous waters, saying consumers should limit intake of spotted seatrout, also known as speckled trout, and gafttop catfish to...

Forest fire prevention efforts will lessen carbon sequestration, add to greenhouse warming

...equestration in forests of the Coast Range and the west side of the Cascade Mountains for at least 100 yea...in the western hemlock, Douglas-fir forests of the west Cascades and the western hemlock , Sitka spruce fo...easingly apparent is that we should consider using west side forests for their best role, which is carbon ...

Report shows the power of US cities to mitigate climate change and steps they need to take to adapt

... Haverford, PA; Las Vegas, NV; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; North Little Rock, AR; Park City, UT; Portland, OR; Rohnert Park, CA; Washougal, WA; and west Palm Beach, FL. Most of the municipalities participating in the project are first taking stock of their own emissions from their government operati...

Protein can help cells or cause cancer, Purdue researcher finds

... west LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University scientist has discovered a key process in cell growth that can lead to the formation of tumors. Xiaoqi Liu, a...
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