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UTSA wins San Antonio Area Foundation grant to further chlamydia research

San Antonio Ashlesh Murthy, the newest research assistant professor in the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has received a $32,000 grant from the Semp Russ Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation to study the role...

Bioscience institutions come together to launch Microlife Discovery Center for area students

Microbes may hold the key to many of the challenges we face today, such as renewable energy and disease eradication, and yet scientists estimate that they have discovered less than one percent of all microbial species. Helping students delve into such uncharted scientific territory as a means o...

Dry Tortugas show positive trends: Protected area slowly rebounding

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. -- A team of 38 research divers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, NOAA Fisheries Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service, REEF, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmingt...

Isotope analysis reveals foraging area dichotomy for Atlantic leatherback turtles

The beaches of French Guiana constitute a major reproduction site for leatherback turtles. This sea turtle, although a protected species, is threatened by human activity: it ingests plastics, get accidentally caught in fishing nets, sees its egg-laying sites destroyed and its adults hunted illegal...

World's largest marine protected area created in Pacific Ocean

Arlington, Virginia (Feb. 14, 2008) The small Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has become a global conservation leader by establishing the worlds largest marine protected area a California-sized ocean wilderness of pristine coral reefs and rich fish populations threatened by over-fishing and cl...

First IEEE-USA Innovation Forum coming to Washington area in November

WASHINGTON (18 October 2007) -- IEEE-USA will host its first Innovation Forum ( http://www.innovation-institute.org/dcforum/ ) at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Va., on 6-8 November. The event is designed to promote the innovation process, highlight new technologies and trends, and he...

NJIT seminar set for Nov. 6 to focus on bioelectronics -- emerging research area

Thanks to companies, universities, and inventors designing and manufacturing biomedical sensors, healthcare and its related economy will radically change over the next decade. Come learn what to expect from this new and growing fieldknown as bioelectronicsfrom nine experts at a one-hour free semin...

'Green' potato health risk can be eliminated by cutting away affected area

Potatoes that have turned 'green' can potentially contain a naturally occurring toxin called Glycoalkaloids (GA) and pose a risk to public health according to a review paper published in the latest online issue of SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (JSFA). However, the good ...

Research approved for Hawaiian military training area

ARLINGTON, Va.On October 17, the Strategic Environmental Research Development Program scientific advisory board approved a $1.7 million proposal to study ways to restore tropical dry forests where military training is conducted in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. The Strategic Environmental Re...

Smithsonian identifies invasive crab species in Panama Canal expansion area

A Smithsonian scientist and colleague report that a potentially harmful, invasive crab species that has spread to several countries is now established and reproducing in Panama. The researchers report that Harris mud crabs are reproducing in the small, man-made lake designated to become the third ...

Smithsonian identifies invasive crab species in Panama Canal expansion area

A Smithsonian scientist and colleague report that a potentially harmful, invasive crab species that has spread to several countries is now established and reproducing in Panama. The researchers report that Harris mud crabs are reproducing in the small, man-made lake designated to become the third ...

'Word-vision' brain area confirmed

Humans have an uncanny ability to skim through text, instantly recognizing words by their shape--even though writing developed only about 6000 years ago--long after humans evolved. Thus, neuroscientists have hotly debated whether an area of the cortex called the Visual Word Form Area (VWFA) is tru...

UCLA scientists find male gene in brain area targeted by Parkinson's

UCLA scientists have discovered that a sex gene responsible for making embryos male and forming the testes is also produced by the brain region targeted by Parkinson's disease. Published in the Feb. 21 edition of Current Biology, the new research may explain why more men than women develop the deg...

Best research work in the area of wine growing

Researchers in the area of Vegetable Production Vegetal of the Department of Agricultural Production at the Public University of Navarra have been awarded the prize for the best research in the area of viticulture. The presentation took place at the V Iberian Congress of Horticultural Science recen...

Grasping metaphors: UC San Diego research ties brain area to figures of speech

What does it take to fathom a proverb ?catch the figurative meaning of "an apple doesn't fall far from the tree"? According to research led by V. S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego, a region of the brain known as the angular...

Dead zone area in Gulf could be increasing, researchers say

The "dead zone" area of the Gulf of Mexico ?a region that annually suffers from low oxygen which can result in huge marine life losses ?has appeared much earlier this year, meaning it could be potentially larger in 2005 and affect marine life more adversely than normal, researchers are reporting. ...

Climate-caused biodiversity booms and busts in ancient plants and mammals

...ael Woodburne, honorary curator of geology at the Museum of Northern Arizona. "But 50 million years ago, when temperatures were at their highest, that area was a tropical rainforest teeming with lemur-like primates, small dawn horses and a number of small forest rodents and other mammals. In fact, there w...

'Green' energy from algae

...cations worldwide, where considerable progress is being achieved in both process technology and biology", explains Posten. The stop of his research area on the southern KIT campus marks the starting point of research conducted by the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology on the northern c...

Abnormal brain circuits may prevent movement disorder

...out symptoms, we saw that they had an additional lesion downstream in the portion of the pathway connecting directly to the motor cortex." This second area of pathway disruption abrogated the effects of the first lesion. Normally, the cerebellum (a region that controls movement) puts the breaks on the...

Hormone levels contribute to stress resilience

...hese findings are being published by Elsevier in the August 15th issue of Biological Psychiatry . Underwater navigation is a task that relies on an area of the brain called the hippocampus that is very sensitive to the negative effects of stress. "Animal studies have shown that DHEA buffers against st...

Brain difference in psychopaths identified

...s had suggested that dysfunction of specific brain regions might underpin psychopathy. Such areas of the brain were identified as the amygdale, ie the area associated with emotions, fear and aggression, and the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), the region which deals with decision making. There is a white matte...

Sustainable agriculture at the ESA Annual Meeting

...tural pest, the cabbage aphid, in croplands ranging from 2 percent to about 80 percent natural vegetation. She found that as the proportion of natural area or complexity increased, so did the numbers of natural enemies in the croplands. Chaplin-Kramer shows that increases in predators didn't always r...

Urban water ecology at the ESA annual meeting

...a part of their building requirements, as cities like Toronto and Berlin have recently done. Using GIS satellite imagery, she estimated the number and area of buildings that could hold greenroofs within one watershed in the Baltimore area. If all these roofs were greened, she says, the city could save the...

August 2009 Geology and GSA Today media highlights

...on can conceal underlying rock and soil, use of modeled spectra of dry grass and serpentine allowed detection of serpentine in some parts of the study area with up to about 80% dry-grass cover. Chaparral vegetation, which was dominantly, but not exclusively, found in areas underlain by serpentinized ultra...

Leicester research paves way for first use in Europe of an insect to fight invasive plant

... application. Two of the basic tenets of Biological Control are 1 understand the plants you are working with and 2 search for Biocontrol agents in the area where the plants evolved. Cytological, morphological and historical work previously carried out at Leicester had shown that the European Japanese Knot...

'Microfluidic palette' may paint clearer picture of biological processes

.... The NIST microfluidic palette manages this with a clever plumbing trick. The key element of the palette is the microchamber, a small disk-shaped area only 1.5 millimeters (0.06 inch) across etched into the center of a glass wafer. Tiny holes at its circumferencethree in the prototype, but it could b...

Organic food not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food

...ntly no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority. Research in this area would benefit from greater scientific rigour and a better understanding of the various factors that determine the nutrient content of foodstuffs'. ...

Wildfires set to increase 50 percent by 2050

... The area of forest burnt by wildfires in the United States ...cific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains, where the area of forest destroyed by wildfire is predicted to in..."In the Rocky Mountains we are predicting that the area burnt by wildfires will almost triple by 2050." ...

Biologists rediscover endangered frog population

... and Willow creeks in the San Jacinto Mountains. The number of frogs in the area has not yet been determined. "If this population is large, it could play...biological change in the region. The biologists were in the Tahquitz Valley area the week of June 21 when Drew Stokes, a field biologist with the museum, fo...

Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

... medicine in which the nanodiamond-insulin clusters could be used. Nanodiamonds have many advantages for biomedical applications. The large surface area allows a large amount of therapeutic to be loaded onto the particles. They can be functionalized with nearly any type of therapeutic, including small ...

Researchers develop 'brain-reading' methods

...on the mental task being undertaken. "You can't just pinpoint a specific area of the brain, for example, and say that is the area responsible for our concept of self or that part is the source of our moral...

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

...Michigan, predicted a larger than normal dead zone area of between 7,450 8,456 square miles. The forecast... factors. "The winds and waves were high in the area to the west of the Atchafalaya River delta and lik...ower waters prior to the cruise, thus reducing the area of the zone in that region," said Rabalais. "The v...

Spallation Neutron Source sees first target replacement

...and exceeding the 1.4 megawatt design criteria. The replacement operation entails decoupling the target module and retracting it from the beam line area after draining the mercury--approximately 20 tons of it--from the vessel. Then the new module is put into place, returned to the target station and th...

Humans lend a hand to critically endangered waterbird

...l (NERC), the new study was carried out in Western Siem Pang Important Bird area (IBA), northern Cambodia, where 160-200 of the birds survive around half o...Forestry Administration in Cambodia is supportive of a proposal to make the area a protected forest and we believe that this along with the continuation of...

Early detection and quick response are key to defense against anthrax attack

... NEW YORK (July 24, 2009) -- A large attack on a major metropolitan area with airborne anthrax could affect more than a million people, necessitating their treatment with powerful antibiotics. A new study finds that in orde...

High-tech vehicle design boosts emergency rescue capacity

...cue vehicles able to take paramedics to a disaster area and immediately carry up to four patients away for...there is a need to get medical teams to a disaster area rapidly with all the equipment they require and to...ocal St John Ambulance Brigade. Success in this area led to a rapid expansion in the design and product...

Red List overlooks island species

... of Nature (IUCN), any species with a distribution area of less than 2,000 km2 should be considered to be ...argest island of the Canaries, Tenerife, covers an area of around 2,000 km2. The scientists believes t... invertebrates usually have a smaller distribution area than large vertebrates and birds "the same baselin...

New drug may reduce heart attack damage

...ecause it targets only a master switch gene which is only turned on in cells affected by the heart attack and can be delivered directly to a localised area at the most clinically relevant time," he said. Professor Khachigian said other, independent trials of Dz13 were about to get underway to target c-...

Noise pollution negatively affects woodland bird communities, says CU-Boulder study

...al community, said Francis. The team determined that 97 percent of mourning dove nests and 100 percent of black-headed grosbeak nests in the study area were found in the quiet areas away from the din of compressors. Francis said the low vocal frequencies of mourning doves and black-headed grosbeaks a...

Early rice harvests ease annual famine in Bangladesh

...h Consortium (IRRC), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), and the local alliance Northwest area Focal Forum are encouraging practices to reduce the time it takes to grow a rice crop. "Adopting direct seeding so rice can be sown earlier and pl...
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