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recent environmental research: bio, ag, marine, env

Discussion in 'Pet News' started by leashedForLife, Jun 8, 2010.


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    Cleaner fish respond to the shadow of the future (w/ Video)


    Desperate female spiders fight by different rules
    not size or strength decides the fight; sheer desperation fuels the fury.


    Follow the money: Wealth, population are key drivers of invasive species


    Millenium atoll: A pristine ecosystem
    relatively-pristine lagoon + reef

    PC-assisted soil classification - definitively-ID wetland soils
    Taking the guesswork out of soil classification
    digital images for hue, value + chroma are robust + consistent

    The Earth and Moon formed later than previously thought

    Vit-B3 acts by shape-changing
    Vitamin B3 Controls Important Life Processes by Changing Shape in Response to Oxygen Level
    Rex-pathway + O2-levels



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    'Psychedelic' maize may help increase crop and biofuel yields

    New yeast can ferment more sugar, make more cellulosic ethan

    emerging crop-diseases do more than kill plants
    Plant disease -- more than a crop killer
    new pandemics + socio-economic disasters - famine, social upheaval, poverty...


    YIPE!!!
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    GMO-eucalypts tested for paper-ind;
    Paper industry tests genetically altered trees
    req to plant 1/4-million trees over SEVEN states for paper-plantations!


    Wider windrows can help dry alfalfa for dairy silage

    components of S-uberis identified
    New discovery could aid development of elusive bovine mastitis vaccine


    marine -

    dispersants - 1-million gallons + counting
    Dispersants: lesser evil against oil spill or Gulf poison?
    the Gulf of Mexico as the worlds biggest test-tube... problem? its alive.
     
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    paleontology -
    humans developed in a hot climate...
    Some like it hot: Site of human evolution was scorching
    (and it looks to me like we are all headed there again.)


    green radio-astronomy facility planned -
    Natural energy to help power exploration of the universe


    new Large-Blue Butterfly spp discovered -
    Chinese-German collaboration yields new species of Large Blue butterfly
    named for a long-time butterfly researcher AND for the landscape - XiChuan, *beautiful mountain*...
    this is a highly-specialized spp, like its relatives all very vulnerable to climate-change.


    cadmium investigated as carcinogen -
    Cadmium investigated as cause of endometrial cancer
     
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    A Puzzling Collapse of Earth's Upper Atmosphere

     
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    Oceanography: Dead in the water : Nature News

    before this, such 'dead-zones' were clearly affiliated with fertilizer, sewage, manure runoff, INDUSTRIAL waste, and so on -
    these are new, and worrying - tentatively associated with warm-weather incursions of deepwater upwellings of naturally O2-depleted offshore waters.

    the 1st identified in the USA was thought to be an anomaly - off the Oregon coast; but it has returned and expanded annually.
     
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    Mountain mining damages streams : Nature News


    -opinion alert-
    'clean coal' is an oxymoron from one of the most polluting industries in the world, IMO -
    coal slurry, shale oils, and other recent developments in energy production are *not* cleaner -
    they are vaster, use more square-miles of the planet, dirty and use more water, produce less energy than 19th-century counterparts which used human-energy or steam-energy.
    these modern-day juggernauts use enormous machinery and huge investments of money and infrastructure; they are centralized and inefficient, needing to transport enormous amounts of waste and fossil-fuels, both -
    one for 'disposal', the other for USE elsewhere - as the deposits are not conveniently in downtown urban environs, but in remote, undeveloped areas.

    JMO + IME,
    - terry
     
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