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Counting foxes before the last tally-ho

...ner Josey Sharrad, said: "This research demolishes arguments by the hunting lobby that foxes need to be killed to prevent a population explosision. It will also allow us to monitor the impact of a ban on this cruel sport." Foxes emerged as the nation's favourite land mammal in an NOP poll conducted in 2000. It...

Dispute over life in Antarctic lake

...rs Rovers that are now roaming the Red Planet, the arguments about contamination raised by Lake Vostok look set to continue. ...

Key principles for the foundation of a European Research Council (ERC)

..., Professor Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, summarises the arguments of the scientific community for the foundation of an ERC as follows: "The fact that Europe needs more basic research, that the European Research Area can survive in global competition only if efforts in this area are increased and do not remain purel...

Are nanobacteria alive?

...gh for the critics. "What you have is umpteen weak arguments at best," Maniloff says. "This is not proof." One crucial piece of evidence would be finding DNA unique to these particles. "Just because other groups have not been able to identify a unique DNA sequence does not mean it does not exist," Miller says....

BioMed Central explodes Open Access myths

... Open Access publisher issued a strong rebuttal of arguments that have been submitted by opponents of Open Acce...l responds to each of the major "anti-Open Access" arguments made during the course of the inquiry so far. "We felt it was important, at this stage when many peo...

Intelligent design: The new 'big tent' for evolution's critics

... of intelligent design scrupulously avoid biblical arguments to undermine evolutionary theory and argue instead...re too high, he argues, to ignore the intellectual arguments of intelligent design as an answer to evolution....

NAFTA arbitrators in environmental case agree to formal public input, a first for trade hearings

...king the submissions 4. An order allowing for oral arguments to be made. The Tribunal's new decision fulfills all but the fourth of these requests. The NAFTA parties have, since the original IISD petition in August 2000: a) Issued a joint Free Trade Commission statement of July 31, 2001 supporting public a...

Why results from genetic tests should be available to medical insurance companies

... identified as low risk and high risk. The ethical arguments related to this concern rely on the nature and predictive power of the test, the requirement for the test, and disclosure of the test result. The authors discuss these issues, using the example of two individuals at increased risk of coronary heart d...

Carnegie Mellon professor skeptical about use of hydrogen-fueled cars

...California, Berkeley. Keith and Farrell make their arguments in an article that appears in the July 18 issue of Science. "Strong air pollutant rules and inspections, for example, could reduce air pollution at a cost roughly 100 times less than the costs associated with using hydrogen cars," Keith said. Similar...

New range of antibiotics may present a threat to public health

... though both experimental evidence and theoretical arguments suggest that this claim is doubtful,according to their paper. "It is claimed that bacteria will be unable to evolve resistance to them because they attack the "Achilles' heel' ofbacterial cell-wall structure," explains Dr. Bell. However, if this is...

Gametes and embryos from mammalian stem cells: religious and ethics perspectives

...are of overextending philosophical and theological arguments about the moral standing of the human embryo. Arg...hey are unable to protect themselves. Yet, the old arguments understandably based on pre-scientific experience with child bearing will no longer suffice as scien...

Stem cell research

... controversy is no exception. With time, emotional arguments based on contemporary cultural fashions will fade, and people will go on with the usual business of making their lives better. Bruce Lahn, PhD, is an HHMI assistant investigator and an assistant professor in the departments of Human Genetics, and Mol...

Special section: Invasive species

...here were only a few hundred years ago. Similarly, arguments that new species will evolve to replace those lost to invasions are also flawed. Even if this is true and that's a big if -- it would take millions of years. This work is by David Lodge and Kristin Shrader-Frechette of the University of Notre Dame i...

American Physical Society March Meeting 2003

...ties of the two kinds of DNA. He will also present arguments for the possible roles of noncoding DNA in the genome. Background and details regarding these arguments are available on the website http://polymer.bu.edu/hes . SOLAR CELLS The production of electrici...

Climate change surprise: High carbon dioxide levels can retard plant growth, study reveals

...s and policymakers to re-think one of the standard arguments against taking action to prevent global warming: that natural ecosystems will minimize the problem of fossil fuel emissions by transferring large amounts of carbon in the atmosphere to plants and soils. "Perhaps we won't get as much help with the ca...

Estrogen linked to more efficient regulation of a woman's heartbeat

...Electrocardiogram (ECG) findings offer interesting arguments for both sides of the issue. There is a similarity in the sexes regarding the mean and standard deviation of the R-R interval portion of electrocardiogram (intervals between positive deflection of the QRS complex, which involves the depolarization o...

Clash of values at crux of debate over landscape aesthetics

...historical, psychological and even neurobiological arguments to make their case. One of the problems, the researchers note, springs from the ecological aestheticians' view that scenic preferences are "superficial sociocultural constructions derived from 17th century landscape painting and aesthetic theory." W...

It pays to save: Science study shows huge economic benefits from conserving wild nature

... here Along with the social, cultural, and moral arguments for conserving nature, here's one more reason to keep wild areas wild: cold, hard cash. A study in the 9 August 2002 issue of Science , published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science suggests that "a single year's habitat conve...

Would cloning necessarily undermine human potential and sense of self?

...April 12 issue of Science, Brock responds to three arguments concerning the potential of human reproductive clo...nce hold out the possibility. Brock challenges the arguments that cloning would undermine our uniqueness, the value or worth of human beings, and the clones auto...

April GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights

...the last 80,000 years. The authors make petrologic arguments that suggest that recurrence rates of volcanism used by the DOE may be underestimated. Moreover, if models of hot mantle are correct, then volcanism is not dead and another eruption peak is possible. The authors suggest that future calculations of vo...

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