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Symposium examines the growing influence of aerosols on climate

...become a prominent concern due to their ability to influence atmospheric and hydrological phenomena and their important impact on localized regions. Several of the world's leading atmospheric and climate scientists will present recent research on aerosols from a selection of scientific angles on Feb. 14 at 2:...

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

...onist movements, has the same ambitious agenda: to influence how science is taught in the nation's schools. In ...s is good, Numbers believes. "It is very likely to influence science teaching. Intelligent design doesn't talk about God explicitly, so in some cases it might pa...

Lake restrictions make lakeshore property more valuable

... ecological systems, they think only of how humans influence them," says Tim Kratz, a senior scientist at UW-Ma...p's presenter at the AAAS meeting. "But lakes also influence human activities and behaviors. They guide, for example, where people fish or where they decide to b...

Carnegie Mellon scientist says new technologies boost bio-terrorism surveillance

... by terrorists, criminals and others to attempt to influence decisions or compromise positions. Using publicly available hospital discharge data, credit card companies and banks could match individuals having terminal illness with those having credit cards or loans and proceed to adjust individual creditworthi...

Advanced sensors, computing systems tracking sea animals worldwide

...because sea temperatures and currents may strongly influence where animals move on the open water. "We have to take a gigantic body of data developed from the physical scientists and communicate that to the biological scientists," Halpin said. Another challenge is convincing scientists who might be used to wor...

Scripps scientists say genetic mutation doesn't protect against HIV and plague

...Mosier, that the CCR5 32 mutation arose due to the influence of some other disease that was prevalent in the Middle Ages, such as smallpox. Mosier plans to address this possibility next. The brief communication, "CCR5 mutation and protection against plague" was authored by Joan Mecsas, Greg Franklin,William A...

Woodpeckers: There's a fungus among us

...itical role in the decomposition of dead trees and influence how they are used by wildlife. Without adequate decay, woodpeckers are unable to excavate nest cavities vital components of forests that serve as nesting sites to a variety of wildlife. "Our study shows that woodpeckers are really the architects an...

Money talks: Concern for biodiversity pressed on boardrooms by new breed of fund managers

...heir entree to boardrooms as major shareholders to influence business practices, including such choices as prod... of the CBD by using their money in ways that help influence business behavior." She adds that their business interests should motivate individuals and instituti...

Research points in new direction for cancer clues

...stasis. This lab had developed a mouse that, under influence by FSP1, selectively expressed Cre in fibroblasts alone. By crossing the two strains of mice, a new strain of animal was developed that expressed Cre only in the fibroblasts and so, in turn, eliminated TGF-beta expression only in the fibroblasts. T...

Genes influence memory in families with Alzheimer's disease

...that leads to early onset Alzheimer's, the genetic influence actually amounts to about 80 percent, this shows t...y performance has a strong genetic influence." The influence of genetics was not as strong in the areas of attention, abstract reasoning, language and visual-spa...

Researchers-again-pinpoint why stress kills

...-induced rodent model of depression to examine the influence of this disorder on ventricular arrhythmias. Chronic mild stress (CMS) is a rodent model of depression that was developed to mimic particular defining features of mood disorders, such as anhedonia (the reduced responsiveness to pleasurable stimuli) a...

ESA to select new Earth Explorer missions

...s induced in the Earth by time-varying fields also influence the magnetic field. SWARM will provide the best ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, offering new insights into the composition and processes in the interior and the surroundings of the Earth, thereby improving our knowled...

The scoop on poop: Insect feces, dead leaves may provide clues to health of world

...est treetops, known as the canopy, may potentially influence soil processes decomposition, respiration and nutrient availability on the rainforest floor. Working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's facilities on Panama's Barro Colorado Island, scientists are linking the two rainforest layers i...

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

... this is a powerful tool for businesses looking to influence government policy. It costs only a few thousand dollars to prepare a notice of intent to arbitrate, which starts a potentially very costly process for government. In a much-publicized case, Ethyl Corp, U.S. producer of a suspected carcinogen, argue...

Bridging the gap between genetics and motivations to drink alcohol

People's alcohol expectations are known to influence their likelihood of developing alcohol problems. N...earch has found that a person's genetic makeup may influence their motivation to drink, leading to behaviors that increase the risk for alcoholism. Particularly ...

Adolescent rodents experience milder hangover effects than do adult rodents

...ed, animal studies have shown that while under the influence of alcohol, adolescents show greater facilitation of their social interactions than adults. The current results suggest that following a drinking episode, adolescents experience a very unusual hangover effect that is manifested by an increase in soc...

Researchers find an association between alcohol dependence and the GABAA receptor gene GABRG3

...zing effect. "It is likely that many genes that influence alcoholism act through indirect pathways," said Di...s act in relevant biochemical pathways and thereby influence the risk for alcoholism."...

Alcohol-dependence gene identified

...monstrated small genetic differences did appear to influence the risk of alcohol dependence, but only in one of the genes: GABRG3. But it is not known how GABRG3 influences alcoholism risk. Dick says previous research has suggested chemicals that increase GABA receptor activity can accentuate the behavioral e...

Gene affecting bone mass, osteoporosis risk identified

...ed from a region of a chromosome known to strongly influence peak bone mineral density (BMD) in mice, according to a study led by the OHSU Bone and Mineral Research Unit and VAMC. Low bone mineral density in early adulthood is considered a major risk factor for osteoporosis in humans. Robert F. Klein, M.D., O...

Parasite's enzyme structure helps address a public health issue

...sign drugs to interact with the specific enzyme to influence how the enzyme will function. "We want to prevent DHFR-TS from doing its job in the parasitic organism without stopping the human enzyme that looks similar," says Anderson. "DHFR and TS have similar functions in humans: they are critical to DNA r...

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