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Large volcanic eruptions affect the 'greener greenhouse'

...oxide is a main greenhouse gas and is suspected of playing a role in rising global temperatures. If the northern forests are greening, they may already be absorbing more carbon -- a process that can impact global temperature changes. The computer simulations, directed by Wolfgang Lucht of the Potsdam Instit...

What keeps the nervous system intact?

...own and see if analogous human ZIG proteins may be playing a role in the pathology," Dr. Hobert says. Scientists study C. elegans even though it is a primitive organism because it shares enough characteristics of human biology to be of value for understanding basic life proces...

Can we enlist substitute genes to fight muscular dystrophy

...at a putter is not the same as a driver if you are playing golf, for example. But when you are on the fairway and your driver is broken, you can use your putter you just have to hit the ball much, much harder. Duchennes muscular dystrophy is one of the most frequent hereditary diseases of men, affecting one...

Study suggests global extinction crisis more serious than previously thought

... to just one or a handful of countries. If nations playing host to remnant populations lack either the interest or capability of preserving them, the species are in greater jeopardy than if populations exist over a broader range, they explained. According to the authors, the loss of wildlife populations also...

Stanford researchers shine light on new genes involved in multiple sclerosis

...ip experiments will turn up additional known genes playing previously unknown roles. Some of the unexpected proteins Steinman found may help resolve previous observations about MS treatment. In the past, people have found that both pregnancy and allergy can prevent MS, he said, but nobody understood why. Amo...

May media highlights: GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY

...in tropical South America, with regional tectonics playing a secondary role. First steps on land: Arthropod trackways in Cambrian-Ordovician eolian sandstone, southeastern Ontario, Canada. R.B. MacNaughton, et al., Geological Survey of Canada, 3303-33rd Street NW, T2L 2A7 Calgary, Canada. Pages 391-394. An...

ORNL technology gets nod from EPA

...epaoswer/hazwaste/test/new-meth.htm ). Researchers playing key roles in developing the technology and working with EPA to get it accepted were Marc Wise, Mike Guerin, Cyril Thompson and Roosevelt Merriweather....

Findings give insight into how colon cells transform into precancerous polyps

... advance to the next stage," Coffey said. "EGFr is playing an important role in the establishment of intestinal neoplasia." The mice were then followed until a year of age, and there was no difference in the size or progression of the polyps that developed in both groups. "So it appears that the next sta...

Researchers identify immune response to tuberculosis infection

...e acquired immune response then take center stage, playing a crucial role in eliminating foreign pathogens once an infection has developed. Acquired immunity takes time to mature anywhere from days to weeks but is the more effective of the two immune responses because it not only recognizes and attacks spe...

Undergraduate unraveling genetic mysteries in fruit flies

...said. While completing her junior-year courses and playing flute in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Comeaux has continued to work about 20 hours a week in Andrews lab. Next fall, she plans to apply to rigorous M.D.-Ph.D. programs. Based on the rewarding experience in Andrews lab, she hopes to focus on genet...

Fulbright fellow develops environmental biology courses in Zimbabwe

...highest delicacycows foothoof and all. "They were playing a game with me to see what I would do," he said. He ate it. In July, Buikema will return to Zimbabwe to work on web development. There are, he said, a number of Internet cafes with access to computers at reasonable rates. He also will conduct a wo...

Scientists meet to discuss latest in how sex matters

...ore interested in boys toys and less interested in playing with baby dolls and had higher spatial ability. However, girls with this condition were found to identify happily as females and were not confused about their gender....

Sounding the alarm for infections: EMBL researchers discover rapid-response, interferon-producing cells

... a type of cell known to participate in one system playing an important role in the other. But there are several sub-types of these cells, and we arent yet sure whether the dendritic cells that produce interferon can also acquire viral antigens. Dendritic cells can be found in many places in the body, and no...

AAAS speakers report worldwide 'epidemic' of obesity

... variables like time spent watching television and playing computer games, along with family size and the primary language spoken at home, are some of the factors that influence the children's risk of obesity....

Scientists urge that the patient physical should now include this advice: 'Get off the sofa and get active'

...he entrance. Climbing stairs, doing yard work, or playing with grandchildren. Always turning off the television. The authors contend that the medical community should lead the way in pulling Americans away from their televisions and computers. They cite studies that prove that aggressive counseling on phys...

The ecological consequences of 'promiscuous' boating

... normal levels. With many rivers and lakes already playing host to the zebra mussel, it is important to assess the risk of spreading the interloping species to new water bodies. To that end, Ladd Johnson of Laval University in Canada, Anthony Riccardi of McGill University, and James Carlton of Williams Coll...

Worlds smallest reptile discovered in Caribbean

...d to preserve it; today, residents of the park are playing a major role in running it on their own. Grupo Jaragua is an example of the several new conservation organizations working to protect the regions biodiversity....

Finding life in the solar system: A new synthesis

...ideas on how the burgeoning field of geobiology is playing a key role in our search for life in the Solar System on Thursday, November 8, at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting. His synthesis will include part of his testimony recorded in the Congressional Record. A number of dynamic factors ...

Chemical pollution and human sewage could be killing corals

...ates a signpost, at least, that human pollution is playing a role....

Researchers uncover a piece of nature's secret nitrogen formula

...rnal of the American Chemical Society. "We're just playing catch-up." Bacteria called azotrophs on the roots ...scale to fix nitrogen, iron has been recognized as playing an important role as a catalyst. Bacteria also use iron, but Holland has found that the way in which...

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