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New research sheds light on earth's largest animals

...ere there is a lot of ship traffic, Mate said. But shipping doesn't seem to have much of an effect. Last year, Mate tagged a mother blue whale in the Sea of Cortz and waited for her and her calf to return to California. They never did, staying off the coast of central Baja California. That goes to show you,...

Michigan State scientists identify chemical come-on of sea lamprey

...at likely found their way into the Great Lakes via shipping channels. Sea lampreys latch on to popular fish, such as salmon and trout, with a sucking disk and sharp teeth. They suck on body fluids, often scarring and killing host fish. A sea lamprey, in its parasitic life, can kill 40 or more pounds of fish. ...

Tomato ripening gene could make store tomatoes tastier

... firm and unripe so they can survive the rigors of shipping and have an extended shelf life. As a result, tomato flavors, typical of homegrown fruit, do not get a chance to develop on the vine, and consumers complain about their blandness. The discovery of the rin gene provides a way to keep the tomato on...

Bug vs. bug: scientists use microorganisms to target destructive termites

...t carried here as unwanted stowaways aboard wooden shipping crates carrying supplies home from the Pacific following World War II. Environmental factors here, including high humidity and moderate temperatures, allowed them to spread. Environmental and health concerns have resulted in the removal of several c...

ORNL technology gets nod from EPA

...ates the problems associated with drawing samples, shipping them, and logging those samples and results. "When you have to move samples off site, there are just that many more opportunities to make mistakes," Jenkins said. In addition to environmental screening, a number of direct screening methods are being ...

NIA makes second novel clone set available

...minal fees in order to recover costs of materials, shipping and handling. For details about acquisition of either the NIA 15K or NIA 7.4K clone set from a designated center, visit the following NIA website: http://lgsun.grc.nia.nih.gov/ . The NIA's intent in making clone sets available is to encourage arch...

Netting the NET: An anorexia nervosa gene is caught!

...T is a protein that plays a role in this system by shipping the chemical called norepinephrine back into neurons. The NET gene provides the instructions to make the NET. An on-off switch (promoter) in the NET gene determines how many NETs are made. Variation in the DNA sequence of the promoter may increase or...

New mouse model shows how news of pathogen reaches immune system

...ompatibility complex molecules (MHC) class II, and shipping the complex out to the surface of the cell. The dendritic cell supposedly arrived in the lymph node with the antigen complex in full view, like a peacock with all its feathers on display, an act referred to as antigen presentation. Each T cell senses...

Science picks - leads, feeds and story seeds

...ous effects on local communities, public lands and shipping channels. USGS scientists monitor the glacier's patterns of advance and retreat to be able to predict these effects as far in advance as possible. Hubbard Glacier will continue the advance it began more than100 years ago, eventually causing another...

UCSF begins distributing the first of its two embryonic stem cell lines

... which partially covers the costs of preparing and shipping the cells. The team will prepare the second cell line it derived, HSF-1, for distribution in the next year. Scientists routinely produce large quantities of various cell types in the petri dish. However, preparing, or "expanding," a large quantity of...

New nanoparticle coating mimics dolphin skin

...roblem for the U.S. Navy as well as the commercial shipping industry. Marine organisms secrete a type of gluey adhesive protein and, over time, cause physical damage by promoting corrosion of the metal. However, the more pressing problem is their effect on a ship's performance -- the extra growth on the hull ...

Microorganisms are cleaning up Boston Harbor, UMass study finds

...h contaminants from fuel spills, industrial waste, shipping activities, runoff, soot, and creosote-treated pilings, Lovley said. Although some chemical portions of these contaminants readily degrade, PAHs tend to accumulate in the sediment. "They're not very soluble in water, and they don't react chemically w...

Envisats ASAR reveals extent of massive oil spill off Spanish coast

...rwise brighter sea. The slick cuts across a major shipping lane. Shipping traffic in this sea-lane shows up as the numerous white points. The wakes of ships passing through the oil-infested area are seen as light lines in the slick. ASAR offers all-weather, nighttime observations ASAR, like other space-...

Bush signs; ozone treatment for ballast water; wetland restoration template goes national

...stly to install, so only the larger, better funded shipping operations could consider them," says Herwig. A less costly treatment involves using a biocide such as chlorine, glutaraldehyde (a chemical fixative used in electron microscopy) or other chemicals to kill the mini-menagerie inside ballast tanks. Whi...

Risk of future Exxon Valdez declines 92% since risk assessment, safety measures, says O.R. study

...s using proprietary failure data supplied by local shipping companies. Because large databases of local accide...ucing the number of course changes required. The shipping companies have made long-term plans for quality-assurance and safety-management programs....

iScope, you scope, we all scope a mouse brain

...k in real time from a desktop computer. Instead of shipping slides over groundwith the attendant risk of loss or damagescientists can turn to Tall, Dark and Handsome for help studying and sharing slide samples. The information from the iScope and MBL projects will further scientific collaboration aimed at ide...

AGI publishes 41st edition of Directory of Geoscience Departments

..., fax, or telephone. The list price is $40.00 plus shipping and handling; members of AGI member societies are ...take two to three weeks for delivery. For overseas shipping costs or for additional information, contact the AGI Publications Department, 4220 King Street, Alex...

Vacuum technology developed to control insects in wood

...horn Beetle was introduced in America via infested shipping materials. Principal investigators responsible for the vacuum control project include Virginia Tech's wood science and forest products research specialist Zhangjjng Chen, professor Marshall White, and entomologist professor William H. Robinson. Chen ...

E-Commerce and the environment: Good news or bad?

...y small decisions--by consumers, manufacturers, or shipping companies--can have large effects, often shifting environmental impacts from desirable to undesirable or vice versa. For instance, the energy efficiency of using a digital library improves significantly with increasing usage of the on-line articles ...

November science picks!

...of the bay, where ocean-going vessels traverse the shipping lanes and strong tidal currents sculpt the bay floor. The data used to create the poster provide the first look, in detail, of a large area of the bay floor. On one side of the poster is the view of the floor and on the reverse side is a smaller, t...

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