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Scientists, ships, aircraft to profile Asian pollution and dust

...r instruments. Theresearchers are gathering in the western Pacific region to observethe optical, chemical, and radiative properties of this year's plumesas they collide with some of the planet's heaviest pollution. The Aerosol Characterization Experiment (ACE-Asia) extends from lateMarch through mid-May. (Ae...

UC Davis, Santa Barbara get $6 million to help estuaries

...e Atlantic Coast and on the Gulf of Mexico. At the western center, about 25 UC scientists will work witheach other, local agencies and the other four EPA centers sothat their findings will be applicable both locally andnationally. "The partnership draws on major strengths of both UC Davisand UC Santa Barbara...

Amphibian mortality linked to climate change

...s and higher levels of mortality to embryos of the western toad and some other species. Egg mortality has app... The study showed that more than 50 percent of the western toad embryos that developed in very shallow water less than eight inches deep developed fungal infec...

Amphibian mortality linked to global climate change

...vel, where there are large breeding populations of western toads," says Kiesecker, whose team backpacks for 10 miles to reach some of the remote sites. The researchers work in tents for weeks to build their experimental devices, which include boxes they designed to anchor the toad eggs at different distance...

Saharan dust "cools" climate warming estimates

...87 of a dust storm over Senegal along the coast of western Africa, as measured by a French science team. The scientists compared two images from NASAs Landsat 5 spacecraft taken two weeks apart, one during an intense dust storm and another when dust levels were much lower. The difference in the brightness of...

Do the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol differ by culture?

...der. Most studies of FAS have been conducted in western countries and cultures. A first-of-its-kind study has examined FAS children in a South African community. "Cultural context" may have little influence on the damaging effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FA...

NSF ships to probe biological enigmas of the frozen southern ocean

...arry out a geographically widespread survey of the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula centered on Marguerite Bay and thought to be one of the region's most important krill wintering sites. The Gould will simultaneously conduct detailed examinations of the water-column on the continental shelf and in th...

New research confirms that natural selection is acting on the current human population

...abases elsewhere, to really put our results into a western world context, he said. Twin analysis The Australian Twin Registry (ATR) is one of the largest twin databases in the world. It is managed by Professor Nick Martin, another author on the paper, and has taken 30 years to build up. It is normally used ...

Monogamy appears to be unnatural in the natural world

... the overwhelming exception, not the rule. In the western world, they said, monogamy only ascended in the late Middle Ages and the Industrial Age. The rich and powerful gained the cooperation of the masses by trading some of their wealth to low class men, enabling them to have wives and a stake in society. ...

Studies: Floyd, other major hurricanes of '99 caused significant changes in nation's largest lagoonal estuary

...estuary over the previous year, Paerl said. In the western part of the sound, however, catches of some species tripled or more since the more mobile animals moved there from out of the estuaries in response to the fresh water influx. Also, Dr. Edward Noga, a professor at N.C. State University's College of Ve...

LSU researchers find cause of respiratory diseases in cattle

... cattle in 11 different states in the southern and western United States. The respiratory bovine coronavirus had not been considered a factor in shipping-fever pneumonia prior to this discovery, said Dr. Johannes Storz of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. The research findings could also lead to a...

New satellite study shows vegetation increases in North America

... -- which are recovering from insect damage -- and western Canada and Alaska. Recent warming in the northwest part of the continent appears to have triggered earlier annual snowmelt and an earlier beginning to the growing season, Hicke said. The observations were made in the visible and near-infrared ban...

Ill winds carry toxic dust

...ic Ocean. This year, one massive cloud reached the western United States before dispersing. The Landsat 7 satellite was launched by NASA in April 1999. Images are archived, processed, and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which is also responsible for day-to-day operations of the satellite....

Scientists monitor global air pollution from space

...ive air pollution generated by forest fires in the western United States last summer. Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels for home heating and transportation, a major source of air pollution during the wintertime in the Northern Hemisphere, can be seen wafting across much of the hemisphere. The most...

Cosmos Studios, MPH Entertainment and the A&E Network announce capture of major scientific discovery on film

... University of Pennsylvania, headed for the remote western desert of Egypt in search of German paleontologist Ernst Stromers (1870-1952) fabled lost dinosaurs. MPH provided seed money for the dig. Cosmos Studios financed the seven-week expedition and MPHs high definition feature-length documentary. Cosmos St...

USGS finds mixing between California spotted owls and northern spotted owls

...f their occupation of late successional forests in western North America. The three subspecies studied include the California, northern, and Mexican spotted owls. Northern and Mexican spotted owls are listed as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and California spotted owls are not. Haig says ...

Lake tributaries in Yellowstone National Park allow unique study of whirling disease

.... The Yellowstone study and 12 others in eight western states are the latest whirling disease projects funded with $700,000 from the National Partnership for the Management of Wild and Native Coldwater Fisheries. The partnership, created in 1995, is administered by the Montana Water Center and funded by ...

Microbes and the dust they ride in on pose potential health risks

...microbes might pose a health risk to people in the western Atlantic region. Dale Griffin, Virginia Garrison, and Eugene Shinn of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Jay Herman of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outline their findings in a paper titled "African Desert Dust in the Caribbean Atmosphere: Mi...

Alzheimer's genetic susceptibility could bring fear and misunderstanding, religious scholars say

...of life. The belief in providence associated with western faiths allows the individual to accept events and place even difficult times in the hands of an ultimately loving God. Asian religions speak of nonattachment, especially Taoism and Buddhism. Try not to be so attached to one willful course of event...

July media highlights: GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY

...g at which the lavas were created is ~36 km at the western end of the transect and 66 km at the eastern end at temperatures from 1300 to 1450 C. The very high temperatures of dry melting so close to the crust indicate a transitory condition of the mantle. Hypersulfidic deep biosphere indicates extreme sulfur...

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