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A plan for reintroducing megafauna to North America

...megafauna (large animals over 100 pounds) such as giant tortoises, horses, elephants, and cheetah went ex...nt processes back to ecosystems." Starting with giant tortoises and wild horses, then moving toward lions and elephants, the authors provide a number of c...

Fisheries linked to decline in galapagos waved albatross population

...find out what happens when fishermen encounter the giant seabirds. The observers found that some albatrosses became tangled accidentally in submerged gillnets. Although some of the birds caught in nets could be released, fishermen often killed them for food instead. The fishermen also intentionally cau...

16 outstanding researchers receive Singapore's highest honor in science and technology

... Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This scientific giant is a constant source of ideas and insight. Many of the initiatives and progress in Singapore's biomedical sciences sector originated from or were deeply influenced by Dr Brenner. He connected A*STAR and Singapore to internationally renowned scienti...

Giant pandas see in color

...Institute of Technology and Zoo Atlanta shows that giant pandas can see in color. Graduate researcher Angel...ehavior, volume 34 issue 2. "My study shows that giant pandas have some sort of color vision," said Kelling, graduate student in Georgia Tech's Center for ...

Vax and Pax: Taking turns to build an eye

...m mice. "In that case you had no optic nerve but a giant eye. This basically says that you really have to get this protein out of the nucleus--if you keep it there you get no retina at all." But why doesn't mother nature simply dispose of Vax2 when she's finished with it? Most likely because it's recycle...

Mars Express and the story of water on Mars

...rared Mineralogical Mapping Spectrometer has taken giant steps towards answering that question. OMEGA detects minerals on the surface of Mars. Three in particular reveal the history of Martian water. "We have demonstrated that water could have been stable on Mars's surface but not for very long," says Jean...

Steep oxygen decline halted first land colonization by Earth's sea creatures

...en oxygen levels rose the dinosaurs developed into giant creatures that dominated the Earth. "I think of dinosaurs as the high-altitude Denver athletes of their day. They ran rings around their prey," he said. Ward also began to wonder whether respiratory needs dictated how other organisms' bodies deve...

Researchers find 'zip code' spurs cargo transport in neurons

... by injecting fluorescently labeled virus into the giant axon of the squid. Aside from being a seafood delicacy, squid have a giant axon, or nerve cell fiber, that is 1,000 times wider than the average human axon, making it much eas...

Fossils of ancient sea monster found in Montana

...tion in August that mapped the location of several giant fossils in the Arctic. He is now an adjunct instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at MSU. Based on other fossils of this type in the world, the new Montana fossil could have had as many as 50 to 70 vertebrae in its neck, Druckenmiller said....

Male contraception: One door opens, another closes

...intment." Unbeknownst to Amory, pharmaceutical giant Schering was simultaneously testing miglustat in rabbits and another strain of mice, and found the same results--contraception in the first strain of mice, but no effect in the other strain or other species. The original studies used C57 Black/6 mi...

Philippines president enacts new national conservation policy

...ve ridley and green sea turtles; humphead wrasses; giant groupers, and giant clams. President Arroyo called the Verde Passage a "critical marine corridor" that is vital to mari...

New genetic test predicts risk of metastasis in patients with deadly eye cancer

... risk is," she added. "If the risk is low, it's a giant relief and emotional burden off their shoulders. If the risk is high, it enables them to plan arrangements for their family and finances, and make the most of their remaining time alive." Pioneered by UCLA ophthalmic pathologist Dr. Ben Glasgow, ...

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- Nov. 15, 2006

... range of modern scientific research - has taken a giant step forward with new research by scientists in India. In a report scheduled for the Nov. 16 issue of the ACS weekly Journal of Physical Chemistry B, researcher G. U. Kulkarni and colleagues report "a simple and straightforward" method for producing ...

A giant among minnows: Giant danio can keep growing

...grative and Comparative Physiology, finds that the giant danio, unlike its cousin the zebrafish, appears to...ly lose it after birth. Because the zebrafish and giant danio are closely related, and the zebrafishs genome has already been mapped, scientists hope they c...

A human taste for rarity spells disaster for endangered species

...cover (and exceed) the cost of harvesting the last giant parrot, tegu lizard, or lady's slipper orchid on Earth. The authors describe multiple human activities that could precipitate the anthropogenic Allee effect. Hobby collections of the sort Watson allegedly gave his life for top their list. Overhunti...

Fishy cooperation

...g between groupers (Plectropomus pessuliferus) and giant moray eels (Gymnothorax javanicus) in the Red Sea....rent from us as fish. (Watch a grouper signal to a giant moray eel resting in a cave by shaking its head in front of the moray in this video.)...

Extreme life, marine style highlights 2006 ocean census

...ped the small birds 70,000 km search for food in a giant figure eight over the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand via Polynesia to foraging grounds in Japan, Alaska and California and then back. Making the longest-ever electronically-recorded migration in only 200 days, the bird averaged a surprising 350 km ...

A window on the environment from Tahoe to the ocean

...w science is done. "I think we're going to see a giant leap forward in our ability to see changes across long timescales and wide distances," Williams said....

NYC tadpoles fly to Puerto Rico

...roduced species such as the mongoose, rat, and the giant marine toad, the last of which competes with the Puerto Rican crested toad for the same resources. The species is now listed as Threatened on the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and as Critically Endangered according to the World Conservation Union (IUC...

Dinosaurs -- stones did not help with digestion

The giant dinosaurs had a problem. Many of them had narrow, pointed teeth, which were more suited to tearing off plants rather than chewing them. But how did they then grind their food? Until recently many researchers have assumed that they were helped by ston...

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