Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Scientists are helping rice farmers in Uruguay stop polluting their waterways
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists are helping rice farmers in Uruguay stop polluting their waterways -- including drinking-water sources and a globally valuable nature reserve.
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Dormant microbes promote diversity, serve environment
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists have developed a mathematical model and molecular tools to study how dormancy affects the biodiversity of natural microbial communities, especially in lakes.
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Rare Hawaiian monk seal brought to marine lab for study and treatment
03/21/2010 - 23:00
A young Hawaiian monk seal that was removed from the wild last year for treatment and rehabilitation is providing researchers with a rare opportunity to study the physiology of this critically endangered species.
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Fishing discard ban could damage sea bird success, scientists warn
03/21/2010 - 23:00
A proposed EU ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard from commercial boats could put one of the North Sea's most successful sea birds at risk, say researchers.
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Process in big-screen plasma TVs can produce ultra-clean fuel
03/21/2010 - 23:00
The process that lights up big-screen plasma TV displays is getting a new life in producing ultra-clean fuels, according to a new report. It describes a small, low-tech, inexpensive device called a GlidArc reactor that uses electrically-charged clouds of gas called "plasmas" to produce in three steps super-clean fuels from waste materials.
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Changes seen in rainfall trends in March, June and October since 1945 in Spain
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists have produced data on monthly precipitation rates in the Iberian Peninsula. This has been used to analyse monthly rainfall trends between 1945 and 2005 in the Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Evolution more rapid than Darwin thought
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Evolution can proceed much more rapidly than has long been thought. This is shown in new research on the impact of genetics and the environment on the color patterns of pygmy grasshoppers.
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Eating less meat and dairy products won't have major impact on global warming, export argues
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Consuming less meat and dairy products will fail to reverse global warming -- despite continual claims that link greenhouse-gas production to eating meat-rich diets, according to one expert. In a recent report, an air quality specialist discusses this popular misconception and describes why he believes it is steering society away from solutions to the global crisis.
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Mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica investigated
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Researchers are investigating the origin of the giant stone balls in Costa Rica that inspired the opening scenes of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
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Plant's ability to identify, block invading bacteria examined
03/21/2010 - 16:00
Understanding how plants defend themselves from bacterial infections may help researchers understand how people and other animals could be better protected from such pathogens. That's the idea behind a study to observe a specific bacteria that infects tomatoes but normally does not bother the common laboratory plant arabidopsis.
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