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2014-03-12 12:26:05

LONDON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com just published a new market research report:Global Succinic Acid IndustryThis report analyzes the worldwide markets for Succinic Acid in US$ Thousand. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2010 through 2018. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. The...

Flowers In Amber Show Earliest Evidence Of Pollination
2014-01-03 17:45:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers from Oregon State University have revealed the earliest evidence of sexual reproduction in flower plants in a new report published in the Journal of the Botanical Institute of Texas. The evidence was found in a 100-million-year old piece of amber containing a bunch of 18 previously-undescribed flowers from the Cretaceous Period. Dubbed Micropetasos burmensis, the flowers were frozen in the process of making new seeds....

Amber Earth's Atmosphere
2013-11-18 12:37:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Elevated levels of oxygen in the atmosphere may have caused dinosaurs, insects and other organisms to grow to gigantic sizes millions of years ago, according to prevailing theories. If a new study from scientists at the Universities of Kansas and Alberta is correct, then the atmosphere of the Cretaceous had a relatively low oxygen content – making the high-oxygen theories severely flawed. “We do not want to negate the influence...

Next Generation Sequencing Reveals Absence Of DNA In Sub-fossilized Insects
2013-09-12 10:48:12

University of Manchester Research just published in the journal PLOS ONE by a team of researchers from the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester can now confirm that the existence of DNA in amber fossils is highly unlikely It is hardly possible to talk about fossil insects in amber without the 1993 movie Jurassic Park entering the debate. The idea of recreating dinosaurs by extracting DNA from insects in amber has held the fascination of the public for two decades....

Fossil Amber Offers New Insights Into Glass Formation
2013-05-15 08:39:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new study from researchers at Texas Tech University, scientists have discovered that the structure of amber barely changes even after tens of millions of years. A report of the research, published in Nature Communications, could help answer fundamental questions about how glasses form. "What we found was that in 20 million years, the amber changed density by only 2.1 percent. What we found challenges the way we look at...

2013-03-21 08:36:14

BRUSSELS, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Specifically designed to rescue children after abduction by using community of 1.5 million EU citizens Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes calls on everyone to join the AMBER Alert Europe initiative The AMBER Alert Europe Initiative (http://www.amberalert.eu) today launched the first EU wide child rescue alert platform: AMBER Alert...

Whale Of A Find Could Be Worth Thousands
2013-02-01 06:12:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Normally, stumbling across a pile of vomit while taking a stroll along the beach isn´t exactly a good thing, but in the case of one UK man, it could pay off big time. The substance in question — a lump of a rare substance known as ambergris, which has a waxy texture and is yellow in color — is produced in the digestive systems of sperm whales and is an ingredient used in some perfumes. According to Ben Jackson,...

Amber Catches 100 Million-year-old Spider Attack
2012-10-09 04:32:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Oregon State University have found an extraordinarily rare fossil. Trapped in amber is what the research team describes as the only example of a spider attack on prey caught in its web — a 100 million year old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time. Found in the Hukawng Valley of Nyanmar, the fossil dates from the Cretaceous between 97 and 100 million years ago. Giving some evidence to oldest examples of spider...

2012-08-28 06:25:36

BOSTON, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Going back to school is a classic American end-of-summer tradition. For American families, however, the cost of sending their kids back to school has never been so expensive. Ask three ordinary, hard-working Americans: Amber and Johnny of Middletown, Ohio; Nichole B. of Massachusetts; and Jenny G. of Springfield, Illinois. Amber and Johnny have two boys, ages seven (2nd grade) and eight (3rd grade). Times have never been tighter. Johnny is a mechanic....

Frozen In Time: Oldest Insects Found Encased In Amber
2012-08-28 09:24:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three tiny ancient insects have been found trapped in amber. These well-preserved specimens are encased in what is likely Earth's oldest bug trap. They were found in Italy, and though it sounds like something out of the plot of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, it isn't. These bugs are much older than that. They are about 230 million years old, which puts them in the Triassic period, and about 100 million years older than what had...