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2013-02-11 16:34:42

Biodiversity statistics reveal mixed results in Court makeup Although the current Supreme Court has been criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history, according to a new study that borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity. The study, which appears in the online edition of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, examines seven categories of diversity for every Supreme...

Plant Biodiversity Protects Ecosystems From Human Perils
2013-02-07 08:59:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by integrative biologists at the University of Guelph warns of the perils inherent in an ecosystem breakdown. The findings of the study, which appeared as the cover story in today´s issue of the journal Nature, suggest that resource managers and farmers should not rely on single crop monocultures, no matter how stable they may appear to be. The team suggests instead that farmers should cultivate the growth of more...

Climate Change Will Require Enhanced Protection For Birds
2013-02-06 05:23:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many bird species are likely to suffer from future climate change, a new study led by Durham University and BirdLife International reveals. These species will require enhanced protection for important sites, and better management of the wider countryside. In extreme cases, they may need to be physically moved to areas that are climatically suitable to help them survive. Stronger protection and effective management of the networks of...

2013-02-01 23:01:08

The new 2013 Heirloom Solutions seed catalog is now available online. This new catalog boasts nearly 300 varieties of heirloom seeds. (PRWEB) February 01, 2013 Heirloom Solutions recently released their 2013 Heirloom Seed Catalog to the general public through their website, http://www.HeirloomSolutions.com. This new catalog highlights nearly three-hundred varieties of heirloom seeds, including thirty heirloom varieties not previously offered by the company. This marks the third release of...

2013-02-01 23:00:19

A $100,000 science prize is being offered by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center´s Draper Museum of Natural History in Cody, Wyoming, the University of Wyoming´s Biodiversity Institute, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA. Titled the "Camp Monaco Prize," the purpose of the open competition is to stimulate scientific exploration and public education to expand knowledge and understanding of the biological diversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Cody, Wyoming...

Scientists Describe 24 New Species Of Flower Fly Found In Central And Southern America
2013-01-31 13:48:56

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology A team of scientists have described twenty four new species of dipterans belonging to Quichuana genus, of which only a further 24 species were known. The researchers, including two Spanish biologists, have been studying the forests of Central and Southern America for ten years and they have now published their results in the 'Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society'. A ten-year study in forests of the American continent has...

2013-01-29 23:00:15

An article recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 94 Issue 6 focuses on the struggling Florida manatee population and analyzes the factors pertaining to their decline. (PRWEB) January 29, 2013 Journal of Mammalogy — There is a better than 49 percent probability that the Florida manatee population will fall below 500 individual animals in the next 100 years, according to one analysis. One of the factors that can drive population decline is a lack of genetic diversity....

Human Specimen Collections Study In The US Offers First Look At Their Huge Diversity
2013-01-28 11:08:32

University of North Carolina Health Care Biobanks are organizations that collect, store and share human specimens (e.g., blood, solid tissues, hair) for research purposes. The rise of the human genome project and of large-scale genetics studies have spurred a dramatic increase in the number of biobanks in the last decade, increasing their importance in biomedical research. But until now, biobanks in the U.S. have never been studied systematically, leaving few clear details as to how...

New Study Debunks Claims That Most Species Will Vanish Before They Are Discovered
2013-01-25 11:54:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at the University of Auckland, Griffith University and the University of Oxford has debunked claims that most species will go extinct before they can be discovered. "Surprisingly, few species have gone extinct, to our knowledge. Of course, there will have been some species which have disappeared without being recorded, but not many we think," Professor Nigel Stork, Deputy Head of the Griffith School of...


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Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Conservation Biology
2012-05-12 20:05:54

Conservation Biology is a peer-reviewed academic journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. It was established in 1987 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell. Conservation Biology was originally developed to provide a global voice for an emerging discipline. It quickly became the most important journal dealing with the topic of biological diversity. Editor-in-chief is Gary Meffe; managing editor is Ellen Main. Stanley A. Temple, President of the SCB from 1991-1993, said: “The...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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