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2014-07-14 16:24:23

Yesenia Torres regained some mobility and sensation in her body after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down at the age of 21. NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesenia Torres was an outgoing, popular teenager, with the body of an athlete. the face of a model, and long, beautiful hair. She was turning heads wherever she went. And then a car accident changed her life forever. Like typical 21 year olds, Yesenia and her two girlfriends were taking a road trip to...

2014-07-14 16:24:19

NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Horizon Charitable Foundation (BHCF) officially received its 501(c)(3) status on May 9, 2014.A 501(c) organization, also known colloquially as a 501(c), is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Section 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)) provides that 29 types of nonprofit organizations are exempt from some federal income taxes.501(c)(3) exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest,...

Flower Development In 3D
2014-07-14 03:36:22

University of Vienna In close collaboration with Jürg Schönenberger and Yannick Städler from the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, 14 developmental stages of the flower of Arabidopsis thaliana from very early meristematic floral initiation to fully developed seeds were monitored with micro-computed tomography in 3D. From the same set of developmental stages a full metabolic profile using mass spectrometry was measured...

107-year Journey Of The Beetle Rhipidocyrtus Muiri
2014-07-14 03:24:21

Pensoft Publishers Serendipity leads University of Kansas scientists to the discovery and description of Rhipidocyrtus muiri - a 107 year old beetle, lost in collections specimen, which turned out to represent a new genus and species. The long and tortuous history of the enigmatic ripidiine wedge beetle from Borneo is discussed in a recent paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys. The holotype male, and only known specimen of Rhipidocyrtus muiri, was collected 107 years ago...

Neural Crest Hypothesis Could Explain Why Domestic Mammals Share Characteristic Traits
2014-07-14 03:02:44

Genetics Society of America More than 140 years ago, Charles Darwin noticed something peculiar about domesticated mammals. Compared to their wild ancestors, domestic species are more tame, and they also tend to display a suite of other characteristic features, including floppier ears, patches of white fur, and more juvenile faces with smaller jaws. Since Darwin's observations, the explanation for this pattern has proved elusive, but now, in a Perspectives article published in the journal...

Researcher Reveals Novel Treatment For A Form Of Childhood Blindness
2014-07-14 03:18:37

McGill University Health Centre An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness, has remained untreatable. The study is published today in the scientific...

Vibrations Enhance Photosynthesis Efficiency Deep Within Spinach Leaves
2014-07-14 03:04:33

Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan Biophysics researchers at the University of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet. The findings could potentially help engineers make more efficient solar cells and energy storage systems. They also inject new evidence into an ongoing "quantum biology" debate over exactly how...

blood cells
2014-07-14 13:18:39

University of Wisconsin-Madison The ability to reliably and safely make in the laboratory all of the different types of cells in human blood is one key step closer to reality. Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, a group led by University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher Igor Slukvin reports the discovery of two genetic programs responsible for taking blank-slate stem cells and turning them into both red and the array of white cells that make up human blood. [...

Element Commonly Used In Apple iPads Causing Allergic Reactions
2014-07-14 13:25:53

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the late Steve Jobs was a notorious stickler for design details, one element of the iPad may have gotten by the mercurial tech guru – namely the element nickel, which is known to cause allergic reactions in many people. According to a new report in the journal Pediatrics published on Monday, an 11-year-old boy was treated at a San Diego hospital recently for an allergic reaction he had to an Apple iPad. The latest report is...

Baboons Groom Each Other For The Benefits
2014-07-14 03:46:15

Biologisk Institut - Københavns Universitet Social animals often develop relationships with other group members to reduce aggression and gain access to scarce resources. In wild chacma baboons the strategy for grooming activities shows a certain pattern across the day. Grooming between individuals in a group of baboons is not practiced without ulterior motives. To be groomed has hygienic benefits and is stress relieving for the individual, while grooming another individual can provide...


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Western White Pine, Pinus monticola
2014-07-15 13:59:55

Western white pine (Pinus monticola) grows in the mountains of the western United States and Canada growing in the Rocky Mountains, The Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range, as well as growing along the Coast. The pine is also known as silver pine or Idaho pine as it is that states tree. The Western White pine grows at different elevations depending on its region. In Canada it is found growing from sea level up to 3,940 feet and in Washington state it grows up to 6,070 feet above sea level. In...

Smooth-bark Mexican Pine, Pinus pseudostrobus
2014-07-15 13:42:04

Smooth-bark Mexican pine (Pinus pseudostrobus) grows near Northern El Salvador, the highlands in Guatemala, and West Honduras and central Mexico. This tree has also been introduced to New Zealand. Fifteen mature Mexican pines can be found in the Palo Verde County Park located in Imperial County, CA. This tree grows from heights of 65.6 feet to 131.2 feet and occasionally may reach 147.6 feet. It can be found growing from 4265 feet in elevation to 10,660 feet; although, this tree has done...

White Pine
2014-07-15 11:24:08

Hainan white pine (Pinus fenzeliana) is found on the island of Hainan off the southern shores of China. This pine is also known as the Fenzel’s pine  and is related to the Chinese White Pine. This tree is a slow growing tree and can be used for landscaping purposes. The Hainan white pine grows best in full sun and soil that is well-drained but maintains medium moisture. This tree grows to heights between 25 and 35 feet (the largest being recorded at 100 feet) with a crown that spreads...

Camargue Cattle
2014-07-14 11:11:41

The Camargue is a breed of cattle native to the Camargue marshlands in southern France. It has existed in the region for a long time, mentioned in writings from Roman times. Estimates are the breed has been around for about 2,000 years and related to breeds that inhabit Asia and Southern Europe. The breed lives semi-wild in marshes and are tended to by herders that ride Camargue horses inhabiting the same region. They also share the area with wild boar, cattle egrets and flamingos....

Boran Cattle
2014-07-12 10:36:21

The Boran is a breed of beef cattle that has been in eastern Africa for over 1,000 years. The Kenyan Boran was developed from native shorthorn Zebu cattle in southern Ethiopia. The Boran Cattle Breeders Society has managed and bred the cattle since 1951. There were 454 ranches in the country that raised the Boran as of 2008. These ranches are part of five different types; group ranches, private company ranches, co-operative ranches, public company ranches and government ranches. The...

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