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2011-04-02 00:00:00

The FAIR Foundation's President and CEO, Dr. Richard Darling, asks that you decide and states that taxpayers have spent well over one third of a trillion"”yes, trillion"”dollars on HIV/AIDS resulting in its plummeting death rate (99 percent in California). Darling points out that the government's top HIV/AIDS researcher, Anthony Fauci, MD, admitted years ago that their success is "breathtaking" with HIV patients who "look and feel well, and are leading very productive, very...

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2010-11-26 09:19:01

How a certain species will potentially handle global warming In the scorching summer heat of the Chihuahuan Desert in southwest Texas, air temperatures can hover around 97°F (36°C) while at the surface of the soil temperatures can exceed 158°F (70°C). Encountering these extreme temperatures, plants must utilize creative methods to not only survive but thrive under these difficult and potentially lethal conditions. This new work by Dr. Gretchen North and colleagues, published...

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2010-02-22 07:47:41

Australians can learn much from their deserts and from desert people about how to cope with climate change and scarce resources. That's one of the messages of a new book launched in the Federal Parliament by Senator Trish Crossin today for the Desert Knowledge CRC and CSIRO Publishing. "Dry Times: Blueprint for a Red Land" argues that desert plants, animals and people have been surviving and thriving for thousands of years on scarce resources and uncertain climates "“ and they have the...

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2009-12-17 08:00:24

Global warming is giving a boost to Sonoran Desert plants that have an edge during cold weather, according to new research. Although the overall numbers of winter annuals have declined since 1982, species that germinate and grow better at low temperatures are becoming more common. "It's an unexpected result -- that global warming has led to an increase in cold-adapted species," said lead author Sarah Kimball, a research associate at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Because the winter...

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2009-12-14 07:10:00

Australians can learn much from their deserts and from desert people about how to cope with climate change and scarce resources. That's the message of a new book released today by the Desert Knowledge CRC and CSIRO Publishing. "Dry Times: Blueprint for a Red Land" argues that desert plants, animals and people have been surviving and thriving for thousands of years on scarce resources and uncertain climates "“ and they have the systems to cope with uncertainty which urban society lacks....

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2009-11-06 08:24:35

Mojave Desert research shows that nitrogen is second only to water in importance In the Mojave Desert winds howl across this hottest place in North America, blowing sands across Death Valley and through empty ghost towns, swirling across treeless land for hundreds of miles. But even in the otherworldly Mojave, life thrives. The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia), an indicator species for this desert, defines the Mojave's boundaries. In spring when the rains come, brightly colored flowers bloom in...

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2009-07-30 14:47:15

Iraq is on the brink of an environmental catastrophe thanks to decades of war, mismanagement and drought, environmentalists say. Near daily dust storms, and shriveling riverbeds and marshes are turning arable land into desert, killing trees and plants, and transforming what was once the region's most fertile soil into an agricultural wasteland, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. We're talking about something that's making the breadbasket of Iraq look like the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma in...

2009-07-02 15:07:26

Israeli scientists say they have discovered the self-watering mechanism of the Negev desert rhubarb, which harvests 16 times more water than other plants. Researchers at the University of Haifa-Oranim said the desert rhubarb grows in the mountains of Israel's Negev desert, where average precipitation is particularly low. Unlike most other desert plants that have small leaves to minimize moisture loss, the desert rhubarb is unique in that its leaves are particularly large; each plant's rosette...

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2009-07-01 10:10:00

Researchers from the University of Haifa-Oranim have managed to decipher the unique self-watering mechanism of this plant in the Negev desert, which harvests 16 times more water than other plants in the regionResearchers from the Department of Science Education-Biology at the University of Haifa-Oranim have managed to make out the "self-irrigating" mechanism of the desert rhubarb, which enables it to harvest 16 times the amount of water than otherwise expected for a plant in this region based...

2009-06-18 08:00:00

Thousands still lack access to quality food and grocery stores CHICAGO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2006, the groundbreaking report Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago identified more than 630,000 Chicagoans living in "food deserts," communities where fresh, quality food is hard to come by because of the lack of reputable grocery stores. A wide range of market, community and government actors used the report to take action. Now, according to The Chicago Food...


Latest Desert Reference Libraries

Desert greening
2013-04-25 16:10:03

Desert greening is made up of any number of methods used to revitalize deserts. So far, only arid and semi-arid desert are meant when using this expression. The icy deserts and other types are considered to be unsuitable. The different methods include landscaping methods to reduce evaporation, erosion, consolidation of topsoil, temperature, sandstorms and more, permaculture in general, planting trees, regeneration of salty, polluted, or degenerated soils, floodwater retention and...

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2007-01-19 12:24:16

The sand Cat (Felis margarita) is a small wild cat 19.69 inches (50 cm) long, plus an 11.81 in (30 cm) tail. It is distributed over African and Asian deserts. The name "Desert Cat" is reserved for a subspecies of the true Wild Cat, but it would go better with this species. It lives in those dry areas that are even too hot and dry for the Desert Cat. These areas are the Sahara, the Arabian Desert, and the deserts of Iran and Pakistan. The head is conspicuously broad and the ears are large...

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Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.