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Colorado Aspens Destroyed By Hotter Temperatures
2013-02-12 09:23:19

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two brothers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have undertaken the study of the widespread die-off of Colorado aspen trees. Their most recent study, published online in the journal Global Change Biology, follows on the heels of a previous study they did. Their last study explored two competing theories for how forest trees tend to die off in drought conditions. The first theory suggested that trees actually starved to death...

2013-01-24 23:03:34

Monsanto to evaluate PhaseRx's SMARTT Polymer Technology® for potential agricultural applications. Seattle, WA. (PRWEB) January 24, 2013 PhaseRx, Inc., a privately held RNAi delivery technology company, announced today that it has signed a funded technology evaluation agreement with Monsanto Company for PhaseRx's delivery technologies. Through the agreement, Monsanto will evaluate PhaseRx's SMARTT Polymer Technology® for potential agricultural applications. Terms of the agreement...

There Is A Limit For How Long Plants Can Adapt To Drought
2013-01-23 13:50:15

University of Arizona Plants can adapt their demand for water depending on how much is available - However, this resilience has a limit, and prolonged drought conditions threaten the survival of plant communities, especially in more arid areas Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, and their partners have determined that water demand by many plant communities can fluctuate in response to water availability, indicating a capacity for resilience even when changing...

Amazon Rainforest Under Threat From Climate Change
2013-01-18 06:36:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A megadrought that started in 2005 is still affecting a portion of the Amazon Rainforest twice the size of California, a new study led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) finds. The results of this study, combined with the observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to forests in both the southern and western Amazon over the past decade, reveal that the rainforest might be showing the initial signs of...

United States Experienced Hottest Year On Record In 2012
2013-01-09 04:04:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A mild winter followed by a long, sweltering summer with widespread drought made 2012 the warmest year on record for the continental United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Tuesday. The average annual U.S. temperature rose to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit last year, one degree warmer than the previous record set in 1998 and 3.2 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, the federal...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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