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Some Faster Lizards Can Survive Climate Change: Study
2014-09-17 03:58:08

Dartmouth College Some tropical reptiles may be able to adapt quickly to climate change rather than go extinct as widely expected, a Dartmouth-led study finds. The research is the first direct measurement of climate-driven natural selection on the thermal physiology of a wildlife species – in other words, survival of the fittest in an increasingly warm world. The study appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "In recent years, an ever increasing...

Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres
2014-09-17 08:49:28

Elizabeth Landau, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11. That anomaly occurred shortly before a planned communication with NASA's Deep Space Network that morning. The spacecraft was not performing any special activities at the time. Engineers immediately began working to restore the spacecraft to its normal operational state. The team determined...

2014-09-17 08:37:44

Panel Discussions to Focus on Sustainability Strategies for Small Businesses JERSEY CITY, N.J., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 200 small business owners and community leaders from across northern New Jersey will gather tomorrow (Sept. 18) at Saint Peter's University's Mac Mahon Student Center for a Sustainability and Small Business Summit, featuring a series of panel discussions with industry experts to educate small-business owners on how to make sustainability a part of their...

2014-09-17 08:23:39

Largest U.S. Improvement in J.D. Power Study JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has received the second-highest ranking in customer satisfaction in J.D. Power's annual study of gas residential customers in the Large Midwest segment, and made the greatest progress among all gas utilities in the U.S. "Consumers Energy is listening to the communities we serve, and directly improving issues like price and customer service, and making system upgrades to ensure the...

2014-09-17 08:23:26

Colorado Springs Utilities; Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania; DTE Energy; Madison Gas & Electric; NW Natural; Oklahoma Natural Gas; TECO Peoples Gas; and UGI Each Rank Highest in Residential Natural Gas Utility Customer Satisfaction in Their Respective Region WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Even though the U.S. faced another harsh winter and an increase in the average monthly gas bill this past season, customer satisfaction with residential gas utilities improves for a...

2014-09-17 08:23:15

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) announces that the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA, the Company's joint venture with Valero Energy Corporation, commenced the start-up process on September 15, 2014, following a fire incident on August 3, 2014. The quicker than expected turn-around should bring DGD back into full production by next week. As previously announced, the name-plate capacity will be increased to 11,000...

2014-09-17 08:23:11

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFAI) announced today that it has signed an agreement to form a Special Purpose Vehicle in partnership with Jatro Greentech, Inc., a Toronto based Jatropha centric agro energy company. The SPV shall be called AFAI Jatro Green Ethiopia and will be a U.S. registered entity with AFAI as majority shareholder. The SPV shall pursue Jatropha planting and biofuels production projects in Africa,...

2014-09-17 08:23:04

KIGALI, Rwanda, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rwanda has contracted Ignite Power Ltd, a British company, to provide solar powered electricity to Rwandan households. The company will start with a pilot of 1,000 households in four of Rwanda's 30 districts, including Kamonyi and Gisagara. Francis Gatare, Rwanda Development Board (RDB)'s Chief Executive Officer, said if the pilot yields positive results, the company will be allowed to roll out between 250,000 and 1 million panels....

2014-09-17 08:22:42

Need for sustainable industrial waste management drives adoption of smart collection and sorting services LONDON, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regulations that facilitate a shift away from landfill towards more value-adding segments such as recycling are lending momentum to the global industrial waste management services market. Adoption of industrial waste management solutions will remain strongest in developed economies that have successfully introduced laws and implemented frameworks for...

2014-09-17 08:22:28

DUBLIN, Sept. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a type of hydrocarbon, consisting of propane or butane. These are usually in gas form at atmospheric temperature and pressure, and liquefy when introduced in modest temperature or refrigeration (pure butane liquefies at 68 degrees...


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Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Rana boylii
2014-09-16 08:43:34

The Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii) is a small frog measuring about 1.46 to 3.2 inches. It belongs to the genus Rana within the Ranidae family. This species can be found from northern Oregon, down California’s west coast, and into Baja California, Mexico. Both the Columbia Spotted Frog and the Cascades Frog, also part of the Rana genus, reside in the northern regions of this frog’s territory. They show a preference for living in streams and rivers, and lay their eggs in masses...

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri
2014-09-16 08:16:44

The Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) is a species of aquatic frog that is native to the southern United States in Texas and New Mexico, and south through Mexico and Central America. It is also occasionally referred to as the Mexican Leopard Frog. The handle berlandieri honors the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the first biological surveys of Texas. These frogs grow up to 2.2 to 4.5 inches long. They are normally tan,...

Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis
2014-09-15 16:37:21

The Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis, is a yellowish colored dwarf toad. The females can reach up to 1.1 inches long and the males can reach up to .75 inches long. This ovoviviparous species was described scientifically in the year 1999. It was found only in the spray zone around the Kihansi waterfalls in the southern Udzungwa Mountains located in Tanzania. At about 220,000 square feet, this was the smallest natural distribution known for any vertebrate species, but it was...

Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus
2014-09-15 16:22:26

The Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus, is a species of toad located in forests along the Western Ghats of India south of Goa. It is small and it can be found in wet tree hollows or leaf bases that contain water. This slender frog features a moderately sized head with a pointed snout and vertical lores. The distance between the eyes is as wide as the width of the upper eyelid. The opening of the ear is well marked and is about a third of the diameter of the eye. The fingers are...

Striped Raphael Catfish, Platydoras armatulus
2014-09-12 09:39:00

The striped Raphael catfish (Platydoras armatulus), also known as the talking catfish or the chocolate catfish, is a species of catfish that can be found in many areas of South America, including the Amazon, the Orinoco, and the Tocantins and it has been introduced into the United States of America. This species burrows into the soft sand in river bottoms, feeding on crustaceans, mollusks, and organic fragments. The striped Raphael catfish holds small, curved spines that extend across its...

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