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New Device Can Recharge Wireless Gadgets While Walking
2014-07-03 03:11:17

National Science Foundation By the end of 2014, Earth will be home to more mobile electronic devices than people. Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, not to mention wearable health and fitness trackers, smart glasses and navigation devices--today's population is more plugged in than ever before. But our reliance on devices is not problem-free: Wireless gadgets require regular recharging. While we may think we've cut the cord, we remain reliant on outlets and charging stations to...

2014-07-03 10:55:44

Society for Experimental Biology Scientists have identified a new mutant plant that accumulates excessive amounts of starch, which could help to boost crop yields and increase the productivity of plants grown for biofuels. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology looked for excessive starch accumulators in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana that had been mutated using Agrobacterium tumefaciens. In one of the mutant plants, the starch granules were...

2014-07-03 10:44:13

PLOS Isolated dolphin populations may be vulnerable to environmental change New study estimating population genetic structure of little-known dolphins inhabiting Western Australia's north coast highlights vulnerability, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alex Brown from Murdoch University and colleagues. Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins occur throughout tropical coastal waters of northern Australia, but little is known of their abundance or...

2014-07-03 10:08:00

PLOS New species of spider wasp may use chemical signals from dead ants to protect nest A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Staab from University of Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues from China and Germany. Wasps use a wide variety of nest protection strategies, including digging holes or occupying...

2014-07-03 10:02:04

UC Davis A new pathogen has been discovered by scientists investigating major die-offs of pigeons native to North America, according to studies led by the University of California, Davis, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Scientists were able to implicate this new parasite, along with the ancient parasite Trichomonas gallinae, in the recent deaths of thousands of Pacific Coast band-tailed pigeons. The die-offs occurred during multiple epidemics in California’s...

Ocean On Saturnian Moon Titan May Be As Salty As The Dead Sea
2014-07-03 10:00:08

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The inner ocean of Saturn’s largest moon Titan may be as salty as the Dead Sea, according to scientists with NASA’s Cassini mission, which has been collecting gravity and topographic data from the distant Saturnian satellite over the last ten years. After studying the data, researchers built a model structure of Titan, resulting in a better understanding of the moon’s outer ice shell. The study was published this week in the...

arthur Aqua satellite
2014-07-03 09:13:18

Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center [ Watch the Video: Space Station Cameras And Crew Capture Views Of Tropical Storm Arthur ] When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Arthur on July 2 at 2:50 p.m. EDT on July 2, it saw a cloud-covered eye as the storm was on the way to becoming a hurricane. This visible image of Tropical Storm Arthur was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite....

2014-07-03 08:25:34

-- President and CEO receives prestigious award in Korea for commitment to sustainable management VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- YH Park, president and CEO of Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. (KS: 018880), a full-line supplier of automotive thermal energy management solutions, received a Bronze Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit at the annual Global Green Management Excellence Award event in Seoul. The event is jointly hosted by the Korean Ministry of...

2014-07-03 08:21:51

EDEN, N.C., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy has completed the cleanup of a coal ash deposit and river sediment at a site approximately two miles down river from the Dan River Steam Station. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130322/CL81938LOGO The location is where Town Creek meets the Dan River. The coal ash and sediment had accumulated on a sand bar. Crews excavated 258 tons of the material from the site over the last week. The removed material was taken to a...

2014-07-03 08:21:50

LeefH2(TM), Leveraging Energy Efficient Fuel with Hydrogen, reduces particulate matter emissions in diesel engines by 50% or more while providing life-supporting oxygen to the atmosphere. TEMECULA, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- HNO, on the web at www.hnogreenfuels.com, stands for hydrogen and oxygen, the two building blocks of water. Without these two abundant elements, life on earth would cease to exist. Now, HNO Green Fuels, Inc. introduces the LeefH2(TM) system, a method of...


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Betizu Cattle
2014-07-09 15:12:18

The Betizu is a breed of cattle native to northern Spain and the French Basque Country. The government of Navarre established a conservation project to protect and conserve the breed. There were an estimated 254 Betizu cattle in Navarre as of 2013. There is a small herd that inhabits the abandoned village of Sastoya owned by the government of Navarre. It covers a 200 acre area with approximately 30 acres of grassland in the Urraul Alto valley. Within the village there are facilities and...

Belmont Red Cattle
2014-07-09 15:13:20

The Belmont Red is a breed of beef Cattle produced in 1954 by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in the Australian tropics. It was developed at the Belmont Research Station from several different breeds including the Africander and Hereford-Shorthorn. The Belmont Red was released to breeders in 1969. The Belmont Red was bred to have a greater resistance to ticks, have a calm temperament and  more efficiently use the environment for higher weight gain....

Australian Milking Zebu Cattle
2014-07-09 13:49:54

The Australian Milking Zebu (AMZ) is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in Australia in the 1950s. It was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) by crossbreeding the Sahiwal and Red Sindhi cattle from Pakistan with Jersey cattle. A small amount of Illawarra, Guernsey and Friesian blood was introduced as well. It was bred specifically to be resilient to heat, cattle tick and for milk production. The AMZ is similar in color and markings to...

Australian Friesian Sahiwal Cattle
2014-07-09 13:39:58

The Australian Friesian Sahiwal is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in Australia. It was developed in the 1960s by the Queensland Government by crossbreeding the Sahiwal dairy breed from Pakistan and the Holstein breed from tropical Australia. The cows produce about 790 gallons of milk per lactation period in tropical pasture conditions. The breed is resistant to heat, humidity, ticks and other parasites. It has also been exported successfully to other tropical regions in South East...

Australian Bradford Cattle
2014-07-06 14:56:54

The Australian Bradford is a breed of cattle that originated in Queensland, Australia between 1946 and 1952. It was developed from crossing Brahman bulls with the Hereford cattle in attempt to produce cattle to resist ticks and be resilient to drought. It is also resistant to pink eye, eye cancer and disease. The Bradford is raised mainly in NSW and Queensland, Australia. Semen from the cattle have been exported to South America and South Africa, while live cattle have been exported to...

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  • A stinking tobacco.
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