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Invasive Species Abound In The River Thames
2012-10-10 05:02:07

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study out of the U.K. points out what many ecosystems of the world have already known. In this new study, scientists from the Queen Mary, University of London, claim that almost 100 non-native freshwater species have successfully invaded the River Thames, making it one of the world´s most highly invaded freshwater systems. Published in the journal Biological Invasions over the weekend, scientists suggest that previous...

Chinese Herb Kudzu Reduces Consumption Of Alcohol
2012-05-18 10:29:30

According to a new study published in the current issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers, an extract of the Chinese herb kudzu reduces binge drinking and could be useful in the treatment of alcoholism. David Penetar, PhD, lead author of the study from the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital, explains: “Our study is further evidence that components found in kudzu root can reduce alcohol...

2012-01-05 11:04:45

A recent analysis led by ecologist Bethany Bradley at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that climate change predicted for the United States will boost demand for imported drought- and heat-tolerant landscaping plants from Africa and the Middle East. This greatly increases the risk that a new wave of invasives will overrun native ecosystems in the way kudzu, Oriental bittersweet and purple loosestrife have in the past, members of the international team say. The kudzu invasion...

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2011-07-31 06:16:53

Inspired by a sixth-grade science project, a teenager has developed a way to help combat kudzu, "an invasive plant that has overrun millions of acres of land throughout the Southeastern United States," according to a recent CNN.com report. Kudzu was first brought into the US during the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876, and gained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s as a way to combat erosion. These days, however, it has begun spreading out of control, overtaking 150,000 new acres of...

2011-03-01 14:50:20

Invasive plant species have long had a reputation as being bad for a new ecosystem when they are introduced. Stan Harpole, assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology at Iowa State University, is founding organizer of a team of more than 70 researchers working at 65 sites worldwide that tested that assumption. They wanted to know if it is true that problematic invasive species often spread widely in their new habitats because they don't encounter predators or diseases...

2011-01-18 23:00:03

Kudzu extract had little to no effect on participants during a double-blind placebo-controlled study     * Extract from the kudzu root has long been thought to be a remedy for alcoholism    * However, since the precise mechanism of action is unknown, a new study set out to unravel its mystery    * The results show that the participants treated with kudzu experienced no adverse consequences that could decrease alcohol intake There are many ways,...

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2010-08-23 12:20:00

Researchers at Gilead Sciences Inc. said on Sunday that an extract of the kudzu vine being developed to treat alcoholism may also help treat cocaine addiction. The Gilead team reported in the journal Nature Medicine that tests on rats showed the drug could stop them from giving themselves cocaine. Gilead inherited the experimental drug a year ago after it acquired CV Therapeutics Inc.  A spokesman for the company said it was working to try to bring the drug to the market. "There is no...

2010-07-27 09:00:00

ATLANTA, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Kudzu.com, a website that helps homeowners choose the best service providers for their home and family, announces a multi-media partnership with HGTV.com to provide detailed, hyper-local listings of home service professionals by neighborhood, homeowner ratings and reviews of their experiences with specific companies and timely specials from local contractors. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2010-06-24 09:00:00

ATLANTA, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Homeowners who use Kudzu to find and refer their favorite service businesses for home and family will now get a more personalized experience when they sign in to Kudzu through Facebook. "We see added personalization as a way to make a homeowner's experience on Kudzu more relevant," said Tom Bates, vice president and general manager of Kudzu. "A business review written by a friend or neighbor carries a certain level of trust. By connecting friends and...

2010-06-09 09:00:00

ATLANTA, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- For homeowners who need to find a trustworthy service provider for their home and family, Kudzu.com has developed the Kudzu application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Now users can find the right professional for the job using the power of Kudzu and the convenience of the iPhone. The free application can be downloaded in iTunes or found in the App Store on a user's mobile device. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100609/CL17879 ) (Photo:...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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