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2010-12-15 13:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Aril today publicly launched a software service that puts Websites in charge of their audience data, enabling them to profit from audience targeting and site personalization. This technology solution, called a Data Management and Audience Optimization Platform (DMP), helps sites reach quality target audiences by using predictive modeling that integrates all data -- any source, any type. Red Aril lets sites effectively use data to drive...

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2010-11-17 11:52:12

By Shelley Littin, NASA Space Grant intern, University of Arizona New University of Arizona research indicates that leaf vein patterns correlate with functions such as carbon intake and water use "“ knowledge that could help scientists better understand the complex carbon cycle that is at the heart of global climate warming. "Leaves have very different networks of veins. They have different shapes, different sizes, different thicknesses," said Benjamin Blonder, a doctoral student in the...

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2010-09-28 14:32:35

TAU measures the effect of dew on desert plants When the scientific and spiritual worlds collide, they do so in the most surprising ways. Classical meteorological and plant science has, in the last century, insisted that dew negatively affects plant life, leading to rot and fungus. But in the Judeo-Christian tradition, dew is most welcomed as an important source of vegetative and plant life, celebrated in poetry and prayer. Now Prof. Pinhas Alpert of Tel Aviv University's Department of...

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2010-08-19 12:35:15

'Splitting protein' shown to play crucial role in formation of plant vacuolesBite into a sour apple and you destroy them "“ plant cell vacuoles. Even though these vacuoles make up the largest volume of plant cells, only little was known about how these cellular storehouses form and how the substances stored in them find their way there. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have now discovered a new protein essential to the formation of vacuoles. In the process they...

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2010-07-20 10:25:18

Grains, vegetables and fruit taste delicious and are important sources of energy. However, humans cannot digest the main component of plants - the cellulose in the cell wall. Even in ruminants, animals that can metabolize cellulose, the digestibility of the cell wall plays a crucial role in feed utilization. Scientists are therefore looking for ways of increasing the digestibility of animal feed, and of utilizing plant cell walls to generate energy. To do this they must first understand how...

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2010-07-20 09:58:40

By imaging the cell walls of a zinnia leaf down to the nanometer scale, energy researchers have a better idea about how to turn plants into biofuels. In a paper appearing online in the journal Plant Physiology, a team from Lawrence Livermore led by Michael Thelen, in collaboration with researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has used four different imaging techniques to systematically drill down deep into the cells of Zinnia elegans....

2010-07-13 02:31:29

A tiny, little-understood plant pore has enormous implications for weather forecasting, climate change, agriculture, hydrology, and more. A study by scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, with colleagues from the Research Center Jlich in Germany, has now overturned the conventional belief about how these important structures called stomata regulate water vapor loss from the leaf"“a process called transpiration. They found that radiation is the driving...

2010-06-24 06:40:00

VENICE BEACH, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as the crisis of the Great Depression unlocked the imagination of writers who created the very first superheroes beginning with Superman, contemporary environmental concerns have brought forth Pollen, the first Eco-superhero for the 21st century. And with the epic Gulf of Mexico oil leak offering an uncanny parallel, a heroic character like Pollen would certainly be most welcome today. Based on his book, Pollen and the Ring of Harmony,...

2010-06-02 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pollen and The Ring of Harmony by Francis T. Perry Williams, an anti-violent environmentalist, is the story of Pollen, an interstellar traveler from the far reaches of space, who is dispatched to Earth in order to warn mankind of the potentially tragic ramifications of its eco-unfriendly behavior. Accompanying Pollen on his quest is a mysterious living ring with powers unimaginable. He is a noble "green" messiah. Hollywood's need for a green blockbuster...

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2010-05-28 07:49:11

When it comes to potentially doubling the output of the world's fourth largest food crop, the secret may be in the spit. Researchers at Cornell University, as well as the University of Goettingen and National University of Colombia, have discovered that when a major South American pest infests potato tubers, the plant produces bigger spuds. The secret to this increased yield, they write in the peer-reviewed journal Ecological Applications (April 28, 2010), is found that the saliva of the...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.