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Hitchhiking species invading arctic
2013-11-04 13:17:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has calculated the risk of bringing in a new species to Arctic waters for the first time. According to the new survey, up to one-third of the 155 ships that entered the ports of Svalbard, Norway in 2011 came from a place that will one day have an environmental match with Svalbard. The researchers say this scenario will increase the risk that harmful species brought to foreign waters could establish...

Extreme Weather Events May Synchronize Entire Communities Of Species
2013-01-18 04:26:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have known that climate change affects the population dynamics of single species, such as reindeer or caribou, but the effects of such climate change at the community level have been much harder to document and quantify. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has found that extreme climate events cause a synchronized population fluctuation among all vertebrate species in a relatively...

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2011-08-17 10:39:49

While the early bird might catch the worm, it's the quick bird that lands the ladies, according to new research into the running performance of an Arctic cousin of the grouse. Scientists studying rock ptarmigan on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard discovered a large difference in the running capabilities between the sexes, with the larger males able to run more efficiently and up to 50% faster than females. The University of Manchester team suggested that faster, efficient male birds are...

2011-04-06 09:10:00

WATERBURY, Vt., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea-kayaking in Svalbard, Norway's Arctic paradise takes place in an extreme environment. Quark Expeditions, a polar specialist, recommends that travelers contemplating the activity be comfortable getting in and out of a boat, and that they have practiced a wet exit. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110406/NE78344 ) Svalbard affords many opportunities to paddle in protected fjords amongst icebergs. Quark staff are always alert...

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2011-02-25 12:54:35

Third birthday of arctic repository brings surge in seed deposits, but also reminders from Egypt, Australia and Russia of natural and man-made risks to global agriculture The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV) celebrated its third anniversary today with the arrival of seeds for rare lima beans, blight-resistant cantaloupe, and progenitors of antioxidant-rich red tomatoes from Peru and the Galapagos Islands. The arrival of these collections, including many drought- and flood-resistant...

2011-02-02 12:54:23

Researchers report that an arctic relative of the grouse has evolved to cope with its extreme environment by moving efficiently at high speeds or when carrying winter weight. This discovery is of relevance to welfare in the poultry industry where birds are bred to be heavier. Ultimately better understanding the physiology of a natural animal model of extreme weight gain could one day lead to improving the welfare and meat yield of domesticated breeds and so contribute to preventing a future...

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2010-07-26 12:57:15

The icy Arctic waters around Norway's archipelago of Svalbard are facing the threat of acidity. The waters have always absorbed part of the carbon dioxide present in the air, making them acidic.  However, the scientific community is getting worried about the acidification harming marine life with CO2 levels rising. At a tiny coal mine village turned scientific outpost just 745 miles from the North Pole, researchers from nine European countries conducted an unprecedented effort in July...

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2010-07-12 07:57:53

US seed collection delivers valuable varieties of chili peppers and hundreds of sorghum varieties, an essential 'climate ready' crop A new collection of some of North America's hottest foods"”an eclectic range of New World chili peppers"”were delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, where their exotic tongue-scorching qualities can be kept safe for centuries. The seeds were delivered to the vault by a seven-person bipartisan...

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2010-03-12 06:50:00

The foundation that oversees the Svalbard Global Seed Vault said Thursday that the unique Arctic "doomsday" stockpile of all the world's crop seeds has reached the half-million species mark. The latest additions to the vault are a mold-resistant wild bean from Costa Rica, a vulnerable strawberry from a bear-infested part of Russia's Kuril islands and a host of American soybeans. "Reaching the half-million mark brings mixed emotions," said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop...

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2010-03-01 15:46:28

Researchers sequence the oldest ancient genome to date from a mammal A rare, ancient polar bear fossil discovered in Norway in 2004 is yielding a treasure trove of essential information about the age and evolutionary origins of the species whose future is now seen as synonymous with the devastation wrought by climate change. A paper published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at Penn State University, the University at Buffalo, the...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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