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Image 1 - Topography Played Key Role In Bacterial Consumption Of Deepwater Horizon Spill
2012-01-10 07:03:59

Scientists document how geology, biology worked together after oil disaster When scientist David Valentine and colleagues published results of a study in early 2011 reporting that bacterial blooms had consumed almost all the deepwater methane plumes after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill, some were skeptical. How, they asked the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) geochemist, could almost all the gas emitted disappear? In new results published this...

Looking For A Job On The Internet Reduces Unemployment Time
2011-10-05 10:05:30

Better job boards, technology benefit job seekers A new study shows that using the Internet to look for a job reduces the time spent unemployed by an average of 25 percent. The discovery directly contradicts a 2004 study showing that using the Internet actually prolonged unemployment. "In 2004 the researchers came up with two scenarios for their findings — the Internet was not an effective tool or that people who looked on-line for jobs were not as qualified," said Hani...

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2011-07-22 11:55:58

Research leads to new "scaling" rule for abundance and production of animals Animal species all follow the same rule for how common they are in an ecosystem, scientists have discovered. And the rule is simple. Everything from birds to fishes, crabs to snails to worms, and the parasitic animals that live inside or on them, follows it. "You can predict how common something might be just by knowing its body weight--how big an individual is--and how high up the food chain it is," says biologist...

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2011-05-26 10:05:44

By Cheryl Dybas, NSF Marine scientists discover wave disturbance, nutrient levels affect California giant kelp growth Marine scientists have a new view of the giant kelp in the Pacific Ocean--through a scuba mask and a satellite's "eye." Forests of giant kelp, or Macrocystis pyrifera, are found in temperate coastal regions and are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth. In a melding of data from the beneath the waves and from the skies above, researchers have developed a method for...

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2010-12-06 10:26:56

By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, University of Central Florida Foreign pests are eating their way through our national forests, destroying majestic scenery and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. If enforcement efforts to prevent their importation aren't stepped up, irreplaceable resources will be lost forever and taxpayers can expect to fork over billions of dollars more by 2019, according to a comprehensive study published today in BioScience. Researchers at the University of California at...

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2010-05-24 06:59:11

Do manufactured dispersants interfere with microbes' natural oil-dispersing ability? To understand how the use of dispersants impacts the degradation of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to scientist David Valentine of the University of California at Santa Barbara and colleagues. The massive release of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20, 2010, has led to an unprecedented use of oil dispersants, which include a...

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2009-05-13 11:19:02

Reveal "life story" of oil off Coal Oil Point, California Twenty years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez was exiting Alaska's Prince William Sound when it struck a reef in the middle of the night. What happened next is considered one of the nation's worst environmental disasters: 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the pristine Alaskan waters, eventually covering 11,000 square miles of ocean. Now, imagine 8 to 80 times the amount of oil spilled in the Exxon Valdez accident....

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2008-08-09 11:47:21

In 2006, Andrew Jordan, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, together with Alexander Korotkov at the University of California, Riverside, spelled out how to exploit a quantum quirk to accomplish a feat long thought impossible, and last week a research team at the University of California at Santa Barbara has tested the theory, proving it correct. Quantum particles behave in ways that from our everyday experience seem utterly impossible. For instance, quantum...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.