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Geoengineering Earth's Climate
2013-12-18 10:37:49

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Artificial clouds that reflect sunlight back into space. A StratoShield that spews sulfur dioxide particles into space like a volcano, cooling the planet’s surface. Microbial blooms that grow on iron injected into the ocean and trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These are some of the latest ideas being tested to combat climate change in an emerging and hotly-debated field called geoengineering. Geoengineering involves use...

Climate Change And Federally Protected Marine Species
2013-12-11 12:51:28

University of Washington As the Endangered Species Act nears its 40th birthday at the end of December, conservation biologists are coming to terms with a danger not foreseen in the early 1970s: global climate change. Federal fisheries scientists have published a special section in this month’s issue of Conservation Biology that outlines some considerations for coming decades. A University of Washington climate scientist helped biologists determine the long-term forecast for aquatic...

2013-12-10 10:19:40

Fewer high school students across the U.S. started drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, committing crimes and engaging in violence before graduation when their towns used the Communities That Care prevention system during the teens' middle school years. A University of Washington study found that the positive influence of this community-led system was sustained through high school. "These towns are safer now, because there are significantly fewer teens fighting, stealing or doing...

Sparrows Display Personalities During Fights
2013-12-04 08:52:17

University of Washington Like humans, some song sparrows are more effusive than others, at least when it comes to defending their territories. New findings from the University of Washington show that consistent individual differences exist not only for how aggressive individual song sparrows are but also for how much they use their signals to communicate their aggressive intentions. The findings, published online Dec. 4 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, show that while many birds...

2013-11-25 09:57:46

Filtered from a vast sodium sea, more than 1 million calcium ions per second gush through our cells' pores to generate charges Scientists have figured out how calcium channels – the infinitesimal cell membrane pores that generate electrical signals by gating a charged-particle influx – have solved a "needle in a haystack" problem. The solution to the longstanding riddle is reported in the Nov. 24 advanced online edition of Nature by University of Washington and Howard Hughes Medical...

2013-11-18 10:28:03

Research in recent years has suggested that young Americans might be less creative now than in decades past, even while their intelligence — as measured by IQ tests — continues to rise. But new research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University, closely studying 20 years of student creative writing and visual artworks, hints that the dynamics of creativity may not break down as simply as that. Instead, it may be that some aspects of creativity —...

2013-11-14 23:23:02

University of Washington School of Pharmacy Professor and Diabetes educator lectures on Diabetes Prevention and Management at complimentary educational event hosted by The Gardens at Town Square in Bellevue. Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) November 14, 2013 Diabetes affects one out of four adults age 65 and older. The Gardens at Town Square and the University of Washington (UW) School of Pharmacy present “With Age Comes Wisdom, but What About Diabetes?” The lecture with UW School of Pharmacy...

Melting Snow Conundrum: Mild Climate Forests Vs. Open Sunny Areas
2013-11-14 06:44:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dense tree cover at the Cedar River Municipal Watershed allows little light to seep into the understory, yet research by University of Washington’s Susan Dickerson-Lange and colleagues suggests that these dense forests are capable of melting snow much faster than the open areas around the forest. In a study to better understand this phenomenon, Dickerson-Lange and her team have utilized a small device, called an iButton, which is...

Normal Blood Sugar Regulation Is A Partnership Between Pancreas And Brain
2013-11-06 13:27:22

University of Washington A growing body of evidence suggests that the brain plays a key role in glucose regulation and the development of type 2 diabetes, researchers write in the Nov. 7 issue of the journal Nature. If the hypothesis is correct, it may open the door to entirely new ways to prevent and treat this disease, which is projected to affect one in three adults in the United States by 2050. In the paper, lead author Dr. Michael W. Schwartz, director of the Diabetes and Obesity...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.