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Diseased Trees Are A New Source Of Climate Gas
2012-08-08 10:03:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies asserts that diseased trees may be a significant new source of methane gas that causes climate change. The study, "Elevated Methane Concentrations in Trees of an Upland Forest," which will be published in Geophysical Research Letters sampled sixty trees at the Yale Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. The Yale Myers Forest is 7,480 acres of mixed...

Sustainable Future: Alternative Energy Source From Rivers Flowing Into Oceans
2012-07-29 09:23:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Many energy experts envision a future that includes a variety of green energy solutions. Wind, hydroelectric, and solar power currently dominate the renewable power sector, but a new process described in the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series could usher in a new genre of electric power-generating stations. According to the podcast, which was...

Species Interactions Could Be Affected By Global Warming
2012-06-23 09:06:42

Yale and University of Connecticut researchers report that more extinctions will take place due to global warming should "scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models." According to Phoebe Zarnetske, primary author and postdoctoral fellow at Yale´s School of forestry & Environmental Studies department, “Currently, most models predicting the effects of climate change treat species separately and focus only on climatic and environmental drivers."...

2012-02-22 11:03:02

When first exposed to cocaine, the adolescent brain launches a strong defensive reaction designed to minimize the drug's effects, Yale and other scientists have found. Now two new studies by a Yale team identify key genes that regulate this response and show that interfering with this reaction dramatically increases a mouse's sensitivity to cocaine. The findings may help explain why risk of drug abuse and addiction increase so dramatically when cocaine use begins during teenage years....

Antarctica Fish Threatened By Climate Change
2012-02-14 04:19:52

A Yale-led study of the evolutionary history of Antarctic fish and their "anti-freeze" proteins illustrates how tens of millions of years ago a lineage of fish adapted to newly formed polar conditions — and how today they are endangered by a rapid rise in ocean temperatures. "A rise of 2 degrees centigrade of water temperature will likely have a devastating impact on this Antarctic fish lineage, which is so well adapted to water at freezing temperatures," said Thomas Near, associate...

Road Runoff Spurring Spotted Salamander Evolution
2012-02-02 05:00:31

Spotted salamanders exposed to contaminated roadside ponds are adapting to their toxic environments, according to a Yale paper in Scientific Reports. This study provides the first documented evidence that a vertebrate has adapted to the negative effects of roads apparently by evolving rapidly. Salamanders breeding in roadside ponds are exposed to a host of contaminants from road runoff. Chief among these is sodium chloride from road salt, which reaches average concentrations of 70 times...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'