Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Process in big-screen plasma TVs can produce ultra-clean fuel
03/21/2010 - 23:00
The process that lights up big-screen plasma TV displays is getting a new life in producing ultra-clean fuels, according to a new report. It describes a small, low-tech, inexpensive device called a GlidArc reactor that uses electrically-charged clouds of gas called "plasmas" to produce in three steps super-clean fuels from waste materials.
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Changes seen in rainfall trends in March, June and October since 1945 in Spain
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Scientists have produced data on monthly precipitation rates in the Iberian Peninsula. This has been used to analyse monthly rainfall trends between 1945 and 2005 in the Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Evolution more rapid than Darwin thought
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Evolution can proceed much more rapidly than has long been thought. This is shown in new research on the impact of genetics and the environment on the color patterns of pygmy grasshoppers.
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Eating less meat and dairy products won't have major impact on global warming, export argues
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Consuming less meat and dairy products will fail to reverse global warming -- despite continual claims that link greenhouse-gas production to eating meat-rich diets, according to one expert. In a recent report, an air quality specialist discusses this popular misconception and describes why he believes it is steering society away from solutions to the global crisis.
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Mysterious stone spheres in Costa Rica investigated
03/21/2010 - 23:00
Researchers are investigating the origin of the giant stone balls in Costa Rica that inspired the opening scenes of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
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Plant's ability to identify, block invading bacteria examined
03/21/2010 - 16:00
Understanding how plants defend themselves from bacterial infections may help researchers understand how people and other animals could be better protected from such pathogens. That's the idea behind a study to observe a specific bacteria that infects tomatoes but normally does not bother the common laboratory plant arabidopsis.
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Barnacles prefer upwelling currents, enriching food chains in the Galapagos
03/21/2010 - 10:00
The barnacle, a key thread in the marine food web, was thought to be missing along rocky coasts dominated by upwelling. Now a research team has found the opposite to be true: Barnacle populations thrive in vertical upwelling zones in moderately deep waters in the Galapagos Islands.
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New 'smart' roof reads the thermometer, saves energy in hot and cold climates
03/20/2010 - 23:00
Scientists report the development of a "smart" roof coating, made from waste cooking oil from fast food restaurants, that can "read" a thermometer.
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Cows like leaves their tongues can wrap around easily
03/19/2010 - 19:00
Lots of leaves growing in easy reach of a cow's tongue means less time and less land needed to raise beef cattle.
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Mineral studies advance antibacterial alternatives
03/19/2010 - 13:00
Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the Arizona State University laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. So when ASU senior Jenny Koehl joined Haydel's investigative team seeking firsthand knowledge of how basic research is done, how drugs are tested and potential cures produced, she found it and much more.
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