Breaking Waves: Ocean News

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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Earlier butterfly emergence linked to climate change
03/19/2010 - 07:00
Butterflies are emerging in spring over 10 days earlier than they did 65 years ago, a shift that has been linked to regional human-induced climate change in an Australian-led study. The work reveals a causal link between increasing greenhouse gases, regional warming and the change in timing of a natural event.
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Rapid response oceanographic expedition dispatched to Chile earthquake site
03/18/2010 - 23:00
Scientists are undertaking an expedition to explore the rupture site of the 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake.
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Estimating ethanol yields from Conservation Reserve Program croplands
03/18/2010 - 23:00
The scramble to find sufficient land for biofuel production has experts eyeing marginal croplands that have been placed in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Now a new study indicates that plant species diversity and composition are key factors in potential energy yield per acre from biomass harvested from CRP land.
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High Arctic species on thin ice
03/18/2010 - 16:00
A new assessment of the Arctic's biodiversity reports a 26 percent decline in species populations in the high Arctic.
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Prescribed burns may help reduce US carbon footprint
03/18/2010 - 13:00
The use of prescribed burns to manage Western forests may help the United States reduce its carbon footprint. A new study finds that such burns, often used by forest managers to reduce underbrush and protect bigger trees, release substantially less carbon dioxide emissions than wildfires of the same size.
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How can accidental captures of loggerhead turtles be reduced?
03/18/2010 - 04:00
Scientists have studied interactions between the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and fishing gear such as longline hooks used at the water surface, mass beachings, and the effects of climate change on these animals. In order to reduce captures of this marine species without causing economic losses for fishermen, the scientists are proposing that fishing in the summer should only be carried out by night and in areas more than 35 nautical miles from land.
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Chitosan as alternative to growth-promoting antibiotics for cattle and other ruminants
03/18/2010 - 01:00
The natural-occurring biopolymer known as chitosan is being put forward as an effective alternative to growth-promoting antibiotics in the diet of ruminants, according to new research.
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