Breaking Waves: Ocean News

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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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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