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[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

In the journal Global Change Biology, a worldwide study is published to understand and forecast the likely impact of ocean acidification on shellfish and other marine life living in seas from the tropics to the north and south poles.
Ocean acidification is occurring because some of the increased carbon dioxide humans are adding to the atmosphere dissolves in the ocean and reacts with water to produce an acid.
According to the results, it is suggested that increased acidity is affecting the size and weight of shells and skeletons, and the trend across …

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[5 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

A mix of steep, colder streams and slower, warmer ones are necessary for both salmon conservation efforts and for bears and other predators that require access to the spawning fish for sustenance, researchers from the University of Washington (UW) claim in a recent research paper.
The study, which will be presented during the Ecological Society of America‘s annual meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 8, shows that managing both warmer and colder waters allow salmon who are better suited for reproduction in one type or the other to keep their options …

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[4 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

The legislature of Buenos Aires province voted to prohibit vessels sailing under the British flag from “mooring, loading or carrying out logistical operations” in any of its ports.
The bill was brought forward by Patricia Cubría, a deputy belonging to President Cristina Kirchner’s Front for Victory coalition.
It was nicknamed ‘Gaucho Rivero’ after Antonio Rivero, nicknamed the ‘Gaucho’, an Argentine cowboy who led an uprising in the Falkland Islands against the British in 1833.
“He fought so that the Argentine flag could fly in the Falklands,” Ms Cubría said.
The law is designed to …

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[24 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

According to an obituary on her website, Sally Ride was homosexual and had a partner of 27-years named as Tam O’Shaughnessy.
Ride was 32-years old when in 1983 she became the first American woman – and also the youngest – to fly to space alongside four other crew members. The five astronauts flew aboard Challenger, the ill-fated space shuttle that exploded in Cape Canaveral 73 seconds after take-off three years later.
Robert L Crippen, who commanded the 1983 mission, said he chose Dr Ride because of her expertise with robotics and her …

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[23 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

Scorching temperatures and extreme dryness are devastating harvests across farmland in the Midwest. More than three quarters of the US’s growing space is now affected by the harsh weather conditions, according to official data.
With crops dying in the fields, the prospect of tightening supplies is driving what Barclays Capital analysts say is one of the most rapid prices spikes “in recent memory”.
US corn and wheat futures contracts have both risen by a third since mid-June, the biggest four-week price gain in US grains futures seen more than a quarter of …