News

Understanding how ancestors of today's mammals responded to climate change

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Research provides valuable insights for future environmental challenges
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132397&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava: Mathematics is the pursuit of beauty

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Manjul Bhargava, winner of the 2014 Fields Medal, has developed new methods in the geometry of numbers
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132361&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132270&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132292&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Can our computers continue to get smaller and more powerful?

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world.

This progress has been driven by the industry's ability to continually innovate techniques for packing increasing amounts of computational circuitry into smaller and denser microchips. ...
More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132339&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Citizen science group COASST attacks massive problem of ocean garbage
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132308&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Studying the changes that cells and tissue undergo when a stent is introduced

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Research could improve prevention and treatment option for restenosis
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132293&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Elaborate Hawaiian seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132271&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Mercury in the world's oceans: On the rise

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Little was known about how much mercury in the environment was the result of human activities, or how much "bioavailable" mercury was in the world's oceans. Until now.

The first direct calculation of mercury pollution in the world's oceans, based on data from 12 oceanographic sampling cruises during the last eight years, is reported in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

The scientists involved are affiliated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ...
More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132171&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

With 'Plum Landing,' PBS uses apps to get kids outside

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Kids following the example of an animated purple alien named Plum have uploaded more than 70,000 photos and drawings of nature, says PBS
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132237&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Researchers investigate remarkable approach to desalination

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Rice scientists reprogram protein pairs; attempt to modify bacterial decisions
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132168&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Complexity of eye-hand coordination

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Research helps understand how brain systems interact to carry out cognitive processes
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132230&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Helping healthcare technologies communicate

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Doctor develops open-source software to link healthcare systems at home and in hospitals
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132204&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Border crossing: 10 things to know about invasive fire ants on the march

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

Are fire ants using habitat corridors to advance the front?
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132165&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Healthcare that follows you from home to hospital and back

NSF Discoveries - 49 min 22 sec ago

University of Missouri researcher links fall detection system with other medical technologies at Smart America Expo
More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132203&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1


This is an NSF Discoveries item.

Categories: News

Myths about bats.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Thu, 2014-08-21 16:29
Myths about bats.


Bat myths – where did they come from and what can we do about it?
theinvertedperspective.com
There are many cultural beliefs associated with bats. While not disliked or mistrusted by all, bats – to their detriment – have been the subject of myths and legends in many cultures for hundreds or indeed, thousands of years. Their “unusual” physical form Myths and legends frequently associate bats…
Categories: News

Network Integrated Biocollections Alliiance

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Thu, 2014-08-21 09:02
Network Integrated Biocollections Alliiance


New Initiative Will Improve Access to Biological Collections, Data
www.idigbio.org
WASHINGTON, DC – Scientists have launched a new national initiative to build a research and end-user community dedicated to developing a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance (NIBA).
Categories: News

Oceans need saving before science is nailed

Nature Newsblog - Fri, 2014-08-15 09:21

Mohammed Al Momany/NOAA

Don’t just gather data, do something. Scientists need to stop using a lack of knowledge as an excuse for not doing more to protect threatened species, a major gathering of marine conservationists has been warned.

“Science matters deeply, but we can’t let ourselves be trapped by the need to gather more data,” Amanda Vincent, a marine researcher at the University of British Columbia, told delegates at the opening of the International Marine Conservation Congress, which kicked off on 14 August in Glasgow, UK.

Vincent’s work with seahorses has involved fighting for better control of the international trade in these animals, many of which are endangered. Trade in seahorses is now restricted under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). If scientists had waited until they knew everything about every species – or even until they had enough data to propose detailed plans for managing catches in individual countries – this protection would never have arrived, she says.

Vincent told the meeting that every speaker who called for more data on a conservation issue should also be prepared to present a recommendation for something that could actually be done now.

Making an analogy with the medical profession, she told the meeting that doctors use all available evidence when deciding how to treat their patients, but when there is a lack of evidence for a particular condition they don’t generally stand by and do nothing. The oceans are under threat, says Vincent, and “you don’t do research while your patient is dying”.

She warned the gathering of conservation researchers that “we’re a bit weasely sometimes in hiding behind our lack of knowledge” and told them to “just get going”.

Follow the meeting on twitter via @dpcressey and #IMCC3

Categories: General, News
Syndicate content