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Birds must choose between mating, migrating, study finds
Sex or nice weather. That's the agonizing choice some birds face, according to a new University of Guelph study. A team led by Guelph researchers discovered that for some male birds traveling to areas with lighter rainfall comes at the cost of attracting a female when they return home. (2011-04-06)

NASA catches Tropical Storm Lorena's landfall approach
As Tropical Storm Lorena was nearing landfall in northwestern Mexico, NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with an image of the storm. By Monday, Sept. 23, Lorena's remnants were affecting the southern U.S. and bringing heavy rainfall to Arizona. (2019-09-23)

SFU researchers discover eyes a potential window for managing insects without chemicals
The world's insects are headed down the path of extinction with more than 40% of insect species in decline according to the first global scientific review, published in early 2019. Intensive agriculture is the main driver, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Now, however, SFU biological sciences researchers Adam Blake and Gerhard Gries have made a key discovery that could help to reverse this decline. (2019-11-28)

Jeddah gets caught in the rain
Understanding how storms unleash more rain over cities in the desert could help water security in Saudi Arabia. (2020-05-31)

Inexpensive, non-toxic nanofluid could be a game-changer for oil recovery
Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated that an inexpensive and non-toxic nanofluid can be used to efficiently recover even heavy oil with high viscosity from reservoirs. (2020-09-10)

Blood alcohol levels much lower than the legal limit impair hand-eye coordination
In previous studies, eye movements and vision were only affected at blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) approaching the legal limit for driving (0.08% BAC), in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (2020-12-21)

Ocean floor dust gives new insight into supernovae
Extraterrestrial dust from the depths of the ocean could change the way we understand supernovae. Scientists have found the amount of plutonium in the dust is much lower than expected. (2015-01-20)

Both heavy and incompatible drinking can increase the chances of divorce
High levels of drinking have repeatedly been shown to predict divorce. A Norwegian study has examined the impact of both level of drinking and compatibility of drinking on divorce. Results indicate that: one, the more people drink, the higher the risk of divorce; and two, risk of divorce is lowered if the spouses drink approximately the same amount of alcohol. (2013-02-05)

Study associates alcohol use patterns with Body Mass Index
NIAAA researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey (1997-2001). They found Body Mass Index was associated with the number of drinks individuals consumed on the days they drank. The leanest people in this study were those who reported drinking the smallest quantity of alcohol (one drink per drinking day) the most frequently (3 to 7 days per week), while people who drank more heavily on fewer days tended to have higher BMIs. (2005-02-15)

Mouth of the mighty Yangtze
The coloured waters shown here in this 23 March Envisat Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image have concluded a long journey across China. (2004-03-25)

Heavy drinking rewires brain, increasing susceptibility to anxiety problems
After chronic alcohol exposure, mice are unable to control a learned fear response, shedding light on the link between alcoholism and anxiety problems like post-traumatic stress disorder. (2012-09-02)

NASA sees heavy rain in Tropical Cyclone Lam
Tropical Cyclone Lam made landfall in a remote area of the Northern Territory and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite revealed that it brought heavy rain with it. (2015-02-20)

Reducing the risk of CRC by tackling alcohol misuse: A call for action across Europe
With approximately one in 10 cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) associated with alcohol consumption, healthcare professionals across Europe are being urged to help reduce the risk of CRC by taking positive action against alcohol misuse and dependence. (2015-11-24)

Study shows complexities of reducing HIV rates in Russia
Results of a new study conducted in St. Petersburg, Russia, show that decreasing HIV transmission among Russian HIV-infected drinkers will require creative and innovative approaches. (2014-09-04)

Further evidence found for causal links between cannabis and schizophrenia
People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition. (2016-12-19)

NASA sees remnants of Tropical Storm Boris merging with Gulf low
The remnants of former Tropical Storm Boris moved over southern Mexico and NASA and NOAA satellite data showed that they were merging with a low pressure area in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. (2014-06-05)

Teen drug use associated with psychiatric disorders later in life
Children who start to use alcohol, marijuana or other illicit drugs in their early teen years are more likely to experience psychiatric disorders, especially depression, in their late 20's. Initiating tobacco use in late adolescence also was associated with depression and other psychiatric disorders in the late 20s. (2003-01-13)

Rockcress as heavy-metal hoover
Rockcress of the Arabidopsis halleri species is known to possess the capability of settling on hostile, heavy metal-contaminated soil. It stores extraordinary high concentrations of certain toxic heavy metals in its leaves: a rare property. Researchers from Bochum and Bayreuth have analysed approx. 2,000 specimens of this species from 165 locations throughout Europe. In this process, they identified overwhelming diversity that has arisen among plants of the same species over the course of evolution. (2016-10-19)

Heavy drinkers face significantly increased cancer risk
Heavy drinkers of beer and spirits face a much higher risk of developing cancer than the population at large, says a group of Montreal epidemiologists and cancer researchers. Their findings show that people in the highest consumption category increased their risk of developing esophageal cancer sevenfold, colon cancer by 80 percent and even lung cancer by 50 percent. (2009-08-03)

Coffee linked with increased cardiovascular risk in young adults with mild hypertension
Coffee drinking is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events (mainly heart attacks) in young adults (18-45) with mild hypertension, according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. Lucio Mos, a cardiologist at Hospital of San Daniele del Friuli in Udine, Italy. The 12-year study in more than 1,200 patients found that heavy coffee drinkers had a four-fold increased risk while moderate drinkers tripled their risk. (2015-08-29)

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Donna blanket Vanuatu
The 80 plus islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu were blanketed by the clouds of Tropical Cyclone Donna when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead. NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared look at Donna that showed strong storms with heavy rain potential. (2017-05-05)

NASA follows tropical storm Krosa's approach to landfall in southern Japan
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Krosa contains powerful thunderstorms with heavy rain capabilities as it moves toward landfall in southern Japan.  Krosa's center is expected to make landfall in the western part of Shikoku Island, Japan. (2019-08-14)

Heavy iron isotopes leaking from Earth's core
Earth's molten core may be leaking iron, according to researchers who analyzed how iron behaves inside our planet. (2020-04-13)

NASA sees Cyclone Garry's strength peaking in South Pacific
NASA's Aqua satellite identified powerful thunderstorms around the center of Cyclone Garry as the storm continued to intensify over warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean. Garry has prompted warnings for the southern group of the Cook Islands. (2013-01-25)

Moderate drinking linked to decreased risk of heart failure
Moderate alcohol use is linked to a reduced risk of heart attack. Now a new study by Emory University and Yale University researchers demonstrates for the first time that moderate use of alcohol is also associated with a lowered risk of heart failure among older people. The study is published in the April 18 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2001-04-17)

Accidental overdose with Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) carries a greater risk of death
New research published in the latest issue of Critical Care shows that patients who are admitted to hospital because of accidental poisoning with acetaminophen (paracetamol) are at greater risk of liver failure and death than those whose take an overdose intentionally. This is because people who poison themselves accidentally often attend hospital much later and are more likely to be alcohol abusers, two factors that greatly increase the chances of death. (2002-04-03)

Abnormal DNA repair genes may predict pancreatic cancer risk
Abnormalities in genes that repair mistakes in DNA replication may help identify people who are at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer, a research team from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center reports in the Jan. 15 issue of Clinical Cancer Research. (2009-01-15)

Powerful Cyclone Tomas battering Northern Fiji islands
Tomas grew into a monster Category 4 cyclone and thrashed the northern Fiji Islands with heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of up to 170 mph (275 kph). The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of most of Cyclone Tomas on Mar. 14 10:21 p.m. ET and noticed the storm's eye is cloud-filled. (2010-03-15)

Friends motivate us to drink more: QUT study
Friends can be a dangerous influence, with new QUT research confirming what many drinkers already know -- that drinking with mates can push you to drink more. (2015-06-24)

Abstention from alcohol has increased sharply among Australian adolescents
A broad change in drinking behavior has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. The percentage of Australians aged 14-17 who do not drink alcohol has increased from almost 33 percent in 2001 to over 50 percent in 2010. This trend has occurred broadly across a wide range of regional, socio-economic, and demographic subgroups. (2014-04-10)

Are there differences in mortality among wine consumers and other alcoholic beverages?
Wine consumers, especially in comparison with spirits drinkers, have been shown to have higher levels of education and income, to consume a healthier diet, be more physically active, and have other characteristics that are associated with better health outcomes. However, epidemiologic studies have been inconsistent in showing that, after adjustment for all associated lifestyle factors, consumers of wine have lower risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality than do consumers of other beverages. (2011-12-20)

New research reinforces danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant
Research shows that moderate drinking during those vital first weeks can have a big impact on the development of the baby. (2014-02-14)

NASA eyes Tropical Storm Nock-Ten's heavy rains for Hainan Island and Vietnam
Infrared satellite imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows bands of strong thunderstorms wrapping around the center of Tropical Storm Nock-Ten as it makes its way through the South China Sea and two landfalls on Hainan Island and in Vietnam. (2011-07-28)

BU researchers explore possible link between cognitive depressive symptoms and antiretroviral therapy uptake
Researchers from Boston University's School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences found that among HIV-infected Russian drinkers, depressive symptom severity alone was not significantly associated with lower rates of antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. However, when examining cognitive symptoms of depression, results showed that high levels of depressive symptoms may be associated with delayed ART initiation. (2013-12-20)

Moderate to heavy drinking during pregnancy alters genes in newborns, mothers
Mothers who drink moderate to high levels of alcohol during pregnancy may be changing their babies' DNA, according to a Rutgers-led study. (2019-08-15)

Applying the analogy method to improve the forecasting of strong convection
An analogy-based method in strong convection forecasts was introduced by using numerical model output. (2020-05-15)

Alcohol in moderation reduces deaths in men who have survived a heart attack
Men who are moderate drinkers and who have survived a first heart attack have a lower risk of death from heart disease or any other cause than non-drinkers, according to the results of a study of nearly 2000 men in the USA. (2012-03-27)

NASA's GPM satellite measured heavy rainfall in the southern US storms
The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite provided data on the heavy rainfall and strong storms that affected the southern US on March 9. An analysis of rainfall between March 2 and 9 showed that over a foot of rain had fallen in areas of Texas to Arkansas. (2016-03-10)

University of Maryland School of Medicine study identifies genes associated with binge drinking
University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have identified two genes associated with binge drinking that may open doors to new, more effective treatments for excessive alcohol drinking. The scientists found that manipulating two receptors in the brain, GABA receptors and toll-like receptor 4, (2011-02-28)

Strong state alcohol policies protective against binge drinking
According to a new study, a novel composite measure consisting of 29 alcohol policies demonstrates that a strong alcohol policy environment is a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S. The study was led by researchers at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Boston Medical Center, and is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2013-12-10)

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