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Satellites see shadows of ancient glaciers
Great ice sheets covered Canada and the central and eastern parts of the United States 18,000 years ago. Today, long after the glaciers melted, an international research team led by Northwestern University geologists using the GPS satellites can (2004-05-13)

More To Drought Than Meets The Eye
Just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you probably can't judge a tree's drought tolerance by its leaf response, according to Penn State researchers. (1997-08-14)

Planned Burning In Forests A Boon To Several Species Of Birds In Illinois
Intentional burning in oak savannas is helping many bird populations, such as the red-headed woodpecker, based on preliminary findings of a three-year study in Illinois. (1997-09-05)

University of Michigan forest preserve joins Smithsonian global network
A 57-acre research plot at a University of Michigan forest preserve northwest of Ann Arbor has been added to a Smithsonian Institution global network used to study tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. (2014-08-13)

Neonic pesticides threaten wild bees' spring breeding, study finds
A University of Guelph study has revealed that thiamethoxam, one of the most commonly used neonicotinoid, leads to fewer fully developed eggs in queen bumblebees from four wild bumblebee species. This will likely translate into slower egg-laying rates, which will hinder colony development and growth. Researchers also found queen bees from two of the four species ate less nectar after pesticide exposure further hampering reproductive success. (2017-05-03)

Ameriflux Network Will Track CO2 Transfer In Forests
State-of-the-art sensing instruments on towers located at 24 sites in North America will measure the amount of carbon dioxide exchanged between local ecosystems and the atmosphere. The U.S. Department of Energy project will help scientists predict what's going to happen as people send more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (1998-04-10)

Innovative spout will increase maple production up to 90 percent
An innovative spout for maple syrup tapping developed by researchers at the University of Vermont will increase sap production by 50 to 90 percent per tree. The spout blocks bacterial backflow into the tree's tap hole, a pervasive phenomenon. Bacterial backflow stimulates the tree's wound response system and closes off the tap hole, ending sap flow. The new spout, which has over 1 million advance orders, will also mitigate the impact of global warming on the maple sugaring season. (2009-08-18)

Moms' high-fat, sugary diets may lead to offspring with a taste for alcohol, sensitivity to drugs
Vulnerability to alcohol and drug abuse may begin in the womb and be linked to how much fatty and sugary foods a mother eats during pregnancy, according to findings from animal lab experiments presented at APA's 121st Annual Convention. (2013-08-03)

When bird meets machine, bioinspired flight
Working at a crossroad between biology and engineering, scientists have modeled and are now mimicking the ingenious natural design of falling geckos, gliding snakes, cruising seagulls, flapping insects and floating maple seeds to improve the design of air vehicles. (2010-11-23)

Team uses forest waste to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors
Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today's activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost -- and with environmentally friendly byproducts. (2013-10-23)

Is fructose being blamed unfairly for obesity epidemic?
Is fructose being unfairly blamed for the obesity epidemic? Or do we just eat and drink too many calories? (2012-02-21)

One tree's architecture reveals secrets of a forest, study finds
Behind the dazzling variety of shapes and forms in trees lies a remarkably similar architecture based on fundamental, shared principles, University of Arizona ecologists have discovered. The findings allow scientists to draw realistic conclusions about the ecological impacts of trees across landscapes by sampling just a few individuals. (2013-08-06)

Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners?
Cassava, also known as tapioca, has large starch-filled roots and can grow at high yields in areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America where corn and sugarcane are not commonly grown. With the availability of novel enzymes and processes designed to break down tapioca starch into sugars that can then be used to produce sweeteners such as glucose, fructose, or maltose syrup, tapioca may be an ideal alternative to corn, as described in a Review article in Industrial Biotechnology. (2014-09-22)

High-fructose diet slows recovery from brain injury
A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains' ability to heal after head trauma, UCLA neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. (2015-10-02)

Fructose intolerance could be the culprit in unexplained abdominal pain and gas
Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City) urge physicians to consider adding fructose breath testing to their diagnostic strategy for patients with unexplained abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and intestinal rumbling or gurgling. The recent study's results, presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, indicate that fructose malabsorption occurs in a significant proportion of healthy adults. (2002-10-21)

Researchers find fructose contributes to weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat
A recent study at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois found that, matched calorie for calorie with the simple sugar glucose, fructose causes significant weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition. (2015-06-01)

Spiraling flight of maple tree seeds inspires new aerial surveillance technology
Maple tree seeds and the spiraling pattern in which they glide to the ground have delighted children for ages and perplexed engineers for decades. Now aerospace engineering graduate students at the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering have learned how to apply the seeds' unique design to aerial devices that can fly, hover and perform surveillance in defense and emergency situations. (2009-10-20)

Maternal or infant antiretrovirals both effective in preventing HIV transmission through breast milk
The largest study to date to examine methods to prevent HIV infection among breastfeeding infants concludes that giving antiretroviral drugs to HIV-infected breastfeeding mothers in sub-Saharan Africa or giving an HIV-fighting syrup to their babies are both effective. (2010-06-16)

Fructose consumption increases risk factors for heart disease
A recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease. (2011-07-28)

Maple seeds and animals exploit the same trick to fly
The twirling seeds of maple trees spin like miniature helicopters as they fall to the ground. Because the seeds descend slowly as they swirl, they're carried aloft by the wind and dispersed over great distances. Just how the seeds manage to fall so slowly, however, has mystified scientists. In research published in the June 12 Science, researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Caltech describe the aerodynamic secret of the enchanting swirling seeds. (2009-06-11)

Added sugars likely to have greater role than salt in high blood pressure and heart disease
Added sugars in processed foods are likely to have a greater role in high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke, than added salt, say doctors in an analysis of the published evidence in the online journal Open Heart. (2014-12-10)

Emphasis on conifer forests places multiple species at risk
The traditional emphasis on dense, fast-growing, conifer-dominated forests in the Pacific Northwest raises questions about the health of dozens of animal species that depend on shrubs, herbs and broad-leaf trees. At least 78 vertebrate species have been documented that require, in one way or another, the food or habitat provided by non-coniferous vegetation, and may be at increasing risk. (2007-08-23)

New medical study finds safe, effective relief for morning sickness in unique honey ginger tonic
A new medical study offers good news for expectant mothers facing the difficult choice of treating the nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy with things like soda, crackers or crushed ice, which are only marginally helpful, or trying prescription or over-the-counter medications, which may have potential side effects. (2002-09-24)

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases
Consuming fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, alters hundreds of genes that may be linked to many diseases, UCLA life scientists report. However, they discovered good news as well: an important omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA seems to reverse the harmful changes produced by fructose. (2016-04-22)

Health, food, new technologies featured during ACS meeting Oct. 17-20 in Peoria, Ill.
Research on honey as a potential replacement for synthetic antioxidants will be featured at the 36th Great Lakes regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Peoria, Ill., Oct. 17-20. (2004-10-12)

Supplemental calcium taken daily can limit early on-set of osteoporosis in children with severe asthma, National Jewish Research finds
Children with severe asthma should take an over-the-counter calcium supplement and a multi-vitamin every day to prevent bone loss associated with the disease. (2000-10-15)

Are New England's iconic maples at risk?
Results from the first study of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in forests show that the invasive insect can easily spread from tree-lined city streets to neighboring forests. (2011-08-30)

Gray jays' winter survival depends on food storage, study shows
A new University of Guelph study shows that gray jays hoping to survive and reproduce through Canada's harsh winters need to be able to store food in the right kinds of trees. (2011-10-07)

For the love of trees: Book tells all about forest hydrology, biogeochemistry
Recently, University of Delaware professor Delphis (Del) Levia, put his passion for trees to work, as editor of the new book Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions. Published in June 2011 by Springer, the 740-page hardcover book has 75 contributors from 14 countries and sets the future research agenda in the field. (2011-07-25)

Upper Midwest forests are losing diversity, complexity, ISU study finds
Forests in the nation's Upper Midwest have changed greatly since the time of the early settlers. And more changes may be coming. (2007-10-16)

Cola detectives test natural flavoring claims for pricey soft drinks
Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of a new way to determine whether cola drinks -- advertised as being made with natural ingredients and sold at premium prices -- really do contain natural flavoring. The report appears in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research. (2011-05-04)

Protein-rich breakfast helps to curb appetite throughout the morning, scientists find
New research presented today at The Obesity Society's annual scientific meeting in Atlanta shows that eating high protein sausage and egg-based breakfasts curbed hunger throughout the morning, compared with a low-protein breakfast (pancakes and syrup) or skipping breakfast, in 18-55-year-old women. (2013-11-14)

Managing forests requires a bird's-eye view
Managers of northern Michigan forests may not see the birds for the trees -- or at least are in danger of losing sight of songbird neighborhoods when looking out for timber harvests (2011-06-02)

Climate change predicted to drive trees northward
A study based on an extensive data-gathering effort concludes that expected climate change this century could shift the ranges of 130 North American tree species northward by hundreds of kilometers and shrink the ranges by more than half. (2007-12-03)

Warning over codeine use after tonsillectomy
A report out of the University of Western Ontario, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, warns the use of codeine to treat pain following a tonsillectomy could prove fatal for some children. Dr. Gideon Koren, who holds the Ivey Chair in Molecular Toxicology at Western, zeroed in on the danger after investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy following a relatively easy operation to remove his tonsils. (2009-08-19)

Engineers whip up the first long-lived nanoscale bubbles
With the aid of kitchen mixers, engineers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have whipped up, for the first time, permanent nanoscale bubbles -- bubbles that endure for more than a year -- from batches of foam made from a mixture of glucose syrup, sucrose stearate and water. The microbubbles could significantly extend the lifetimes of common gas-liquid products that experience rapid disintegration, such as aerated personal-care products and contrast agents for ultrasound imaging. (2008-05-29)

Fructose intolerance common in children with functional abdominal pain
Fructose intolerance, or fructose malabsorption, is common in children with recurrent or functional abdominal pain, but the condition can be effectively managed with a low‚Äźfructose diet, according to the results of a new study. Over half of patients who are fructose intolerant are able to maintain a low-fructose diet and are able to notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms. (2010-10-18)

Inconspicuous leaf beetles reveal environment's role in formation of new species
Unnoticed by the nearby residents of St. Johnsbury, Vt., tiny leaf beetles that flit among the maple and willow trees in the area have just provided some of the clearest evidence yet that environmental factors play a major role in the formation of new species. (2009-10-30)

Duke study disputes idea that trees can 'relocate' quickly in response to climate change
In a study with implications for how North American trees might respond to a changing climate, molecular information collected by Duke University researchers refutes a widely accepted theory that many of the continent's tree species migrated rapidly from the deep South as glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age. (2004-08-01)

Scientists conclude high fructose corn syrup should not be blamed for obesity
A new article published today in International Journal of Obesity found there is no evidence to suggest the current obesity epidemic in the United States can be specifically blamed on consumption of high fructose corn syrup. (2012-09-18)

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