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Cut dietary omega 6 and boost omega 3 to curb soaring obesity rates, urge experts
Governments and international bodies should ditch their obsession with calories and energy expenditure to curb soaring obesity rates, and instead focus on restoring the correct balance of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids in the food supply chain and diet, urge experts in an editorial in the online journal Open Heart. (2016-10-24)

Brownfields may turn green with help from Michigan State research
Growing crops for biofuels summons images of fuel alternatives springing from the rural heartland. But a Michigan State University partnership with DaimlerChrysler is looking at turning industrial brownfields green. (2006-08-03)

Study: A little help from friends makes wounds heal faster
New research in hamsters now suggests that without companionship, wounds on the animals don't heal as fast. Researchers looked at the effect social contact had on wound healing in stressed hamsters. Results showed that skin wounds healed nearly twice as fast in the hamsters paired with a sibling. These animals also produced less of the stress hormone cortisol than unpaired hamsters. (2004-08-03)

Crop models help increase yield per unit of water used
In regions with limited water resources, maximizing crop water productivity is important for producing high yields. A new computer model, AquaCrop, was developed as a way to predict crop water use efficiency, as traditional methods tend to overestimate or underestimate this measure under conditions of water stress. (2009-05-04)

Scientists Sift Through Trash In Search Of Perfect Landfill
Civil engineer Robert Ham believes well-designed landfills can be tools for recycling, rather than tombs that harbor trash for generations. (1998-02-16)

Nutritional friend or foe? Vitamin E sends mixed messages
One of the most powerful antioxidants is truly a double-edged sword, say researchers at Ohio State University who studied how two forms of vitamin E act once they are inside animal cells. (2006-03-02)

Fish oil supplements may help fight against Type 2 diabetes
Widely-used fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of a hormone that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to a study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2013-05-22)

Filter bed substrates, plant types recommended for rain gardens
Researchers analyzed the effectiveness of three different filter bed substrates to support plant growth and remove nutrients from urban stormwater runoff. Twelve rain gardens containing 16 plant species were evaluated in the study. All three substrates reduced the quantity of pollutants in urban stormwater runoff. Substrates did not affect shoot or root growth of plants. Eleven of the species used grew well in the rain gardens and are recommended as rain garden plants. (2014-07-21)

The democratic governance of agricultural multinationals is essential for environmental sustainability
An international team of researchers investigate how partnering works to achieve sustainability in agri food supply chains using using a pioneer case study: Barilla Sustainable Farming (BSF) (2019-07-26)

Beyond species counts: Using evolutionary history to inform conservation
With limited funding available, a common strategy for conservation planners is to identify areas of high species richness and endemicity, but this approach ignores evolutionary history and so may overlook important regions for conservation. A recent study, available in Applications in Plant Sciences, argues for the importance of incorporating phylogenetic diversity metrics in conservation planning. The study tests a dozen commonly used metrics so users can determine which metrics should be used in which situations. (2015-09-03)

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captures 63 mile smoke trail from bush fire
NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the Bush Fire on June 22, 2020 showing clouds of smoke pouring off the Bush Fire that is plaguing Arizona. (2020-06-23)

Wildflower declines in Thoreau's Concord woods are due to climate changes
Researchers at Boston University and Harvard University found rapid changes in temperatue have led to changes in the timing of seasonal activities , such as flowering in a significant number of species in Concord, Mass. These latest are based on initial studies of 473 species by Henry David Thoreau. (2008-10-27)

New, hands-on science demos teach young students how volcanoes 'blow their tops,' spew lava
Geologists at Rutgers University have created three hands-on demonstrations that show how heat and pressure underground move rocks and earth to build up volcanic mountains, and in some cases, cause them to literally blow their tops. These activities, which depict the actual forces that caused Washington's Mt. St. Helens to blow or Hawaii's Kilauea to spew red-hot rivers of lava, captivate kids while giving them a foundation for studying earth science in high school. (2006-10-24)

Can eggs be a healthy breakfast choice?
Dr. Niva Shapira of Tel Aviv University says that hens who were fed a diet high in anti-oxidants and low in omega-6 fatty acids laid eggs that produced healthy levels of LDL oxidation in human subjects. The drawback is that these eggs aren't being widely produced -- and that consumers should demand a (2011-08-02)

Food for flight
US Forest Service research in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas suggests that decades of fire suppression have reduced the area's food supply for migrating monarch butterflies, and that restoration efforts that include prescribed burning can reverse this trend. (2006-11-17)

New paper identifies virus devastating sea stars on Pacific Coast
Specimens from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County have helped explain the mysteriously sudden appearance of a disease that has decimated sea stars on the North American Pacific Coast. (2014-11-17)

To celebrate prairie landscapes, research says to take an aesthetic approach
A Kansas State University doctoral student is studying the rich -- although sometimes hidden -- beauty of prairie landscapes. It's an abstract, yet important, field of study that may help develop new ways to promote and celebrate prairie tourism, history and geography. (2012-02-22)

Controlling temperatures for inexpensive plant experiments
Inexpensive, easy-to-use temperature controllers are able to provide reliable set temperatures for the detailed observation of developmental rates in response to different temperature treatments. (2019-06-14)

High-fat diet during pregnancy programs child for future diabetes
A high-fat diet during pregnancy may program a woman's baby for future diabetes, even if she herself is not obese or diabetic, says a new University of Illinois study. (2011-05-25)

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