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Groundwater depletion rate accelerating worldwide

2010-09-24
WASHINGTON– In recent decades, the rate at which humans worldwide are pumping dry the vast underground stores of water that billions depend on has more than doubled, say scientists who have conducted an unusual, global assessment of groundwater use. These fast-shrinking subterranean reservoirs are essential to daily life and agriculture in many regions, while also sustaining streams, wetlands, and ecosystems and resisting land subsidence and salt water intrusion into fresh water supplies. Today, people are drawing so much water from below that they are adding enough ...

Cilia revolution

Cilia revolution
2010-09-24
University of Southern Mississippi scientists recently imitated Mother Nature by developing, for the first time, a new, skinny-molecule-based material that resembles cilia, the tiny, hair-like structures through which organisms derive smell, vision, hearing and fluid flow. While the new material isn't exactly like cilia, it responds to thermal, chemical, and electromagnetic stimulation, allowing researchers to control it and opening unlimited possibilities for future use. This finding is published in today's edition of the journal Advanced Functional Materials. The ...

Taking a new look at old digs: Trampling animals may alter Stone Age sites

Taking a new look at old digs: Trampling animals may alter Stone Age sites
2010-09-24
Archaeologists who interpret Stone Age culture from discoveries of ancient tools and artifacts may need to reanalyze some of their conclusions. That's the finding suggested by a new study that for the first time looked at the impact of water buffalo and goats trampling artifacts into mud. In seeking to understand how much artifacts can be disturbed, the new study documented how animal trampling in a water-saturated area can result in an alarming amount of disturbance, says archaeologist Metin I. Eren, a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and ...

High pressure experiments reproduce mineral structures 1,800 miles deep

High pressure experiments reproduce mineral structures 1,800 miles deep
2010-09-24
University of California, Berkeley, and Yale University scientists have recreated the tremendous pressures and high temperatures deep in the Earth to resolve a long-standing puzzle: why some seismic waves travel faster than others through the boundary between the solid mantle and fluid outer core. Below the earth's crust stretches an approximately 1,800-mile-thick mantle composed mostly of a mineral called magnesium silicate perovskite (MgSiO3). Below this depth, the pressures are so high that perovskite is compressed into a phase known as post-perovskite, which comprises ...

Cancer-associated long non-coding RNA regulates pre-mRNA splicing

Cancer-associated long non-coding RNA regulates pre-mRNA splicing
2010-09-24
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers report this month that MALAT1, a long non-coding RNA that is implicated in certain cancers, regulates pre-mRNA splicing – a critical step in the earliest stage of protein production. Their study appears in the journal Molecular Cell. Nearly 5 percent of the human genome codes for proteins, and scientists are only beginning to understand the role of the rest of the "non-coding" genome. Among the least studied non-coding genes – which are transcribed from DNA to RNA but generally are not translated into proteins – are the long non-coding RNAs ...

GOES-13 sees tropical depression 15 form in the south-central Caribbean Sea

GOES-13 sees tropical depression 15 form in the south-central Caribbean Sea
2010-09-24
The fifteenth tropical depression of the Atlantic Ocean season has formed in the south-central Caribbean Sea, and the GOES-13 satellite captured its swirling mass of clouds and showers in a visible image today. Watches and warnings are already up for Central America. At 2 p.m. EDT today, Sept. 23, Tropical Depression 15 had maximum sustained winds near 35 mph. It was located about 485 miles east of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, near 13.9 North and 76.2 West. It was moving west at 15 mph, and had a minimum central pressure of 1007 millibars. The government of Nicaragua ...

NASA sees important cloud-top temperatures as Tropical Storm Malakas heads for Iwo To

NASA sees important cloud-top temperatures as Tropical Storm Malakas heads for Iwo To
2010-09-24
NASA's Aqua satellite has peered into the cloud tops of Tropical Storm Malakas and derived just how cold they really are, giving an indication to forecasters of the strength of the storm. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument, known as AIRS has the ability to determine cloud top and sea surface temperatures from its position in space aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. Cloud top temperatures help forecasters know if a storm is powering up or powering down. When cloud top temperatures get colder it means that they're getting higher into the atmosphere which means the ...

NASA satellites help see ups and downs ahead for Depression Lisa

NASA satellites help see ups and downs ahead for Depression Lisa
2010-09-24
Tropical Depression Lisa has had a struggle, and it appears that she's in for more of the same. Infrared satellite imagery from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite shows that the convection (rapidly rising air that forms thunderstorms that make up a tropical cyclone) is increasing in Lisa. The convection is becoming a little better organized and stronger which is will make for some heavy rainfall over the northwestern Cape Verde Islands. It's also an indication that she may be strengthening back into a tropical storm today. That ...

Team of researchers finds possible new genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

2010-09-24
Researchers have identified a gene that appears to increase a person's risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of the disease. The gene, abbreviated as MTHFD1L, is on chromosome six, and was identified in a genome-wide association study. Details are published September 23 in the journal PLoS Genetics. The collaborative team of researchers was led by Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, PhD, Director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, ...

Earth: Fixing Pakistan's water woes

2010-09-24
Pakistan is facing tremendous water issues. This summer's flooding has left millions of people without homes and without access to clean drinking water. But water issues - both quantity and quality - are not new to this strategically important country. Waterborne diseases account for 30 percent of all deaths in Pakistan, and kill some 250,000 children each year. Per capita water availability in Pakistan is less than one-ninth of what it is in the U.S. And what's more, researchers say if Pakistan doesn't manage its water resources differently, it's going to actually run ...

Robotic arm's big flaw: Patients say it's 'too easy'

Robotic arms big flaw: Patients say its too easy
2010-09-24
One touch directs a robotic arm to grab objects in a new computer program designed to give people in wheelchairs more independence. University of Central Florida researchers thought the ease of the using the program's automatic mode would be a huge hit. But they were wrong – many participants in a pilot study didn't like it because it was "too easy." Most participants preferred the manual mode, which requires them to think several steps ahead and either physically type in instructions or verbally direct the arm with a series of precise commands. They favored the manual ...

Black motorcyclists -- even in helmets -- more likely to die in crashes

2010-09-24
African-American victims of motorcycle crashes were 1.5 times more likely to die from their injuries than similarly injured whites, even though many more of the African-American victims were wearing helmets at the time of injury, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. Results of the research revealing these racial disparities, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Surgery, suggest that injury-prevention programs — like state laws mandating the use of motorcycle helmets — may not be sufficient to protect all riders equally. "For reasons ...

Withering well can improve fertility

2010-09-24
Contrary to a thousand face cream adverts, the secret of fertility might not be eternal youth. Research by the ecologist Dr. Carlos Herrera, a Professor of Research at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Seville, Spain has shown that the withering action of flowers may have evolved to protect their seeds. His research is published in the October 2010 issue of the Annals of Botany (http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcq160). Prof. Herrera said: "No one has paid much attention to the corollas, collections of petals on a flower, when they shrivel. Their job ...

One of a Kind Comic Art Painting Exclusively for Sale on Sketch Maven for a Limited Time

2010-09-24
Comic collectors and art aficionados have the opportunity to acquire a unique piece of cartoon art history. This week, Sketch Maven is offering a tremendous piece of cartoon artwork featuring the characters of Moon Mullins, one of the longest running comic strips in American history. "This is beautiful artwork by Ferd and Tom Johnson, measuring over six feet tall and nearly four feet wide. I haven't seen anything like it before," comments Mike Todasco, founder of Sketch Maven, the World's Greatest Original Comic Art Marketplace. "We are fortunate to have this artwork ...

Diane Rich Takes Charge of VivaPrime's Business in The United States As Country Head - Nutraceuticals

2010-09-24
VivaPrime expands its U.S. team with the strategic hire of Diane Rich, who will lead the holistic lifestyle supplement company in its efforts to promote wellness to U.S. consumers through its line of condition specific nutritional solutions, which were introduced in the U.S. earlier this year. The primary purpose of Diane's role is to steer VivaPrime's business in the U.S. and make Vivaprime a leading brand in the dietary supplement category. We are pleased to have Ms. Rich join the VivaPrime's dynamic team and lead our efforts in promoting wellness and preventative ...

Promotional Items Inc. For Late Summer Promotions

2010-09-24
Promotional Items Inc. serves a wide clientele both offline and online offering high quality products at discount prices for bulk order promotional items. This is not your one time supplier for products branded with a company logo but uniquely qualified for your continual promotions all year long. Distribution of high quality yet inexpensive logo items keyed toward summertime use only enhances your promotional results. Late summer is the time when people move outdoors and it is the perfect opportunity to gift them your logo-bearing gift articles with a suitable summer-time ...

MountainBikeLights.net helping you to see and be seen.

2010-09-24
We at Mountain Bike Lights.net Understand Your Need for Proper Lighting during Casual and Dedicated Cycling ExcursionsâEUR, Says Jonathan Website Product Manager. A firm believer of the notion âEUR˜the world is different at nightâEUR , Mountain Bike Lights.net has provided their customers with a great way in which to choose Mountain Bike Lights via their easy to use website. Ideally, they have done this by firstly listing the important bike lights brand in categories as well as provided an easy view in which buyers can easily access new mountain bike lights added to ...

Lanner Group Urges Executives to Manage New Realities of Risk Management Through Simulation And Optimization; Publishes New White Paper

2010-09-24
Lanner Group, the business transformation and simulation modeling solutions provider, has cautioned business leaders in its latest free white paper that in order to achieve future goals they must accept the new realities of risk mitigation through simulation and process optimization. Published ahead of the company's free webinar, explaining the power of simulation and simulation software, on September 28th, the new executive briefing paper, "Fortune's Accomplice? The Simulation of Risks and Controls", is aimed at executives leading manufacturing, financial services, ...

Phoenix Startup Weekend - From Idea to Launch in 54 Hours

2010-09-24
Startup Weekend is coming to Phoenix October 22-24, 2010, and will be held downtown at CO-HOOTS, the fantastic new co-working space. Help us tell the story of passionate entrepreneurs coming together and creating new ventures. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour startup event that provides the networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to start with an idea and launch a company. Startup Weekend's motto is "Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action." The event kicks off Friday evening when attendees pitch their ideas in rapid-fire - 60 seconds ...

Morris Web Designs Announces Web Design and Websites in Palm Springs! Father and Son team up to offer affordable websites to small business.

2010-09-24
Morris Web Designs announces their new website. The Father and Son team of Morris Web Designs creates affordable, attractive websites and web designs in the greater Palm Springs area, Southern California and the entire USA. With clients on both coasts and places in between Morris Web Designs has ramped up their services to include Website creation and design, SEO/SEM, Graphics services and Marketing. All for the purpose of helping your small, medium or large business grow and succeed. Part of their Game Plan - - Start with a web promotion plan and an effective ...

Accenture and Cisco to Keynote at Upcoming CIO Insurance Summit

2010-09-24
The CIO Insurance Summit Team announced today that representatives from Accenture and Cisco will deliver keynote presentations at the upcoming technology event. The Summit will be held October 17-20, 2010, at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona. The CIO Insurance Summit is an opportunity for CIOs and leading technology executives to attend educational sessions and network with their peers in an intimate, yet focused business environment. Participants have an opportunity to attend case studies and keynote presentations, as well as participate in focus ...

Sacramento Veteran Teaches Fellow Vets to Dump Stress Fast

2010-09-24
"It's all about how we respond to pressure," said Kenward. "The message of my workshops is that while we can't always control the source of negative stress, we can learn tools to control how it affects us." Kenward has created a four-step stress management system that he says is simple and easy-to use. "Since our reactions to stress are both about how we think and feel, the steps of my system address both," Kenward said. "When people leave the workshop, they can start using those steps immediately to control how they react to negative stress." "The most popular ...

BlueGlass FL Conference Brings Innovation and Expertise to the Forefront

2010-09-24
Hollywood, FL (Sept. 23, 2010) - BlueGlass FL 2010 (www.blueglass.com/conferences/fl) will be making its mark this November with a cutting-edge online marketing conference featuring the most prominent social media, search marketing, domaining and investment industry experts. The event will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida from November 2-3, 2010. BlueGlass FL 2010 features high profile leaders from all corners of the online marketing spectrum divulging coveted industry secrets and discussing groundbreaking ideas. Key speakers include ...

South Shore Skin Center Dermatologist is Guest Speaker at American Academy of Dermatology

2010-09-24
and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine, recently spoke at the American Academy of Dermatology in Chicago, IL on the topic of "Controversies in Mohs Micrographic Surgery". Dr. Tierney lectured on the advantages and disadvantages of radiation after Mohs micrographic surgery for squamous cell carcinoma with perineural invasion as well as on the advantages and disadvantages of imiquimod for superficial basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. Dr. Tierney, who is currently on staff at South Shore Hospital and Jordan Hospital, completed her ...

OTRS Partners with Autonomic Resources to Deliver Open Solutions to Government Agencies via GSA Advantage

2010-09-24
OTRS (www.otrs.com), the world's leading provider of open source Help Desk and ITIL-compatible IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions, today announced its partnership with Autonomic Resources, a leading supplier of open IT solutions to the civilian, intelligence, and defense agencies of the federal government since 2001. Under the OTRS Worldwide Partner Program, Autonomic Resources will lead the way to governmental deployment of open source, GSA-available help desk and ITSM solutions. As the GSA contract holder for OTRS solutions, Autonomic meets prequalified technical ...
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