Ecology

Plants Release Animal-like Substance When Stressed

Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Earth, Ecology, Nature, Sci-Tech, Science with 1 Comment
Plants Release Animal-like Substance When Stressed

Although plants do not have nervous systems, they respond to stress with chemical and electrical signals that are remarkably similar to those of animals, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, could help to explain why certain plant-derived drugs work so well in humans. At the center of it all is the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which humans and animals, as well as plants, release when they are stressed out.

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Fusion Research Breakthrough: Controlling Fusion Heat Bursts

Fusion Research Breakthrough: Controlling Fusion Heat Bursts

Researchers from General Atomics and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have made a major breakthrough in understanding how potentially damaging heat bursts inside a fusion reactor can be controlled.

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The Fourth Phase of Water

Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Earth, Ecology, Nature, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
The Fourth Phase of Water

The reason this fourth phase of water is called the exclusion zone or EZ is because the first thing Dr. Pollack’s team discovered is that it profoundly excludes things. Even small molecules are excluded from EZ water. Surprisingly, EZ water appears in great abundance, including inside most of your cells. Even your extra-cellular tissues are filled with this kind of water.

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Reinventing the Wheel, Just So the Greedy Can Patent & Profit from it: Focus on Alzheimer’s

Reinventing the Wheel, Just So the Greedy Can Patent & Profit from it: Focus on Alzheimer’s

I have recently read 2 articles, and received a plea for pledges, regarding Alzheimers. So, I began to reflect upon how, and question why, in the quest to blaze new trails on which to diagnose or fight a disease, our scientific and research programs often do not look at the tools around them and fashion those tools to do the job just as well.

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Giant Siberian Crater at ‘World’s End’ (Video)

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Earth, Ecology, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Giant Siberian Crater at ‘World’s End’ (Video)

A mysterious, giant 80-meter crater has been discovered in a remote part of Siberia, dubbed by locals ‘the end of the world’, and is now puzzling scientists. The precise location of the crater is some 30km from the gas field of Bovanenkovo, part of Russia’s key strategic oil and gas region.

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Edible Plants ‘Talk’ To Animal Cells and Promote Healing

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Ecology, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Edible Plants ‘Talk’ To Animal Cells and Promote Healing

A new cutting edge study further supports the age old aphorism ‘you are what you eat’. Plants communicate with mammalian cells via nanoparticles in the gut.

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Happening Now! The Climate Reality Project’s “24 Hours of Reality” – Online!

Happening Now!  The Climate Reality Project’s “24 Hours of Reality”  –  Online!

On October 22 and 23, the Climate Reality Project is presenting “24 Hours of Reality” – a worldwide, in-depth presentation on the realities and terrible costs of climate change on our planet. Be sure to spend some online time watching, listening, and learning about this inestimably important issue that affects the lives of everyone on earth.

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Self-medication In Animals Much More Widespread Than Believed

Written by on April 23, 2013 in Ecology, Science with 0 Comments
Self-medication In Animals Much More Widespread Than Believed

It’s been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases. But in recent years, the list of animal pharmacists has grown much longer, and it now appears that the practice of animal self-medication is a lot more widespread than previously thought, according to a University of Michigan ecologist and his colleagues.

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19-Year-Old Student Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7.25 Million Tons Of Plastic from Oceans

Written by on March 26, 2013 in Ecology, Technology with 0 Comments
19-Year-Old Student Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7.25 Million Tons Of Plastic from Oceans

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans…

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Confronting Deforestation: A World Hanging in the Balance [article and video]

Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Earth, Ecology, Videos with 0 Comments
Confronting Deforestation: A World Hanging in the Balance [article and video]

(WakingTimes) Deforestation is one of the greatest threats to our planet today. As certain industries and communities have grown, they have cut down acres upon acres of forests that provide life-giving oxygen, absorb and hold carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, and house countless animal and plant species. Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest over the last […]

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U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions

Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Alternative Energy, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment with 0 Comments
U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions

Federal nuclear regulators froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.” As a result, the NRC today put a hold on nine construction and operating licenses, eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.

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Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Climate Change, Earth, Ecology, Farming, Food and Drink, Nutrition with 0 Comments
Widespread Effects on Food Prices Due to Severe U.S. Drought

(By Katie Spoden | Nourishing the Planet) On Tuesday, the New York Times published an article describing the far-reaching consequences of the severe drought on food prices in the United States. The article summarizes the economic consequences of the drought due to the largely damaged corn and soybean crop in the Midwest. The U.S. Drought Monitor recently declared […]

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Nuclear Operator to Release Secret Fukushima Tapes

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Ecology, Environment with 0 Comments
Nuclear Operator to Release Secret Fukushima Tapes

(ABC News) Former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan, who was in office during the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns, has told the ABC he believes the plant’s operator has been hiding key evidence.

For months TEPCO has resisted pressure to release critical recordings, arguing they are in-house material and to release them would compromise the privacy of those on the tapes.

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The Fracking Industry’s Dirty Secrets

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Ecology, Fracking with 0 Comments
The Fracking Industry’s Dirty Secrets

Mike Papantonio talks about how the fracking industry is accomplishing all of this with Mike Ludwig, a reporter for TruthOut.org, on Ring of Fire.

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Green Fuel is Possible with Artificial Algae Ecosystems

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Alternative Energy, Ecology with 0 Comments
Green Fuel is Possible with Artificial Algae Ecosystems

(PhysOrg) Algae could become an important source of sustainable biofuel, as production doesn’t compete with food crops for land. But we may need to change the way we grow algae from closed systems to open ponds if it is to be low-carbon and cost-effective. This is because current algae production in closed systems – usually […]

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