From, scientific press releases.

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Agronomy Journal
No-tillage plus
Tropical soils often behave differently than temperate soils when being farmed. In tropical regions, soils lose nutrients quickly when cultivated. With food shortages looming and soil quality declining rapidly, new farming techniques are needed to make tropical and sub-tropical farming more productive and sustainable. New research from Agronomy Journal shows that no-till management combined with a winter cover crop is most effective in retaining nutrients in tropical soils.

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
New UGA biomass technology dramatically increases ethanol yield from grasses and yard waste
University of Georgia researchers have developed a new technology that promises to dramatically increase the yield of ethanol from readily available nonfood crops, such as Bermudagrass, switchgrass, Napiergrass — and even yard waste.

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Journal of Insect Behavior
A bee’s future as queen or worker may rest with parasitic fly
Strange things are happening in the lowland tropical forests of Panama and Costa Rica. A tiny parasitic fly is affecting the social behavior of a nocturnal bee, helping to determine which individuals become queens and which become workers.
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, National Science Foundation, Secretaria Nacional de Ciencia, Technologia e Innovacion of Panama

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Journal of American Geriatrics Society
Alleviating the fear of falling
Ritalin could prevent fatal falls, a Tel Aviv University study finds.

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Journal of Lipid Research
Compound that helps rice grow reduces nerve, vascular damage from diabetes
Researchers have found that a compound that helps rice seed grow, springs back into action when brown rice is placed in water overnight before cooking, significantly reducing the nerve and vascular damage that often result from diabetes.
Fancl Hatsuga Genmai Co., Ltd.

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Snapshot of past climate reveals no ice in Antarctica millions of years ago
A snapshot of New Zealand’s climate 40 million years ago reveals a greenhouse Earth, with warmer seas and little or no ice in Antarctica. A new study led by Cardiff University suggests Antarctica at that time was yet to develop extensive ice sheets.
Natural Environment Research Council, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, GNS Science (New Zealand

Public Release: 28-Jul-2008
Biological Psychiatry
A hormone that enhances one’s memory of happy faces
A new study scheduled for publication in the Aug. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry now shows that one way oxytocin promotes social affiliation in humans is by enhancing the encoding of positive social memories.


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