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High-Resolution Maps of Science

High-Resolution Maps of Science | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

'Maps of science derived from citation data visualize the relationships among scholarly publications or disciplines. They are valuable instruments for exploring the structure and evolution of scholarly activity. Much like early world charts, these maps of science provide an overall visual perspective of science as well as a reference system that stimulates further exploration. However, these maps are also significantly biased due to the nature of the citation data from which they are derived: existing citation databases overrepresent the natural sciences; substantial delays typical of journal publication yield insights in science past, not present; and connections between scientific disciplines are tracked in a manner that ignores informal cross-fertilization..'


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Where Are the Bears?

Where Are the Bears? | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Grizzly bears once roamed across California for centuries -- from the state's mountains to its valleys and beaches. But decades of persecution drove them off the landscape, and the last grizzly in California was tragically shot in 1924.
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Why The Human Race Is Doomed To Extinction

Why The Human Race Is Doomed To Extinction | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

Any species that fouls it's own nest is doomed to extinction. 

 

I participated in a beach clean-up at Ocean Beach in San Francisco  this July sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation and ZipCar. They provided some nice snacks and swag (thanx, but next time please have water!).

 

I picked these items up in approximately 45 minutes, walking along the seawall between Fulton and Sutro Rock Park; approx. 400 meters. 

 

I was especially impressed that the dog-owner thoughtfully enclosed the poop in a green plastic bag before leaving it on the beach.

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60,000 #Antelope Died in Four Days and No One Knows Why #climata #bacteria #pollution

60,000 #Antelope Died in Four Days and No One Knows Why #climata #bacteria #pollution | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
It started in late May when geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas.

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Making the connections on tar-sands pollution, racism, and sexism

Making the connections on tar-sands pollution, racism, and sexism | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Her community’s traditional lifestyle is under threat from oil development in the nearby Alberta tar sands, and that inspired Laboucan-Massimo to study environmental science at the University of Alberta at Edmonton and to become an activist. Today, the 34-year-old is one of the most unflappable leaders in the climate fight. As a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Canada, she has traveled across Canada and the globe warning about the dangers of tar-sands development and testified before the U.S. Congress on Keystone XL. She’s also wrapping up a master’s degree at the University of Victoria on indigenous governance with a focus on renewable energy in First Nation communities.
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PressTV-Iran ‘red gold’ output to hit 300 metric tons

PressTV-Iran ‘red gold’ output to hit 300 metric tons | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Iran’s production of the world’s most expensive spice known as “red gold” is expected to hit 300 metric tons this year thanks to better rainfall, officials say.
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Sturgeon Moon 2015 rises: Stunning supermoon lights up Saturday night sky (PHOTOS)

Sturgeon Moon 2015 rises: Stunning supermoon lights up Saturday night sky (PHOTOS) | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Tonight the world has been able to observe a spectacular celestial phenomenon – the supermoon, also known as the Sturgeon Moon. It is the first of three consecutive “supermoons” occurring this year.
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'Butterfly nebula': Hubble Telescope captures images of two stars, dust in wing formation

'Butterfly nebula': Hubble Telescope captures images of two stars, dust in wing formation | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has released images of a shimmering "cosmic butterfly," or the Twin Jet Nebula, made up of an aging star's exposed core and a smaller star that create an illuminating rainbow in space.

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First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rhodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections

First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rhodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Rhodiola's efficacy was confirmed in a 2011 review of 11 placebo-controlled human studies - this herb does so much!

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, August 28, 9:30 PM

Are you taking herbs that are known as adaptogens? Adapta what you say? Adaptogens are a special group of herb ingredients that reduce the effects of stress. They help enhance your body's ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue, in a slow, steady way without stimulant jolts and crashes. They 'adapt' their function to your body's needs.

 

Adaptogens have been used in to improve athletic performance and Russian cosmonauts took Ginseng, an adaptogen to improve their energy and alertness in space. Chinese medicine doctors and Asian Ayurvedic doctors have utilized adaptogens for thousands of years. Adaptogens are also used by Western herbalists and are ingredients in some high quality nutraceutical supplements.

 

Health Tips:  Some well known herbs that are adaptogens:

Ginseng, Eleuthero (muscle spasms, joint pain, insomnia, fatigue, improves memory), Ashwagandha (increase vitality, endurance, stamina, promote longevity, strengthen immune system), and Rhodiola Rosea (helps balance cortisol levels in your body, supports cellular energy metabolism, positively affects brain function, depression, and heart health). Please consult with a knowledgeable doctor before taking any of these herbs.

 

Here's an information packed article on "First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections" from naturalblaze.com by Mae Chan

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning - YouTube

Midnight Oil's official music video for 'Beds Are Burning'. Click to listen to Midnight Oil on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/MidnightOilSpotify?IQid=MidOilBAB ...
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First wolf pack found in California in nearly a century

First wolf pack found in California in nearly a century | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
A gray wolf pack has established itself in Northern California, state wildlife officials confirmed on Thursday, the first family of wolves known in the state in nearly 100 years.
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Unique Roundup Study Shows Massive Kidney and Liver Gene Function Alterations

Unique Roundup Study Shows Massive Kidney and Liver Gene Function Alterations | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
A new ground-breaking peer-reviewed study has been published in Environmental Health Journal that shows the levels of glyphosate-based herbicides which the general public are commonly exposed to in drinking water, altered the gene function of over 4000 genes in the livers and kidneys of rats.The study results suggest that long-term exposure to an ultra-low, environmental dose of Roundup at an glyphosate-equivalent concentration of only 50 ppt (parts per trillion), in an established laboratory an
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Small wetlands critical to overall ecosystem functions

Small wetlands critical to overall ecosystem functions | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
'Many people would say, what's the big deal if we drain this small area? But these smaller wetlands are integral ...' FRISCO — A new study by researchers at Waterloo University supports the EPA's p...

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Although wetlands of less than 1/2 acre may fall through the regulatory cracks, these may provide valuable services beyond the scale of their size. A complex of small wetlands with associated uplands is important to biodiversity and water quality.

Eric Larson's curator insight, April 16, 12:08 PM

There are many types of wetlands here in Ohio.

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Buy levenhuk Sherman PLUS 12x50 Binoculars in online shop | Levenhuk - best optical equipment

Buy levenhuk Sherman PLUS 12x50 Binoculars in online shop | Levenhuk - best optical equipment | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
With Levenhuk Sherman PLUS 12x50 Binoculars even the most remote objects won't elude your attention! Thanks to the binoculars’ high magnification power

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The Maya: The Lost Civilization - YouTube

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It figures a woman would be the first person to start to figure out an unknown communication system.....A Russian woman!

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Thomas Edison Was Right About Solar Power

Famed inventor Thomas Edison brought us electric lights, phonographs, movies and even the first research and development laboratory.

 

But in 1931, he also was one of the first promoters of renewable energy - especially solar.

 

That year, he described our approach to energy to two industry magnates of the day: Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.

 

He told them, "We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature's inexhaustible sources of energy - sun, wind and tide."


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Genetic data reveals how wild boar became farmyard pigs

Genetic data reveals how wild boar became farmyard pigs | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

Ever thought how the ingredients for that bacon sandwich got to your plate? By that, I mean the amazing historical journey that has transformed the animal and plant species we farm today into the huge global biomass that now feeds billions of us.


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‘Political rhetoric, not science’: Greenpeace slams IAEA Fukushima report

‘Political rhetoric, not science’: Greenpeace slams IAEA Fukushima report | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Greenpeace has lashed out against the conclusions of IAEA’s latest report on the Fukushima disaster, calling the claim that radioactive exposure is “unlikely” to result in increased thyroid cancer risk in children a political rhetoric rather than science.
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Marie Curie's belongings will be radioactive for another 1,500 years

Marie Curie's belongings will be radioactive for another 1,500 years | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

The personal effects left behind by the mother of modern physics.

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Marie Curie, known as the 'mother of modern physics', died from aplastic anaemia, a rare condition linked to high levels of exposure to her famed discoveries, the radioactive elements polonium and radium.

Curie, the first and only woman to win a Nobel Prize in two different fields (physics and chemistry), furthered the research of French physicist Henri Becquerel, who in 1896 discovered that the element uranium emits rays.

Alongside her French physicist husband, Pierre Curie, the brilliant scientific pair discovered a new radioactive element in 1898. The duo named the element polonium, after Poland, Marie’s native country.

Still, after more than 100 years, much of Curie’s personal effects including her clothes, furniture, cookbooks, and laboratory notes are still radioactive, author Bill Bryson writes in his book, A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Regarded as national and scientific treasures, Curie’s laboratory notebooks are stored in lead-lined boxes at France’s Bibliotheque National in Paris. 

While the library grants access to visitors to view Curie’s manuscripts, all guests are expected to sign a liability waiver and wear protective gear as the items are contaminated with radium 226, which has a half life of about 1,600 years, according to Christian Science Monitor.

Her body is also radioactive and was therefore placed in a coffin lined with nearly an inch of lead.

The Curie’s are buried in France’s Panthéon, a mausoleum in Paris which contains the remains of distinguished French citizens - like philosophers Rousseau and Voltaire.


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The Ojibwe Take A Stand For Treaty Rights, Hoping To Defeat A Pipeline

The Ojibwe Take A Stand For Treaty Rights, Hoping To Defeat A Pipeline | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
About 40 members of several Ojibwe communities in Minnesota staged a protest this week over their right to hunt, fish and harvest wild rice off the reservation, seeking to provoke a peaceful confrontation

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Unspoken Death Toll of Fukushima: Nuclear Disaster Killing Japanese Slowly

Unspoken Death Toll of Fukushima: Nuclear Disaster Killing Japanese Slowly | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
The Japanese government is still in denial and refuses to recognize the disastrous consequences of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, London-based independent consultant on radioactivity Dr. Ian Fairlie states, adding that while thousands of victims have already died, thousands more will soon pass away.

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Ocean Cleanup project completes Great Pacific Garbage Patch research expedition

Ocean Cleanup project completes Great Pacific Garbage Patch research expedition | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

"In May, the Ocean Cleanup project announced that its first deployment would be delivered in the Korea Strait next year. That will pave the way for its ultimate goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. With that in mind, a research expedition at the Garbage Patch has just been completed. The concept for the Ocean Cleanup project was conceived by Dutch entrepreneur and inventor Boyan Slat and announced in 2013. Slat realized that the movement of the oceans could be harnessed in order to direct floating plastic waste into the arms of a static collection system."

 

 


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Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns

Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

Diets rich in beef and other red meat can be bad for a person’s health. And the practice is equally bad for Earth’s biodiversity, according to a team of scientists who have fingered human carnivory—and its impact on land use—as the single biggest threat to much of the world’s flora and fauna. Already a major cause of extinction, our meat habit will take a growing toll as people clear more land for livestock and crops to feed these animals, a study in the current issue of Science of the Total Environment predicts.

 
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Indirect nitrous oxide emissions from streams within the US Corn Belt scale with stream order

Indirect nitrous oxide emissions from streams within the US Corn Belt scale with stream order | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
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Costa Rica's green plans: Sustainable coffee, bikes, and clean energy

Costa Rica's green plans: Sustainable coffee, bikes, and clean energy | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it
Costa Rica has set an ambitious goal for itself: To be entirely carbon-neutral by 2021. But it’s really not that crazy.
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WHO | Plant Derived Vaccines

WHO | Plant Derived Vaccines | Natural History, Environment, & Science | Scoop.it

Vaccines are the most cost-effective and efficacious means of reducing the disease burden of infectious diseases. Novel approaches to improve product quality and improve access while lowering production costs are continuously being sought. Traditionally vaccines are prepared by using an attenuated version of the pathogen or by preparing and inactivating a disease-causing organism or a suitable part of it, e.g. a toxin, and administering it in quantities sufficient to induce immunity. Such vaccines have the unavoidable potential for contamination with adventitious agents that can infect such materials. A new and exciting possibility is the production of vaccine antigens in genetically modified plants which can then be extracted and purified by conventional methods. Such vaccines could either be eaten or applied to mucosal surfaces.

Plant-derived vaccines have several advantages. They can be produced cheaply in very high amounts, carrier plants such as potatoes and corn are readily accepted by patients and antigens derived from them are stable and can be stored for long periods of time. The likelihood that contamination by a plant virus would have an adverse effect on humans is almost negligible. There are several technical challenges concerning plant-derived vaccines that must be resolved before they can enter wide-scale use and the regulatory requirements for this novel class of vaccines must be established. In addition, public acceptance of the new technology must be ensured. As the development of plant-derived vaccines matures, WHO will continue to serve as a forum for the international harmonization of requirements.

 


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Interesting that the WHO would concern itself with molecular farming all of a sudden?

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Aliens of the Deep Trailer - YouTube

Cameron's best movie; a documentary nobody saw (I saw it twice in iMax). It poses the question: "If life is possible in boiling sulphuric acid under a gazillion tons of pressure and NO sunlight, why not on other planets?"

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