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Controversial DNA research sparks ethical debate

Honolulu - Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes' ability to carry disease are pushing ahead, raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world, experts say.

Underwater 'zombie grass' signals trouble for Florida fishermen

Islamorada - Decades ago, the sight of seagrass swaying beneath the waters off south Florida conjured romance for those who dangled their fishing lines in hopes of catching redfish, snook or mangrove snapper.

Rumours: Google apps may finally be coming to Windows 10

The lack of quality first-party apps in the Windows ecosystem is a well-known issue when buying into Microsoft products. For years, the absence of official apps for any of Google's services has been especially conspicuous, although that may soon change.

Global oyster habitats on decline - Blame anthropogenic activity

Florida's oyster reefs are shrinking, with the collapse being blamed on a drought and a rise in water salinity in the estuaries. A species of carnivorous conchs have invaded the reefs, resulting in fewer wild oysters being seen on restaurant menus.

Tiny $30 desktop computer is 'the world's first true Android PC'

The world's first Android-powered desktop computer has achieved over 600 percent of its Kickstarter goal, just a few days into the campaign. The computer fits in the palm of the hand and can be used with any existing monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

Report: BlackBerry phones of the future may run Android

BlackBerry may be considering a switch to making Android-powered phones as part of its plan to rescue itself from the declining market share and sales that its own BlackBerry 10 phones are faced with, according to a new report.

Australia welcomes UN call on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia on Saturday welcomed a draft decision by the United Nations to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list, but environmentalists warned of ongoing risks to the natural wonder.

European fire ants disrupt ecosystems to help spread alien plants

The European fire ant is an unwanted invasive species in Eastern North America. It has taken over back yards and is capable of a very nasty bite. This ant is a seed disperser, and research has shown they could wreck havoc on our native ecosystems.

New Caledonia is home to The largest nature park on earth

Covering an area twice the size of the state of Texas, New Caledonia's 320 million acre marine park is without a doubt the planet's largest wilderness preserve, on land or sea. The Natural Park of the Coral Sea shares space with a quarter million people.

The Amazon’s microbes affect carbon dioxide

The Amazon’s widespread conversion from rainforest to pastureland has significant effects on microorganism communities that may lead to a reduction in the region's role as a reservoir for greenhouse gas.

Study confirms global risks of herbicide overuse

A new study provides evidence that herbicides alter ecosystems around the world and that as the use of herbicides rises, the risks to the planet's ecosystems similarly increase.

Op-Ed: The web's information highway hums on destinations and ecosystems

A number of careful redefinitions are changing the traditional means in which information is distributed and consumed - forging new business models that have promise for a new field.

Report details changes to Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem

A recent report produced by researchers with NOAA says fish in U.S. waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border have moved away from their traditional, long-time habitats

Atlantic Snails are Increasing Significantly in Size

A Queen’s University biologist has discovered that the shell lengths of northwest Atlantic Ocean snails – an important member of the Atlantic food chain – have increased by 22.6 per cent over the past century.

Study Says Biodiversity Is Crucial to Ecosystem Productivity

Scientists at Brown University have shown that richer plant diversity significantly enhances an ecosystem's productivity

Lake Ontario's Water Fleas

A personal source related to me someone he knows has watched Lake Ontario from his balcony for sometime. This year he has noticed that the birds aren't around. Or the weeds on the bottom of the lake. What is around are Zebra Mussels. Thousands of them.

Humanity: A Species Without Purpose

It seems like every species on Earth has a niche to fill. What about humanity? What is our purpose?
 

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Kelp and sardines  Anacapa Island  Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Kelp and sardines, Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
Robert Schwemmer, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
Figure 1. Response ratios for overall mean and individual biomes exposed to nitrogen fertilizer. A r...
Figure 1. Response ratios for overall mean and individual biomes exposed to nitrogen fertilizer. A response ratio of 1.2 indicates a 20% relative growth increase; mean and 95% C.I. responses are shown. The response ratio (R) is calculated as the ratio of plant growth in fertilized to control plots, and statistics are performed on the natural log of this ratio. Thus, when the 95% CI does not intersect the R=1 line, we consider the response significant. Non-overlapping CI are significantly differe
Fungi of Minnekhada Park growing on slowly decaying trees  Port Coquitlam  BC  Canada.
Fungi of Minnekhada Park growing on slowly decaying trees, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada.
Kelp forest on high profile reef at Partridge Point  Cape Peninsula.
Photo taken: October 2010.
Kelp forest on high profile reef at Partridge Point, Cape Peninsula. Photo taken: October 2010.
Peter Southwood
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The Sonos Play:3 speaker
Sonos
Vampire bats need love  too.
Vampire bats need love, too.
National Geographic Wild
An iconic image of the Everglades  the American alligator.
Photo taken: April 8  2010.
An iconic image of the Everglades, the American alligator. Photo taken: April 8, 2010.
Lisa Jacobs

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