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Public Release: 29-Mar-2005
Changes in Earth's tilt control when glacial cycles end
Scientists have long debated what causes glacial/interglacial cycles, which have occurred most recently at intervals of about 100,000 years. A new study reported in the March 24 issue of Nature finds that these glacial cycles are paced by variations in the tilt of Earth's axis, and that glaciations end when Earth's tilt is large.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Partnership Program

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 28-Mar-2005
Child Development
Bullying among sixth graders a daily occurrence, UCLA study finds
Nearly half the sixth graders in two Los Angeles area public schools were bullied by classmates during a five-day period, UCLA researchers report in the first study of daily school harassment.

Contact: Stuart Wolpert
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 28-Mar-2005
Biological Conservation
'You can't buy conservation,' suggests survey of Africa's rain forest parks
Economic assistance to areas surrounding Africa's rain forest parks does not, as currently applied, contribute to their health, suggests an extensive survey of park scientists and managers. Rather, the survey found the most successful parks are those with public support and strong law enforcement. The survey's authors also said that their findings indicate that careful ecological and compliance monitoring and stable long-term funding are key to park success.
Center for Applied Biodiversity Science of Conservation International

Contact: Dennis Meredith
Duke University

Public Release: 24-Mar-2005
Underwater robot launched from Bermuda to cross Gulf Stream
A small autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV, named Spray was launched yesterday about 12 miles southeast of Bermuda. The two-meter-(6-foot)-long orange glider with a four-foot wingspan will slowly make its way northwest, crossing the Gulf Stream and reaching the continental shelf on the other side before turning around and heading back to Bermuda, where it will be recovered in July.

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 24-Mar-2005
Elephants imitate sounds as a form of social communication
Elephants learn to imitate sounds that are not typical of their species, the first known example after humans of vocal learning in a non-primate terrestrial mammal. The discovery, reported in today's Nature, further supports the idea that vocal learning is important for maintaining individual social relationships among animals that separate and reunite over time, like dolphins and whales, some birds, and bats.

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 24-Mar-2005
Octopuses occasionally stroll around on two arms, UC Berkeley biologists report
In an eerie reprise of what it may have been like when humans first raised their arms and walked on two feet, films taken by a UC Berkeley biologist show that octopuses sometimes pick up six of their arms and scoot along on the outer ends of the other two. One Indonesian octopus resembles a tiptoeing coconut, while a second looks like algae scooting along on conveyor belts.
American Malacological Society, National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 23-Mar-2005
New noble gas chemical compounds created as result of Hebrew University research
Chemical compounds consisting of noble gases combined with hydrocarbon molecules a feat previously thought to be unattainable have been created as the result of the work of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Contact: Jerry Barach
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 23-Mar-2005
New insight into people who 'see' colors in letters and numbers
People with a form of synesthesia in which they see colors when viewing letters and numbers really do see colors, researchers have found. What's more, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of their brains reveals that they show activation of color-perception areas. The rare condition called synesthesia was long dismissed as an oddity not worthy of scientific study. Now, however, researchers are using the condition to gain insights into the neural basis of perception.
National Institutes of Health

Contact: Heidi Hardman
Cell Press

Public Release: 22-Mar-2005
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Young and exotic stellar zoo
Using telescopes from the European Southern Observatory, astronomers have found that the cluster Westerlund 1, hidden behind a large cloud of dust and gas, is the most massive compact young cluster yet identified in the Milky Way Galaxy. It contains hundreds of very massive and most exotic stars, some shining with a brilliance of almost one million suns and some two-thousand times larger than the Sun (i.e. as large as the orbit of Saturn)!

Contact: Ignacio Negueruela

Public Release: 21-Mar-2005
PLOS Biology
Wolves alleviate impact of climate change on food supply, finds new UC Berkeley study
Gray wolves play a critical role in easing the effects of climate change on Yellowstone's ecosystem, according to a new UC Berkeley study. Researchers found that in the absence of wolves, shorter, milder winters lead to lower elk mortality, which is bad news for the scavengers that rely upon the elk for food. When wolves are around, however, they provide a steady supply of carrion, regardless of the climate.
US Environmental Protection Agency, James S. McDonnell Foundation

Contact: Sarah Yang
University of California - Berkeley

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