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Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Cat parasite found in western Arctic Beluga deemed infectious
University of British Columbia scientists have found for the first time an infectious form of the cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii in western Arctic Beluga, prompting a health advisory to the Inuit people who eat whale meat.

Contact: Brian Lin
brian.lin@ubc.ca
604-818-5685
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
Valentine's Day: True love makes pacific salmon healthier
Salmon can spot their true love across a crowded stream, according to research from a university-industry partnership involving the University of Waterloo. Allowing female salmon to follow their heart and mate with the male of their choice produces healthier babies than those who have their mates selected for them.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Contact: Pamela Smyth
psmyth@uwaterloo.ca
519-888-4777
University of Waterloo

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Science
Stanford, NOAA scientists discover mechanism of crude oil heart toxicity
While studying the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on tuna, a research team led by Barbara Block, a professor of marine sciences, discovered that crude oil interrupts a molecular pathway that allows fish heart cells to beat effectively. The components of the pathway are present in the hearts of most animals, including humans.
NOAA, Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

Contact: Randall Kochevar, Stanford Department of Biology, Block Lab
kochevar@stanford.edu
831-655-6225
Stanford University

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Solving an evolutionary puzzle
For four decades, waste from nearby manufacturing plants flowed into the waters of New Bedford Harbor -- an 18,000-acre estuary and busy seaport. The harbor, which is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals, is one of the EPA's largest Superfund cleanup sites. It's also the site of an evolutionary puzzle that researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and their colleagues have been working to solve.
NIH/National Insitute of Environmental Health Sciences

Contact: Media Relations Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
Meeting the eye-witnesses of ocean change
Members of the German research network BIOACID (Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification) are developing a model that links ecosystem changes triggered by ocean acidification and climate change with their economic and societal consequences. Workshops and interviews with stakeholders from the Norwegian fishing industry and tourism sector, the government and environmental organizations help them to identify key aspects for their assessment.

Contact: Maike Nicolai
mnicolai@geomar.de
49-431-600-2807
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
NASA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Fobane spinning down
Tropical Cyclone Fobane continues to be battered with increasing vertical wind shear as it moves southward through the Southern Indian Ocean.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
Geology
Mountains, models, salt, sand, and cycles
Topics in this current batch of Geology articles posted ahead of print include the puzzle of parallel mountain chains; 25 years on the East Pacific Rise; unique episodes in Earth's history; turbidity currents; computer models; Wilson cycles; salt structure beneath the sea bed; the North Scotia Ridge; El Hierro, Canary Islands; sand-sized sub-spherical silica grains; bank pull or bar push; kaolinitic paleosols; Earth's youngest, hottest rocks; 3-D thermo-mechanical numerical models; and the Bohemian Massif.

Contact: Kea Giles
kgiles@geosociety.org
Geological Society of America

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
Fuel Processing Technology
Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report
Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report. The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels -- diesel, for example -- that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels.
Illinois Hazardous Waste Research Fund, Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Contact: Diana Yates, Life Sci Editor, U. of I. News Bureau
diya@illinois.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
Oikos
GVSU researchers draw link between zebra mussels, risk of algae blooms
Researchers at Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute are learning more about the impact invasive zebra mussels and native aquatic insect larvae have on the risk of algae blooms in two West Michigan lakes.

Contact: Nate Hoekstra
hoekstna@gvsu.edu
616-331-8138
Grand Valley State University

Public Release: 12-Feb-2014
PLOS ONE
Satellites help spot whales
Scientists have demonstrated how new satellite technology can be used to count whales, and ultimately estimate their population size. Using Very High Resolution satellite imagery, alongside image processing software, they were able to automatically detect and count whales breeding in part of the Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes in Argentina.

Contact: Rachel Law
raclaw@bas.ac.uk
44-122-322-1437
British Antarctic Survey

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