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The researchers hypothesized that in the sibling pairs where one had used #marijuana and one had not, they would see differences in brain volume. But instead, they found that the exposed and unexposed siblings had the same amygdala volume. “We found no evidence for the causal influence of #cannabis exposure on amygdala volume,” the authors concluded.
The latest research adds to the debate over marijuana's effects on the brain
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In fall 2010 the Conservancy, state biologists, the Maine Army National Guard and other partners began the most ambitions fish-recovery project in Maine history. Tons of equipment and supplies were flown in by helicopter and floatplane. A large boat was dragged a mile through thick woods to deploy a short-lived, organic fish poison called rotenone. Never is the decision to poison terrestrial or aquatic invasives made casually, but the partners had two choices – rotenone or char extirpation.
Restoring arctic char; they are rarely seen, even by anglers; they are furless, featherless and cold. But they are wildlife – ice-age relicts as important to our nation as California condors.
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Sidenote: The US National Organic Standards Board is reviewing the use of rotenone as a "natural" chemical in organic farming.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/rotenone-organic-zb0z1405zsto.aspx

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Root bacteria are known to form symbiotic relationships with plants by improving the plants' supply of nutrients. Yet as scientists found recently, the bacteria actually play a much more profound role. During field experiments in Utah, in the western USA, researchers discovered that the right mixture of soil microbiota directly influences the survival of Nicotiana attenuata, a species of wild tobacco.
Root bacteria are known to form symbiotic relationships with plants by improving the plants' supply of nutrients. Yet as scientists found recently, the bacteria actually play a much more profound role. During field experiments in Utah, in the western USA, researchers discovered that the right mixture of soil microbiota directly influences the survival of Nicotiana attenuata, a species of wild tobacco.
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The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) page for #Cannabis and Cannabinoids now lists several preclinical trials and studies in which the compounds have shown beneficial #medical applications. While these merits come as no surprise for many, the real shocker here is #Marijuana still being listed as a Schedule I substance in the eyes of the DEA. The NCI is the United State’s primary agency in which #cancer research and training is conducted. They are part of a larger umbrella of governmental agencies that comprise the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is largely responsible for the running the National Cancer Program, providing cancer-related information to the public, as well as developing programs and recommendations for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.
The National Cancer Institute's page for Cannabis and Cannabinoids now lists several preclinical trials and studies in which the compounds have shown beneficial medical applications. While these merits come as no surprise for many, the real shocker here is Marijuana still being listed as a Schedule I substance in the eyes of the DEA.
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A new model presents a common mathematical structure that underlies the full range of feeding strategies of plants and animals: from familiar parasites, predators, and scavengers to more obscure parasitic castrators and decomposers. Now ecologists can view all #food-web interactions through the same lens using a common language to understand the natural world.
A new model presents a common mathematical structure that underlies the full range of feeding strategies of plants and animals: from familiar parasites, predators, and scavengers to more obscure parasitic castrators and decomposers. Now ecologists can view all food-web interactions through the same lens using a common language to understand the natural world.
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A new study provides the first evidence of a link between #neonicotinoid #pesticides and escalating #honeybee colony losses on a landscape level. The study found the increased use of a pesticide, which is linked to causing serious harm in #bees worldwide, as a seed treatment on oilseed rape in England and Wales over an 11 year period correlated with higher bee mortality during that time.  The research, published in Nature Scientific Reports on Thursday, combined large-scale pesticide usage and yield observations from oilseed rape with data on honeybee loses between 2000 and 2010.

link to paper: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep12574
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He will tell you that he knew the risks of living in this valley, that's why he took the steps to build a home that could survive a wildfire.
As you drive between Omak and Riverside in Central Washington there is a very distinct home on the hill. With recent wildfires in the area it now stands out even more. The reason why, the land around it is charred and it's still standing.
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Scientists are working to map the complete DNA structure of the cannabis plant in order to prevent major agricultural seed companies, like Monsanto, from securing exclusive patents on specific strains. Late last week, Mowgli Holmes, Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience, the company overseeing the Cannabis Genome Project, explained to those in attendance of TechFestNW in Portland, Oregon that cannabis should be viewed comparatively to...
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"First, his team demonstrated that hydrogen peroxide is usually harmful for #ants of the Formica fusca species. They fed them one of two diets – either a simple honey-based solution, or this same solution spiked with hydrogen peroxide. They showed that healthy ants given the spiked diet had a mortality rate of around 20 per cent, compared with around 5 per cent for those who got the harmless solution. But when they tried the same thing using ants infected with the #fungus Beauveria bassiana, the opposite happened. The death rate of these ants fell from around 60 per cent for those on the ordinary diet to 45 per cent in those given food laced with hydrogen peroxide."
When their bodies are under attack by a fungus, one species of ant chooses food laced with hydrogen peroxide and is more likely to live as a result
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State officials have confirmed that a gray wolf pack is now established in Northern California, a family that includes two adult black-furred wolves and five pups. The discovery of the animals, called the Shasta pack, came earlier this month with the aid of cameras placed on trails in Siskiyou County.
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