Talking about Finches choose child gender (ScienceAlert)

 

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Talking about Finches choose child gender (ScienceAlert)
Finches choose child gender Monday, 23 March 2009 Macquarie University Birds with red heads were genetically incompatible with black-headedbirds, even though they are the samespecies.Image: Macquarie UniversityResearchers studying the behaviour of the stunningly coloured Gouldian finch have made an exciting discovery – females of the species deliberately overproduce sons when breeding with a male of a different head colour. The two-year study, funded by the Australian Research Council, has produced the clearest evidence yet to show that birds are capable of deliberately biasing the gender of their eggs.

Talking about Sinking ocean raised bridge (ScienceAlert)

 

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Talking about Sinking ocean raised bridge (ScienceAlert)
EventsJobsEarth & ClimateLife & EnvironmentMatter, Energy & SpaceInnovation & TechnologyFarming & ResourcesCulture & BehaviourMedical & Health News _________________________________________ Sinking ocean raised bridge Thursday, 05 March 2009 Monash University As the tectonic plate sank, it is thought tohave raised a chain of volcanic islands.Image: iStockphoto Monash geoscientist Mr Wouter Schellart and a team of international researchers have discovered an entire ocean that was destroyed 50 to 20 million years ago when its sea floor sank 1100 kilometres into the Earth between Australia and New Zealand. Using new computer modelling programs, Mr Schellart was able to reconstruct the cataclysm that took place when the tectonic plate underlying the ocean basin sank (subducted) into the Earth’s interior and at the same time formed a long chain of volcanic islands at the surface. The researchers think that this chain of volcanic islands formed a geographical connection between New Caledonia and New Zealand

Talking about Some Bird Populations in Dramatic Decline, Report Finds – washingtonpost.com

 

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Talking about Some Bird Populations in Dramatic Decline, Report Finds – washingtonpost.com
Several major bird populations have plummeted over the past four decades across the United States as development transformed the nation’s landscape, according to a comprehensive survey released yesterday by the Interior Department and outside experts, but conservation efforts have staved off potential extinctions of others

Talking about Queensland oil spill 10 times worse | The Australian

 

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Talking about Queensland oil spill 10 times worse | The Australian
THE Queensland oil spill was 10 times worse than originally reported, the state Government admitted as hundreds of people helped with the clean-up.Dozens of beaches have been declared disaster zones after they were fouled by a massive oil slick spilled from the Hong Kong-flagged ship Pacific Adventurer in wild seas on Wednesday

Talking about Jack the Insider Blog | The Australian

 

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Talking about Jack the Insider Blog | The Australian
Rudd rolling the dice on economy Font Size: Decrease Increase Print Page: Print Jack the Insider Blog | March 13, 2009 | 220 CommentsKevin Rudd and his Government have rolled the dice on the Australian economy. There’s no dispute anywhere around the world that governments need to act decisively and prop up demand in their economies with spending packages. The point of difference lies firstly in how much, and secondly, how the money should be spent. The International Monetary Fund has recommended world economies spend up to the tune of 2 per cent of GDP to keep their economies rolling

Talking about Obama v. Limbaugh: Poll finds it’s no contest – Political Currents – MiamiHerald.com

 

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Talking about Obama v. Limbaugh: Poll finds it’s no contest – Political Currents – MiamiHerald.com
WASHINGTON — The deepening recession is taking a slight toll on President Barack Obama’s standing, but he’s still twice as popular as archnemesis Rush Limbaugh, according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll. The survey found that 65 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama is doing his job roughly 50 days into his presidency. That was down slightly from 69 percent a month ago.

Talking about Tomgram: Nick Turse, Younger and Hungrier in America

 

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Talking about Tomgram: Nick Turse, Younger and Hungrier in America
posted March 08, 2009 4:43 pmTomgram: Nick Turse, Younger and Hungrier in AmericaShareThis (Click to E-mail this Tomgram, or post to Facebook, Digg, Reddit and many others)The revised and upgraded unemployment figures released on Friday were nothing short of staggering: almost two million jobs lost in the past three months as the official unemployment rate rose to a quarter-century high of 8.1%. Nearly three million Americans are now officially unemployed for six months or more, while another 8.6 million are "working part time because they cannot find full-time employment." Just the previous day, the government released figures showing, not surprisingly, that food stamp recipients had also soared by another 700,000 in February — 651,000 jobs had been lost that same month — to a record total of 31.8 million