Alzheimer’s disease in cats

Listening to the news on the BBC radio 4 this morning (6 December) I heard an item about a condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease being found in cats. This story would probably not surprise anyone who has lived with an aging pet, even though the range of cognitive tasks required of the domestic cat does…
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What do trees wear when it gets cold? Fir coats!

What’s going on here then? Is it the arrival of a sentient machine from another planet, interfacing with the local plant-life for purposes unknown? I’m afraid not, contact with ET will have to wait. What we have here is a new technique, pioneered by the USDA Forest Service, for measuring the below-ground sequestration of carbon…
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Climate Change Catastrophy for Californian Crops?

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say that increasing temperatures in California will damage yields of almonds, walnuts, oranges, avacados and table grapes. These crops are long-lived and are only planted once every 25-40 years. This could expose them to a projected temperature change of two to four degrees celsius over the next 45 years.…
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Heavy Metal

The case of the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko is certainly gathering its share of UK media attention. Mr Litvinenko’s doctors are now reporting that the heavy metal thallium may not be the cause of his condition as was initially suspected. Still, if this news item has piqued your interest in the…
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Farming to Protect the Free?

"This tiger fur is OK, it’s farmed", is this a phrase that we will soon be hearing? The Liberty Institute, a free-market think tank based in New Delhi, India, has suggested that farming tigers could prevent wild tigers being hunted to extinction. The Institute estimates that approximately 4000 tigers are already being reared in farms…
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About Hand picked… and carefully sorted

hand picked… and carefully sortedis the the place where the content specialists who put together  CAB Abstracts, (and many other wonderful research tools from CABI) try to highlight just some of the vast amount of research information that goes into the products that we make. We are doing this because, to quote Bruce Sterling:  …
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Orangutans and Oil Palms

As some of you may know, this week is Orangutan Awareness Week in the UK. The fate of these rare primates is intertwined with the global demand for palm oil and the logging industry in Indonesia. With CAB Abstracts‘ wide coverage of topics in forestry and tropical agriculture, it’s the perfect place for our subscribers…
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Inconvenient Truths Down On the Farm

The recent UK Stern Review on the economic costs of climate change and Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth have focused attention on the serious consequences that may result. A new review by Jurg Fuhrer published in CAB Reviews highlights the implications for agriculture, pointing out that it is “among the sectors most directly exposed…
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Doing the right thing with water: The sustainable management of water in Agriculture

Water is important – ask any of us who live in the South East of England (where CABI is based) and have had to live with the hosepipe bans (and threats of worse restrictions) this year. So much for the green and pleasant land. But, being serious, water management IS important and figuring out what…
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