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What happened to lunch? New study shows skipping lunch common in children
(FoodMinds LLC) According to new analysis of data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that evaluated eating patterns of 3,647 children ages 4-13 years, skipping lunch is a common practice among children and adolescents, with 13 percent of younger children and 17 percent of 9-13 year olds skipping lunch on a given day. The study found that the behavior persisted throughout the week with nearly a quarter of 9-13 year olds skipping lunch on the weekends.

Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?
(Princeton University) A study published in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings.

A long-standing mystery in membrane traffic was solved
(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) In a recent issue of Science, published on March 27, 2015, a research team, led by Tae-Young Yoon of the Department of Physics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Reinhard Jahn of the Department of Neurobiology of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, reports that NSF/α-SNAP disassemble a single SNARE complex using various single-molecule biophysical methods that allow them to monitor and manipulate individual protein complexes.

Safeguarding the UK's water, energy and food resources
(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is investing 4.5 million to safeguard the UK's water, energy and food security. With the world's population due to grow to eight billion by 2030, humanity is facing a crisis with predictions of increasing demand and shortages of water, energy and food. Water and energy are needed to produce food; water is required to produce energy and with the advent of biofuels, energy and food are increasingly competing for land.

Predicting pesticide loads more accurately
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The EU wants to further improve the authorization process for plant protection products. The different national procedures for this are supposed to be further harmonized. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a software for estimating the transfer of pesticides into surface water initially in Germany.

A peek at the secret life of pandas
(Michigan State University) The world is fascinated by the reclusive giant pandas, yet precious little is known about how they spend their time in the Chinese bamboo forests. Until now.A team of Michigan State University (MSU) researchers who have been electronically stalking five pandas in the wild, courtesy of rare GPS collars, have finished crunching months of data and has published some panda surprises in this month's Journal of Mammalogy.

Starkey Project receives national honor
(USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station) The Starkey Project, one of the most comprehensive field research projects in the world, received the Boone and Crockett Club's inaugural Conservation and Stewardship Award, the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station announced today.

Spring plankton bloom hitches ride to sea's depths on ocean eddies
(National Science Foundation) Just as crocus and daffodil blossoms signal the start of a warmer season on land, a similar 'greening' event --a massive bloom of microscopic plants, or phytoplankton -- unfolds each spring in the North Atlantic Ocean from Bermuda to the Arctic.

Honey bees use multiple genetic pathways to fight infections
(Penn State) Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.

Antibiotic effectiveness imperiled as use in livestock expected to increase
(Princeton University) Princeton University-led research found that antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans.

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