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Entomological Society of America recognizes 2014 fellows
(Entomological Society of America) The Entomological Society of America has elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2014. The election as an ESA Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension, or administration. The 2014 Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2014 -- ESA's 62nd Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

Study: Marine pest provides advances in maritime anti-fouling and biomedicine
(Clemson University) A team of biologists, led by Clemson University associate professor Andrew S. Mount, performed cutting-edge research on a marine pest that will pave the way for novel anti-fouling paint for ships and boats and also improve bio-adhesives for medical and industrial applications.The team's findings, published in Nature Communications, examined the last larval stage of barnacles that attaches to a wide variety of surfaces using highly versatile, natural, possibly polymeric material that acts as an underwater heavy-duty adhesive.

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over 4 years -- longer than any known animal
(Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years -- longer than any other known animal. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother's ability to survive for years with little or no food.

Deep-sea octopus has longest-known egg-brooding period
(PLOS) A deep-sea octopus protected and tended her eggs until they hatched 4.5 years later.

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants
(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity.

Fighting over proposed changes to food labels
(American Chemical Society) To help Americans make better decisions about what they eat, the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year proposed significant changes to the Nutrition Facts label found on nearly every food product in the US. An article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, explains the suggested updates -- and the fight that has ensued.

Toward a home test for detecting potentially dangerous levels of caffeine
(American Chemical Society) The shocking news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose in May highlighted the potential dangers of the normally well-tolerated and mass-consumed substance. To help prevent serious health problems that can arise from consuming too much caffeine, scientists are reporting progress toward a rapid, at-home test to detect even low levels of the stimulant in most beverages and even breast milk. Their report appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Peru's carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon
(Carnegie Institution) Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Peru. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Peru's extremely high ecological diversity and it provides the critical input to studies of deforestation and forest degradation for conservation, land use, and enforcement purposes.

How black truffles deal with the jumpers in their genome
(BioMed Central) The black truffle uses reversible epigenetic processes to regulate its genes, and adapt to changes in its surroundings. The 'methylome' -- a picture of the genome regulation taking place in the truffle, is published in the open-access journal Genome Biology and illustrates how the truffle deals with its complex genome's repeating elements and 'jumping genes.' The authors say this may shed light on how traits like aroma and color are controlled.

Pesticide DDT linked to slow metabolism, obesity and diabetes
(University of California - Davis) UC Davis study is the first to show that developmental exposure to DDT increases the risk of females later developing metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of conditions that include increased body fat, blood glucose, and cholesterol.

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