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Now available on Fast Track: Egg size and shape variation in Rufous Bush Chats (Cercotrichas galactotes) breeding in date palm plantations: hatching success increases with egg elongation

Posted on 23. April, 2018.

In oviparous taxa such as birds, clutch characteristics (e.g. egg size, egg mass and the number of eggs) can be considered as energetic investment in reproduction. In this paper, we study variation in the principal component indices of egg size and shape in Rufous Bush Chats (Cercotrichas galactotes) breeding in date palm plantations in the Al Amri Oasis, north Algeria, in 2008–2009 and 2011–2013.


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From fundamental science to product: a bottom-up approach to sunscreen development

Posted on 5. April, 2018.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun is categorised as UVC (100–280 nm), UVB (280–315 nm) and UVA (315–400 nm). Stratospheric ozone prevents any significant amount of highly destructive UVC radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface, as well as absorbing a significant portion of UVB radiation.


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‘Green tide’ to biochar: preparation and adsorption isotherms for three typical organic pollutants

Posted on 2. April, 2018.

Enteromorpha prolifera (EP) is a typical marine macroalgae and has the characteristics of easy growth and rapid propagation. The rapid proliferation of EP due to eutrophication and climate change can cause outbreaks of ‘green tide’. ‘Green tide’ has frequently broken out in coastal areas of China’s Yellow Sea and it may damage the marine ecosystem and threaten coastal aquaculture. 


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Free for 24 hours - Problems and resolutions in dealing with waste disposable paper cups

Posted on 21. March, 2018.

Disposable paper cups used for serving coffee, tea and other drinks contain high quality virgin cellulose fibre board (95 wt%) combined with a thin internal polyethylene (PE) coating (5 wt%). They are typically employed where washing and sanitising of reusable cups is awkward, such as in hospitals, in the entertainment and transportation sectors, and for occasional use by large numbers of people in short time intervals which makes reusable cup service practically impossible.


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Contents: Science Progress, Volume 101, Number 1, March 2018

Posted on 20. March, 2018.

Science Progress commissions world authorities to contribute articles on the most interesting, important and meaningful topics - ranging from cosmology to the environment, and publishes occasional issues on specific topics.


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A free review - Kinetics and mechanism of cationic micelle/flexible nanoparticle catalysis

Posted on 19. March, 2018.

The aqueous surfactant (Surf) solution at [Surf] > cmc (critical micelle concentration) contains flexible micelles/nanoparticles. These particles form a pseudophase of different shapes and sizes where the medium polarity decreases as the distance increases from the exterior region of the interface of the Surf/H2O particle towards its furthest interior region.


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Comparative analysis of behavioural response of captive-reared and wild-trapped Northern Bobwhites to simulated predator attacks

Posted on 16. March, 2018.

Isolated populations of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) have declined causing many landowners to attempt population restoration by releasing captive-reared birds. These attempts have resulted in high mortality rates, which we hypothesised are caused by captive-reared birds exhibiting more naive predator avoidance behaviour than wild birds.


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Contents: Progress in Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 43, Number 1, 2018

Posted on 16. March, 2018.

Progress in Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism presents results from the fields of kinetics and mechanisms of chemical processes in the gas phase and solution of both simple and complex systems.


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The Suzuki Reaction  

Posted on 15. March, 2018.

Since its discovery in 1979 the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction has come to play a major role in C–C bond formation.


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