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Contents: Science Progress  Volume 100 Number 2 2017

Posted on 25. May, 2017.

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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Avian Abstracts Available

Posted on 4. October, 2011.

The 2011 Incubation and Fertility Research Group {WPSA Working Group 6 (Reproduction)} conference  saw speakers from all over the world discussing aspects of incubation and fertility in a variety of avian species.


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Shooting can affect your health!

Posted on 3. October, 2011.

Lead, a toxic heavy metal, is found in high concentrations in shooting range soils due to the abrasion and weathering of bullets accumulated over the years.  This can adversely impact the environment through leaching into groundwater or runoff into streams, lakes and rivers. In the latest issue of Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability a group from the Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida describe how the conversion of metallic lead to carbonates may aid natural attenuation of lead in shooting range soils.


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The preparation and reactions of B-norsteroidal 6-ketones and their relatives

Posted on 30. September, 2011.

B-norsteroids are involved in the the apoptopic activity of the marine sterol orostonal and the anti-tubercular activity of the parguesterols, and are used in the synthesis of hormone analogues.  The preparation and reactivity of the heavily substituted cyclopentanone B-norsteroidal 6-ketones, which have formed precursors for the synthesis of ring B-azasteroids, are reviewed by Cavit Uyanik and James R. Hanson in the September issue of Journal of Chemical Research. They suggest further areas for investigation of these modified steroids.


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Contents: Materials At High Temperatures Volume 28 Issue 3 2011

Posted on 14. September, 2011.

Materials at High Temperatures publishes peer reviewed contributions relating to high temperature applications in the power, chemical, engine, processing and furnace industries.


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Study finds culling more effective than vaccinating

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

In both economic and epidemiological terms, the practice of culling on farms within a radius of 1 to 3 km of infected farms is the best method of combating Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) according to a recent study by the Netherlands-based research group Wageningen UR.


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Feathers show stress hormone in birds

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

When faced with environmental threats like bad weather, predators or oil spills, wild birds secrete a hormone called corticosterone. Traditionally, researchers have analysed blood samples to detect corticosterone levels in wild birds.


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Females choose mates for their personalities

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

Adventurous female zebra finches choose mates with similar personalities, regardless of the male's appearance and other assets, according to new research led by the University of Exeter and published in the journal Ethology. This is the first study to show that the non-sexual behaviour or personalities of both mates influences partner choice in non-humans.


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Birds of a feather display only a fraction of possible colours

Posted on 13. September, 2011.

While bird colouration appears to humans to be so extraordinarily diverse, a new study published online in Behavioral Ecology reports that bird plumages exhibit only a small fraction (less than a third) of the possible colours birds can observe.  Early lineages of living birds probably produced an even smaller range of colours, but the evolution of innovative pigments and structural (or optical) colours has allowed many birds to create more diverse and colourful plumages over time.


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