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- Science > Ecology > Endangered Species > Seed Banks
- Seed Project to Preserve Species (PlanetArk.org)
Describes the British project to save many species of plants from extinction by development of a huge seed bank. 11-00
- Seeds for Diversity (Journey to Forever)
Describes projects to save the diversity of plants on our planet. 12-00
- -06-19-06 A Seed Bank to Save the World (Guardian Unlimited)
"The new Svalbard International Seed Vault will serve as a repository for crucial seeds in the event of a global catastrophe, said Norway's agriculture minister, Terje Riis-Johansen." 06-06
- Seed Bank in Case of an Apocalypse (NYTimes.com)
"The project, run by the Royal Botanical Garden, at Kew, England, aims to collect seeds from 10 percent of the world’s flowering plant species and to stow them in a sort of climate-controlled Noah’s Ark against the possibility of depletion, whether by climate change, alien-species invasion, overdevelopment or apocalypse." 08-07
- Seed Project to Preserve Species (ARS.USDA.gov)
"The National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) conserves genetic resources of crops and animals important to US agriculture and landscapes. Preservation of genetic diversity in ex situ genebanks such as NCGRP is important for conservation of biological diversity and utilization of genetic resources for economic and environmental sustainability. Formerly called the National Seed Storage Laboratory (NSSL), our facility changed its name in 2001 to reflect an expanded mission beyond seed storage. In addition to being a seed bank, NCGRP is a repository for animal genetic resources in the form of semen and plant genetic resources in the form of graftable buds or in vitro plantlets. Genetic resources are preserved using state-of-the-art technology that often involves cryogenics. A research team with cryobiology expertise works to develop cryopreservation technologies." 12-07
- -08-28-08 Top-Seeded Ivanovic Stunned (NBCSports.com)
"Serbian suffers earliest exit by No. 1 women’s seed in Open era." 08-08
- Geoengineering by Seeding Clouds (Time.com)
"This week, another of the perennials got a good, close look when a study by the Carnegie Institution and the Indian Institute of Science explored the idea of seeding clouds to make them whiter and more reflective—essentially the mirror idea but without the actual mirrors. The good news: It works! The bad news: You'd better like monsoons." 06-10
- Venture List
"Where Venture Meets Capital" This website provides a forum for start-ups seeking seed level investments. Find the latest emerging companies seeking capital before their big IPO. Get your business plan reviewed by venturelist.com's team of experts and receive valuable feedback.
- Amnesty International Asserts U.S. Violates International Law (CBS News)
"The effects of the U.S.-led war on terror have been far-reaching, Amnesty said in a statement." " 'Far from making the world a safer place, [the war] has made it more dangerous by curtailing human rights, undermining the rule of international law and shielding governments from scrutiny. It has deepened divisions among people of different faiths and origins, sowing the seeds for more conflict,' the statement said."
"In a separate press conference Wednesday, William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said U.S.-led events of 2003 generated deleterious effects."
"The war on Iraq provided an excuse for other countries 'in the name of anti-terrorism or in the name of national security' to crack down on opponents of their regimes, he said."
"Schulz said the Iraqi war was a 'distraction of the world's attention from horrific human rights abuses elsewhere,' and gave ammunition to countries that circumvent the United Nations and 'use the excuse the United States itself does not respect international law.' " 5-03
- Chipmunks (Columbia Encyclopedia)
"Although chipmunks are usually found near the ground, they are excellent climbers. In its northern range the chipmunk goes underground about the end of October but sleeps deeply only during the coldest period. Food for the winter is stored in the burrow. Chipmunks eat nuts, seeds, berries, and insects. Although they are numerous, these animals are not serious threats to crops."
- Pope John Paul II's Legacy (MSNBC News)
"Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, a close confidant of John Paul and a possible successor, presided at the Mass and referred to him as our 'late beloved pope' in a homily that traced the pontiff’s life from his days as a factory worker in Nazi-occupied Poland to his final days as the head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics."
" 'Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of immortality — our hearts are full of sadness, yet at the same time of joyful hope and profound gratitude,' Ratzinger said in heavily accented Italian." 4-05
- -06-05-05 Teen Nadal Wins French Open (USA Today)
"Rafael Nadal's first Grand Slam final will be remembered for the magnificent tiebreaker he lost, the set points he saved and the title he won."
"No. 4-seeded Nadal overcame three set points in the final set and became the youngest men's Grand Slam champion since Michael Chang won the French Open in 1989 at age 17. Nadal's the first man to win the French Open on his initial try since Mats Wilander, who claimed the first of his seven Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros in 1982." 6-05
- -07-04-05 NASA Strikes Comet (International Herald Tribune)
"On Sunday night, NASA fired a 3-foot-wide, 820-pound copper barrel directly into the path of a 9-mile-long, potato-shaped comet by the name of Tempel 1. The two successfully collided at 23,000 mph while a mother craft photographed the action from a safe distance and sent the pictures home to us."
"Beneath the dirty ice crust of a comet like Tempel 1 is material that has been in deep-freeze since the birth of our solar system. Mixed into this timeless frozen treat are organic molecules like those that seeded the young Earth with raw materials for making life. That ice may hold some buried chapters of the story of our origin." 7-05
- Disaster Preparedness a Top Priority for Cities (USA Today)
"To reduce the effects of an earthquake, storm, or flood, more emphasis must be placed on helping cities build disaster resilience, they [city planners] argue."
"Experts point to the success of programs such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Project Impact. During the 1990s, this initiative provided seed money for a range of mitigation projects, from improving earthquake resistance in structures in the Pacific Northwest to developing economical "safe rooms" for homes and offices in tornado-prone areas. The program ended shortly after President Bush took office." 9-05
- Perricone: Prescription for Aging Beautifully (Oprah.com)
"Inflammation is at the basis of age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto immune disease, and wrinkled, sagging skin. The wrong foods—such as sugar, processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry and baked goods—can increase levels of the pro-inflammatory peptides."
"Sugar is the number one enemy. It causes inflammation that destroys our bodies and attaches to collagen, which results in stiff, inflexible, sagging skin. Controlling our blood sugar level and insulin levels will improve our health and give us beautiful, youthful skin."
"The anti-inflammatory diet consists of high quality protein, like that found in fish, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and adequate amounts of good fat, like that found in salmon, flax, nuts, seeds and olive oil." 12-05
- Cotton Gin (Wikipedia.org)
"The cotton gin is a machine invented by American inventor Eli Whitney in 1793 to mechanize the production of cotton fiber. The machine quickly and easily separates the cotton fibers from the seedpods and the sometimes sticky seeds. It uses a combination of a wire screen and small wire hooks to pull the cotton through the screen, while brushes continuously remove the loose cotton lint to prevent jams. The invention was granted a patent on March 14, 1794. The cotton gin was a large asset to the American economy. The term 'gin' is an abbreviation for engine, and means 'device', and is not related to the alcoholic beverage gin." 01-06
- History of Agriculture and Farm Innovations (Inventors.About.com)
"The cotton gin is a machine that separates seeds, hulls and other unwanted materials from cotton after it has been picked. Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin on March 14, 1794." 01-06
- Toxic Cottonseed Becomes Food (Christian Science Monitor)
"Dr. Rathore and his colleagues have figured out how to make poisonous cottonseeds fit for human consumption. The new, nontoxic seeds could give 500 million people an additional source of high-quality protein, the team estimates, if the genetically engineered plant is approved for cultivation." 11-06
- 01-15-07 Clinton's Global Initiative Pledges $4 Billion for Rnewable Energy (TreeHugger.com)
"The total of 4 billion in Clinton Initiative commitments is on the same plane as the US Federal Government’s collective budgetary allocation for research into mostly coal and nuclear energy alternatives, as was also announced this week (huge pdf file at link). Besides the focus on renewability, what most distinguishes the Clinton commitment from the US Department of Energy's plan is the phrase 'while getting returns on capital invested.' The Green Fund is seeding not merely money but a philosophy of pragmatism and near-term outcomes." 01-07
- Doomsday Vault (NewScientist.com)
"The room is a 'doomsday vault' designed to hold around 2 million seeds, representing all known varieties of the world's crops. It is being built to safeguard the world's food supply against nuclear war, climate change, terrorism, rising sea levels, earthquakes and the ensuing collapse of electricity supplies." 01-07