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Nearly 200 Animals Rescued From Lynnfield Home – Patch.com

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The MSPCA and the Animal Rescue League of Boston recently removed 199 dogs, cats and birds from a Lynnfield home. The animal groups rescued 27 dogs (four of whom were month-old puppies), 77 cats and kittens, 81 birds, six hedgehogs and eight reptiles, according to the MSPCA. Most of the animals were transported to the MSPCA’s Angell Memorial Medical Center in Boston and MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, while…

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers – Nature.com

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in…

Call for acid-bath stem-cell paper to be retracted – Nature.com (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Less than 40 days after a team led by Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, presented two stunning papers claiming a method of using a simple acid-bath method to reprogramme mature mammalian cells back to an embryonic state – so called STAP cells – researchers in Japan, including one of the paper’s co-authors, are calling for them to be retracted. Within weeks of their…

Biomarkers could predict Alzheimer’s before it starts – Nature.com

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Howard Federoff on diagnosing Alzheimer’s early Georgetown University Medical Center A simple blood test has the potential to predict whether a healthy person will develop symptoms of dementia within two or three years. If larger studies uphold the results, the test could fill a major gap in strategies to combat brain degeneration, which is thought to show symptoms only at a stage when it too late to treat effectively….

AM Alert: State considers expanding historic fishing ban

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Interest in the drought around the Capitol has focused on the implications for farmers, but they’re not the only ones squeezed out by the lack of water: Last week, state officialsprohibited recreational fishing in dozens of streams across California because of concern over the impact of low flows on the spawning season of threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Today the California Fish and Game Commission considers whether to extend that ban, already the…

Calif. bans fishing on more rivers amid drought

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California fishing regulators on Wednesday shut down recreational angling on portions of two drought-starved rivers because of concerns about salmon and steelhead trout as federal officials pledged more money to help the state cope. The state Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously on the fishing restrictions for parts of the American and Russian Rivers. The move comes after California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials earlier…

Drought forces fishing ban across California streams

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

That’s why, in the interests of protecting the salmon and steelhead populations, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering adding the American River to the list of waterways closed for fishing. The DFW has already banned recreational fishing on dozens of streams across the state. For now, the American River is still open, but some fishermen say it may be time for that to change. “I mean, I…

Guindon: Commercial, recreational fishing can coexist in Gulf

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

This week, appointees to the federal body that manages our fisheries will be meeting in Houston and could make some big changes that could affect your ability to buy fresh Gulf red snapper at your local restaurant or grocery store. Amendment 28, a proposal before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, would change the allocation of the annual snapper catch between the commercial and recreational sectors of the fishery. Today,…

South Florida fishing report

Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014

During an offshore fishing outing out of Deering Bay with captain Jason Spiewak, first mate Josef Mysorewala landed a blue marlin. Also on the boat Knot 4 Play were owner Sid Bocner, Scott Molk, captain Tony Mason of Pembroke Pines, Ryan Wolf of Parkland and Adam Levit of Winter Park. Mysorewala pitched a live goggle eye jack at a sea turtle that was sunning itself on the surface in 350 feet of water. Seconds later the spinning rod and reel started…

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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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