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Climate Change is Impacting the Food Supply of Marine Life on the West Antarctic Peninsula


A new long-term study, recently published by the journal Nature, is linking changing climate with marine life along the rapidly warming West Antarctic Peninsula.  The paper discloses how factors such as fluctuations in wind speed and sea-ice cover can set off a chain of events up through the local food chain, impacting all living creatures from single-celled algae to penguins.  Dr. Grace Saba, an Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences is the lead author of the new study. She joins us today for our One on One segment to talk about her team’s research and the impact climate change is having and will have on marine life in the West Antarctic Peninsula. And... Wednesday, July 16, 2014, marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11...the mission that put the first humans on the moon.  This feat was the climax of an incredibly fierce competition between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. We'll take a look back at what became known as the 'Space Race'. By the time the international whaling moratorium went into effect in 1986, the commercial whaling industry had nearly wiped out the world's whale population.  Since then the population of whales has made a comeback. And, we'll find the ways the whale population is serving to improve the ocean environment. Children are becoming sick with tuberculosis at a much higher rate than previously estimated, according to a new study.  The new study presents the first-ever estimate of the scope of new TB infections among children: nearly 8 million in 2010.   The versatile papyrus plant is a light but strong reed that grows well in shallow, fresh water.  Restoring the papyrus swamps, where the reeds were grown centuries ago, could hold the key to solve many of today's problems, from pollution to water wars. Researchers say they have evidence that the malaria parasite lurks in bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are produced. The scientists say that their discovery offers hope that new treatments can be found to fight the disease.    These stories and more are coming up for you on VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

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