DNR weekend reading: Molecular secret of Chinese herbal, why zebras have stripes and other articles

Derelict vessel removal

Crews from Janicki Industries remove the remains of a derelict sailboat from state-owned aquatic lands on Whidbey Island. Photo: Abbey Corzine/DNR

Green (New York Times blog): A Street View for Rivers
Using the same technology harnessed by Google Maps, Jared Criscuol, a San Diego-based surfer,  is working to document the nation’s rivers as well as pollution levels in the water and the surrounding areas — the river equivalent of video street views.

Science Daily: Molecular Secrets of Ancient Chinese Herbal Remedy Discovered
Researchers from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine have discovered the molecular secrets behind the power of a root extract, commonly known as Chang Shan, made from a type of hydrangea that grows in Tibet and Nepal. Halofuginone, a compound derived from this extract’s bioactive ingredient, could be used to treat many autoimmune disorders.

Science DailyHow the Zebra Got Its Stripes
A scientific team from Hungary and Sweden has published its findings that the zebra’s striped hide is the least attractive hide pattern to voracious horseflies.

environment360: Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?
The world has never seen anything like China’s dizzying urbanization boom, which has taken a heavy environmental toll. But efforts are now underway to start using principles of green design and smart growth to guide the nation’s future development.

New Scientist: Wheat will age prematurely in a warmer world
Satellite images of northern India have revealed that extreme temperatures are cutting wheat yields. What’s more, models used to predict the effects of global warming on food supply may have underestimated the problem by a third.

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