ScienceAlerts.com Back Online: Agriculture, Biology, Environment, Forestry, Geography and Health

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ScienceAlerts.com is a new social network featuring the latest information in the basic and applied sciences of agriculture, biology, environment, forestry, geography and health. The members of this new website monitor nearly 3,500 journals publishing in these fields and alert visitors in real-time through topic-specific site content and RSS feeds. Due to a hardware upgrade which became necessary following the site's rapid increase in traffic, the site was offline for several days but is now back online again.

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ScienceAlerts.com: Natural Sciences Social Network

ScienceAlerts.com is a natural sciences social network to discover and share scholarly content in in the basic and applied sciences of agriculture, biology, environment, forestry, geography and health. Up to now, 76,018 members have signed up and actively contribute this content. The review process is partly automated and partly manual to ensure that only relevant content will be approved and featured on the site. Since new science content is discovered in real-time, the delay between original publication and appearance at ScienceAlerts.com is usually within minutes.

ScienceAlerts.com's Agricultural Sciences Category covers the cultivation and production of crops, raising of livestock, and postharvest processing of natural products. It currently contains 36,667 stories partly derived from over 220 scholarly agriculture journals. The latest article covers volatiles to protect brassicaceous crops against the cabbage root fly, Delia radicum. The author's results confirmed the role of dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) in reducing D. radicum egg numbers on broccoli plants and revealed that (Z)-3-hexenyl acetate, a green leaf volatile released by recently damaged plants, strongly stimulated fly oviposition.

ScienceAlerts.com's Biological Sciences Category covers life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, genetics, and distribution. This category currently contains over 85,008 stories partly derived from over 400 scholarly biology journals. The latest article covers development of sandwich enzyme linked immunosorbant assay for the detection of Cronobacter muytjensii. It demonstrates that the developed method was able to detect all the strains of C. muytjensii and that ELISA technique has potent application for the rapid and accurate detection of C. muytjensii in dietary foods.

ScienceAlerts.com's Environmental Sciences Category covers the external physical conditions affecting growth, development, and survival of organisms, and their management. It currently contains 157,518 stories partly derived from almost 780 scholarly environment journals. The latest article presents potential contaminant pathways from hydraulically fractured shale to aquifers. The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing requires that monitoring systems be employed to track the movement of contaminants and that gas wells have a reasonable offset from faults.

ScienceAlerts.com's Forestry Sciences Category covers the cultivation, maintenance, and development of forests. This category currently contains over 28,000 stories partly derived from 170 scholarly forestry journals. The latest article attempts to model spatial patterns of fire occurrence in Mediterranean Europe using Multiple Regression and Random Forest. The Random Forest model showed a higher predictive ability than Multiple Linear Regression. Furthermore, the analysis of the residuals also indicated a better performance of the Random Forest model, indicating that this method has potentiality to be applied in the assessment of fire-related phenomena at a broad scale.

ScienceAlerts.com's Geographical Sciences Category covers the physical characteristics of the earth including its surface features, and the distribution of life on earth. It currently contains over 36,700 stories partly derived from almost 250 scholarly geography journals. The latest article covers ostracod palaeoecology and environmental change in the Laptev and Kara seas (Siberian Arctic) during the last 18,000 years. The study suggests that euryhaline species are largely sea-ice- and/or iceberg-rafted and may therefore provide evidence for a climate cooling trend.

ScienceAlerts.com's Health Sciences Category covers the effects of disease and medical treatment on the overall condition of organisms. It currently contains over 14,100 stories partly derived from nearly 150 scholarly health journals. The latest article shows that healthier home food preparation methods and youth and caregiver psychosocial factors are associated with lower body mass index (BMI) in African American youth. In this study, adolescent children of caregivers who used healthier cooking methods were more likely to use healthy cooking methods themselves.

ScienceAlerts.com includes a search feature to retrieve specific titles or keywords from its' large database. In addition, it suggests up to ten related articles for each article selected. The site also maintains the new Twitter account @Science_Alerts.

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