Towards balance assessment using Openpose - Li B, Williamson J, Kelp N, Dick T, Bo APL.
The ability to assess balance is essential to determine a patients ability to mitigate any risk of falling. While current assessment tools exist, they either have limitations in that there is no quantitative data recorded, or that they are impractical for ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Send in the sea otters to help save California's North Coast
Kelp forests north of the Golden Gate are in dire shape. The return of the sea otter could help bring them back to life. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - August 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: David Helvarg Source Type: news

Complexity yields simplicity: The shifting dynamics of temperate marine ecosystems
(University of Tsukuba) Researchers from the University of Tsukuba find that the combined effects of ocean warming and acidification in temperate marine ecosystems are resulting in a loss of kelp habitat and a shift to a simple turf-dominated ecosystem. Such changes will lead to a loss of the ecosystem services provided by productive macroalgal forests or tropicalized coral-dominated reefs. These results highlight the need for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 16, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Kelp for corn? Illinois scientists demystify natural products for crops
(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Corn growers can choose from a wide array of products to make the most of their crop, but the latest could bring seaweed extract to a field near you. The marine product is just one class in a growing market of crop biostimulants marketed for corn. Biostimulants benefit crops and soil, but the dizzying array of products has farmers confused, according to Fred Below, corn and soybean researcher at the University of Illinois. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 15, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UConn researchers find health benefits of connecticut-grown sugar kelp
(University of Connecticut) In a paper published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the researchers reported significant findings supporting the nutritional benefits of Connecticut-grown sugar kelp. They found brown sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) inhibits hepatic inflammation and fibrosis in a mouse model of diet-induced non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a fatty liver disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘A Year Full of Emotions.’ What Kids Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic
Too many young generations have been shaped by the global crises they faced—Depression-era poverty, Cold War nuclear fears. Add to them the COVID generation. The virus itself may typically go easier on kids than it does adults, but the mind of a child is another thing. It’s dependent on certainty, safety, the comfort of routine. Take all of that away—shutter schools, keep grandparents at a distance, cancel summer camps—and kids suffer. But as the following lightly-edited stories from young people show, they also grow and learn, gain maturity and wisdom. The virus has been tough; plenty of kids, it t...
Source: TIME: Health - June 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger and Allison Singer Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Hidden diversity
(University of California - Santa Barbara) The ocean is a big place with many deep, dark mysteries. Humans have mapped no more than 20% of the sea, and explored less. Even the kelp forests of Southern California -- among the best studied patches of ocean on the planet -- hide species not yet described by science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 17, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The sea urchin microbiome
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Sea urchins receive a lot of attention in California. Red urchins support a thriving fishery, while their purple cousins are often blamed for mowing down kelp forests to create urchin barrens. Yet for all the notice we pay them, we know surprisingly little about the microbiomes that support these spiny species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 6, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Kelp Pathogen Has Spread Across the Southern Ocean
Scientists suspect the gall-forming protist Maullinia hitches a ride on kelp rafts to reach new host populations at far-flung sites. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - April 5, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

In Hotter Climate, 'Zombie' Urchins Are Winning And Kelp Forests Are Losing
Kelp forests along Northern California have almost vanished. Divers and scientists are racing to stop purple sea urchins from taking over critical habitat.(Image credit: Steve Lonhart / NOAA MBNMS) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

How Industrial Fishing Creates More CO2 Emissions Than Air Travel
It’s been well established by now that the agricultural systems producing our food contribute at least one fifth of global anthropogenic carbon emissions—and up to a third if waste and transportation are factored in. A troubling new report points to a previously overlooked source: an industrial fishing process practiced by dozens of countries around the world, including the United States, China, and the E.U. The study, published today in the scientific journal Nature, is the first to calculate the carbon cost of bottom trawling, in which fishing fleets drag immense weighted nets along the ocean floor, scraping ...
Source: TIME: Science - March 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Aryn Baker Tags: Uncategorized embargoed study Explainer Londontime overnight TIME 2030 Source Type: news

The collapse of Northern California kelp forests will be hard to reverse
(University of California - Santa Cruz) Satellite imagery shows that the area covered by kelp forests off the coast of Northern California has dropped by more than 95 percent, with just a few small, isolated patches of bull kelp remaining. Species-rich kelp forests have been replaced by 'urchin barrens,' where purple sea urchins cover a seafloor devoid of kelp and other algae. A new study documents this dramatic shift in the coastal ecosystem and analyzes the events that caused it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 5, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fishing the seas for new vegan ideas
(Flinders University) Putting innovative Australian marine bioproducts into tasty vegan food ideas is the goal of a new project at the Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development, Flinders University. " In South Australia, we've worked with the Australian Kelp Products for over a decade, developing new products and processes to put beach-cast seaweeds into value-added commodities, " says CMBD director Professor Wei Zhang, director, who is also Leader / Research Director of the Marine Bioproducts CRC (MB-CRC) Bid. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 22, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

A dynamic forest floor
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Walk along the beach after a winter storm and you'll see a shore littered with wracks of giant kelp, some 30 to 40 feet long -- evidence of the storm's impact on coastal kelp forests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 22, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news