News Archive for 2008
It is almost a year that Biotic Regulation has moved to its new location. Thank you so much for your feedback that we received in 2008 via our contact form and beyond.
In the coming year we hope to launch a new feature, something like "Inside SciEncE", where we will be reporting on the detective adventures of our biotic regulation studies as they struggle for the attention and benevolence of the world scientific community. We also hope to ultimately move all the materials here from the old site and to add a few essential English translations. You are welcome!
Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L., Chown S.L., Reich P.B., Gavrilov V.M. (2008) Mean mass-specific metabolic rates are strikingly similar across life's major domains: Evidence for life's metabolic optimum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 105, 16994-16999. Abstract. PDF (0.3 Mb). http://www.pnas.org/content/105/44/16994, Supplementary Information Complete File, 212 pp. (PDF, 1.2 Mb)
Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L. (2008) Energy budget of the biosphere and civilization: Rethinking environmental security of global renewable and non-renewable resources. Ecological Complexity, 5, 281-288. Abstract. PDF (0.4 Mb).
New Scientist: Most lifeforms dance to the same metabolic beat
New Scientist: Is there an optimum speed of life?
WIRED: Pound for Pound, All Life Uses Same Amount of Energy
GAZETA.RU: Power of biological processes in all living beings appears to be surprisingly uniform
University of California, Riverside: Ecologists Say Metabolism Accounts for Why Natural Selection Favors Only Some Species
Stellenbosch University, South Africa: Gram for gram, it costs about the same amount to live, whether bacterium or whale
See also here.
was published in a local newspaper "Turukhanskaja shirota" (not "Mayak Severa").
- Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Li B.-L. (2008) On the validity of representing hurricanes as Carnot heat engine. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 8, 17423-17437. PDF (0.4 Mb). Print version (0.4 Mb).
Interactive discussion (open until 14 November 2008).
- It is argued, on the basis of detailed critique of published literature, that the existing thermodynamic theory of hurricanes, where it is assumed that the hurricane power is formed due to heat input from the ocean, is not physically consistent, as it comes in conflict with the first and second laws of thermodynamics. A quantitative perspective of describing hurricane energetics as that of an adiabatic atmospheric process occurring at the expense of condensation of water vapor that creates drop of local air pressure, is outlined.
Preparing for discussion
Biotic regulation concept provides the platform for specific actions aimed at preserving the environment in a state favorable for humans. We offer to your attention the open letter of Prof. Andrei Nefiodov sent to a local newspaper "Turukhanskaja shirota". He speaks of the projected hydropower construction on one of the once virgin Siberian rivers.