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2010-10-31 08:25:00

Every species is being tracked through a DNA barcode in an attempt to keep track of the ones that are endangered, as well as those being shipped across international borders as food or consumer products. Researchers believe mobile devices will one day be able to read these digital strips of rainbow-colored barcodes to identify different species by testing tissue samples on site and comparing them to a database. Scientists using fragments of DNA are building the International Barcode of Life...

2009-09-08 15:04:37

The Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday agreed to a one-year contract with tight end Alex Smith, releasing tight end Tony Curtis to make room on their 53-man roster. Smith had been cut loose Saturday by New England, which had given Tampa Bay a fifth-round pick in the off-season to get him. In his fifth NFL season, Smith has 129 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns in 58 career games. Curtis played for Dallas last season but the Cowboys released him in the off-season. He signed with Kansas...

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2009-08-24 20:24:52

San Francisco Coach Mike Singletary announced Monday that Shaun Hill would quarterback the 49ers in their season opener Sept. 13. Singletary originally indicated he would probably wait until after his team's third pre-season game to decide his starter at quarterback, but needed only two contests to make up his mind. I'm very excited about how Shaun ended last season and how he's progressed through the off-season, Singletary said. Hill dueled with Alex Smith, the No. 1 choice in the NFL draft...

2009-03-10 14:32:37

San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith Tuesday reached a restructured two-year contract with the NFL team. Smith, San Francisco's first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, missed the entire 2008 season with an injured right shoulder. He threw for 914 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games in 2007. No financial terms were released but the deal was believed to be worth $2 million to $3 million per season. His old contract called for him to receive $9.62...

2007-04-13 06:00:26

By Heather Landy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Apr. 13--For three years, Pier 1 Imports executives have struggled to make sense of their company's troubles. They blamed their slowdown on competition from Target Corp. They blamed the war in Iraq. And they blamed the end of Friends and the subsequent dismantling of NBC's "Must See TV" Thursday night lineup, once a prime advertising slot for the retail chain. It appears that Target, the war and Jennifer Aniston are off the hook, based on...

2005-10-27 07:53:22

SALVO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Reserve quarterback Ken Dorsey will likely start for the injured Alex Smith when the San Francisco 49ers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Dorsey practiced with the team on Wednesday after Smith was diagnosed as having a strained medial ligament in his right knee. "Ken did a nice job in practice," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said . "We'll know tomorrow (Thursday) as far as Alex's status. It looks more and more like it will be Ken...It's leaning...

2005-10-05 07:26:01

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top draft choice Alex Smith will make his first start as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the team said. "I feel like Alex gives us the best chance to win, and I believe he's ready," head coach Mike Nolan. The 49ers have lost three consecutive games after winning their opener with Tim Rattay as their quarterback. "If we were 3-1 it would probably be different," Nolan said of his decision to promote Smith, the first...

2005-08-24 09:01:13

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Top draft pick Alex Smith has lost the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback job to veteran Tim Rattay. "The experience he (Rattay) has is probably the biggest thing to me," coach Mike Nolan said. Smith, the number one overall pick in the NFL draft, was given the chance to lead the 49ers in preseason but struggled against the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. He completed only five of 16 passes for 43 yards and no touchdowns while Rattay, in...

2005-07-26 08:19:52

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Top draft pick Alex Smith has agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, the richest contract ever for an NFL rookie. "We're happy to have it done and get him in to camp on time," the quarterback's agent, Tom Condon, told The Kansas City Star. "We think he's got a great future in the league." The 49ers have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to announce the signing of the Heisman Trophy finalist, who skipped his senior...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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