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2008-09-01 16:40:00

Scientists from Manchester University and Chester Zoo have ventured into Costa Rica with hopes of finding some of the world's most endangered frogs. Their journey will take them deep into the forests of Monteverde where they will be on the lookout for the rare amphibians, including the golden toad, last seen about 20 years ago. "Costa Rica's highlands used to be major biodiversity hotspots - but in many areas, amphibian populations have been completely decimated," said team leader Andrew...

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2008-06-24 00:15:00

A type of Central American tree frog could provide scientists with a major clue about how a deadly fungus is destroying the world's amphibians. Some of the tree frogs have been able to escape the deadly fungal disease, and experts are now implementing a non-invasive imaging technology to understand the phenomenon.  The scientists believe that the frogs' atypical skin allows the animals to bask in hot sunlight to the extent that the high temperatures kill off the fungus, according...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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