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Critically Endangered Frogs Surviving In New Home
2012-05-03 13:14:48

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust reports that a critically endangered frog species has found new hope in a new home. The conservationists reported that captive "mountain chicken" frogs that were reintroduced to the Caribbean island of Montserrat are alive and well. The mountain chicken frogs are one of the world's largest frog species, but its population has declined by as much as 80 percent in the wild.  Some of the female frogs can weigh a couple of pounds. "Due to...

Possible Blood Test to Help Predict Breast Cancer
2012-05-02 05:19:32

Image Credit: Photos.com --- Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A new study finds that breast cancer can possibly be predicted with a genetic test, years before the cancer develops. It would be in the form of a blood test to help see how genes are changed by environmental factors like alcohol and hormones. The test is still in development, but could be of great use in the future. The experiment, published in the journal Cancer Research, focused on the study of epigenetics. Scientists...

Brazil's Congress Votes To Ease Deforestation Rules
2012-04-27 07:04:22

Brazilian lawmakers have passed controversial new legislation that eases regulations regarding the amount of land that farmers must preserve as forest, a move that critics argue weakens environmental protections efforts and could lead to increased deforestation in the Amazon and other regions. According to BBC News reports, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved the bill by a 247-184 margin Wednesday, with the Associated Press (AP) noting that two members abstained. The proposed law...

Website Covering Chinese Scandal Targeted By Hackers
2012-04-23 04:26:51

An American, Chinese-language website that been detailing the scandal of a former Chinese Communist Party official claims that they were the victim of a cyberattack on Friday, according to BBC News reports. According to the British news agency, the website, Boxun.com, was forced to move to a new webhost following a denial of service attack that had "crippled" the page for several hours. They had been covering a scandal involving ousted Chinese official Bo Xilai, who had previously been...

100 Times More Groundwater In Africa Than Surface Water
2012-04-21 05:01:01

Researchers say they have created the most detailed map yet of groundwater across the entire continent of Africa. A group from the U.K. said they believe there is about 100 times the volume of water underground than there is on the surface of Africa. The team wrote in the journal Environmental Research Letters that they hope their map can improve access to water in Africa, where 300 million people are said to not have access to safe drinking water. Helen Bonsor, one of the authors of...

DARPA Orders Prototype AR Contact Lenses
2012-04-15 05:12:00

Pentagon officials have reportedly ordered a special type of contact lenses that provide a wide field of vision while also allowing individuals to focus both on a specific image and on their environment at the same time, CNET and BBC News are reporting. The contacts ordered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are prototypes of Innovega's iOptik lenses, and CNET Senior Writer Martin LaMonica said that they allow users to focus on images at both very close and far-off...

US Tops Clean Energy List: Report
2012-04-13 06:48:05

Brett Smith For Redorbit.com A federal push for renewable power helped the United States overtake China as the world´s largest investor of clean energy last year, researchers for the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts reported on Wednesday. Experts cited the government´s policy as the driving force for the 42 percent increase in investments. "Investors rushed in to take advantage of expiring policies, such as tax incentives, loan guarantees, which expired at the end of 2011,"...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.