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Motorola Wins Two Patent Verdicts Over Apple
2012-02-04 04:53:45

Some iPad and iPhone models were temporarily unable for sale in Germany on Thursday, as Apple was handed a pair of setbacks in its legal battle against rival Motorola in that country. According to CNET reporter Roger Chang and the Associated Press (AP), older model iPhones were removed from Apple's online store in Germany after Motorola opted to enforce a ruling previously won in a Mannheim courtroom. That verdict, handed down last December, had ruled that Apple could not use mobile...

Image 1 - California Researchers Hoping To Reveal Secrets of Anti-Gravity
2012-01-30 05:16:30

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) say they are close to determining whether or not anti-matter exerts a sort of "anti-gravity" in much the same what that ordinary matter exerts regular gravity. In an article published Friday, BBC News reports that, while it is well known that normal matter attracts all other matter in the universe, scientists currently do not know if anti-matter would attract other matter, or repel it. A trio of UCR experts may...

Some Traditional UK Dog Breeds Face Extinction
2012-01-26 06:06:10

Dog breeds across the UK are at risk of becoming extinct as owners want to emulate Hollywood fashionistas such as Paris Hilton. Paris Hilton owns a Chihuahua named Tinkerbell, considered exotic in the UK, which more people are choosing as the more traditional dog breeds fall out of favor with the public, reports BBC News. One of the oldest breeds that risks extinction, according to the Huffington Post UK, is the English Setter. Registration with the Kennel Club dropped 33 percent to only...

Energy Producing "Aquatic Bicycle Pump" Trial Forthcoming
2012-01-23 12:24:52

A trial version of a machine that can generate electricity from seawater could be in place in one UK city before the end of the year, BBC News reported on Monday. The device in question is the Searaser machine, which Damian Carrington of The Guardian referred to as a sort of "aquatic 'bicycle pump'." It was invented by a Devon man named Alvin Smith and has been purchased by Ecotricity, a green energy company headquartered in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. Searaser does not generate...

Bacon, Processed Meats Increase Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer
2012-01-13 09:25:26

Researchers from Sweden suggest that there is a strong link between processed meats, such as sausage and bacon, and pancreatic cancer. Eating 50 grams of processed meats every day -- the equivalent of one sausage or two pieces of bacon -- can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 percent, compared to those who do not eat processed meats of any kind. For those who consume double the amount of processed meats, 100g per day, the increased risk also doubles to 38 percent. But while...

Researchers Find New Species At World’s Hottest, Deepest Ocean Vents
2012-01-11 12:30:50

New research from an intrepid team of British oceanographers reveals that the world´s deepest submarine volcanic vents are also the hottest that scientists have yet discovered. Moreover, they appear to be teeming with a variety of previously unknown life forms. According to measurements made in a recent expedition, the mineral-rich water streaming out of volcanic jets at the bottom of the Cayman Trough reaches temperatures exceeding 840 degrees Fahrenheit. Located over 3 miles below...

VW Ceases After-Hours Communications With Some Employees
2011-12-24 05:32:57

Officials at the largest automotive manufacturer in Europe have agreed to keep its Blackberry servers from sending emails to some employees when they are off the clock, various media outlets have reported. According to BBC News reports, Volkswagen (VW) confirmed on Friday that it has agreed to keep emails from reaching workers when they are off-shift. The British news agency added that the move was actually made earlier this year, following complaints from staff members that the...

Researchers Confirm Origin Of Stonehenge Rocks
2011-12-20 09:52:59

Experts studying the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge have now confirmed for the first time the exact origin of some of the rocks used in the ancient monument in Wiltshire, England. The researchers -- geologists Robert Ixer of the University of Leicester and Richard Bevins of the National Museum of Wales -- have matched fragments of stone from the 5,000 year old monument with rocks found in southwest Wales more than 150 miles away. The actual site of the source is Craig Rhos-y-Felin, near...


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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