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Hummingbird
2014-11-05 09:26:28

While most hummingbirds primarily use their beaks to drink nectar from flowers, male long-billed hermit hummingbirds also use theirs as weapons during mating.

Evolution Of Species Does Not Always Follow Darwin's Theories
2013-12-23 04:19:44

Evolutionary scientists have long argued that species that live together must evolve in different ways in order to avoid direct competition with each other, but new research published Sunday in the journal Nature suggests otherwise.

Beaks Were Functionally Important In Protecting Dinosaur Skulls
2013-12-03 08:20:52

One typical hallmark of modern birds that comes in a huge variety of shapes and sizes is the beak. While this is common knowledge, it is less well known that during the Cretaceous Period keratin-covered beaks had already evolved in different groups of dinosaurs.

In The Development Of Birds, Researchers Find Diversity By The Peck
2012-09-24 14:46:54

New investigation of tissues and signaling pathways in finches' beaks reveals surprising flexibility in the birds' evolutionary toolkit

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2011-07-19 11:30:00

Biologists and engineers team up to unlock the secret to the hummingbird's 'snap-buckling' beak.

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2011-01-08 07:46:09

The mystery of the mass animal death epidemic deepens after 8000 turtle doves fall dead in Italy with strange blue stains on their beaks.

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2010-02-23 08:50:15

From how massive humpbacks glide through the sea with ease to the efficient way fungal spores fly, applied mathematicians at Harvard have excavated the equations behind a variety of complex phenomena.

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2009-07-24 06:15:00

The toucan's large, colorful, iconic beak actually has a surprising purpose: it cools down the bird’s body.

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2008-05-05 10:40:00

A team of volunteers in Idaho plans to attach a prosthetic beak to a disfigured eagle found in the wild.

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2008-03-27 15:10:00

How did nature make the squid’s beak super hard and sharp –– allowing it, without harm to its soft body –– to capture its prey? The question has captivated those interested in creating new materials that mimic biological materials.


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2006-09-25 15:11:52

The Long-billed Corella, Cacatua tenuirostris, is a cockatoo native to Australia. The species has a small distribution, and usually inhabits woodlands, river banks and farming land. The Corella may also inhabit urban areas. The Corella is mostly white, with a pink face and forehead. They also have faintly pink feathers on the breast and belly, and yellow on the underside of the wings and tail. The birds have a long white beak, which is used to dig for roots and seeds.

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Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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