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scary insect
2013-08-06 11:31:58

Pensoft Publishers For biologists it is an easy matter: spiders have eight legs and insects have six. This fact is important when beholding and recognizing the tiny new species of Spider Water Beetles from the Philippine Island of Mindoro discovered by researchers of the Ateneo de Manila University. Zookeys, an open access international scientific journal launched to accelerate biodiversity research, has published the paper about the curious creatures in its latest issue. Primarily, the...

Sequencing DNA Of 'Insect Soup' Can Accelerate Monitoring And Cataloguing Of Biodiversity Around The World
2013-08-05 08:57:18

University of East Anglia Research published today in the journal Ecology Letters shows that a process known as 'metabarcoding' is much faster than and just as reliable as standard biodiversity datasets assembled with traditional labor-intensive methods. The breakthrough means that changing environments and endangered species can be monitored more easily than ever before. It could help researchers find endangered tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, discover which moths will be wiped out...

Endemic Species Of Remarkable Fulgoromorpha In Iran
2013-08-01 10:51:00

Pensoft Publishers In terms of biodiversity richness, Iran is considered as an extremely complex area with wide ranges in the extremes of altitude, climate and temperature. The high biodiversity of the Iranian fauna is also the result of its location and the influences of four ecozones from North, South and South East. The rather high number of recorded endemic species of Fulgoromorpha in Iran indicates a high potential for speciation in some areas. More than 200 species of...

2013-07-31 10:30:29

Wildlife Conservation Society study finds impending economic growth and climate change impacts require long-term adaptation efforts to conserve Myanmar's unique biodiversity Long isolated by economic and political sanctions, Myanmar returns to the international community amid high expectations and challenges associated with protecting the country's great natural wealth from the impacts of economic growth and climate change. In a new study, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation...

Your Small Living Creature Pictures May Benefit Big Science
2013-07-30 10:02:05

Pensoft Publishers Modern digital macro photographic equipment allows everybody to shoot marvelous pictures of very small-sized living organisms, including insects. Easy access to the internet facilitates allows the daily upload of thousands of high quality insect pictures to photo sharing websites. This new phenomenon can be considered a democratic revolution in the study of biodiversity. Insect macro-photographs may be useful to illustrate online visual guides and identification keys ,...

2013-07-26 13:49:58

Environmental consultants, research ecologists, nature conservation agencies, city managers, translators, and many others, all need to put names to plants at one time or another. The sources used often are not scientifically up-to-date, making it difficult to figure out the accepted name or proper vernacular to use in a vast country like Canada. The VASCAN database simplifies this task for all users. The database content was developed by a team of botanists led by Dr. Luc Brouillet, a...

2013-07-25 23:01:49

An article in the current issue of the journal Rangeland Ecology & Management provide a participatory method to develop indicators of plant and animal diversity that can evaluate many environments yet also be tailored to a specific habitat. The authors concluded that their method encourages group decision-making, and it easily and rapidly tests the response of biological diversity to grazing in an area. Lawrence, Kansas (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 People have long believed that too many...

National Science Foundation Awards Third Round Of Grants To Advance Digitization Of Biodiversity Collections
2013-07-25 11:46:13

National Science Foundation Funding will shed light on "dark data," and integrate organizmal, vocal, fossil, and ecological information Over centuries of discovery, the diversity of life on Earth has been documented in numerous ways. Records of that biodiversity are, however, often obscured in varied and distinct natural history collections, making accessing the information a difficult task. The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity...

Grassland Butterfly Populations Sinking In Europe
2013-07-24 11:28:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals that between 1990 and 2011, grassland butterfly populations have declined dramatically, caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to manage grassland ecosystems. According to the report, the drop in grassland butterfly numbers is particularly worrisome. These butterfly species are considered representative indicators of trends observed for a host of other land...

Tanzania Endangered Primates
2013-07-18 08:52:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) research team has completed a five year study that gives new hope to some of the world's most endangered primates. The study, published in Oryx, establishes a road-map to protect all 27 species in Tanzania - the most primate-diverse country in mainland Africa. The researchers combined Tanzania's first-ever inventory of all primate species and their habitats with the IUCN Red List criteria and...


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Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Conservation Biology
2012-05-12 20:05:54

Conservation Biology is a peer-reviewed academic journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. It was established in 1987 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell. Conservation Biology was originally developed to provide a global voice for an emerging discipline. It quickly became the most important journal dealing with the topic of biological diversity. Editor-in-chief is Gary Meffe; managing editor is Ellen Main. Stanley A. Temple, President of the SCB from 1991-1993, said: “The...

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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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