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cetacean pleasure
2014-08-15 03:41:28

The Company of Biologists Dolphins and whales squeal with delight Sam Ridgway has spent most of his life learning about dolphins and whales. Over his five-decade career he has asked these cetaceans various questions, including how deep they can dive and how depth affects their hearing. As he trained each animal to answer his questions, he rewarded them with tasty fish treats, and each time that they received a reward he remembers that they squealed. Initially he thought that the squeals...

dwarf minke whale
2014-08-15 03:26:30

The Company of Biologists First live observations of minke whales feeding under sea ice Highly maneuverable and built like torpedoes, minke whales are the most common whales in Antarctic waters, yet the animals could be living on a knife edge as their sea-ice homes dwindle rapidly. 'Sea ice in the area around the Antarctic Peninsula has decreased dramatically in the last 30 years', warns Ari Friedlaender from Oregon State University, USA, adding, 'yet we do not know how critical the sea...

Long-grain rice plant
2014-08-15 03:12:54

Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California, Riverside UC Riverside-led research could revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. The method works if the trait is heritable, as many traits tend to be, and can be performed early in the life cycle of the plant, helping reduce costs. Now a...

Plants May Use Newly Discovered Language To Communicate
2014-08-15 03:42:31

[ Watch The Video: Attack Of The Parasitic Plants! ] Virginia Tech The discovery throws open the door to a new arena of science that explores how plants communicate with each other on a molecular level A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another. The finding by Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the...

rna targeting of ALS
2014-08-15 09:21:54

Cell Press By targeting RNA molecules that tangle and clump in the nervous systems of patients with the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), researchers have shown they can effectively limit those damaging elements in cells taken from patients. The results reported in the Cell Press journal Neuron on August 14th show that RNA is a viable drug target for the two overlapping and incurable...

2014-08-15 08:25:49

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Whole Foods Market's sale of bunny meat (same breed as pet rabbits) is drawing widespread criticism. In a statement from SaveABunny and the House Rabbit Society, over 70 businesses, humane societies, animal rescue groups, and over 10,000 people, have already petitioned Whole Foods Market to immediately stop the sale of rabbit meat. On August 17th, protests will be held outside 40+ Whole Foods Markets nationwide....

2014-08-15 08:24:39

DUBLIN, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global non-GMO Food Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 GMO stands for genetically modified organism, in this the scientist conducts genetic modification of food plants. Scientists remove one or more genes from the DNA of an organism, such as a bacterium, virus, or animal, and recombine them into the DNA of the plant they want to alter or...

2014-08-15 08:24:36

TRU-D SmartUVC inventor travels to Ebola hotspots with UV disinfection devices MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Two 5-foot-5 superbug-slaying machines were deployed from the United States yesterday en route to JFK Hospital and ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia, where they will aid in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140814/136426 The devices, known as TRU-D SmartUVC(TM), will help disinfect...

2014-08-15 08:24:22

CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISIS) announced today that it has earned a $2 million milestone payment from Biogen Idec related to the advancement of the ongoing open-label extension study of ISIS-SMN(Rx) in children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130807/LA60006LOGO The open-label extension study of ISIS-SMN(Rx) is offered to those children with SMA who have completed dosing in Isis'...

2014-08-15 08:23:40

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld's legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative, homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the...


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Western Clawed Frog, Xenopus, tropicalis
2014-08-21 10:26:56

The western clawed frog is also known as the tropical clawed frog and is found widespread in the regions of Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon, the Ivory coast, and surrounding areas. The habitat for the western clawed frog is moist areas in tropical and subtropical rivers, lakes, marshes, swamps, agricultural ponds, and canals. The body color of the western clawed frog is light to dark brown and covered with grey and black spots. The eyes protrude up from the head. Tubercles...

Lake Oku Clawed Frog, Xenopus longipes
2014-08-21 10:22:21

The Lake Oku clawed frog is native to and found exclusively in Lake Oku of Cameroon and is fully aquatic. The lake and surrounding forest are now a nature reserve along with several zoos set up with conservation measures to repopulate the species. This species is listed as critical on the IUCN list. The male of the species can reach 1.5 inches while the female is slightly larger at 1.75 inches. All four feet are webbed and the toes and fingers are clawed, giving this species its name. The...

Fraser’s Clawed Frog, Xenopus fraseri
2014-08-21 10:15:53

The Fraser’s clawed frog also known as Fraser’s platanna is wide spread with an abundant population throughout Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Rwanda. The habitat of this species of frog is tropical and subtropical lowlands where there are forests, rivers, freshwater lakes, marshes, ponds and streams. The Fraser’s clawed frog is a water dependent species using it for living and...

African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis
2014-08-18 16:16:15

The African clawed frog is found in its natural habitat throughout Africa. However, it has been introduced in North America, South America and Europe. This species is fully aquatic and is found abundantly in ponds, lakes, and rivers. The body color of the African clawed frog is a greenish grey and the skin is smooth and slippery with blotches of grey or brown on the back. The belly is a cream colored with a yellow tint. The average length of this species is five inches. The body and head...

Göttingen Minipig
2014-08-13 12:00:03

The Göttingen minipig, also known as the Göttinger, is a domestic breed of miniature pig that was developed in Europe for the purpose of biomedical research. Using pigs in medical research has been popular for centuries, as they show many similarities to the human anatomy. This breed of pig was developed by crossing the Vietnamese potbelly pig with the Minnesota minipig and was later crossed with the German landrace breed to give it a pink or white skin color. It was made available to...

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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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