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Genetically Driven Gut Feelings Help Female Fruit Flies During Courtship And Mating
2014-07-03 03:15:27

Cell Press What are the complex processes in the brain involved with choosing a mate, and are these processes different in females versus males? It's difficult to study such questions in people, but researchers are finding clues in fruit flies that might be relevant to humans and other animals. Three different studies on the topic are being published in the Cell Press journals Neuron (1) (2) and Current Biology. Work over the past 100 years has largely focused on the overt courtship...

New Study Finds Ocean Ecosystems Naturally Engineered By Whales
2014-07-03 14:58:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whales have often been viewed as the lonely nomads of the seas, but a new report has found that these large mammals are actually great engineers of marine ecosystems. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the new study reviewed several decades of research on whales from around the world and found they play a powerful and positive role with respect to ocean function, global carbon storage, and ecosystem productivity....

2014-07-03 12:51:53

University of Copenhagen Researchers at the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Hospital have identified a particular genetic mutation that may cause parkinsonism in young people. The mutation interferes with the brain's transport of the important signal substance dopamine and may also plays a role in mental diseases, e.g. ADHD. The findings have just been published in the scientific Journal of Clinical Investigation. Being one of the most important signal substances...

NIH Gives Advice Hyperthermia For Older Adults
2014-07-03 03:40:07

National Institutes Of Health During the summer, it is important for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, to be aware of the dangers of hyperthermia. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the NIH, has some tips to help mitigate some of the dangers. Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms in the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment. Heat stroke, heat...

2014-07-03 12:26:22

Novel learning system combines petabytes of retail data with public health case reports to identify contaminated food sources, shorten intervention times and limit the spread of disease outbreaks SAN JOSE, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a first-of-a-kind system that is designed to help food retailers, distributors and public health officials predict the most likely contaminated food sources and accelerate the investigation of food-borne disease...

2014-07-03 12:26:14

DUBLIN, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mrhg53/nucleic_acid) has announced the addition of the "Global Nucleic Acid Isolation and Purification (Column based, Reagent based, Magnetic bead based) Market - Forecasts to 2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 The global nucleic acid isolation and purification market is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.11% from 2013 to 2018. Nucleic acid...

2014-07-03 12:26:12

Small, Wireless Monitor Provides Long-Term Remote Monitoring to Help Physicians Diagnose and Monitor Irregular Heartbeats EL PASO, Texas, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Las Palmas Medical Center recently became the first hospital in El Paso, and one of the first hospitals in the state, to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System, also known as a loop recorder, in a patient. This device, used in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), is the smallest...

2014-07-03 12:26:04

Nonprofit Continues Support in the Search for Narcolepsy Cure WORCESTER, Mass., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wake Up Narcolepsy, Inc. (WUN), a nonprofit organization working to speed diagnosis of narcolepsy and help in the search for a cure, recently awarded a research grant for $50,000 to Dr. Emmanuel Mignot, Director of the Center for Sleep Sciences and the Center for Narcolepsy at Stanford University's School of Medicine....

Seniors May Be Able To Take Longer Walks After Eating Chocolate
2014-07-03 12:34:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As if you needed another reason to eat chocolate – a new study has found that the dessert staple can help older individuals with circulatory problems in their legs take longer walks than normal. Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the pilot study found that people over 60 with peripheral artery disease (PAD) could walk longer and farther two hours after eating dark chocolate. The study team said this positive...

2014-07-03 11:56:28

The Lancet Insulin pumps are significantly more effective at controlling blood glucose (sugar) in people with type 2 diabetes who have failed to respond to the usual standard of care, multiple daily insulin injections, according to the largest international study to examine the safety and effectiveness of the pumps to treat type 2 diabetes, published in The Lancet. Type 2 diabetes is usually controlled by diet and medication, but most people with advanced disease also end up needing...


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Belgian Blue Cattle
2014-07-09 14:37:46

The Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle originating in Belgium. It was developed in the 1800s by crossbreeding local cattle with a Shorthorn breed from the United Kingdom. It is quite possible that the Charolais cattle was also used in the development of the Belgian Blue. A modern breed of the Belgian blue was developed in the 1950s by Professor Hanset while working at an artificial insemination facility in the Liege province. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1978 by...

Arouquesa Cattle
2014-07-04 10:20:33

The Arouquesa is a breed of cattle from Portugal and is in protected geographical status. Its range of habitat is restricted to the Northern Portuguese districts of Viseu, Aveiro, Porto and Braga. It is a small breed with the cow only reaching a height of about 48 inches and weighing between 790 and 950 pounds. The bull is slightly bigger at about 52 inches high and will weigh about the same as the cow. The color is a light brown, but the bull will be a little darker than the cow. There...

Ankole-Watusi Cattle
2014-07-04 10:10:48

The Ankole-Watusi is a breed of cattle native to Africa. It is also known as the Anokle longhorn. The Ankole-Watusi have been illustrated on ancient rock paintings, Egyptian art and on pyramid walls. A breed called the Sanga spread to eastern Africa and became the base stock for many of the African breeds of cattle. The Nkole tribe’s Sanga cattle is called the Ankole and in Rwanda and Burundi it is called the Watusi. The original Ankole-Watusi cattle owned by chiefs and kings were...

Working horse
2014-06-14 10:44:57

The Fouta is a breed of horse originating from Senegal, West Africa. Also known as the Foutanke, the horse was developed from crossing the Fleuve and M’Bayer breeds resulting in a light work horse. The Fleuve horse is also found in Senegal, West Africa. This light horse was bred from crossing Barb horses with local ponies. The M’Bayer also evolved from the Barb horse and originated in the Baol region of Senegal. This breed is usually bay or chestnut. The average horse in Senegal is...

Torrey Pine, Pinus torreyana
2014-05-19 09:27:13

Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana) is found only in California in the county of San Diego with one of the Channel Islands. This pine is the rarest and is considered endangered with only about 7000 trees in San Diego and 2000 left on the island of Santa Rosa. The Torrey pine grows from 200-500 feet above sea level and grows to heights of 26-49 feet tall with trunk diameters between one and two feet. The trunk of this tree can be straight, crooked, and often leaning due to the prevailing winds....

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.