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Wood Frog Color Polymorphism
2014-09-29 03:30:38

Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University Researcher finds effects of earlier breeding and weather Scientists have found amphibians worldwide are breeding earlier due to climate change, but how that affects species is just now being answered. After warmer winters, wood frogs breed earlier and produce fewer eggs, a Case Western Reserve University researcher has found. Michael F. Benard, the George B. Mayer Chair in Urban and Environmental Studies and assistant professor of...

New Poison Dart Frog Species Discovered In Donoso, Panama
2014-09-29 03:12:01

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call was discovered in Donoso, Panama, and described by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí, both in Panama, and the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. In the species description published this week in Zootaxa, it was named Andinobates geminisae for Geminis Vargas, "the beloved wife of [coauthor] Marcos Ponce, for her unconditional...

2014-09-29 08:32:40

Problems with hoarding are an issue in a whole host of different scenarios that need to be looked into. In the city of Philadelphia with the close proximity of all different types of people, hoarding can result in dangerous situations that need to be addressed immediately. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In the City of Philadelphia there is a housing type that is ubiquitous throughout the city, which is of course full of these thousands of flat roofed homes known...

2014-09-29 08:32:13

SYDNEY, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Novogen Ltd. (ASX: NRT, NASDAQ: NVGN) CEO & Chairman, Dr Graham Kelly, conducted an interview with ABC TV that was broadcast on Saturday September 27th during the national 7.00 pm news bulletin and on the following day on Weekend Breakfast. The interview concerned the Company's efforts in bringing its drug candidate, Trilexium, into the clinic in Australia for the treatment of primary brain cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme. The...

2014-09-29 08:31:40

Additional New Features Help Patients and Physicians Monitor and Manage Heart Health SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AliveCor, Inc. announced today the launch of the latest version of the AliveECG app, which provides patients with free real-time atrial fibrillation (AF) detection in ECG recordings using its new FDA-cleared algorithm. The new app helps patients and physicians manage existing conditions with intelligent, personalized and easy-to-use new features. Tracking...

2014-09-29 08:31:27

DUBLIN, Ohio and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions and KEW Group, Inc. (KEW), a privately held oncology services company, today announced an agreement for the two companies to make KEW's state-of-the-art diagnostic services available to Specialty Solutions' community oncology customers. KEW is a privately held oncology services company that is focused on revolutionizing cancer care by empowering all oncologists to access and apply genomic...

2014-09-29 08:31:20

DUBLIN, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Hepatitis B Vaccines Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 Hepatitis B is an inflammatory condition that occurs due to infection by hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B virus is an enveloped virus that belongs to the family of hepadnavirus. It contains a circular genome with partially double-stranded DNA. The virus interferes with the...

2014-09-29 08:30:53

DARIEN, Conn., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cytogel Pharma announces the presentation at the 8th Annual Pain and Migraine Therapeutics Summit of a mechanism of action study conducted in the laboratory of Gavril Pasternak, MD, PhD at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Cyt-1010 is a chemically stabilized and peptidase resistant analog of endomorphin-1, is highly mu-selective, showing very poor affinity for delta and kappa opioid receptors. Despite its mu...

2014-09-29 08:30:22

DUBLIN, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Infectious Disease Treatment Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130307/600769 Infectious diseases can be caused by various pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses. These diseases can be transmitted from one individual to another through either direct contact or indirect contact. Anti-infective drugs are used to...

2014-09-29 08:29:58

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, today announced that the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, will present at the 13(th) Annual BIO Investor Forum on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PST. Dr. Cauwenbergh will...


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Galway Sheep
2014-09-30 09:49:31

The Galway sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated in Galway in western Ireland during the seventeenth century. It was developed after English Longwools were brought to the area, followed by the improved Leicester, which resulted in an early form of the breed known as the Roscommon. Both this type and the modern Galway breed highly resembled the improved Leicester. When the Roscommon breed society began to falter in 1923, it sought out Galway Sheep Breeders Society, later admitting...

English Leicester
2014-09-26 10:19:08

The English Leicester, known by many other names including the Leicester, the improved Leicester, and the Leicester longwool, is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in England during the eighteenth century by Robert Bakewell. It was one of the first purebred sheep breeds to be introduced into Australia and is one of a few remaining pure sheep breeds. Today, it can be found in many areas including the United States, New Zealand, and Great Britain. The English Leicester holds strong...

East Friesian Sheep
2014-09-26 10:01:06

The East Friesian sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from East Frisia in Germany. Traditionally, this breed was kept in small groups by households to be used for the production of milk and today the breed does not do well in large numbers. It has a pink nose and pale hooves, but its best known physical feature is the tail, which is thin and hairless like a rat’s tail. The head is polled, meaning it does not grow horns, and its wool can be white or dark brown in color. The...

Dorpor
2014-09-25 08:56:51

The Dorpor is a breed of domestic sheep that was developed in South Africa during the 1930’s by crossbreeding the Blackhead Persian sheep and the Dorset Horn sheep for the purpose of creating a sheep that could produce meat in arid areas of the region. Today, the breed can be found throughout South Africa and in other areas including Australia. The Dorper Sheep Breeders Society of South Africa was established in the 1950’s and it is now the second most populous sheep in that region....

Cotswold Sheep
2014-09-25 08:43:41

The Cotswold sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that originated from and was named after the Cotswold Hills in England. Some experts assert that this breed was present in this area of England when the Romans arrived sometime around 54 B.C., during which time legend says they discovered sheepcotes along the hills. Later, the area was supposedly given the Anglo-Saxon name of Cottes-wealds, which meant wind swept hills scattered with Cotes. If this legend were true it would mean that the hills...

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'