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Scientists Discover Three New Arthropod Species In Spain
2012-11-28 13:35:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new collembolan species have been discovered in the Maestrazgo caves in Teruel, Spain, by a team of scientists from the University of Navarra and the Catalan Association of Biospeleology. The team published descriptions of the new species — minute animals belonging to one of the most ancient animal species on the planet — in the journal Zootaxa. Biospeleology is the study of life in caves, karst formations and...

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2012-09-20 14:43:17

Watch the Video: After Training, Cavenauts Return to Earth Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ESA's "cavenauts," who spent six days underneath the surface of our planet rather than outside of its atmosphere, have emerged from below. The CAVES program gives astronauts a chance to work as a team, learning to adapt in a completely new environment together. The Cavenauts performed "cavewalking" during their mission. They also conducted speleological research....

Spelunkers Emerge From Deepest Cave In The World
2012-09-05 08:21:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of spelunkers from nine nations including Israel, Spain, Russia, Britain and Lebanon, has just returned from exploring the deepest cave in the world. Krubera-Voronya, in Abkhazia, Russia near the Black Sea, is considered the "Everest of the caves" because of its depth. Krubera-Voronya is the deepest known cave on Earth, achieving that designation in 2001 when an expedition reached a depth of 1,710 meters,...

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2012-08-28 20:10:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video ] An international crew of astronauts will be searching for life, but instead of venturing out into space, they will just be digging a little deeper here on Earth. The Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills (CAVES) will be training astronauts to explore uncharted areas on our own planet through using space procedures. After spending a week on Sardinia island in...

2012-04-12 23:01:13

Two Bucknell professors have received a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant to find out whether certain genetic characteristics, behavior and environmental factors contribute to the severity of the white-nose syndrome, which has killed up to 6.7 million bats in eastern North America. LEWISBURG, Pa. (PRWEB) April 12, 2012 Two Bucknell University biologists are leading an investigation into how and why some bats survive — and others die — when exposed to the tell-tale fungus...

Image 1 - Astronaut Cave Crew Returns To Earth
2011-10-21 07:58:56

[ Watch the Video ] Take five astronauts and instead of sending them into space take them underground. ESA´s CAVES venture prepares astronauts to work in an international team under real exploration conditions. The latest ℠crew´ has returned after six days in the dark. Sardinia is not only a popular Mediterranean holiday destination but also an excellent place for astronaut training. The island´s interior has isolated mountains and forest areas, rugged and savage....

2011-06-02 10:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two popular caves within the Forbes State Forest, Coon Cave in Westmoreland County and Barton Cave in Fayette County, will soon be reopened to the public for recreational caving, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today. A third cave, Lemon Hole in Westmoreland County, will remain closed. Beginning in the summer of 2006, the caves were gated from the beginning of October until the end of May due to...

2010-01-12 12:34:00

Three years later, hibernating bats continue to fall to this disorder HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- White Nose Syndrome (WNS) has caused cave bat population reductions in New York and New England over the past three winters. It surfaced near Albany in 2006. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say that they are expecting cave bat mortalities this winter if the disorder spreads through hibernacula as it did New York and New England over the previous winters. To track...

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2009-05-02 11:20:00

A fungus, which has reportedly already killed an estimated 500,000 bats, is causing the U.S. Forest Service to close thousands of caves and former mines in national forests in 33 states in an attempt to control the problem. The problem was first noticed in New York and after two years had spread to caves in both Virginia and West Virginia. 99% of the bats infected have died. While there is no reason to believe the fungus poses a threat to humans, bats have been dying at a startling rate from...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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