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2010-05-28 12:53:30

...but scientists propose a simple fix Solar power might be nature's most plentiful and benign source of energy, but shiny black solar cells can lure water insects away from critical breeding areas, a Michigan State University scientist and colleagues warn. Applying white grids or other methods to break up the polarized reflection of light, however, makes mayflies and other aquatic insects far less likely to deposit eggs on the panels thinking that they are water, the group discovered. "This...

2009-01-08 20:27:08

A U.S. study suggests artificial light that alters natural light cycles acts as ecological traps that can lead animals to injury or death. A classic example is the way in which street lamps and building lights confuse baby sea turtles who use star and moonlight reflected off the water to help them find the ocean when the emerge from their beach nests, the Ecological Society of America said Thursday in a release. The report, published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,...

2009-01-08 12:59:46

Insects mistake buildings, cars and even roads for water, laying eggs that will never hatch and jeopardizing ecosystems, a U.S. university researcher said. These ecological traps are caused by polarized light reflecting from windows, asphalt roads -- even plastic sheets and oil spills, Michigan State University research associate Bruce Robertson said. To some species, the light creates an appearance that mimics the surface of the water, which the insects use to breed and feed, he and...

2009-01-08 10:50:04

Smooth, dark buildings, vehicles and even roads can be mistaken by insects and other creatures for water, according to a Michigan State University researcher, creating "ecological traps" that jeopardize animal populations and fragile ecosystems.It's the polarized light reflected from asphalt roads, windows -- even plastic sheets and oil spills -- that to some species mimics the surface of the water they use to breed and feed. The resulting confusion could drastically disrupt mating and...

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2009-01-07 09:56:47

'Ecological traps' cause animal behaviors that can lead to death Human-made light sources can alter natural light cycles, causing animals that rely on light cues to make mistakes when moving through their environment. In the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a collaboration of ecologists, biologists and biophysicists has now shown that in addition to direct light, cues from polarized light can trigger animal behaviors leading to injury and often death. Artificial light that...


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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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