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2009-07-02 11:55:00

GLENDALE, Calif., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, the Cloud Security Company, today announced the global launch of the Panda Challenge, a competition offering participants a chance to decipher codes of three levels of increasing difficulty to discover a hidden password inside. The competition, originally launched in Spain, initially received more than 800 entrants, yet went unresolved because no one was able to overcome all three levels of the challenge. As a result, Panda Security is...

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2009-06-25 06:05:00

Mexico's swine flu crisis, coupled with its reeling economy, may end a plan to save the world's most endangered cetacean. The vaquita, the world's smallest cetacean, has seen its population dwindle to 150, and nearly 30 more die each year due to fishing nets. Mexican officials have cut funding aimed to make fishing boats vaquita-friendly. The endangered cetacean illustrates the problem with other dolphins and porpoises around the world, say campaigners. Currently, scientists,...

2009-06-24 12:17:00

- Company acquires franchises in Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom; has now bought seven franchises since Investindustrial, other shareholders joined in 2007 - Company has also launched new companies in Japan and China, taking over operations previously run by local distributors - Aggressive investment plan has enabled company to maintain its position as global technology leader and consolidate international expansion - Company forecasts 10 percent increase in workforce in Spain in...

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2009-06-22 06:45:00

In the Doñana National Park in the southernmost Spanish community of Andulia, roadside signs abound warning drivers to watch out for wild Iberian Lynxes, one of the rarest species of cats on the planet. With less than 50 of the endangered felines roaming the park's 134 square miles of protected scrubland, forests and marshes, the chances of actually seeing one of the stealthy creatures is slim at best. Less than a hundred years ago, there were an estimated 100,000 Iberian...

2009-06-15 12:30:22

A freak accident at the Toronto Zoo killed Tessa, a nearly 40-year-old African elephant. Tessa was heading for a pile of hay when she was nudged over by a more dominant elephant, zoo spokeswoman Shanna Young told the Toronto Sun. At 8,100 pounds, Tessa was the low-ranking elephant in the herd. Workers used heavy machinery to get Tessa to her knees, but she was unable to stand up and died a short time later. Her body was left in place for a few hours to allow the other four elephants in the...

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2009-05-08 13:58:16

The massive Sichuan earthquake in China last year has decelerated efforts to save the country's giant panda, which is regarded as China's national treasure. The quake had massive implications for the panda population as it demolished a primary food source, inhibited its sex drive, and caused tourism profits to decrease. "The biggest impact has been on the food source of the panda, as a lot of bamboo was destroyed," Wang Chengdong, the director of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, told...

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2009-04-20 06:15:42

As early as next month, Chinese authorities will begin the construction of a new mega-breeding facility for giant pandas in the Wolong nature reserve, says the official Xinhua news agency. The announcement came after last year's 8.0-magnitude earthquake leveled much of their former habitat in a protected region of the southwestern Sichuan province where most of their captive pandas had previously been held. The reserve's Communist party boss Huang Jianhua revealed that the new base would be...

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2009-04-15 16:15:00

Preference for artificial sweeteners previously thought to exist only in Old World primates Researchers from the Monell Center report that the red panda is the first non-primate mammal to display a liking for the artificial sweetener aspartame. This unexpected affinity for an artificial sweetener may reflect structural variation in the red panda's sweet taste receptor. The findings may shed light on how taste preferences and diet choice are shaped by molecular differences in taste receptors....

2009-03-26 07:00:00

Home-user and SMB Clients in Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Caribbean to Benefit from Panda Security's Product Portfolio GLENDALE, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, a leading global provider of IT security solutions, and Dell, a leading global systems and services company, today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement through which Dell will distribute Panda Security solutions to clients in Latin America. The agreement covers Mexico, Central America,...

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2009-03-05 12:25:00

The conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released the world's first footage of the extremely rare Java rhino near Indonesia's Ujung Kulon National Park. The grainy infrared footage portrays a rhino mother and calf and a male wallowing in mud holes. Fewer than 60 Java rhinos are said to be in existence. Conservationists said the footage exhibits new behaviors of the rare creatures. "These rhinos are very shy. In the last 20 years our team has only seen rhinos two or three times...


Latest EDGE Species Reference Libraries

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

Falanouc
2012-06-14 17:57:28

The falanouc is a mongoose type creature that is native to Madagascar. Its closest extant, or living, relative is the fanaloka, but it is distinct from this animal in many ways. Unlike the fanaloka, the falanouc has no anal or perineal glands. It has non-retractable claws and a mouth structure that consists of backwards sloping premolars and canines. It is thought that this is due to its primary diet of invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. The falanouc prefers habitats within...

Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii
2012-05-09 08:23:13

Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) is native to Central America and northern areas of South America. It is among three species of tapir that is native to Latin America. Baird’s tapir was named after Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American naturalist who observed the creatures in 1843 on a trip to Mexico, even though W. T. White, another American naturalist, made the first documentation of the tapir. Commonly known as danta by people throughout its range, this tapir has been given other...

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2007-12-21 13:23:50

The Somali Wild Ass (Equus asinus somalicus), is a subspecies of the African Wild Ass. It is found in the Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea, the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and Somalia. The legs of the Somali Wild Ass are horizontally striped with black, resembling those of a zebra. Photo Credit: Robert Lawton

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