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Colony Collapse Disorder May Also Be Due To Sunspots

Colony Collapse Disorder May Also Be Due To Sunspots

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) emerged in 2006 when beekeepers and scientists noticed that significantly large numbers of adult honey bees were leaving their hives, never to return. This...

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nitrogen atoms
2014-09-30 03:00:48

Susan Brown, University of California - San Diego No need for delivery by comet Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets from beyond our solar system and complex chemical scenarios. New experiments using a powerful source of ultraviolet light have shown that no extra-solar explanation...

Phytoplankton bloom
2014-09-30 03:00:50

Kasha Patel, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center The greens and blues of the ocean color from NASA satellite data have provided new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton — microscopic aquatic plants important for fish populations and Earth’s carbon cycle. At the bottom of the ocean’s food chain, phytoplankton account for roughly half of the net photosynthesis on Earth. Their photosynthesis consumes carbon dioxide and plays a...

Causes Of California Drought Linked To Human-caused Climate Change
2014-09-30 03:58:39

National Science Foundation The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought currently afflicting California are "very likely" linked to human-caused climate change, Stanford scientists say. In a new study, a team led by Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh used a novel combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques to show that a persistent region of high atmospheric pressure hovering over the Pacific Ocean that diverted storms away from...

green battery
2014-09-30 03:00:42

Daniel Brandell, Uppsala University Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative. Their study will be presented soon in the scientific journal ChemSusChem. "We think our discovery can open several doors to more environment-friendly, energy-efficient solutions for...

2014-09-30 08:38:50

LONDON, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- About Green and Recycled Cell PhonesRecycling or reusing cell phones helps the environment by saving energy, conserving natural resources, and keeping reusable materials out of landfills, thus reducing pollution. Cell phones contain a large number of chemicals and hazardous substances used in their manufacturing mainly persistent, bio accumulative and toxic chemicals (PBTs).TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Green and Recycled Cell Phones...

2014-09-30 08:35:44

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tecogen Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) today announced it signed a contract with a prominent hotel chain to provide a tri-generation energy system for a 400 room hotel complex in Jersey City, New Jersey. Tecogen will install the system, comprised of a group of Tecogen InVerde 100 kW cogeneration modules, including absorption chillers, to provide electricity as well as hot water for heating and chilled water for cooling (tri-generation). The...

2014-09-30 08:35:40

The 550 megawatt natural gas facility supplies power to the Texas market. GREENWICH, Conn., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, a leading private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure, announced today that an affiliate has entered into an agreement with affiliates of Exelon Corp. to acquire a natural gas combined cycle electric power generating facility in Odessa, Texas. The electric power generating facility, located in the Permian Basin...

2014-09-30 08:35:12

WILL PROVIDE LED LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR PLANTS GROWN IN CLOSED ENVIRONMENTS GOTEBORG, Sweden and SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Heliospectra AB (OTCQB: HLSPY, FIRSTNORTH: HELIO), a world leader in intelligent lighting technology for plant research and greenhouse cultivation, has been named one of thirteen partners in an international consortium participating in the EDEN Initiative, a research program from Germany's DLR Institute of Space Systems focused on...

2014-09-30 08:34:04

Non-vegetarians urged to try meatless eating during Vegetarian Awareness month for a chance to win cash prizes DOLGEVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vegetarians and interested individuals from around the globe will be joining with the North American Vegetarian Society on October 1st, 2014, for the annual celebration of World Vegetarian Day. Since its inception in 1977, the event has commemorated the health-supporting and life affirming benefits of vegetarianism. World Vegetarian...

2014-09-30 08:32:53

KIGALI, Rwanda, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ministry of Health would like to inform Rwandans and all visitors to Rwanda that Rwanda is Ebola free. The lab results of the patient who was reported in the media this past week were negative for the Ebola Virus Disease. The government has put in place measures aimed at protecting Rwandans from Ebola. Surveillance systems and emergency management systems are in place. Health workers have been trained across the country and are...


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Green And Golden Bell Frog, Litoria aurea
2014-09-30 10:32:09

The Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea), also named the Green Bell Frog, Green and Golden Swamp Frog and Green Frog, is a ground-dwelling tree frog endemic to eastern Australia. Despite its classification and climbing abilities, it doesn’t live in trees and spends almost all of its time close to ground level. It can reach up to 4.3 inches long, making it one of Australia’s largest frogs. Its coloration is gold and green and they are voracious eaters of insects, but will also...

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...

Mountain Stream Tree Frog, Litoria barringtonensis
2014-09-25 09:47:45

The Mountain Stream Tree Frog (Litoria barringtonensis) is a species of tree frog that is endemic to highland areas of NSW, Australia extending from the Myall Lakes region, north to around Dorrigo National Park and west to Barrington Tops National Park. This frog is a rather small tree frog measuring to about 45 millimeters in length. It is a light green to dark olive green in color on the dorsal surface and occasionally brown morphs are encountered. The thighs are a mango-yellow color and...

Green Thighed Frog, Litoria brevipalmata
2014-09-25 09:23:39

The Green-Thighed Frog (Litoria brevipalmata) is a species of ground-dwelling tree frog of medium size. The Green-Thighed Frog is endemic to the east coast of Australia. Its range extends from Cordalba State Forest in south-eastern Queensland to Ourimbah in New South Wales; within this area, though, the populations are severely fragmented. The several records from Darkes Forest, south of Sydney, are incorrect. Numbers have decreased at Ourimbah, but there have been no record of declines or...

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....

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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.'