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Octopus-like Microorganisms Named After Science Fiction Monsters
2013-04-03 14:41:35

University of British Columbia [ Watch the Video Live Cthulhu Macrofasciculumque ] University of British Columbia researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft. The single-cell protists, Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque, help termites digest wood. The researchers decided to name them after monstrous cosmic entities...

2011-08-29 11:30:18

A new skin test can determine the age of wild animals while they are still alive, providing information needed to control population explosions among nuisance animals, according to a report here today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS, the world largest scientific society with more than 163,000 members, is holding the meeting through Thursday at the Colorado Convention Center and downtown hotels. With 7,500 reports on new advances in...

2011-07-28 01:15:39

A paper by noted WCS conservationist Elizabeth Bennett says that an immense, increasingly sophisticated illegal trade in wildlife parts conducted by organized crime, coupled with antiquated enforcement methods, are decimating the world's most beloved species including rhinos, tigers, and elephants on a scale never before seen. The paper, published June 7 on the online issue of the journal Oryx, says that much of the trade is driven by wealthy East Asian markets that have a seemingly...

2009-05-01 08:57:56

 Wildlife imports into the United States are fragmented and insufficiently coordinated, failing to accurately list more than four in five species entering the country, a team of scientists has found. The effect, the scientists write in a paper in this week's issue of Science, is that a range of diseases is introduced into the United States, potentially decimating species, devastating ecosystems and threatening food supply chains and human health.The research by Brown University, Wildlife...

2008-10-14 00:00:25

BANGALORE: More than 1,500 wildlife enthusiasts , officials of various government departments, school students, teachers, members of NGOs and nature lovers participated at a walk from Vidhana Soudha to Lalbagh on Saturday to mark the 54th Wildlife Week. The idea was to create awareness about wildlife conservation. The event was organized by the forest department. Many participants dressed up as animals and carried placards and pictorial messages to spread awareness about saving habitat....

2008-08-13 15:00:00

By AMY HUNT LIVING in the city, any contact with nature is priceless. On Tyneside we are lucky to have more green spaces, rivers and woods in urban areas than most of the UK. And many wildlife havens remain unspoiled because they are hidden away in nooks and crannies in the middle of city neighbourhoods. One environmental project is now trying to highlight the potential for attracting wildlife species to city gardens. A River In Your Garden is part of the Living Waterways project,...

2008-06-15 21:00:08

SEGAMAT: The Wildlife and National Parks Department has raided what is perhaps the largest makeshift facility to process, preserve and store exotic meat in Malaysia. In the 9am raid, Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit deputy director Celescoriano Razond headed an eight-man team from Kuala Lumpur to seize more than RM100,000 of exotic meat after receiving a tip-off 48 hours earlier. Celescoriano said they found about 20 foreign workers skinning protected animals, including snakes and monitor...

2007-01-12 09:53:07

An international team of scientists including Universit© Laval biologist Connie Lovejoy has discovered new life forms in the Arctic Ocean. The team's findings are reported in the January 12 edition of the journal Science. The researchers have discovered a new group of microscopic organisms, which they have baptized "picobiliphytes": pico because of their extremely small size, measured in millionths of a meter, bili because they contain biliproteins, highly fluorescent substances that...

2005-10-25 19:32:00

This classification conveys important information about the biochemistry and metabolism of disease-causing organisms. Here are three examples. 1) Pneumocystis, an opportunistic pathogen causing mortality in AIDS patients and immunocompromised individuals, is now known to be a fungus, indicating a different treatment regimen is needed. 2) Phytophtora, an organism causing potato blight, such as the one that caused the Irish famine in the 19th century, is now known not to be a fungus, which...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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