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2010-09-29 08:00:00

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Today LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF), creator of award-winning learning products for children, announces its "Trade Up to Leapster Explorer" program, offering discounts on the Leapster Explorer system (www.leapfrog.com/explorer). To participate, families simply turn in eligible older LeapFrog platforms through RecycleBank's online service or in person at Best Buy stores, then receive $10 off a new Leapster Explorer system and $10 off two...

2010-09-22 11:29:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings -- Nearly a decade ago, 13-time Grammy Award® and 10-time CMA Award winners the Dixie Chicks became the first (and to date, only) female group in music history to earn two consecutive diamond album certifications by the RIAA, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million copies each of Wide Open Spaces (released 1998) and Fly (1999). Joel Whitburn ranks the Dixie Chicks - singers, prolific songwriters, and...

2010-04-12 12:06:00

NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings is proud to announce the release of Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks, the career-spanning collection of chart-topping hits, classic tracks and personal favorites selected by America's top-selling female group, available everywhere Tuesday, June 1. The latest installment in Legacy's acclaimed Playlist Series of artist-assembled "Very Best Of" career-overviews, Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks includes key tracks and...

2010-03-01 15:21:02

Observing the aerial maneuvers of fruit flies, Cornell University researchers have uncovered how the insects "“ when disturbed by sharp gusts of wind "“ right themselves and stay on course. Fruit flies use an automatic stabilizer reflex that helps them recover with precision from midflight stumbles, according to observations published online today (March 1, 2010) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Learning from the biological world could help the mechanical, as...

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2010-02-04 11:25:00

Insects, a popular delicacy in many parts of the world, are getting a culinary makeover in one Central American city, where scientists are "Ëœgrowing' insects that will be tailored for human consumption. The idea for a common sustainable diet in many African cultures caught the eye of entomologist Manuel Zumbado, who began researching insects as an alternative food source. With the rainforest in mind, Costa Rica has a countless supply of insect species, which may include thousands...

2009-10-22 10:38:34

The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, is a world plague which represents one of the most serious problems for agriculture. However, the control methods currently present in the market for this plague are ineffective. The research group of the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Granada (Spain) has isolated and identified a stump of the genus Bacillus, extremely toxic for larvae of C. capitata. After subjecting such stump to a specific treatment, protected by a patent,...

2009-09-25 13:32:10

Monarch butterflies locate their winter home in Mexico through a key mechanism in their antennae, scientists in Massachusetts said. Scientists have long known that butterfly antennae can detect odors, wind direction and vibration, said Dr. Steven Reppert, chair of neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. But its role in precise orientation over the course of butterfly migration is an intriguing new discovery, one that may spark a new line of investigation into neural...

2009-09-24 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Wacom(R) today announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer...

2009-07-26 13:19:22

The number of fireflies lighting up the night throughout the United States appears to be declining, scientists say. Firefly researcher Marc Branham said when compared with the appearance of fireflies from a decade or two ago, the current natural population of the insect species appears to have dropped significantly, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Sunday. There certainly appear to be fewer fireflies out now as opposed to 10 or 20-some years ago, the University of Florida assistant professor...

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2009-01-02 07:35:00

Old mosquitoes are normally a catalyst in the spread of disease, so scientists from Australia have found a way to kill mosquitoes naturally by breeding them to carry an insect parasite that causes earlier death. Until now, scientists had been searching for a way to genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to illnesses like dengue fever and malaria. When mosquitoes contract a disease like malaria or dengue, it takes two weeks of incubation before the insect can spread the illness...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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