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Forty Percent Of Studied Penguins Synchronized Underwater Movements While Foraging
2014-08-15 03:55:24

PLOS Most little penguins may search for food in groups, and even synchronize their movements during foraging trips, according to a study published August 13, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maud Berlincourt and John Arnould from Deakin University in Australia. Little penguins are the smallest penguin species and they live exclusively in southern Australia, New Zealand, and the Chatham Islands, but spend most of their lives at sea in search of food. Not much is known about...

Radio Frequency ID Tags Attached To Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics
2014-07-25 03:12:10

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place. The findings are reported in the journal Animal Behaviour. [ Watch The Video: Hive Intelligence: How Honey Bees Adjust To Catastrophic Loss ] Tagging the...

Early Humans May Have Evolved Bigger Brains Eating Insects
2014-07-03 07:31:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that seasonal diet changes may have played a role in the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in human ancestors and other primates. The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, show that figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs might have been the catalyst for early tool use....

honey bee hive
2014-05-25 05:39:39

Garrett Staas for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Honey bees are able to help promote growth within their environment by spreading pollen and feeding on nectar, and according to a new study, bees are able to dance in order to tell their brethren where the nearest and most pollen rich sources can be found. Researchers from Europe call it the "waggle dance," which the bees use to convey specific information, including distance and direction, of sources for foraging. By...

2014-05-02 23:01:44

Destination spa resort rolls out new offerings to answer the increasing requests for foraging and natural remedies, expanding its gourmet travel offerings. Hawley, PA (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 The long-anticipated spring season will bring more than just blooming flowers and cooing birds at The Lodge at Woodloch, a luxury destination spa this year. Master Herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore added a new series of offerings based on the growing number of comments he has heard from guests. “Guests are...

Study Shows Bumblebees Join Other Bees Already Safely Feeding On Flowers
2014-04-30 03:16:03

Queen Mary, University of London Bumblebees can distinguish between safe and dangerous environments, and are attracted to land on flowers popular with other bees when exposed to perilous situations, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that past experience of predation causes bumblebees to join other bees already safely feeding on flowers. Co-author and PhD student Erika Dawson...

Size Of Animal's Brain Matters When It Comes To Self-control
2014-04-22 14:36:34

By Yasmin Anwar, UC Berkeley [ Watch The Video: Animal Self-Control Dependent On Brain Size ] Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals and birds ranging from orangutans to zebra finches. Scientists at Duke University, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Yale and more than two-dozen other research institutions collaborated on this first...

big brown bat in flight
2014-03-29 05:33:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts have long known that bats use ultrasonic calls to locate insect prey, research published earlier this week reveals that males have a second distinctive set that essentially allows them to call dibs on a potential meal. The new study, which appears in Thursday’s edition of the journal Current Biology, explained that there is a correlation between these special sounds and changes in the flight behavior of other bats....

New Computer Model Could Preserve The World's Bee Colonies
2014-03-04 15:25:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have created a new computer model to help understand the environmental effects of a honeybee colony. The BEEHAVE model published in the Journal of Applied Ecology was created to investigate the losses of honeybee colonies that have been reported recently and to identify the best way to try and combat the losses. [ Watch the Video: BEEHAVE Model ] "It is a real challenge to understand which factors are most important in...

Video Footage Reveals Novel Insights Into Crocodilian Foraging Behaviors
2014-01-16 07:46:56

Public Library of Science Animal-borne camera reveals that alligators may attempt to capture prey most often at night, even though the calculated probability of catching prey is highest in the morning, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on January 15, 2014 by James Nifong from the University of Florida and colleagues from other institutions. Observing the behaviors of dangerous and cryptic predators like alligators is no easy task, so scientists used animal-borne cameras to...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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