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Grapevine-Infecting Acne Bacteria Named For Frank Zappa
2014-02-19 14:26:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What would you do if you discovered an odd strain of bacteria that exhibited unconventional behavior? Why, name it after Frank Zappa of course! This is exactly what a team of Italian and Austrian researchers did when they found a bacterium that had apparently transitioned from causing acne in human skin to infecting the bark of grape vines. “This is the first time it’s been found that a microorganism can switch from a human to a...

'Bootylicious' Beyonce Has New Species Of Fly Named After Her
2012-01-13 09:04:56

An Australian fly species, found in far northern Queensland, has been given a rather unique name: Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae -- honoring American pop star Beyonce. Bryan Lessard, of CSIRO, Australia's top science agency, named the rare horsefly after Beyonce because of its impressive golden lower abdomen. The spectacular display of the fly's golden booty makes it the "all-time diva of flies." "It was the unique dense golden hairs on the fly's abdomen that led me to name this fly in...

2011-09-15 16:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique group of musicians -- and Queen fans -- will come together to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Freddie Mercury's passing with The Show Must Go On -- a live performance of the music of Queen -- on November 9th at The Roxy Theatre. All proceeds from the concert and memorabilia auction will be donated to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), to help combat the disease that took Freddie from this world. In November 1991, the world...

2010-08-23 14:18:00

BALTIMORE, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Details were announced today on a full weekend of events to take place in Baltimore on September 18-19, in support of the City's dedication of a sculpture to legendary musician, composer and social icon, Frank Zappa. As part of the celebrations, the Mayor's office will issue a proclamation moving 'Frank Zappa Day' to September 19, a date significant because it marks the anniversary of Zappa's 1985 testimony on Capitol Hill in favor of free expression by...

2010-07-22 15:52:00

BALTIMORE, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Since last month's confirmation of the September 19th date for Baltimore City's dedication of a bust of Frank Zappa, community support has been growing for a concert and festival in tribute to the legendary musician, composer and social icon, whose birthplace is Baltimore. The bust, donated by a Lithuanian fan club, will be placed at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor in Highlandtown, and plans now include an outdoor concert featuring Zappa...

2010-01-11 09:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy® Award winning guitarist Steve Vai struck gold twice recently as his latest concert film, "Live In Minneapolis: Where The Wild Things Are," went Gold in both the USA and Canada. "After 30 years in this business it's very rewarding to see that your contribution is still being recognized. Thanks to the fans ... really!" said Vai. In addition, "Now We Run" from the live DVD, is nominated for a Grammy® Award for...

2009-03-07 12:38:30

British pop star M.I.A. says in an online posting that rumors she has named her newborn son Ickitt are untrue. People.com reported Friday the Sunshowers singer said on her MySpace celebrity page that her 3-week-old son and his name should not be the subject of media reports. My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit thank you very much, M.I.A. wrote in her online posting. He's a baby, he don't need press! The 31-year-old singer suggested members of the media divert their attention to...

2006-04-27 09:47:58

GENEVA (Reuters) - Deep Purple, whose 1970s hit "Smoke on the Water" describes a concert fire raging in Montreux, is returning to the Swiss lakeside resort to close the 40th annual jazz festival, organizers announced on Thursday. Some 100 groups are performing at the June 30-July 15 event, whose line-up includes Santana, Sting, Black Eyed Peas, Diana Krall and BB King on his last European tour. The two-week festival, which draws about 250,000 people each summer to the shores of Lake...

2005-10-19 00:00:42

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films won a bidding war to buy "The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless," an upcoming children's book by Ahmet Zappa. The book follows a brother and sister who discover they belong to a family of legendary monster hunters and must journey to a far-off castle to rescue their father from the most fearsome monster of all. Zappa, a sometime actor and son of rocker Frank Zappa, also created...