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Pre-formed Score Lines Where Gecko Tails Detach Revealed By Advanced Bio-imaging
2012-12-20 16:36:54

Public Library of Science [ Watch The Video ] Like sheets of paper marked with perforated lines, gecko tails have unique structural marks that help them sever their tails to make a quick getaway. Though voluntarily shedding a body part in this manner is a well-known phenomenon, research published December 19 in the open access journal PLOS ONE reveals aspects of the process that may have applications for structural engineers making similar, quickly detachable structures. Jan Enghild...

How Do Geckos Deal With Wet Feet
2012-08-16 11:04:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Geckos are unique little creatures, having the ability to cling to almost any dry surface. They seem to be just as happy scampering through tropical rainforest canopies as they are in urban settings, explains Alyssa Stark, from the University of Akron, USA. "A lot of work is done on geckos that looks at the very small adhesive structures on their toes to really understand how the system works at the most basic level", says Stark. She...

Mozilla Aims To Take On Apple In Mobile OS Wars
2012-07-02 12:13:16

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Google and Apple are quickly making the smartphone wars a two-faction battle with their Android and iOS offerings. Sure, RIM still has a few companies using their BlackBerry smartphones, while Microsoft is trying to ramp up their offerings with their new Windows Phone options, but the majority of new smartphone purchasers are opting to side with Apple or the green robot of envy. Therefore, announcing a new major mobile OS...

The Evolution Of Sticky Feet
2012-06-28 13:14:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Aside from having a knack for selling auto insurance, geckos have also developed ℠sticky´ foot pads several times throughout their evolution that give them another ability, the scaling of smooth walls and ceilings to escape predators and find prey. A new study published in the most recent edition of PLoS ONE said that changes in habitat have caused geckos to gain and lost these exceptional adhesive structures several times...

2012-06-23 23:00:16

Grey Gecko Press Announces Fan-Focused Perks for its 30-day IndieGoGo Campaign Katy, TX (PRWEB) June 22, 2012 Independent publisher Grey Gecko Press has launched a 30-day IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to provide operating capital in order to sign 25 new authors by 2014. Campaign contributors will receive exclusive perks such as author appearances, edited manuscripts, free books for up to five years, being thanked on the copyright page of an upcoming book, having a 'guest appearance' in a...

Gecko Foot Hair Could Lead To Self-Cleaning Adhesive Solutions
2012-06-23 06:52:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Researchers, studying the self-cleaning and reusable capabilities of a gecko´s foot hair, have speculated how commonly-used sticky substances could benefit from the animal´s natural adhesive properties. Publishing their work in the June 13 issue of Interface, the Journal of the Royal Society, University of Akron mechanical engineering student Shihao Hu, and recent UA biology graduate Stephanie Lopez-Chueng of Keiser University in Tampa,...

Cockroaches And Lizards Use Ninja-like Skills To Quickly Vanish
2012-06-07 08:45:36

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Cockroaches performing ninja-like acrobatics surprised University of California, Berkeley biologists who were studying the insect´s locomotion and escape abilities. Graduate student Jean-Michel Mongeau and his colleagues first identified the amazing behavior while studying how roaches´ use their antennae to sense gaps and maneuver across them. "As we made the gap wider, they would end up on the underside of the ramp,"...


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2007-01-02 11:22:17

The Texas Banded Gecko, Coleonyx brevis, is a species of small gecko native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. They are most commonly found in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico in the United States, and in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Durango in Mexico. They prefer semi-arid habitats, and are often found around rock piles or canyon crevices. Texas banded geckos are small, rarely exceeding 4 inches in length. They have alternating bands of yellow and...

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2005-06-22 14:40:30

Dull day gecko (Phelsuma dubia (BOETTGER 1881)) is a diurnal species of geckos. It is about 15 cm in length and lives on the western coast of Madagascar, in the Comoros, and the coast of East Africa. It typically inhabits trees and can also be found near human dwellings. The Dull day gecko feeds on insects and nectar. Scientific synonyms: Pachydactylus dubius BOETTGER 1881 Phelsuma dubia - KLUGE 1993 Phelsuma dubia - GLAW & VENCES 1994: 298 Phelsuma dubia - BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 10...

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2005-06-22 14:20:39

Geckos are small to moderately large lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae. These lizards are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos. Geckos are unusual in other respects as well. Many species have specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth vertical surfaces and even cross indoor ceilings with ease. These antics are well-known to persons living in...

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2005-06-15 17:28:58

Gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda) is a diurnal subspecies of geckos. It lives in northern Madagascar and on the Comoros. It typically inhabits trees and can sometimes be found in houses. The Gold dust day gecko feeds on insects and nectar. Description This lizard belongs to the smaller day geckos. It can reach a total length of about 13 cm. The body color is a bright green or yellowish green or rarely even blue. Typical for this day gecko are the yellow speckles on the...

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2005-06-15 14:56:25

Rodrigues day gecko (Phelsuma edwardnewtoni) is a now extinct diurnal species of geckos. It lived on the island of Rodrigues and typically inhabited forests and dwelt in trees. The Rodrigues day gecko fed on insects and nectar. Scientific synonyms Phelsuma edwardnewtoni VINSON & VINSON 1969 Phelsuma newtoni BOULENGER 1884 Phelsuma edwardnewtoni - KLUGE 1993 Phelsuma edwardnewtoni - RÖSLER 2000: 101 Description This day gecko is now extinct. It was described also as P....

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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