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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...

2012-07-02 02:23:15

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Industry support is growing behind Mozilla's plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The operating system, which Mozilla today confirmed will use its Firefox brand, will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device's capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120702/SF33873) Mapping to key Firefox footprints...

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,"...

2012-05-29 23:03:42

Third Annual Reptile Rally for Enthusiasts and Squeamish Alike San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012 Don´t scale back when it comes to cold-blooded critters this summer. In fact, it´s time to celebrate their unique physique during Petco´s Third Annual Reptile Rally! On June 2 and 3, 2012, reptile enthusiasts will have a chance to show off their pals´ scaly skills in a Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest. For those who still get the “willies”, there will be a hands-on...

Mozilla To Create Mobile Phone Operating System
2012-04-21 03:40:34

Michael Harper for Redorbit.com As the so-called “smartphone wars” rage on and loyalties and allegiance are avowed, one more competitor emerges from the land of the web. Mozilla, maker of popular web browser Firefox, has announced they will begin to develop an operating system for smartphones and has their aim set squarely on Google´s Android. The operating system is codenamed Boot to Gecko (B2G) and will be made available for Brazil´s Telefonica Vivo´s network...

Bumblebee Gecko Discovered In Papua New Guinea
2012-04-20 04:43:34

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a new species of gecko has been discovered in Papua New Guinea. Dressed in black and yellow stripes, biologists from the Papua New Guinea National Museum say the gecko resembles a bumblebee. Its unique coloring and rows of skin nodules act as camouflage for the gecko who lives on the forest floor. According to the survey, specimens of the new lizard measure about 5 inches long from head to tail. Specimens were captured in 2010 in Sohoniliu...

2012-04-17 06:22:26

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On May 19, 2012 the Museum of Discovery and Science will open, Geckos: Tails to Toepads, the largest and most advanced gecko exhibition in the country. The traveling exhibition, sponsored locally by the Leo Goodwin Foundation, introduces visitors to the remarkable diversity of these lizards in 16 lush naturalistic habitats with living examples from around the world and engaging interactives. (Logo:...


Latest Gecko Reference Libraries

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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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