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2008-10-13 09:00:42

DALLAS, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Panda Ethanol Inc. today announced that it has successfully restructured the funding arrangements on the company's 115-million gallon-per-year, biomass-fueled ethanol refinery, located in Hereford, Texas. The restructuring was made with the support of the project's senior and subordinated lenders and will allow for the completion of construction and startup of the facility. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081013/LAM053) As a part...

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2008-10-13 07:55:00

The genome of the giant panda has now been sequenced, thanks to Chinese scientists. It's an achievement which may aid efforts to protect the endangered species, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Researchers may also be able to explain the panda's low birth rates and help them to have more cubs by understanding their genetic make-up, said Wang Jun, a scientist at the Beijing Genomics Institute. "By sequencing the giant panda genome we've laid the genetic and biological foundation...

2008-09-22 09:00:50

DALLAS, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Panda Ethanol Inc. today announced that it has exercised its contractual right to terminate Lurgi Inc. as the general contractor for Panda's 115 million gallon-per-year, biomass-fueled ethanol facility located in Hereford, Texas. The action was approved by Panda's board of directors in addition to the project's senior and subordinated lenders, as the company had lost confidence in Lurgi's ability to finish the facility due to continued construction...

2008-09-16 09:00:33

By Lewis South all MAKING Science real for 140 Year 9 pupils took us to Chester Zoo. We spent time exploring the 110 acres carrying out research and taking loads of photos! We were lucky enough to see many animals that are endangered in the wild such as the Jaguar, Red Panda and Sumatran Tiger. Everyone had a great time and we would like to thank Miss Jordan for organising the trip and all the other staff who came too. (c) 2008 Evening Gazette - Middlesbrough. Provided by ProQuest...

2008-08-13 15:00:36

Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, won't be giving birth to a cub this year as initially thought, zoo staff say. National Zoo staff said in a news release that while the female panda's declining urinary progesterone levels this July indicated a possible pregnancy, it appears the animal lost the developing fetus or has experienced a pseudo-pregnancy. Veterinarians were unable to locate a fetus in the giant panda following those initial pregnancy...

2008-08-11 09:01:01

IN BEIJING but tired of the Games?Why not take in a showing of Kung Fu Panda? One of only 20 foreign films allowed into China each year, the Jack Black-voiced animated blockbuster has caused controversy since its release. The artist and designer Zhao Bandi claimed Hollywood was seeking to profit from Chinese culture and that after the Sichuan earthquake the film was in poor taste, as pandas live in the quake zone. The film, however, has been enthusiastically received. Also (not) showing:...

2008-07-04 15:00:29

Kung Fu Panda enjoyed a successful first week of release in China despite a protest aimed at keeping the U.S. film out of the country, gate figures show. Panda earned a total of nearly $14.8 million since being released in China this week despite an attempted boycott by Chinese performance artist Zhao Bandi, The Independent reported Friday. Bandi said the animated U.S. movie, whose animal characters engage in martial arts exploits, was in bad taste, opening so soon after the May 12...

2008-06-25 09:00:00

You traveled all the way, queued to get a ticket and elbowed through the crowds, and finally, there are the pandas, lying still and asleep. To better enliven the animals and satisfy its visitors, Beijing Zoo has recently launched a campaign to enrich the living environment in animal enclosures by making changes to structures, presenting novel objects and smells for them to investigate and explore and changing the ways of feeding. The project was aimed at creating a more nature-like...

2008-06-24 15:02:45

Scientists at the U.S. National Zoo say it might be mid- or late July before they can definitely determine if giant panda Mei Xian is pregnant. Veterinarians at the Smithsonian's zoo said last week's urinary progestin test indicates it might yet be a month before Mei Xiang gives birth to a cub or comes to the end of a false pregnancy, which is common in giant pandas. Zoo scientists artificially inseminated Mei Xiang with semen from the zoo's male giant panda Tian Tian in March and, since...

2008-06-24 12:00:00

FORT LAUDERDALE -- A local wildlife charity needs volunteers to help the pandas affected by the recent earthquake in China. Dedicated to protecting wildlife through science and education, the Wild Spots Foundation has sent numerous missions to China and other countries in the past. China's Wolong Panda Preserve, once home to almost 100 pandas, was 18 miles from the May 12 earthquake's epicenter and has been nearly impossible to access, said foundation president Barry Barker. He is organizing...


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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.
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