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2014-02-25 14:25:38

Recovering from natural disasters usually means rebuilding infrastructure and reassembling human lives.  Yet ecologically sensitive areas need to heal, too, and scientists are pioneering new methods to assess nature’s recovery and guide human intervention. The epicenter of China’s devastating Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 was in the Wolong Nature Reserve, a globally important valuable biodiversity hotspot and home to the beloved and endangered giant pandas. Not only did the quake...

Scotland Giant Panda Has Miscarriage
2013-10-15 13:34:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have announced that Tian Tian, Edinburgh Zoo’s beloved female giant panda, is no longer pregnant. The zoo said in a statement today that all of Tian Tian's hormonal and behavioral signs indicate that she had conceived and carried a fetus until late term, but then lost it. “We are all saddened by this turn of events after so many weeks of waiting. Timings are difficult to...

Ugly Animal Preservation Society Mascot
2013-09-12 10:48:25

[ Watch the Video: Who Wins The Ugliest Animal Award? ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An oddball conservation group called the Ugly Animal Preservation Society has finally decided on a mascot meant to champion their cause — the blobfish. Just as the name implies, the blobfish is a gelatinous blob that resembles a cartoonish and grumpy old man, complete with a large nose and drooping face. The society allowed the general public to pick the world’s ugliest...

Future Biofuels May Rely On Panda Poop Microbes
2013-09-11 08:00:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago, redOrbit reported that scientists were researching the possibility of using panda poop to make biofuels. “Who would have guessed that ‘panda poop’ might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?” Ashli Brown, PhD, said at the time. “We hope our research will help expand the use of biofuels in the future and...

Panda Cub's Twin Was Stillborn
2013-08-26 04:49:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While a giant panda cub born Friday afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington was said to be in good health following a 10-minute physical exam Sunday morning, zoo officials have revealed that its mother had also given birth to a second, stillborn cub over the weekend. According to Michael E. Ruane of the Washington Post, the second cub was born on Saturday evening. While stillbirths in giant pandas are said to...

2013-07-16 23:17:05

Saving Pandas and portable speakers go hand in hand for fundraising effort Westlake Village, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2013 Accessory Power is hosting a 4-month fundraising campaign, with a portion of net proceeds from the newly-released GOgroove Groove Pal Panda and Junior Panda Pal portable speakers will be donated to Pandas International. Accessory Power has been supporting the non-profit organization, whose mission is to ensure the preservation and propagation of the endangered Giant Panda,...

2013-07-02 23:01:29

Zoo Atlanta today announced that its 15-year-old giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant, confirming that the artificial insemination (AI) that Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor of Physiology David Kersey, PhD, took part in was successful. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 Zoo Atlanta today announced that its 15-year-old giant panda Lun Lun is pregnant, confirming that the artificial insemination (AI) that Western University of Health...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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