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2010-06-22 09:50:00

Tracking fish across Alaska's vast continental shelves can present a challenge to any scientist studying Alaska's seas. Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have successfully tested a possible solution in the form of underwater gliders. Last month, Peter Winsor, associate professor of physical oceanography, and Andrew Seitz, assistant professor of fisheries, tested the use of autonomous underwater vehicles, called gliders, for tracking tagged fish. Winsor and Seitz suspended...

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2009-10-10 08:42:34

Underwater robotic gliders help reveal why massive oceanic expanses are losing virtually all of their marine life every summer Every summer since 2002, Oregon's coastal waters have been invaded by massive low-oxygen zones, commonly known as "dead zones," that become so oxygen-starved that most animals flee, die or suffer severe stress. In order to determine how and why these dead zones form, scientists must continually monitor conditions in affected waters, which may cover hundreds or even...

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2009-07-17 11:45:00

Scientists have discovered that a tiny lizard drifts slowly to the ground like a feather when it falls.  Looking from the outside, the neon blue tailed tree lizards (Holaspis guentheri) seem adapted to flying, gliding or moving through the air as they go from branch to branch in the trees of the African forest. There have even been stories about the African tree lizard gliding through the air. However, lacking the apparent adaptations necessary to upgrade their moves from a leap to a...

2009-06-05 15:02:00

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 1,800 outdoor play set gliders due to a fall hazard. The gliders were sold as accessories to play set apparatus under brand names Heartland Premium Play Systems, Yardline Play Systems and Backyard Play Systems, the commission said Thursday. The retaining rings connecting the green plastic glider to the play set can detach, presenting a risk to children, the commission said in a statement. About 1,800 of the...

2008-08-25 03:00:25

By Joe Nelson SAN BERNARDINO - A plan to build nearly 1,000 tract homes, townhomes and flats on a 404-acre swath of the foothills above Cal State San Bernardino has environmentalists and hang-gliding enthusiasts worried. For 15 years, Los Angeles-based Inland Communities Corp. has been trying to develop the site neighboring Andy Jackson Airpark northwest of the university. Members of the Crestline Soaring Society, a group of hang- gliding aficionados who use the airpark regularly, say...

2008-08-25 03:00:25

By Joe Nelson SAN BERNARDINO - A plan to build nearly 1,000 tract homes, townhomes and flats on a 404-acre swath of the foothills above Cal State San Bernardino has environmentalists and hang-gliding enthusiasts worried. For 15 years, Los Angeles-based Inland Communities Corp. has been trying to develop the site neighboring Andy Jackson Airpark north of the university. Members of the Crestline Soaring Society, a group of hang- gliding aficionados who use the airpark regularly, said...

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2008-02-07 17:05:00

Southeast Asian colugo could help researchers understand evolution of gliding and flight Berkeley -- The "flying" lemur of Malaysia is the champion of all gliding mammals, able to drop from the forest canopy, glide more than the length of two football fields, execute 90-degree turns and then alight gently on a tree trunk. Researchers in Singapore, the United Kingdom and at the University of California, Berkeley, are discovering how these animals move with the help of a miniature backpack...

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2008-02-07 18:10:00

Profiling glider collects propulsion energy from the heat differences in the oceanTaking a page out of a science fiction story, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Webb Research Corporation (Falmouth, Mass.) have successfully flown the first environmentally powered robotic vehicle through the ocean. The new robotic "glider" harvests heat energy from the ocean to propel itself across thousands of kilometers of water.In December 2007, a research team led by...

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2006-12-13 13:05:00

NEW YORK - A new fossil discovery from China shows that a tiny squirrel-like creature glided through the air during the age of dinosaurs, more than 75 million years earlier than scientists had documented that ability in a mammal. The creature might have even beaten birds into the air. Like today's flying squirrels, it stretched a furry membrane between its limbs to provide an airfoil for gliding after it jumped from a tree. But it's not related to anything living today. Scientists don't know...


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2009-07-18 15:14:24

A thermal column is a column of rising air in lower altitudes of the atmosphere. Thermal columns are created by uneven heating patterns of the Earth's surface from solar radiation. The sun warms the ground, and the air directly above the ground begins to warm. As the warm air expands, it becomes less dense than the air around it and rises. As the warmer air rises, it cools due to its expansion in lower high-altitude pressures. When it cools to the same temperature as the surrounding air, it...

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2007-08-23 07:16:31

The Greater Glider (Petauroides volans), is a large gliding possum found in Australia. It is more related to the Lemur-like Ringtail possum than it is to the lesser gliding possums of its genus. The Greater Glider is found in wet forestland from Mossman, Queensland, to Daylesford, Victoria. The Greater Glider is roughly the size of a cat and is a nocturnal and solitary herbivore feeding mostly on Eucalyptus leaves and buds. Like its relative the Lemur-like Ringtail, the Greater Glider is...

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2006-12-12 13:43:59

The Feathertail Glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), also known as the Pygmy Gliding Possum, is the world's smallest gliding mammal. It is named for its long feather-shaped tail. Although only the size of a very small mouse 2.56 to 3.15 in and .35 to .49 oz (65 to 80 mm and 10 to 14 g), it can leap and glide long distances from tree to tree. It can glide up to 27 yards (25 meters). Like other gliding mammals, the Feathertail Glider has a skin membrane between the fore and hind legs. It is thicker...

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2006-12-12 13:36:41

The Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps), sometimes called the Flying Sugar, is a small gliding possum. It is native to eastern and northern mainland Australia, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago, and introduced to Tasmania. Physical description The Sugar Glider is around 6.3 to 7.5 in (16 to 20 cm) long, with a tail almost as long as the body. It weighs between 3 and 5.3 oz (90 to 150 g). The fur is generally pearl grey, with black and cream patches at the base of the black or grey...

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