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Super Silk From Genetically Modified Silk Worms
2012-01-04 08:13:26

US researchers say they have created genetically modified (GM) silkworms that spin silk far stronger and more elastic than the normal silk produced by the critter. Scientists from University of Wyoming, who published their research in the PNAS journal, say their ultimate goal is to produce silk from worms that has the toughness of spider silk. Spider silk, weight-for-weight, is stronger than steel. The team say the silkworm silk has a whole range of biomedical applications, including uses...

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2011-08-03 11:05:00

Researchers studying the African Crested Rat have found that it uses an ingenious tool to ward off predators. The rodent consumes a poisonous plant toxin and spits the saliva onto sponge-like hairs on its fur. Jonathan Kingdon and colleagues from the National Museums of Kenya, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and University of Oxford published their observations of this study online in the Proceedings of The Royal Society B. When attacked by predators, the rat puts on a dramatic...

2011-06-14 09:32:00

UNION, N.J., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PLUS Diagnostics, a leading anatomic pathology company, today announced the appointment of Adnan Savera, M.D. to chief medical officer. A nationally recognized pathologist, Dr. Savera, 44, previously served as the company's executive medical director and led its genitourinary (GU) pathology diagnostic services. In his new role, Dr. Savera will provide medical and strategic direction for all of the company's pathology specialties. He also will...

2011-04-29 18:48:00

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of tornadoes that have claimed hundreds of lives and created a swath of devastation across the Southeastern United States, Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, today announced that it has activated its disaster relief hotline for dentists, physicians and veterinarians who have experienced operational, logistical or financial issues as a result of...

2011-03-21 10:15:00

Launches iPhone App "Choose Your Poison" to Mark Event's 50th Year LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Poison Prevention Week, established by the U.S. Congress in 1961 to promote poison prevention, will mark its 50th year the week of March 21. California Poison Control System (CPCS) (http://www.calpoison.com) is leading the way in consumer awareness of poison prevention by launching a free iPhone application, Choose Your Poison, now available at the Apple app...

2010-10-12 05:45:00

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Premier Asian Wine & Spirits Company, TY KU, proudly announces its newest investor and equity partner in media mogul, Perez Hilton. In addition to investing in the brand, Perez Hilton has taken on the strategic role of Director of Culture and Trends at TY KU. Known as a famed tastemaker, Perez has always been an early adopter of emerging talent and trends. Perez states, "This partnership is the first of its kind for me and I could not be any more...

2010-09-02 06:00:00

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners, is helping a record number of children return to school wearing new outfits and carrying backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene products through the 13th annual Henry Schein Back-to-School program. This year, the Back-to-School program is supporting more than 2,200 children in 15 U.S. and Canadian cities. Since its...

2010-07-13 06:40:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- When facing yet another summer of trashcans infested with disgusting maggots and flies, innovator Tim Deasy knew he had to come up with a new solution. Through a little research and effort, Fly Erase Pest Strip was developed. "This was nothing more than a simple twist on an existing technology that is extremely easy to use," said Tim Deasy. "Our convenient adhesive strip patch means Fly Erase will attach securely to the inner lid of any garbage...

2010-07-01 12:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Californians head outdoors to enjoy the summer sun they can be exposed to potential dangers as well. The California Poison Control System (CPCS) offers tips for staying safe and happy this season. CPCS (www.calpoison.org) is available at 1-800-222-1222, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for immediate expert help and information in case of exposure to summer hazards. "With school out and the sun shining Californians are heading...


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Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis
2014-09-12 08:44:46

The Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis, known also as the Golden Frog, Golden Poison Arrow Frog or the Golden Dart Frog, is a poison dart frog that is native to the Pacific coast of Colombia. The optimal habitat of this frog is the rainforest with high rain rates, altitudes between 100 and 200 meters, temperatures of at least 26 degrees Celsius, and relative humidity of 80 to 90 percent. While in the wild, this is a social animal, living in groups of up to six individuals; however,...

Chinese Red-headed Centipede, Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Chinese Red-headed Centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans), also known as the Chinese Red Head, is a species of centipede found in East Asia and Australia. This creature is found typically in damp, moist environments, where it grows to an average length of 8 inches. In ancient Chinese traditions, this species is used for its healing properties. Placing a Chinese red head on a rash or other skin ailment is said to speed up the healing process. This species is known for harboring...

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Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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