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Eggshells Of The Guillemot Are Self-Cleaning
2013-07-05 09:23:16

Society for Experimental Biology Unique nano-structures on guillemot eggshells eggs enable them to survive precarious habitats, on exposed cliffs with no nest. A new study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting in Valencia on July 5, shows how these structures act as self-cleaning guardians of the eggs, preventing them from falling and protecting them from salt and guano exposure. The team of researchers headed Dr Steven Portugal (Royal Veterinary College,...

2008-12-24 09:24:59

An Atlantic seabird that stowed away on an airplane in Newfoundland and wound up thousands of miles away in landlocked Alberta will get another free trip home. The Shell oil company said it would pay to fly the black guillemot, of the turr species, to the easternmost province after it was found in a cargo hold of a private plane that arrived in Fort McMurray this week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Carol Kelly, executive director of the Medicine River Wildlife Center, told the CBC...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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