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Understanding How Our Seasonal Clocks Work Using Siberian Hamsters
2013-09-24 08:10:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans, and many other animals, have internal clocks and calendars that help them regulate behavior, physiological functions and biological processes. Scientists have extensively studied the mechanisms that inform our daily functions, known as circadian rhythms. However, they know very little about the internal timekeeping mechanisms that inform seasonal functions. A new international study, led by the University of Chicago, reveals...

Red Lights At Night Better Than White When It Comes To Mood
2013-08-07 11:32:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People working the graveyard shift may want to literally see red because according to a new study -- the color of light animals are exposed to at night can affect mood regulation. Study researchers from The Ohio State University found hamsters that were exposed to blue lights at night experienced the worst mood disruptions, followed closely by white lights, when compared to hamsters that spent their nights in a dim red light. "Our...

2012-03-26 09:30:50

From miniature elephants to monster mice, and even Hobbit-sized humans, size changes in island animals are well-known to science. Biologists have long believed that large animals evolving on islands tend to get smaller, while small animals tend to get bigger, a generalization they call "the island rule." A new study by researchers at Duke University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC puts that old idea to the test in island and mainland rodents. "Some of the...

2012-01-11 08:00:00

Petco is hosting their monthly “Meet the Critters” event January 14-15, 2012, which is themed “My First Pet”. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2012 Who can forget their very first pet? Whether it was a dog, cat or goldfish, the memory of caring for and playing with a beloved first pet is not easily forgotten. On January 14 — 15, 2012 from 1 — 2pm, Petco is hosting their monthly “Meet the Critters” event which is themed “My First...

2011-12-24 08:00:00

CareFRESH Critter College, a complete lesson plan for teachers to help students learn how to care for small pets like rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, is now available as a free download. The lesson kit covers eight different topics related to small pet care and includes lesson plans, activity sheets, videos and other materials. It is designed for grades 4-7. The curriculum meets national and state standards for science, math and language arts. Developed by CareFRESH, the leading brand of...

2010-11-18 12:38:27

Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters that may be associated with depression, a new study shows. Researchers found that female Siberian hamsters exposed to dim light every night for eight weeks showed significant changes in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. This is the first time researchers have found that light at night, by itself, may be linked to changes in the hippocampus. These alterations may be a key reason why the...

2010-04-06 08:00:00

SAN DIEGO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Racers get ready! We're only 18 days away from PETCO's annual Hamster Ball Derby on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. hosted at all of the company's more than 1,000 locations across the country. Whether you're just getting started or halfway through the training schedule, PETCO offers helpful training tips for a safe and fun race day. Run-about balls are a good form of exercise for your pet and they are a great way to interact and spend time together - make...

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2009-12-07 06:55:00

Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters, the holiday season's must-have toy, have been found to be unsafe and possibly toxic. The Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters apparently have a higher-than-allowed level of a chemical called antimony, which could lead to health problems in children. The consumer group that did the review of the product also found dangerous levels of tin in the product. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the safest possible toy, the Zhu Zhu Pets hamster only received a 5.2. But the toy's maker, St....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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