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Wintertime Survival For Siberian Hamsters Depends On Summertime Cholesterol Consumption
2014-06-11 03:54:52

University of Chicago Press Journals Increasingly, scientific findings indicate that an organism's diet affects more than just general health and body condition. In an article published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, researchers from Nicolaus Copernicus University have found evidence that the diet of some animals must include cholesterol in order for them to enter necessary periods of energy conservation known as torpor. Torpor is a...

How Dormice Make Optimal Use Of Their Body Fat Reserves
2013-10-22 14:05:32

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Edible dormice store considerable amounts of fat in summer. Their fat reserves are necessary for them to survive a long hibernation – on average 8 months – in underground cavities. But how do hibernators allocate surplus body fat reserves to optimize survival? Researchers at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, have found that animals with larger fat reserves prefer boosting their...

Lemur Offers Insights Into Sleep Purpose
2013-09-05 10:49:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By studying a tiny primate that is a distant relative of humans, researchers at Duke University said they are gaining new insights into the purpose of sleep. According to the researchers’ report published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, observations of the fat-tailed dwarf lemur during its sleep and hibernation cycles indicate that sleep has a function in the regulation of body temperature and metabolism. Lead study author...

Two New Lemurs Added To List Of Hibernating Primates
2013-05-02 13:38:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new study in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists they have discovered that two little-known lemurs spend months hibernating as part of an adaptive survival strategy. Until this study, the western fat-tailed dwarf lemur was the only primate known to snooze away months of seasonal dearth. The team says the Crossley's dwarf lemur and Sibree's dwarf lemur are now joining the list. According to the researchers, the two lemurs...

Climate Change Altered Hibernation For Rocky Mountain Animal Species
2012-08-10 13:30:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For a species of Rocky Mountain ground squirrel, climate change is causing a late wake-up call from hibernation and the effect is deadly. Examining data on a population of Columbian ground squirrels, a University of Alberta-led international research team found a trend of late spring snow falls has delayed the animals' emergence from hibernation by 10 days over the last 20 years. "Columbian ground squirrels are on a tight...

2012-04-27 22:06:21

Dr. Claudia Bieber from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (FIWI) of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, and fellow scientists analysed a capture-recapture data set on common dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) to investigate the life-history strategy of this species. These small rodents are about the size and weight of a wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus), but, unlike their rodent cousins, they hibernate — usually from late September/October to April/May. This is...

2012-04-12 23:01:13

Two Bucknell professors have received a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant to find out whether certain genetic characteristics, behavior and environmental factors contribute to the severity of the white-nose syndrome, which has killed up to 6.7 million bats in eastern North America. LEWISBURG, Pa. (PRWEB) April 12, 2012 Two Bucknell University biologists are leading an investigation into how and why some bats survive — and others die — when exposed to the tell-tale fungus...

Volunteers Being Asked For Help With Hedgehog Research
2012-01-18 13:14:22

Wildlife charities in Britain are asking for the public's help in determining if hedgehogs are being affected by climate change. Dr. Pat Morris performed a study 40 years ago that showed how temperature affects the animal's hibernation patterns. The retired hedgehog expert is joining with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People's Trust for Endangered Species to see if warming since then has changed the time when the animals emerge from hibernation. Estimates say the...

2011-12-16 14:02:58

Although the temperate climates of central Europe provide plentiful food in summer, finding enough to eat is much more problematic in winter. Many small mammals avoid the problem by hibernating but this survival strategy is generally not practiced by larger animals. With the exception of some bears, large mammals remain fully awake throughout the year, yet they too must reduce their metabolism to cope with the comparative scarcity of food. Red deer, for example, are known to lower their heart...


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European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus
2012-10-03 16:40:07

The European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), also known as the common hedgehog, can be found in western and northern Europe. Its range extends from the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles to the central and western areas of Europe. Its southern range includes Fennoscandia and its northern range stretches from the Baltic to north-west Russia. This species has been introduced onto many European islands and possibly New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within meadows, grasslands, and woodland...

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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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