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Parastylotermes
2014-04-25 09:31:15

Parastylotermes is a genus that holds five extinct species of termite that resided in Europe, India, and North America. The genus was first described by Thomas E. Snyder and Alfred E. Emerson in 1949. The first species to be described, P. robustus, was described by Baron Kurt von Rosen in 1913, but he was unsure about which genus to classify the species in. This species, which is known from...

Striped Sun Star Solaster stimpson
2013-11-14 12:36:02

The striped sun star (Solaster stimpson), also known as the sun sea star among many other names, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in many areas including the western coasts of the United States and the waters around Japan. This species prefers a habitat within sub tidal areas with rocky terrain, at depths of up to 2,001 feet. It is...

Gray Petaltail Tachopteryx thoreyi
2013-07-30 13:21:52

The gray petaltail (Tachopteryx thoreyi), also known as Thorey's grayback, is a species of dragonfly that is native to the United States. Its range includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, among other states. It can be found in a number of habitats including woodlands, deciduous forests, and highlands. This species is almost uniformly gray in color,...

Neurothemis terminate
2013-07-17 10:43:20

Neurothemis terminate is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a range that extends from Japan and Peninsular Malaysia to the Lesser Sundas in Indonesia and includes the Philippines and Palau. It can be near marshes, lakes, and rice fields, being most common near in man-made environments rather than developed forest habitats.  In areas where these habitats are in good...

Isoperla carbonaria
2013-07-10 15:37:19

Isoperla carbonaria is a species of stonefly that can be found In Italy, France, and Switzerland. It prefers to reside near streams in mountainous regions, at elevations between 0–1,150 feet above sea level. Immature individuals reside in cold waters while adults are terrestrial fliers. It reaches a body length between .3 and .5 inches, which is its distinguishing trait, and...

Channel Islands National Park
2013-04-18 12:25:35

Channel Islands National park is located in off the coast of California in the United States. The park holds 249,561 acres and is comprised of five of the eight Channel Islands. The area was designated as a national monument in 1938 and as a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976, but was not designated as a national park until 1980. The park extends from San Pedro to Point Conception, located near...

Dial-Up Internet Access
2013-02-17 10:01:27

Image Caption: Phone connector with female socket, used for dial-up Internet access. Credit: Shaddack/Wikipedia Dial-up access is a connection to the Internet using telephone company lines to connect to an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The user connects to an internal or external modem that decodes the data and displays it onto the computer, laptop, or similar device. Often this choice...

File Transfer Protocol FTP
2013-02-17 09:49:33

Image Caption: Illustrates the FTP connection between a Client and a Server, using the PASV command. Credit: Michael Lorer/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) File transfer protocol (FTP) is the protocol of transferring files from one host to another host usually over the Internet. This protocol is normally done by authentication by the user entering a username and password. However, some servers...

Post Office Protocol POP - POP3
2013-02-17 09:30:50

Image Credit: Photos.com In computer terms, Post Office Protocol (POP) is a protocol used by e-mail clients to retrieve e-mail from a server by a TCP/IP connection. Another e-mail retrieving protocol is Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). Basically all modem e-mail clients and servers use and support both protocols. The POP protocol has several versions with POP3 as the current version....

Blog
2013-02-17 09:13:14

Image Credit: Photos.com A blog is a written discussion or information posted on a website over the Internet. The blog is posted with the most recent one first, dealing with any subject or topic within the constraints of the website administrator. Before 2009 most blogs were written by an individual or small group of people. Today, most websites use multi-author blogs (MABs) where a large...

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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