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2010-08-26 10:38:28

Scientists at Georgetown University, the National Aquarium and the University of Queensland are the first to extract DNA from dolphin blow (breath exhalations). The researchers found that blow-sampling, which involves collecting exhalations from the blowholes of whales, dolphins and porpoises, could be developed as a less invasive method for DNA collection. Their findings are explained in the Aug. 25 edition of the online journal PLoS ONE in an article titled "Thar She Blows! A Novel Method...

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2008-12-10 14:14:35

Marine biologists say that many female bottlenose dolphins in Western Australia's Shark Bay area spend a disproportionately large amount of time using sponges to root for prey on the ocean floor. They say this causes some dolphins to work longer hours than others for their food. Scientists say the female bottlenose dolphins living in 30- to 50-foot-deep channels off Australia's western coast that bury their noses in sponges and use them as tools to root through the sandy ocean floor for...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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