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When Do Youngsters Fly The Nest?
2012-07-06 09:45:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As seabirds mature and reach a time where they can fly the nest, their parents begin to feed them less each day. However, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, it is actually hormones that control when the chicks will leave home. In their study, the researchers wanted to pinpoint the main trigger which causes chicks to leave the nest and get on to an independent life, a process known as fledging. While studying...

Image 1 - Leaf Litter Ants Help Make The Case For Rainforest Conservation In Borneo
2011-10-20 11:00:26

Studies of ant populations in Borneo reveal an unexpected resilience to areas of rainforest degraded by repeated intensive logging, a finding which conservationists hope will lead governments to conserve these areas rather than allow them to be cleared and used for cash crop plantations. Leaf litter ants are often used to measure the overall ecological health of an area because of the large number of species present and because the health of the leaf litter is a good indication of the...

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2010-03-22 08:53:22

A proposed EU ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard from commercial boats could put one of the North Sea's most successful sea birds at risk, say researchers at the University of Leeds. New research led by Dr Keith Hamer will assess the extent to which gannets rely on unwanted fish and offal thrown from fishing boats to successfully breed and raise their chicks. "The North Sea has undergone massive environmental changes over the last twenty years, which has put pressure on nearly all sea...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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