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High-Tech Robotic Fish Glides Through Water With Great Ease
2013-01-17 12:54:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists from the Michigan State University made a number of improvements on a high-tech robotic fish. The new fish, called Grace, was designed and built by Xiaobo Tan, an MSU associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his team. They equipped the new fish with an array of sensors, allowing it to travel autonomously through the water, as well as measure water temperature, quality and other pacts. These...

A Third Of Teenage Girls Meeting Strangers Offline
2013-01-14 12:43:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, 30 percent of teenage girls have met someone offline who they first met online. The teenage girls reported that they had offline meetings with people they met on the Internet, and whose identity had not been fully confirmed before meeting. "These meetings may have been benign, but for an adolescent girl to do it is dangerous," Jennie Noll, PhD, a psychologist at...

Parrot’s Flower Power Was redOrbit’s Favorite CES Gadget
2013-01-10 19:00:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Are you a green thumb at heart, but don't have the wherewithal to keep your garden alive each year? Well, Parrot showed off a new product at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show that will be coming out this year and just may be your solution. The Parrot Flower Power was one of my favorite gadgets seen at the convention center this year here in Las Vegas. Parrot's device makes keeping up with your flowerbed, or...

CoralsDeep_010313
2013-01-03 13:55:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered corals at Australia´s Great Barrier Reef at depths that were previously believed to be uninhabitable. A team of researchers with the University of Queensland's Seaview Survey has been working on a multi-year project to map out the Great Barrier Reef, and they recently announced that they have found corals in waters nearly as dark as night. The newly discovered corals sit at 410 feet below the surface at...

Coronavirus May Have Multiple Hosts
2012-12-11 20:03:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a new study published in the journal mBio, the new coronavirus has many potential hosts and could pass from animals to humans repeatedly. The new virus, hCoV-EMC, is blamed for five deaths and several other cases of severe disease originating in countries in the Middle East. The new study shows hCoV-EMC uses a different receptor in the human body than the SARS virus, which caused an epidemic in 2002 through 2003....

Snow Leopard Cubs Caught On Camera Traps
2012-12-11 14:24:36

[ Watch the Video: Snow Leopard Cubs Seen On Camera Traps ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Footage of snow leopard cubs in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan was caught on camera trap surveys. As many as 300 of the 3,500 to 7,000 wild snow leopards live in the Tajik Pamirs. This area is considered to be a critical link between the southern and northern regions of the snow leopard's range, serving as a vital genetic corridor for the species. Panthera recently...

Study Finds Link Between Autism And Pollution
2012-11-27 15:34:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, polluted air could increase the risk for a child to develop autism. The study shows that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy and the first year of life is associated with more than a two-fold risk of autism. The team from the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles also found that exposure to...

Social Anxiety Or Shyness
2012-11-19 20:11:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A paper published in the Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics looks into where to draw the line between social anxiety and just being shy. Many experts have separate opinions over whether someone suffers from shyness and social anxiety disorder (SAD). The team decided to explore the mental disorder, as well as treatment options and its impact on daily life. "There are many differing opinions about social anxiety disorder and the...

Distractions Could Help Military Drone Operators Fight Boredom
2012-11-14 16:52:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Military drone pilots might find their job more interesting if they have some type of distraction, according to a new study. MIT researchers found that operators working with UAV simulations were less bored, and performed better, when they were just a little bit distracted. While pilots could find a bit of a rush flying around a drone, sometimes they have to spend their time watching and waiting, while the automated...

Bacteria More Resistant To Antibiotics
2012-11-13 20:48:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research is showing that a certain type of bacteria is becoming more resistant to antibiotic treatments. Extending the Cure (ETC) reported the second most common infection in the US, urinary tract infection (UTI), is becoming harder to treat with antibiotics. ETC, a project of the Centers for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, found the available arsenal of drugs used to treat UTIs are losing their effectiveness,...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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