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2010-07-01 07:34:54

The flightless ostrich uses its wings very effectively in high-performance running and may provide valuable information about how its dinosaur ancestors moved, say researchers in Germany Once thought to be "evolutionary leftovers", new research has shown that ostriches in fact use their feathered forelimbs as sophisticated air-rudders and braking aids. According to the researchers, wing-use and hindlimb function in ostriches may help paleontologists in their quest to reconstruct locomotor...

2010-06-22 06:00:00

Families challenged to make "60 Miles in 60 Days" Summer Walking Pledge for Families WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Nature Rocks, a national program created to inspire and empower parents to take their families to play, explore and enjoy quality time in nature, announced a collaboration with the American Heart Association's Start! Initiative. Start! encourages increased physical activity among all Americans, emphasizing walking because it's easy, free and has the...

2010-06-15 07:01:00

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80 percent of American adults are not active, while one in four engages in little or no regular physical activity(1). With obesity and its associated health risks becoming a growing epidemic, Omron Healthcare, Inc. has announced the launch of new fitness products and an online training community to encourage increased physical activity, such as walking or running, to improve one's personal health. The Omron GOsmart community...

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2010-06-08 09:37:14

Geochemical findings could help explain facets of early human evolution, including the development of bipedalism East Africa's Turkana Basin has been a hot savanna region for at least the past 4 million years"”including the period of time during which early hominids evolved in this area"”says a team of researchers led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). These findings may shed light on the evolutionary pressures that led humans to walk upright, lose...

2010-06-08 01:28:00

LONDON, June 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Improving your fitness during a holiday may seem quite the opposite of a relaxing break, but getting away from the daily grind and doing some energetic and revitalising exercise can be the perfect re-charge. It's all about using your free time away to allow you to indulge in the things you can't always fit into your normal routine. So, have look at realbuzz.com's 10 ideas for the perfect active holiday, each one guaranteed to give you your fitness...

2010-06-06 07:25:38

A twice weekly hip strengthening regimen performed for six weeks proved surprisingly effective at reducing -- and in some cases eliminating -- knee pain referred to as patellofemoral pain (PFP) in female runners. The study by Tracy Dierks, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, was based on the theory that stronger hips would correct running form errors that contribute to PFP, even though study participants were given no...

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2010-05-14 06:05:00

The earliest birds may have had feathers, but they were not strong enough to carry the winged creatures in flight, researchers revealed Thursday. Recent fossil discoveries show that feathers on some of the early birds, including Confuciusornis and Archaeopteryx, were too weak to support the birds in flight. While modern birds have feathers with a strong central shaft that is hollow to reduce weight, the earliest-known birds had feathers that were much thinner and more frail. Robert Nudds...

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2010-03-21 08:20:00

Experiments by a UA anthropologist and his colleagues show that fossil footprints made 3.6 million years ago are the earliest direct evidence of early hominids using the kind of efficient, upright posture and gait now seen in modern humans More than three million years ago, the ancestors of modern humans were still spending a considerable amount of their lives in trees, but something new was happening. David Raichlen, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology,...

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2010-02-25 06:45:00

The squirrels littering your lawn with acorns as they bound overhead will live to plague your yard longer than the ones that aerate it with their burrows, according to a University of Illinois study. Scientists know from previous studies that flying birds and bats live longer than earthbound animals of the same size. Milena Shattuck and Scott Williams, doctoral candidates in anthropology, decided to take a closer look at the relationship between habitat and lifespan in mammals, comparing...

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2010-02-12 11:10:00

Walking heels-first is less work than walking on your toes or balls of the feet Humans, other great apes and bears are among the few animals that step first on the heel when walking, and then roll onto the ball of the foot and toes. Now, a University of Utah study shows the advantage: Compared with heel-first walking, it takes 53 percent more energy to walk on the balls of your feet, and 83 percent more energy to walk on your toes. "Our heel touches the ground at the start of each step. In...


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2012-03-21 23:43:50

Microraptor, meaning “small thief,” is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (120 million years ago). This small, four-winged animal was first discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, China, with more than two dozen specimens unearthed. There are two known species of Microraptor. The type species, M. zhaoianus, has been hotly debated for years. It was initially placed in the genus Archaeoraptor before a more accurate description placed it in the...

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2007-10-24 12:34:20

The Giant Pangolin (Manis gigantea), is a species of pangolin. The Giant Pangolin inhabits Africa with a range stretching along the Equator from West Africa to Uganda. It is found mainly in savanna, rainforest, and forest, where there is a large termite population and available water. It does not inhabit high altitude areas. The Giant Pangolin is the largest species of pangolin (scaly anteaters). It belongs to the Manidae family. It was first described by Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger in 1815....

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2005-09-09 07:46:52

The Water strider, (also known as: Skater, Pond Skater, Jesus Bug, Water Skeeter, water scooter, water skater, and Skimmer) is any of a number of predatory insects in the family Gerridae that rely on the surface tension of water to walk on top of it. They live on the surface of ponds, slow streams, marshes, and other quiet waters and can move very quickly (up to 1 m/s) over the surface of water. Aquarius remigis (formerly known as Gerris remigis) is one of the species in Gerridae known as...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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