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2014-03-27 12:20:33

When all 64 MeerKAT antennas are operational, the instrument radio telescope will be sensitive enough to pick up a cell phone signal from Saturn. NEWTON, N.C., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies and Stratosat Datacom (Pty) Ltd., a South African company, have completed the installation of the first of 64 MeerKAT radio telescope antennas that will form the MeerKAT telescope array. The array is located in South Africa's Karoo region and will be a technologically...

2014-03-13 12:32:06

WILMINGTON, Ohio, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, celebrates its 20th birthday on March 15, 2014 and part of the festivities will include the grand opening of the "Meerkat Hamlet," a new exhibit in the Exhibition Africa section that houses a multi-generational family of meerkats. Installing a boardwalk made of durable, low maintenance TimberTech® decking was a key component in bringing zoo guests closer to the spunky meerkat action. The new...

2014-02-10 11:05:48

When people see a skunk, the reaction usually is “Eww,” but when they see a group of meerkats peering around, they often think “Aww.” Why some animals use noxious scents while others live in social groups to defend themselves against predators is the question that biologists Tim Caro of the University of California, Davis and Theodore Stankowich of California State University, Long Beach  and sought to answer through a comprehensive analysis of predator-prey interactions among...

2013-10-10 23:25:52

Zookeepers are thrilled with the new additions as this is the third litter of pups within the last year. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2013 Oakland Zoo’s meerkat mob has expanded by two. Now on exhibit in African Village, guests have the opportunity to see the siblings. The pair, born in early September, has recently been spotted outside of their night house and exhibit tunnels. Zookeepers are thrilled with the new additions as this is the third litter of pups within the last year....

2013-10-08 09:46:13

Subordinate female meerkats who try to breed often lose their offspring to infanticide by the dominant female or are evicted from the group. These recently bereaved or ostracized mothers may then become wet-nurses for the dominant female, an activity that may be a form of "rent" that allows them to remain in the community. Wet-nursing another mother's offspring – called allolactation – occurs across a variety of mammals and is thought to provide survival benefits to the nursed...

First Foundation Poured For MeerKAT Antenna
2013-08-15 09:45:00

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa Each of MeerKAT's 64 antennas will stand firmly on a bed of concrete and steel The concrete for the first MeerKAT antenna foundation was poured yesterday (Wednesday 14 August 2013) at South Africa's SKA site in the Karoo. This is the first of 64 similar foundations that will be constructed for this telescope over the next nine months. Each foundation consists of 78 m³ concrete and 9 tons of steel. "Designing a foundation for a high-tech telescope...

2013-08-08 09:09:21

South Africa's SKA Project (SKA SA) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in the US have agreed to continue their collaboration across a broad front to advance cutting-edge radio astronomy projects in both countries over the next five years. An agreement signed in Cape Town on 5 August 2013 paves the way for the organizations to pool resources and expertise in high-level projects related to the development and implementation of software, data processing and archiving and...

New Light Shed On The Earliest Moments Of The Universe Using New Radio Telescope
2013-03-27 10:47:16

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa In the week that saw the release of the first results from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite, astronomers at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) near Johannesburg are working on a new radio telescope that will also shed new light on the very earliest moments of universe. The C-Band All-Sky Survey (C-BASS) is a project to map the sky in microwave (short-wavelength radio) radiation. Like Planck, it will survey the whole...

Meerkat Study Helps To Understand How Animals Cope With Novel Man-made Threats
2013-02-19 09:56:00

ETH Zurich In their environment, wild animals are exposed to countless threats, be they predators, diseases or natural obstacles to get over, such as gorges or rivers. In the course of evolution, they have developed specific behavioral responses to allow them to deal with these risks. In recent times, numerous man-made threats have been added to the naturally-existing ones, such as dangerous roads to cross. On the evolutionary time scale, it is excluded that the animals have evolved a...


Latest Meerkat Reference Libraries

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2007-01-19 20:10:28

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang". Anatomy The meerkat is a small diurnal mongoose whose weight averages approximately 1.61 lb (731 g) for males and 1.58 lb (720 g) for females. Its long and slender body and limbs give it a body length of 10 to 14 in (25 to 35 cm) and an added tail length of 7 to 10 in (17 to 25 cm). Its tail is...

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2007-01-19 19:26:46

The yellow mongoose is a small mammal averaging about 1 lb (1/2 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it lives in open country. It resides from semi-desert scrubland to grasslands in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. There are as many as twelve subspecies of yellow mongoose. In general, the yellow mongoose has lighter highlights on the underbelly and chin, a bushy tail. Southern yellow mongooses are larger. They have...

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