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How The Woodpecker Avoids Brain Injury Despite High-speed Impacts
2014-08-13 03:52:28

Science China Press Designing structures and devices that protect the body from shock and vibrations during high-velocity impacts is a universal challenge. Scientists and engineers focusing on this challenge might make advances by studying the unique morphology of the woodpecker, whose body functions as an excellent anti-shock structure. The woodpecker's brain can withstand repeated collisions and deceleration of 1200 g during rapid pecking. This anti-shock feature relates to the...

2008-08-14 15:00:35

By MARK A. GONZALEZ Have you ever walked among the smoldering carcasses of burnt trees? Have you walked through the lunar landscape left by a wildfire? It is an eerie experience. Dust devils of ash whirl across a bleak landscape. The wind whistles through blackened branches; and strong winds are terrifying, because weak, burnt trunks creak from the splintering of falling trees. Dust and ash irritate your eyes, throat and nose. Blackened tree corpses cover hillslopes like tombstones...

2005-08-26 19:08:55

ITHACA, N.Y. -- On April 25, 2004, University of Arkansas researcher David Luneau accidentally kept a video camera running as his canoe drifted through a bayou in the Big Woods of Arkansas -- and recorded an ivory-billed woodpecker. The video, blurry because the recorder was on auto focus, was the main piece of evidence featured online in an April 25 Science Express paper claiming the rediscovery of the woodpecker, once thought to be extinct. While skeptics have refuted the video, claiming...


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2006-08-17 16:38:18

The Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) is a tiny owl. It is found in the boreal forests of Eurasia, usually at the edges of clearings. It nests in old Woodpecker holes, often those of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. This is a sedentary species, resident throughout the year in its range. This Starling-sized bird hunts at dawn and dusk, rather than in total darkness. It preys on birds and small mammals, such as voles.

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2006-07-17 14:02:24

The Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus, is a medium-sized woodpecker. Adults are brown with black bars on the back and wings. Their breast and belly are beige with black spots; they have a black neck ring. The tail is dark on top. They show a white rump in flight. There are two variants which were formerly considered separate species: The Yellow-shafted Flicker resides in eastern North America. They are yellow under the tail and underwings and have yellow shafts on their primaries....

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2006-07-17 13:54:28

The Black-backed Woodpecker, (Picoides arcticus), is a medium-sized woodpecker. Adults are black on the head, back, wings and rump. They are white from the throat to the belly; the flanks are white with black bars. Their tail is black with white outer feathers. Like the similar American Three-toed Woodpecker, this bird also has three-toed feet. The adult male has a yellow cap. Their breeding habitat is boreal forest across Canada, Alaska and the north-western United States. They nest in...

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2006-07-17 13:49:50

The White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus) is a non-migratory woodpecker that resides in pine forests of the mountains of western North America. It has a black body, (approximately 8 inches long), and white head. It has white primary feathers that form a crescent in flight. Males have a red spot at the nape of the neck. The range of the White-headed Woodpecker stretches in the mountains from British Columbia through southern California. They form nests in dead trees or snags and...

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2006-07-17 13:14:25

The Arizona Woodpecker (Picoides arizonae) is a woodpecker native to southern Arizona and New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Occidental of western Mexico. This species is known in older field guides as a subspecies of Strickland's Woodpecker. Arizona Woodpeckers are nearly identical to Strickland's Woodpeckers, growing to be about 7 to 8 inches in length. Their plumage is mainly brown and white in coloration, brown on top with a dark rump with white undersides speckled with brown spots....

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Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.