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Extinct Piranha Bite Force
2012-12-21 19:16:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In an attempt to calculate the bite force of the extinct Megapiranha, an international team of marine biologists have said the modern-day black piranha, along with its extinct counterpart, have the most powerful bite of any apex predator, for its body size. According to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers have recorded the first bite-force measurements taken from wild specimens of the largest species of...

Piranhas Bark When Arguing Over Dinner
2011-10-13 09:14:33

The Journal of Experimental Biology released a study this week suggesting that piranhas, which have a fearsome reputation, may be more bark than bite. The river-dwelling menace may be using bark-like noises when communicating with each other when excited or confronting each other, Victoria Gill of BBC Nature is reporting. Lead researcher of the study, Dr. Eric Parmentier, from the University of Liege, Belgium, and his colleagues placed a hydrophone into a tank of piranhas in their lab,...

2009-07-10 22:16:03

Joe Mauer's RBI single put Minnesota ahead in the seventh Friday after the Twins squandered a four-run lead and they held on to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4. The Twins halted a three-game losing streak and moved within a half game of Chicago for second place in the American League Central. Minnesota struck for four runs in the first inning, two of them coming on a double by Jason Kubel, but Chicago battled back to tie it in the sixth. Reliever Octavio Dotal walked Nick Punto to open the...

2009-06-25 15:40:00

How did piranhas "” the legendary freshwater fish with the razor bite "” get their telltale teeth? Researchers from Argentina, the United States and Venezuela have uncovered the jawbone of a striking transitional fossil that sheds light on this question. Named Megapiranha paranensis, this previously unknown fossil fish bridges the evolutionary gap between flesh-eating piranhas and their plant-eating cousins.Present-day piranhas have a single row of triangular teeth, like the blade...

2008-08-11 00:00:00

By Bob Frye The beauty of fishing lies in the unexpected. Cast out a line and anything can happen. Still, what Michael Chesla experienced last weekend is a bit out of the ordinary. Chesla, who lives in Bradenville, was at Lloydsville Sportsmen's Club's pond. He was casting a sucker spawn on a fly rod, hoping to land one of the trout the club stocks, or perhaps even a bass. He got neither. Instead, he landed what appears to be a pacu, a South American species native to the Amazon but often...

2007-08-29 00:13:55

By John McCoy johnmccoy@wvgazette.com When Hunter Aliff's fishing line started dancing up and down, he figured he'd gotten a bite. He figured correctly. In fact, as soon as the 10-year-old angler beached the fish, it bit the line in two. Hunter and his fishing partners figured they might have something unusual on their hands, and they did - a piranha, fresh from the Coal River near St. Albans. "I'd have to say that this is the most unusual thing I've ever caught," Hunter said....

2006-02-20 19:05:00

LONDON -- Mobile telephone text messaging has become so popular in Britain that millions of users now suffer injuries to their thumbs and fingers because of their love of keeping in touch, according to a survey on Tuesday. Over 93.5 million text messages are sent every day but all this digit action has lead to an explosion in people reporting cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI). Thirty-eight percent more people suffer from sore wrists and thumbs due to texting than five years ago and 3.8...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).