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White Nose Syndrome Relatives Found
2013-07-26 12:15:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online First identified in 2006 in upstate New York, White Nose Syndrome (WNS) has decimated the North American bat population, killing millions of animals over the past several years. According to a new report in the journal Fungal Biology, biologists from the US Forest Service have identified several benign relatives of the fungus that is believed to cause the disease. "Identification of the closest known relatives of this fungus makes...

Grants Awarded For White-Nose Syndrome Research
2013-06-28 05:42:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced grant awards to twenty-eight states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. The grants, which range in size from just under $7,000 to approximately $50,000, will be used by state natural resource agencies to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats. "White-nose syndrome has spread rapidly from one state in...

United States Amphibian Populations Rapidly Declining
2013-05-25 05:57:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The number of frogs, toads and salamanders in the US could be falling at an even more severe and widespread rate than previously believed, and even amphibian populations thought to be stable are actually on the decline, according to new research for the US Geological Survey (USGS). The study, which was published earlier this week in the journal PLOS ONE, is believed to be the first-ever estimate of how quickly amphibians across...

Bats Get Help From A Manmade Cave
2012-09-15 05:28:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An artificial cave, designed to help protect bats from a fungal ailment that to date has killed more than six million of the creatures throughout North America, has been constructed by conservationists in the woods of Tennessee, according to various media outlets published Friday. The project, which Randall Dickerson of the Associated Press (AP) reports cost an estimated $300,000 and was built by The Nature Conservancy, is...

Frog Diseases Increasing
2012-07-19 10:38:29

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to the stresses placed on amphibians, or perhaps because of them, they are now more likely to succumb to debilitating infectious diseases. In recent decades, disease seems to have taken a more prominent role in the amphibian mortality rate, according to a new study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Along with climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and invasive species, these creatures...

2012-05-31 01:22:21

Humans spend greater than 90 percent of their time indoors, but we're never alone there. Bacteria and viruses, scientists estimate, make up half of the world's biomass–some 10 nonillion (1 followed by 31 zeros) microorganisms–and we most often meet them within enclosed spaces. So, that's where the modern microbe hunter often looks first. A new report issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers guidance to make the hunting more effective. A...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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