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2009-12-25 15:20:00

Earlier this year, researchers showed that they could cut the lives of disease-carrying mosquitoes in half by infecting them with a bacterium they took from fruit flies. Now, a new report in the December 24th issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, suggests that their strategy might do one better: The Wolbachia bacteria also makes the mosquitoes more resistant to infection by viruses that are a growing threat to humans, including those responsible for dengue fever and Chikungunya. Once...

2009-12-24 12:30:59

Honey bees undergo a sudden transition from speeding aircraft to hovering helicopter as they perform the delicate art of landing on a flower. Unlike the "Ëœcontrolled crash' of a fly landing, the bee lands with utmost delicacy after "Ëœreading' its airspeed visually, hovering above its landing ground and sensing it with vision, feelers and legs. Scientists worldwide have devoted decades to studying how honeybees navigate their way around the landscape but now a team from...

2009-12-23 06:05:00

A plague of kangaroos has caused thousands of dollars worth of damage after heavy rains swept through areas of Queensland forcing the marsupials to invade farmland that has been previously untouched by the majority of the kangaroo population. Queensland sheep farmer Stephen Tully told BBC that thousands of kangaroos are running rampant among his fields. The rains have brought the brown fields back to life and the lush grasses have lured the marsupials into the new fertile region. The grasses...

2009-12-04 15:56:00

PORTLAND, Maine, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magellan Petroleum Corporation (Nasdaq: MPET) (ASX: MGN) announced the pending sale of all its assets located in the Cooper Basin, Australia, subject to closing of final sale agreements. The Cooper Basin assets, including the Nockatunga, Kiana, and Aldinga oil fields and other miscellaneous exploration licenses will be sold (subject to final sale agreements) in a series of transactions totaling A$9.5million (US$8.8 million) net of fees and...

2009-11-10 15:08:00

PORTLAND, Maine, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Magellan Petroleum Corporation (Nasdaq: MPET; ASX: MGN) ("Magellan") announced its production and exploration activities for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. OIL & GAS SALES Natural Gas The Company's share of natural gas sales during the quarter ended September 30, 2009 decreased by 13 percent from the September 2008 quarter, as detailed below: Field (Magellan Share) Million Cubic Feet Terajoules Variance...

2009-10-29 10:58:00

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continued robust use of coal and broad deployment of clean coal technologies is crucial for Australia's energy and economic future, according to a multi-disciplinary study released today by The University of Queensland (UQ): "Coal and the Commonwealth." Coal has shaped Australia's history and is essential to its prosperity, creating 20 percent of the nation's mineral wealth, 81 percent of its electricity and the largest coal export...

2009-09-16 07:00:00

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cancer patients in Australia have gained access to advanced RapidArc(R) radiotherapy treatments from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) with its introduction by the leading radiation oncology provider in Queensland. Premion, which operates five cancer centers in Queensland, has treated more than a dozen prostate cancer patients to date with this fast, precise and efficient technique at its Chermside treatment center in Brisbane. Dr....

2009-09-10 10:26:24

The quality of a person's social life could have an even greater impact than diet and exercise on their health and well-being. There is growing evidence that being a member of a social group can significantly reduce the risk of conditions like stroke, dementia and even the common cold. New research by the Universities of Exeter and Queensland, Australia, shows that membership of social groups has a positive impact on health and well-being. The work highlights the importance of belonging to a...

2009-09-06 12:38:12

More than 100 doctors in the Australian state of Queensland say their long work hours leave them dangerously exhausted. The Brisbane Courier Mail said in its Monday edition that the Queensland doctors reported their troublesome working conditions in a confidential survey and one doctor admitted the strain has resulted in some patient deaths. We are killing people, and that's the truth, an anonymous surgical registrar said in the survey. Nearly 60 percent of the Queensland doctors surveyed...

2009-08-27 14:01:57

Paleontologists in Australia have discovered a new species of dinosaur on a sheep farm in the northern state of Queensland. The fossils are of a large plant-eating sauropod, nicknamed Zac, which roamed the earth about 97 million years ago. They were discovered in Eromanga, which is a town full of fossils that was once covered by a vast inland area. According to the scientists, the discovery confirms Australia's importance as a center for dinosaur discovery. In 2004, the country's largest...

Latest Queensland Reference Libraries

Northern Quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus
2014-05-19 11:54:09

The northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus), known by many other names including the satanellus and the northern native cat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range extends from southeast Queensland to the Pilbara region in Western Australia. It prefers to reside in open rocky ranges and eucalypt forest. The northern quoll is the smallest of all Australian quoll species, with females reaching an average body length between 9.8 and 12.2 inches with a weight of up to...

Dainty Green Tree Frog, Litoria gracilenta
2013-10-09 11:31:55

The Dainty Green Tree Frog (Litoria gracilenta), known also as the Graceful Tree Frog, is a tree frog that is native to eastern Queensland, and north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. It ranges from northern Cape York in Queensland to Gosford in New South Wales, with a small and most likely introduced population in Hornsby Heights in Sydney. It is the faunal emblem of the City of Brisbane. It is a slender and medium sized frog, reaching a length of 1.8 inches. It features a rich green...

Yellow-bellied Glider, Petaurus australis
2013-08-16 10:22:01

The yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is a species of gliding possum that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Victoria to northern Queensland. It prefers a habitat within eucalypt forests, at elevations of up to 2,296 feet above sea level. This species holds two recognized subspecies, one of which is locally common and one that is rare to encounter. The yellow-bellied glider can reach an average body length of 11.8 inches, with an average tail length...

Whiptail Wallaby, Macropus parryi
2013-06-07 13:25:42

The whiptail wallaby or pretty-faced wallaby (Macropus parryi) is a member of the Macropodidae family that can be found in eastern areas of Australia. Its range extends from Cooktown, Queensland to Grafton, New South Wales. This species is light in color, with grey to brown fur occurring on most of its body. The chest is typically black or white in color, and the face holds black stripes underlined by white stripes. This species receives its common name, the pretty-faced wallaby, from these...

Lemur-like Ringtail Possum
2013-04-30 14:16:43

The lemur-like ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides), also known as the brushy-tailed ringtail or the lemuroid ringtail possum, is the sole member of its genus. It is most closely related to the greater glider. Its range is small, encompassing the area between Cairns and Ingham in Queensland, Australia, with one small population occurring on Carbine Tableland. Its bushy tail helps distinguish it from other ringtail possums, and the lack of membrane under the arms and legs help distinguish...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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