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The Raccoon Invades Europe Spreading Dangerous Diseases
2012-08-28 14:07:21

Furry, agile, intelligent and voracious: the raccoon is far from being a cuddly toy, which is what many people believe when they get one as a pet. It is more like an invader that escapes and is able to adapt and survive in new habitats. According to a study, its expansion across Spain and Europe is bringing infectious and parasitic diseases like rabies. This puts the health of native species and people at risk. Originating in North America, the raccoon (Procyon lotor) is an invasive...

2012-08-14 12:06:16

An advance simulation could save time and money in their construction and maintenance, according to Mikel Abasolo, an engineer at the University of the Basque Country Mikel Abasolo, a researcher of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has built a simplified simulation model for wind turbines. All one has to do is enter the characteristics that the tower and its parts will have, and in a matter of seconds the model predicts the load that has to be given to each of the bolts,...

Homo Heidelbergensis Slightly Taller Than The Neanderthal
2012-06-06 10:04:41

The reconstruction of 27 complete human limb bones found in Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) has helped to determine the height of various species of the Pleistocene era. Homo heilderbergensis, like Neanderthals, were similar in height to the current population of the Mediterranean. Along with its enormous quantity of fossils, one of the most important features of the Sima de los Huesos (SH) site in Atapuerca, Burgos, is the splendid state of the findings. They are so well conserved that the 27...

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2012-06-02 11:37:54

Researchers at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) have discovered the remains of newborn twin girls in the archaeological site of Olèrdola in Barcelona. They date back to between the middle of the 4th century B.C. to the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. The findings are the first bone remains of twins to be recorded. "This is the first documented case in the Iberian Peninsula. There has been much talk of possible twins but never has sufficient data been gathered in...

The Absence Of Elephants And Rhinoceroses Reduces Biodiversity In Tropical Forests
2012-05-11 08:52:07

The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and rhinoceroses puts the structural integrity and biodiversity of the tropical forest of South-East Asia at risk. With the help of Spanish researchers, an international team of experts has confirmed that not even herbivores like tapirs can replace them. "Megaherbivores act as the 'gardeners' of humid tropical forests: They are vital to forest regeneration and maintain its structure and biodiversity", as was explained...

2012-04-19 23:04:04

British Tinnitus cure researcher Andrew Parr has released a Self-Help treatment program that could assist up to 90.5% of tinnitus sufferers, according to clinical trials. http://www.newtinnitustreatments.com London, UK (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 British Tinnitus Cure Researcher and Tinnitus Specialist Andrew Parr announced the release of a his new Tinnitus Relief Program, a comprehensive Self-Help system for people with ringing ears and head noises, that could help up to 90.5% of patients...

2012-04-18 09:09:55

US Department of Justice to step in to curb police misconduct Deadly police shootings, racial profiling and discriminatory law enforcement are once again in the forefront of national debate. Police killings of unarmed civilians in New Orleans and Seattle have generated local protests and national controversies. Accusations of racial profiling have been lodged against police departments in those and other cities as well as the Maricopa County sheriff's office in Arizona. In addition, the...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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