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Image 1 - Prowling Pandas Become Policy Advisers
2011-12-16 03:37:43

Vanessa Hull evaluates the impacts of zoning on pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China The comings and goings of a pair of girls are helping breathe some life into a zoning policy that's aiming to protect the Chinese environment. The girls--Mei-Mei and Pan-Pan--are pandas outfitted with GPS collars. Vanessa Hull, a doctoral student from the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU), is using the movement of collared pandas to...


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Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

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2009-09-29 14:56:36

Gigantspinosaurus, meaning "giant spined lizard", is a genus of stegosaur dinosaur from the Late Jurassic Period. It was found in the Upper Shaximiao Formation of Zigong, Sichuan, China. It is known from a partial skeleton missing most of the skull, hind feet, and tail. The type species, G. sichuanensis, was described in 1992. It was known as Nomen nudum until 2006. This dinosaur had a unique appearance. It had small dorsal plates and large shoulder spikes (or spines). The spines were...

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2009-06-17 12:33:16

The Chinese Prickly Ash or Flatspine Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum simulans) is a species of flowering plant native to eastern China and Taiwan. It is one of several plants of Zanthoxylum from which Sichuan Pepper is produced. It is a small spreading tree that grows to 23 feet tall. Its leaves are 2.75 to 5 inches long and pinnate (having parts of a leaf arranged on both sides of the stem). Each leaf has 7 - 11 small leaflets that are each 1.25 to 2 inches long. There are numerous spines on the...

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Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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