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2009-04-20 15:47:58

Mites not only inhabit the dust bunnies under the bed, they also occupy the nests of tropical sweat bees where they keep fungi in check.

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2009-03-24 13:27:51

Oil palm cultivation is a significant driver of tropical forest destruction across Southeast Asia.

2009-03-18 13:41:00

JOHNSTOWN, Pa., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) recently won a competitively-bid contract to participate in the Simulation, Training & Instrumentation contract from the U.S.

2009-01-30 12:52:22

Farm acreage in Latin America is being overrun by jungles, officials say, sparking debate among scientists about how urgent it is to save primeval rain forests. New secondary forests -- from small acreage to much larger swaths of farmland -- are emerging in Latin America, Asia and other tropical regions worldwide, The New York Times reported Friday.

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2008-12-12 12:34:55

Annemarie Surlykke from the University of Southern Denmark is fascinated by echolocation.

2008-11-25 11:55:00

Non-scientists can easily identify fish species using common name searches, or a tool that allows entry of information on a fish's location, shape and color.

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2008-11-25 09:52:25

A single hit on the head by the termite Termes panamensis (Snyder), which possesses the fastest mandible strike ever recorded, is sufficient to kill a would-be nest invader.

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2008-11-04 09:05:00

Boston University undergraduate Jessica Rogge and associate professor Karen Warkentin, working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's laboratories in Gamboa, Panama, discovered that frog embryos at a very early developmental stage actively respond to oxygen levels in the egg

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2008-10-25 12:20:00

Trees in a hyper-diverse tropical rainforest interact with each other and their environment to create and maintain diversity, researchers report in the Oct. 24 issue of the journal Science.

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By Gary Bogue PANAMA CITY, Panama PANAMA CITY is an amazing city. Its skyline is certainly as spectacular as San Francisco's -- some might even say more so -- with its tall skyscrapers. And more modern buildings are under construction, even as we speak.


Word of the Day
cassation
  • The abrogation of a law by a higher authority; annulment.
  • In music, during the eighteenth century, a song or an instrumental piece similar to the serenade, intended for performance in the open air.
The word 'cassation' comes from the French 'cassation', from Latin 'casso' ("destroy, annul").
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