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Mating Plugs Produced By Female Spiders To Prevent Unwanted Sex From Males
2012-08-05 10:30:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new mechanism of animal mating plug production has been discovered by scientists at the Smithsonian and their colleagues. In the giant wood spider (Nephila pilipes), which is a highly sexually dimorphic and polygamous species, many small males will compete with each other for their chance with a few large females. These males have been known to sever their own genitals during mating in order to plug the female, gain paternity and...

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2012-07-12 09:48:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has partnered with Google to launch a new indoor map application this week to help visitors navigate 17 of the Smithsonian´s museums, including the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum and the American History Museum. "An increasing number of our visitors now turn to their mobile devices and familiar applications to help them find their way and get information about...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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