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Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil Discovered By Researchers
2013-10-15 04:22:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers report that they have found a fossilized mosquito specimen that was still blood-engorged from its last meal – a discovery that is detailed in the latest edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The mosquito had been preserved in shale rock for approximately 46 million years after it plummeted into a lake in what is now northwestern Montana, according to Joseph Stromberg of...

2013-08-28 23:20:05

Conferences Will Highlight Biodiversity and Urban Waterways Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 28, 2013 The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting two online education conferences for teachers and students Sept. 11 and Oct. 9 that offer a look into how Smithsonian conservation biologists are helping save frog populations from extinction and ways to facilitate citizen scientist projects for students. The sessions bring together experts from the Smithsonian Conservation...

Apple TV Adds Disney, The Weather Channel And Vevo
2013-08-27 18:03:05

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The Disney Channel, Disney Channel XD, The Weather Channel, the Smithsonian and Vevo are now available to Apple TV owners. Apple quietly released the update this morning, adding the five new channels alongside the new iTunes Festival channel. The iPhone maker has been steadily adding new features and content to their Apple TV offering amidst long-whispered rumors that they’ll one day release either a separate set-to box or...

Carnivorous Mammal Discovery First In 35 Years For The Americas
2013-08-15 11:30:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time in more than three decades, a new carnivorous mammal species has been discovered in the Western hemisphere, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution announced on Thursday. According to Joseph Stromberg of Smithsonian.com, the creature is a member of the raccoon family known as the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), and it is native to the cloud forests of Columbia and Ecuador. Dr. Kristofer Helgen, the...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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