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Discovery Of The Week: Purple Philippine Freshwater Crabs
2012-04-24 08:05:43

The Philippines is the setting for the latest spectacular discovery: Four new species of crabs, most of which have purplish shells and live in lowland-forest ecosystems, discovered by a team of German scientists, reports National Geographic. The four new discoveries, all of which are found only on the island of Palawan, were co-discovered and described by Hendrik Freitag of Germany´s Senckenberg Museum of Zoology. “In the Aqua Palawana research program I am head of, we have...

2012-04-02 09:56:56

The first typhoon of the northern hemisphere 2012 typhoon season is headed for landfall in Vietnam. NASA's Aqua and TRMM satellites have been providing forecasters with valuable data on Typhoon Pakhar, that includes rainfall rates, cloud extent and temperature. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite flew almost directly over Pakhar when it was a newly formed tropical storm in the South China Sea on March 29, 2012 at 1122 UTC/4:22 p.m. Asia local time (or 7:22 a.m. EDT)....


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'