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2011-08-19 14:46:10

According to scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the mysterious goo that was found after washing up to the shorelines in a village in Alaska is made up of fungal spores. The new analysis corrected an announcement made last week by Alaska-based NOAA scientists who initially determined that the material was a conglomeration of microscopic eggs or embryos despoiled by a form of crustacean. NOAA said scientists from the agency's Center for Coastal...

2011-07-13 23:33:57

Rice "“ which provides nearly half the daily calories for the world's population "“ could become adapted to climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds or plants with the spores of tiny naturally occurring fungi, just-published U.S. Geological Survey-led research shows. In an effort to explore ways to increase the adaptability of rice to climatic scourges such as tsunamis and tidal surges that have already led to rice shortages, USGS researchers and their...

2011-06-24 08:00:00

CONCORD, Mass., June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Molecular Workbench software (http://mw.concord.org) developed by the Concord Consortium was awarded a SPORE Prize, Science Magazine announced today. The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) has been established by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to "encourage innovation and excellence in education, as well as to encourage the use of high-quality on-line resources by students, teachers,...

2011-06-17 13:14:10

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have found that larger fungal spores can be more lethal. Their findings about two different spore sizes of the fungus Mucor circinelloides, a pathogen that kills half or more of its victims, could help to develop new treatments and fight other types of fungal infections. Mucor infection is in the news as an environmental fungus contracted by people who had trauma in the wake of tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. Three out of eight patients had died by June...

2011-04-27 13:54:06

It may not be as catchy a combination as "Miss Scarlet in the parlor with a revolver," but "polyester-rayon wipes in the field followed by saline-surfactant extraction and vortexing" is the most efficient solution to an important biological game of "Clue" deduced by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As reported in a recent paper*, the NIST team studied different methods for collecting, extracting and quantifying microbial spores from indoor surfaces to...

2011-03-10 10:02:00

NASHUA, N.H., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SilverSpore LLC, an innovator in intelligent IT management solutions, has announced the release of their Spore Monitor compound metric extension to the Open Source community. Spore Monitor extends the Icinga and Nagios open source monitoring systems, combining multiple measurements into a single check as defined by a simple configuration file. Demonstration "Monitor Packs" are included in the release, including packs for basic Linux, Windows,...

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2010-09-28 06:20:00

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Hydrodynamic model of spore plumes explains how plume gives spores an extra oomph Long before geese started flying in chevron formation or cyclists learned the value of drafting, fungi discovered an aerodynamic way to reduce drag on their spores so as to spread them as high and as far as possible. One fungus, the destructive Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, spews thousands of spores nearly simultaneously to form a plume that reduces drag to nearly zero and even creates...

2010-09-09 01:05:34

Scientists today described development and successful initial tests on a substance that acts as a sunscreen for the microscopic spores of a fungus, brightening prospects for wider use of the fungus as a means of wiping out insect pests that attack food crops. "Our finding is especially important for the environment because improving the effectiveness of biological control treatments like this will help to reduce dependence on chemical pesticides," said team leader Robert W. Behle, Ph.D. Behle...

2010-09-08 14:17:42

Microbes could be threatening our cultural heritage by degrading historic cinematographic film and even preventing some valuable footage to be archived at all. Mr Gavin Bingley who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham today describes how fungal growth on cinema film can not only lead to deterioration of the film but may also pose a risk to the archivist. "Fungi that form mould on film reels produce enzymes that enable them to use...

2010-05-27 16:42:27

Rice researchers find first to starve in slime mold thrive at others' expense Rice University evolutionary biologists reported in a paper published this week that the first cells to starve in a slime mold seem to have an advantage that not only helps them survive to reproduce, but also pushes those that keep on eating into sacrificing themselves for the common good. The paper by Rice graduate student Jennie Kuzdzal-Fick and her mentors, David Queller and Joan Strassmann, Rice's Harry C. and...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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