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Scientists Discover Three New Arthropod Species In Spain
2012-11-28 13:35:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three new collembolan species have been discovered in the Maestrazgo caves in Teruel, Spain, by a team of scientists from the University of Navarra and the Catalan Association of Biospeleology. The team published descriptions of the new species — minute animals belonging to one of the most ancient animal species on the planet — in the journal Zootaxa. Biospeleology is the study of life in caves, karst formations and...

Ancient Mayfly Hitchhiker Uncovered
2012-10-18 21:41:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Fossil of Springtail Hitchhiking Mayfly ] Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest evidence of a hitchhiker from 16 million years ago, according to a study published in PLoS ONE. Researchers said they found a mayfly trapped in ancient amber that had a hitchhiking springtail attached to it. A springtail is a wingless arthropod that is among the most commonly found bugs all over the world. The evidence...

Scientists Discover World’s Deepest-Living Creature
2012-02-24 05:29:28

Over a mile beneath the Earth´s surface in the pitch black depths of the world´s deepest cave, a team of Spanish and Portuguese scientists have discovered several new species of animals, one of which they are describing as the deepest terrestrial animal known to man. The tiny arthropod, already dubbed with the Latin name Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, is one of four newly discovered species of wingless arthropods known to entomologists as springtails. Part of a subclass of...

Image 1 - Study Reveals Diversity Of Life In Soils
2011-10-18 03:43:01

New species discovered across the globe Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya, or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden. That conclusion is found in research results published October 17 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists have generally accepted that a wider range of species can be found above ground at the equator than at the Earth's...

2009-07-21 12:57:29

Arctic springtails (Megaphorura arctica) survive freezing temperatures by dehydrating themselves before the coldest weather sets in. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Genomics have identified a suite of genes involved in controlling this extreme survival mechanism.Melody Clark led a team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Novi-Sad, Serbia, who studied the arthropods. She said, "This is the first in-depth molecular study on the underlying...

2005-10-20 13:45:09

By Julie Mollins TORONTO (Reuters) - Tiny fleas that survive on fungus found under a blanket of snow contain a unique antifreeze that could have implications for farming or transplant surgery, Canadian researchers said on Wednesday. The researchers, whose report is published in the latest edition of Science, said their findings could help protect plants or animals from frost, or allow donated transplant organs to be stored and transported at lower temperatures. The six-legged snow...

2005-10-07 13:47:20

The flow of carbon through soil is ten times greater than the amount of carbon moved around by the burning of fossil fuel but until now how this happens was at best poorly understood. Soil was almost literally a black box to scientists interested in carbon. Now researchers at the University of Warwick have been able to shed light in that black box by getting a particular class of insects to expose the key underground carbon traffic system - by eating it. The University of Warwick team worked...

2005-08-08 18:00:55

The tastiest root There are many insects which spend part of their lives below ground, feeding on the roots of various plants. While much is known about their above-ground lives, less is known about what they do underground. Focusing on the clover root weevil (Sitona lepidus), an insect that attacks white clover (Trifolium repens) throughout Europe and the United States, Scott Johnson, Peter Gregory (Scottish Crop Research Institute, UK), and Xioxian Zhang (University of Abertay, UK) used...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'