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2011-01-07 08:25:00

Using a special form of X-ray technology, French and American researchers have managed to discern the diets of the extinct, squid-like creatures known as ammonites. The experts used the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble to analyze ammonite fossils using synchrotron X-rays. They discovered that the ancient creatures, which died out more than 65 million years ago and are related to the squid and the octopus, ate plankton. According to an ESRF press release dated January...

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2010-11-22 10:30:00

In deep ocean waters, it's sometimes difficult to hide from predators. That's why so many sea creatures have evolved extraordinary methods of disguise. Cephalopods, such as octopus, squid and cuttlefish, are big on camouflage, by day or night. In fact, the Hawaiian bobtail squid has several means of stealthy self- preservation. "During the day, if they are disturbed from the sand, they will come out, sit on the surface with a sand coat on them, trying to be invisible," says Margaret...

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2010-11-16 06:29:25

A new large species of squid has been discovered among several dozens of other types gathered during exploration of the Indian Ocean, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Monday. The 27-inch-long new species is part of the "chiroteuthid" family. It has light emitting organs that attract prey in the darkness thousands of feet deep along the craggy seabed, according to the IUCN. More than 7,000 samples of lifeforms were gathered during last year's Seamounts...

2010-11-01 10:37:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaiam, Inc., a leading producer of lifestyle media, announced today the release of three new DVD titles, Deadliest Catch Season 6, Whale Wars Season 3 and Colossal Squid, under its exclusive home video license agreement with Discovery Communications. Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch Season 6 is the most watched season in the history of the series. Season 6 follows the crews of the fishing vessels, the Cornelia Marie, the Northwestern, the Time...

2010-10-15 16:57:55

The ordinary squid, Loligo pealii"”best known until now as a kind of floating buffet for just about any fish in the sea"”may be on the verge of becoming a scientific superstar, providing clues about the origin and evolution of the sense of hearing. In a hangar-like research building at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), biologist T. Aran Mooney is exploring virtually uncharted waters: Can squid hear? Is their hearing sensitive enough to hear approaching predators?...

2010-09-08 07:00:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Colossal Squid Industries, the Chicago-based independent digital creative agency, recently announced key senior account service staff appointments to support the agency's significant growth across a variety of key clients. "We've provided strategy and creative for great brands like Scott®, Viva, NeXXus, and TRESemme," said Steve Slivka, Colossal Squid co-founder. "This is in part due to the deep agency experience and leadership our...

2010-06-28 08:34:00

CHICAGO, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Colossal Squid Industries, an independent digital creative agency, is proud to be the first digital sponsor of the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 16 - 18, 2010 in Chicago's Union Park. "It's not everyday that you encounter a nimble and creative company that can tailor itself to work with the different demands of a concert event," said Mike Reed, Director, Pitchfork Music Festival. "We're lucky enough to have Colossal Squid, a like-minded group, right in...

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2010-04-07 12:32:37

Habitat information important to track as ocean waters warm New research is shedding light on the preferred habitat of the northern squid, Gonatus fabricii - a key but often overlooked species in Arctic marine food webs. Squid, along with octopus and bobtail squid (Rossia spp.), play an important role as prey in Arctic waters for species such as narwhal, beluga, seals, cod and Greenland halibut. But, says Kathleen Gardiner, a PhD candidate in the Biological Sciences Department of the...

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2010-03-04 08:10:00

Remarkable Strategy Evolved to Avoid Predators On the open sand plains of the Caribbean seafloor, where soft-bodied animals are routinely exposed to predators, camouflage can be key to survival. Perhaps no group of animals is quite as adept at blending in with its surroundings as cephalopods, who along with relatives the cuttlefish and squid, have evolved a unique skin system that can instantaneously change their appearance. In the February 2010 issue of The Biological Bulletin, MBL Senior...

2009-12-11 19:14:35

Joint project between PTB and its US counterpart NIST might advance simple and cost effective diagnostical methods The "magnetically best shielded room on earth" has the size of an apartment block and is located on the site of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Institute Berlin. Magnetic fields such as that of the earth are kept out here as effective as nowhere else. Such ideal conditions allow to measure the tiny magnetic fields of, e.g., the human heart. This was the...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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