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2013-03-22 23:03:40

Southern California's leader in gopher and mole control has released a free website for readers to get insight to controlling these burrowing animals. Rodent Guys charges no fee to readers and information is based on their years of experience controlling these pests. Cambria, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2013 Gopher and mole removal is the most difficult pest control for homeowners to tackle by themselves. Both animals live underground and are rarely seen. These menacing pests destroy the...

Stereo Sniffing Helps Common Moles Detect Their Food
2013-02-06 15:05:32

[Watch Video: Testing Stereo Sniffing Moles] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Almost all mammals, including us humans, can see and hear in stereo. But which other of our senses might utilize a 3D approach for more effective operation? It turns out a new study, published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications, has found that certain animals are able to smell in stereo, as well. One of those mammals, the common mole (Scalopus aquaticus), frequently found...

Star-Nosed Mole Reveals Mysteries Of Touch And Pain Sensing Molecules
2013-01-31 12:23:49

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Located just about an inch above the human elbow is one of the most sensitive patches of skin on our body. An excess of nerve endings in this region means just a light pinch will have even those with the highest pain thresholds flinching and begging for mercy. But humans are not even in the running when it comes to hyper-sensitivity on the skin. Another mammal, the star-nosed mole (named for the star-shaped tip of its snout),...

2012-09-02 23:02:05

Leading Content Management and Marketing Consulting firm ArticlesOnTap.com has just given word that it will be teaming up with the web's premiere provider of mole removal cream information, MoleRemovalCream.com (PRWEB) September 02, 2012 Leading Content Management and Marketing Consulting firm ArticlesOnTap.com has just given word that it will be teaming up with the web's premiere provider of mole removal cream information today, MoleRemovalCream.com. The site has been built as a way to...

Mole And Shrew Differences Is In Their SOX
2012-08-14 10:08:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Talpidae is a family of small insectivores which includes the moles, shrew moles, and aquatic desmans. New research has found that the large size of the moles' digging front paws, compared to their feet, is controlled by altered timing of expression of the gene SOX9. This research is published in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo. Adaption to burrowing underground has given Fossorial (digging) moles, which are closely...

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2011-12-05 21:13:26

Naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) live in a 'hive' society with one reproducing queen and between one and three reproducing males. The rest of the mole rats in the colony are workers either defending the burrow or finding food — not an easy task when you are virtually blind and all the tunnels smell of mole rat. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that mole rat sperm has become simple and degenerate, probably due to...

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2011-07-17 06:06:41

Polydactyly is a hereditary anomaly that is relatively common in both humans and animals. Moles also have additional fingers. In their case, however, the irregularity compared to the five-finger formula of land vertebrates is the norm. An international team of researchers headed by paleontologists from the University of Zurich has now uncovered the background to the development of the mole's extra "thumb": A bone develops in the wrist that stretches along the real thumb, giving the paw a...

2010-07-19 12:58:03

'Super hemoglobin' allows moles to thrive underground. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology have made the first identification of an adaptation in the blood of Eastern moles which allows more efficient transport of carbon dioxide, facilitating the moles' burrowing behavior. Kevin Campbell from the University of Manitoba, Canada, worked with a team of researchers to study the blood of three underground species of North American moles. He said, "Unlike...

2006-07-19 11:32:40

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Few people follow experts' advice to regularly inspect their skin for signs of cancer, and even fewer do it thoroughly and accurately. But a new study suggests that a simple diagram of the body could help. Researchers found that people who "mapped" their moles on a drawing of the torso were better able to catch new growths than their peers who relied on visual memory alone. In this case, the new growths were merely computer manipulations of...


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Eastern Mole, Scalopus aquaticus
2012-05-04 05:50:15

The eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus) is also known as the common mole, and it is the only mole in its genus. This mole has a very wide range, the largest of any native North American mole ranging from Canada to the eastern areas of the United States, and as far south as Mexico. In the United Sates, this mole can be found in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. However, it is not found in the Appalachian Mountains. Its Canadian range is limited to the...

Townsend's Mole, Scapanus townsendii
2012-04-27 08:39:32

Townsend's mole (Scapanus townsendii) can be found in North America. Its range extends from southwestern British Columbia to northwestern California. It prefers to live in lowland and open wooded spaces with soil that has high moisture content. These moles are the largest in North America, with a body length of up to 8.3 inches and an average weight of 4.9 ounces. Its physical characteristics are common for a creature that lives under ground. Its forepaws are large and used for digging, while...

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2007-10-24 12:38:27

The Star-nosed Mole (Condylura cristata), is a small mole found in eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States. It is found in wet lowland areas where it lives on invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms, and mollusks. It is a very good swimmer and can forage along the bottoms of streams and ponds. It is active at day and night and throughout the winter. It will tunnel through snow and also swim in ice-covered streams. The Star-nosed Mole is covered in thick blackish brown...

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2007-01-19 11:46:11

The European Mole, Talpa europaea, is a mammal of the order Soricomorpha. This mole lives in an underground tunnel system, which it constantly extends. It uses these tunnels to hunt its prey. Under normal conditions the displaced earth is pushed to the surface, resulting in the characteristic "mole hills". It has a cylindrical body and is around 5 1/4 inches (12 cm) long. Females are typically smaller than males. The eyes are small, and hidden behind fur. Its ear is just a small ridge...

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2007-01-19 11:32:41

The shrew-mole (Neurotrichus gibbsii) is the smallest North American mole. It is the only member of the genus Neurotrichus and the tribe Neutrichini. It is also known as the American Shrew Mole, but its relationship to the other shrew moles is distant. It is found in damp forested or bushy areas with deep loose soils in the western United States and southwestern British Columbia. It has dark grey fur, a long flattened snout. It has a short but thick bristled tail. It is about 3.94 in...

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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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