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2014-05-06 16:32:17

Donation Planned on Behalf of Attendees to The Alzheimer's Association LARGO, Fla., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cypress Palms, an assisted living community within the 88-acre master-planned Palms of Largo campus, managed by The Goodman Group, is proud to announce the grand re-opening of its state-of-the-art Pearl Essence(®) memory care community. First opened in 2009, Pearl Essence is the first residential memory care community in the county designed exclusively for women. Cypress...

Leaf Chewing Links Insect Diversity In Tropical Forests
2014-05-05 03:53:42

By A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State Observations of insects and their feeding marks on leaves in modern forests confirm indications from fossil leaf deposits that the diversity of chewing damage relates directly to diversity of the insect population that created it, according to an international team of researchers. "The direct link between richness of leaf-chewing insects and their feeding damage across host plants in two tropical forests validates the underlying assumptions of many...

2014-04-30 10:33:54

Sponges are usually considered to be the oldest living animals, having evolved before all other groups. The simplicity of their body structure and tissue organization has for many years made them candidates for the ancestral group of animals, and they have long been regarded as our best illustration of what the earliest animals would have looked like. This has been supported by genetic analyses, which suggest that sponges branched from other animals a very long time ago, deep in the...

Mantis Shrimp Is Stronger Than Airplanes
2014-04-23 03:00:09

Sean Nealon, University of California, Riverside Inspired by mantis shrimp, researchers design composite material stronger than standard used in airplane frames Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in...

2014-04-22 16:31:45

NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XBRL US, the nonprofit consortium for XBRL reporting in the US, announced today the publication of a new online tool, the US GAAP Pension Analyzer which is available for free to public company reporting managers that runs a set of rules against the pension disclosure within an XBRL-formatted financial statement. A review of XBRL filings in the most recent quarter reveals that 32% of public companies had errors in their pension footnotes...

2014-04-15 10:17:55

Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum and international collaborators have reconstructed the phylogeny and biological history for the Yellow-shouldered bats in the New World tropics, the region of the Earth surrounding the equator. In-depth analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences uncovered three species new to science, each having previously been confused with another species. Since 1960, when modern studies on this group began, Sturnira has grown from eight species to 22. The...

2014-04-11 16:23:01

NEW YORK, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XBRL US, the nonprofit consortium dedicated to XBRL reporting in the US, today congratulated the U.S. Senate for its passage of the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, S. 994, a bill mandating the use of structured data standards for the reporting of all government expenditures. The bill was approved by unanimous consent and is slated to move to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. An earlier version of the bill was...

Fruit Flies Use Not Just Eyes, But Antennae To Control Air Speed
2014-04-11 14:20:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Geneticists may know the fruit fly genus Drosophila as go-to organisms for their research, but a new study focused instead on how these insects go into a sort of “cruise control” while in flight. Using bursts of air and sophisticated software, the new study revealed that fruit flies use a combination of vision and their wind-sensitive antennae to maintain a constant flight speed relative to the ground. The new study, published in...

Sunken Logs Create New Habitats For Seafloor Animals
2014-04-10 14:25:36

MBARI When it comes to food, most of the deep sea is a desert. Many seafloor animals feed on marine snow—the organic remnants of algae and animals that live in the sunlit surface waters, far above. However, marine snow only falls as a light dusting and doesn’t have much nutritional value. Thus, any other sources of food that reach the deep sea provide a temporary feast. Even bits of dead wood, waterlogged enough to sink, can support thriving communities of specialized animals. A new...

Scientists Find Four Eyes In 305M-Year-Old Daddy Longlegs Fossil
2014-04-10 13:42:21

[ Watch the Video: Ancient Harvestman Arachnid Images Reveal Secrets ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A group of arachnids known as harvestmen -- or more commonly daddy longlegs -- are known from every continent on the planet except for Antarctica. These spindly-legged creatures have been creeping and crawling around for hundreds of millions of years. While living harvestmen have a single pair of eyes, a newly-described harvestmen fossil from France shows...


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Tanna Ground Dove, Gallicolumba ferruginea
2014-09-10 10:54:56

The Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea), known also as Forster’s Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. The taxonomic affiliation is not certain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829, it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba; its closest relative is most likely the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was native to the Pacific Island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Forster records a native name mahk, nearly certainly from the Kwamera language. The taxonomic...

Liverpool Pigeon, Caloenas maculata
2014-09-10 10:48:08

The Liverpool Pigeon or the Spotted Green Pigeon (Caloenas maculata) is a presumed extinct pigeon species of unknown provenance. Currently, it is only known from a single specimen reposited in the World Museum of the National Museums Liverpool; this specimen is presumed to have been collected from French Polynesia sometime between 1783 and 1823. The Liverpool Pigeon was initially mentioned in the work A General Synopsis of Birds by John Latham and scientifically named by Johann Friedrich...

Crab Spiders, Thomisidae
2014-06-19 08:13:57

Thomisidae is a family that holds around two thousand species of crab spiders that can be found throughout the world. Although the name crab spider has been used to refer to a large number of species, it is most often used to refer to members of this family, especially the flower crab spider. Many members of this family have flat bodies that resemble those of crabs and others hold their two front legs in positions that crabs are known for or move in sideways motions as crabs do. Although...

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum
2014-05-26 09:02:44

The frosted flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum) is a species of mole salamander that can be found in southeastern coastal areas of the United States. Its range includes northern areas of Florida and southern areas of Georgia and South Carolina. It prefers to reside in pine savannas and wet pine flatwoods. This species is small, reaching an average body length between 3.5 and 5.3 inches and has a small head and body with short legs and a long, smooth tail. It is typically brown to...

Northwestern Salamander, Ambystoma gracile
2014-05-26 07:53:38

The northwestern salamander (Ambystoma gracile) is a species of mole salamander that can be found along the Pacific Coast of North America. Its range extends from May Island in southeastern Alaska to the Gulala River in Sonoma County, California. It resides in a number of habitats from sea level to the timberline, including grasslands and woodlands, but cannot be found east of the Great Divide. It holds two subspecies known as A. g. decorticatum and A. g. gracile, which are separated by a...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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