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Can You Stomach This? Starfish Feeding Secrets Revealed
2013-08-02 14:13:12

[ Watch the Video: Starfish Feeding Mechanism Better Understood ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Starfish have a feeding method that is unlike any other. To eat, the echinoderm ejects its stomach from its own body -- placing it over the digestible parts of its prey, typically a mussel or clam. The stomach then partially digests what it can, producing a chowder-like slurry that is then drawn back into the starfishes' ten digestive glands. According to a new report...

2013-08-01 15:49:33

In this month's edition of Physics World, a group of physicists describe how unique structures in the natural world are inspiring scientists to develop new types of materials with unprecedented properties. From adhesive tape inspired by the toes of geckos to a potential flaw-resistant coating of aeroplanes inspired by mother of pearl, the attractiveness centers on one concept -- hierarchical design. When materials have a hierarchical design, the overall structure is made up of much...

2013-07-26 23:00:13

TicketProcess.com recently made the announcement that they have a large inventory of Pearl Jam tickets for sale at their popular and discounted ticket exchange to the upcoming October 11 show in Pittsburgh at The Consol Energy Center. (PRWEB) July 26, 2013 All fans of the band who will be in or around the Pennsylvania area in the beginning of October can now purchase Pearl Jam tour tickets at TicketProcess.com. The popular site currently has tickets available to the general public...

2013-07-26 23:00:12

TicketProcess.com is officially welcoming all fans interested in buying Pearl Jam tickets to the upcoming October 27 tour date in Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena to their popular and easy-to-use website. (PRWEB) July 26, 2013 A quick visit to TicketProcess.com will give fans access to a large inventory of tickets to highly anticipated tour dates starring the legends of alternative rock. Pearl Jam was formed in a suburb of Seattle during the early 1990s when grunge rock was just coming...

2013-07-26 13:49:58

Environmental consultants, research ecologists, nature conservation agencies, city managers, translators, and many others, all need to put names to plants at one time or another. The sources used often are not scientifically up-to-date, making it difficult to figure out the accepted name or proper vernacular to use in a vast country like Canada. The VASCAN database simplifies this task for all users. The database content was developed by a team of botanists led by Dr. Luc Brouillet, a...

Mussels Help Create Artificial Tendons
2013-07-24 11:54:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers have discovered precisely why mussels are able to stick to slick surfaces so well, even when faced with stiff currents and rocking waves. And beyond unraveling one more of nature's little secrets, the researchers believe they can use this information to help repair human tendons. Mussels use filaments called byssus threads to adhere to piers, rocks and more. These byssus threads allow the mussels to stray out a...

Climate Change Harp Seals Abandon Pups
2013-07-22 15:20:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Duke University scientists have determined that young harp seals off the eastern coast of Canada are at a greater risk of getting stranded than adult seals due to climate change. Researchers wrote in the open-access journal PLOS ONE that declining sea ice is leaving baby harp seals stranded in greater numbers. "Stranding rates for the region's adult seals have generally not gone up as sea ice cover has declined; it's the...

Fungal-farming Beetle Threatening Avocado Crops
2013-07-18 13:04:01

Penn State Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers. Ambrosia beetles are insects that bore into trees and cultivate fungi to use as a food source for their young. The fungi -- species of Fusarium -- carried by types of the Ambrosia beetle can damage or even kill trees, making the beetle and its fungi a threat to avocado production in the U.S....

Scientists Have Finally Found 'Waldo'
2013-07-16 09:36:46

Pensoft Publishers After nearly 25 years of searching, three scientists have finally found Waldo. No, not the loveable bespectacled character in children's picture books, but rather an unusual clam discovered off the coast of California and British Columbia. Paul Valentich-Scott from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and Diarmaid O Foighil from the University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology first began discussing this unusual clam back in 1989. Valentich-Scott discovered his...

2013-07-12 12:48:32

Simon Fraser University biologists have discovered a new, extinct family of insects that will help scientists better understand how some animals responded to global climate change and the evolution of communities. The Eocene Apex of Panorpoid Family Diversity, a paper by SFU’s Bruce Archibald and Rolf Mathewes, plus David Greenwood from Brandon University, was recently published in the Journal of Paleontology. The researchers named the new family the Eorpidae, after...


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Negros Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus arcanus
2014-04-18 14:10:41

The Negros Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus arcanus) is a species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It is native to the island of Negros located in the Philippines. This fruit dove is known from a single female specimen collected from the slopes of Mount Kanloan within the northern portion of the island. While it was found at a high elevation, it is suspected that the species originally resided in the lowland dipterocarp forests and was driven to higher elevations due to...

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

2014-04-18 10:27:02

The Sulu Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba menagei) is a species of bird within the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It is native to the island of Tawi-Tawi and its surrounding islets within the Philippines’ Sulu Archipelago. This species is known from two specimens that were collected in 1891, and has not been recorded with certainty since then. It resides in primary and secondary forests that have a closed canopy. It is of medium size with a short tail. Bright metallic green colored feathers...

Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus
2014-04-14 10:24:36

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater that can be found in South and Central America in a rage that extends from southern Veracruz and  Oaxaca, through most of Central America, to Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and on the island of Trinidad. This species prefers to reside in a number of forested habitats including semi deciduous forests, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. It can be found at elevations between sea level...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

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