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Were Dinosaurs Warm Blooded?
2013-07-19 10:55:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Modern reptiles are cold-blooded, and many researchers maintain dinosaurs were as well. New research from the University of Adelaide, however, suggests dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded like birds and mammals. Professor Roger Seymour of UA's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences argues cold-blooded dinosaurs would have been unable to develop the necessary muscle power to prey on other animals and dominate...

2013-06-25 23:30:58

In consultation with researchers and veterinarians, Signal-Health has compiled a simple, 3-point checklist to help horse owners and trainers identify sweating problems so they may be caught early and treated promptly. Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) June 25, 2013 Summertime – and the livin’ is not always easy for horse owners and trainers. With the hottest temperatures of the year just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to know if a horse is sweating adequately and, if not, to...

2012-12-13 12:21:21

A new study by biologists at Mercyhurst University focuses on the influence of climate change, particularly warmer winters, on the survival and potential fecundity of cold-blooded animals. Cold blooded animals, or ectotherms, do not have an internal mechanism for regulating body temperature. Instead, they rely on solar energy captured by the environment. The purpose of the Mercyhurst study, a collaboration of Michael Elnitsky, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; and students Drew...

Pinocchio Effect Proven Through Thermography
2012-12-04 05:36:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A breakthrough new study from the University of Granada has confirmed that Geppetto was right when he told Pinocchio that lying affects your nose, he was just wrong about how. The new study reveals that when a person lies, they suffer a "Pinocchio effect" — an increase in the temperature around the nose and in the orbital muscle in the inner corner of the eye. They also found that when a person performs a considerable mental...

2012-12-03 21:05:28

Team physicians should educate coaches, athletes on exposure risk and prevention Extreme heat or cold can cause dangerous and potentially fatal side effects in athletes. A literature review appearing in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) provides an overview of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and management of various conditions related to excessive heat and cold exposure. “Both extreme heat and cold can be...

One Lizard Species Adapts Quickly To Climate Change
2012-11-27 12:04:38

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Duke University shows that one tropical lizard's tolerance for cold is a bit stiffer than scientists had assumed. The Puerto Rican lizard Anolis cristatellus has adapted to the colder winters of Miami, Florida, the study shows. This lizard may also be able to tolerate temperature variations caused by climate change. The results of this study will be published in the December 6 issue of The American Naturalist....

Hair Plays Important Role In Keeping Elephants Cool
2012-10-11 19:23:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Our ancestors and other species were pretty hairy. They had to be. Body hair on mammals has long been thought of as an evolutionary requirement for survival in cold climes that prehistoric man and the woolly mammoth inhabited. Even today, with the hair on top of your head, you are insulating your body trying to maintain that magic number: 98.6. Or are you? A new study suggests it may do the opposite. Well, where pachyderms are...

Heart Disease Risk Increases With Temperature Extremes
2012-09-19 18:51:23

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The crazy weather we´ve been submitted to in recent years is more than a nuisance or even the subject of small talk down at the local coffee shop. According to new research today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal, the extreme temperatures, which often accompany unpredictable weather, can also increase the risk of premature cardiovascular disease (CVD) death. To test...

Surprising Tips To Beat The Heat
2012-08-21 14:26:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the heat of summer starts to slow down, and the season of orange and red leaves starts to peek its way around the corner, new science shows just how we can be better about beating the heat next year. Immediately, the thought of ice cream probably sticks in most Americans minds as a way to try and keep cool in the summer's sweltering heat, but in actuality that is flawed thinking, scientists said in a press conference. Shirley O....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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