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TurtleBot Will Carry Everything You Don't Want To
2012-05-18 09:55:06

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Imagine this: You're throwing a social event at your house, and suddenly, your guests look over and notice drinks being carried over to them via robot.  No this pipe dream isn't from Rocky IV, but it could become your hosting reality with the new TurtleBot. The TurtleBot is like a robotic table that can be programmed to move around a house or an office. The robot is available for about $1,500, and comes with everything you need to get it actively...

2012-05-17 09:33:35

The movement patterns of critically endangered leatherback turtles vary greatly depending on whether the animals live in the North Atlantic or the Eastern Pacific, with implications for feeding behavior and population recovery, according to research published May 16 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The authors, led by Helen Bailey of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, found that turtles in the Atlantic had two travel modes, low and high speed, associated with...

Scientists Answer Unresolved Questions About Loggerhead Turtle Migrations
2012-05-16 04:18:10

A new study led by Kenneth J. Lohmann, a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides insight into exactly how young loggerhead turtles complete a transoceanic migration that involves moving through the entirety of the North Atlantic basin. These turtles promptly leave the safety of their nests in Florida, after emerging from their shells, and once they have completed the migration alone and intact, the loggerhead turtles will arrive in North America's...

2012-04-25 07:43:21

Here's an anatomical packing list for making that historic trip from water to land circa 370 million years ago: Lungs? Check. Legs? Check. Patches of highly vascular bone in the skin? In a new paper, scientists propose why many of the earliest four-legged creatures that dared breathe on land carried bony skin features. The "dermal bones" within the skin, especially the bones covering the skull roof and forming part of the shoulder girdle, had a highly complex surface of ridges and furrows...

Freeing Loggerhead Turtles Comes At A Price
2012-04-20 08:56:30

When loggerhead turtles are accidentally captured by humans, a recovery process follows, the complexity of which varies according to the turtle's injuries. Spanish researchers have analyzed the process of reintegrating these animals into the environment and they have discovered that there are changes in the behavior of the turtles that have a complicated recovery process. The study, which has been published in Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, involved placing...

2012-03-21 14:35:09

A group of biologists from Denmark and the US led by Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard, University of Southern Denmark, and Catherine Carr, University of Maryland, have shown that the turtle ear is specialized for underwater hearing. The new discovery is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B March 21st , Special features of the turtle ear — a large, air-filled middle ear and a movable tympanic disk increase its sensitivity for underwater sound. Laser measurements of disk vibrations...

Marine Protected Areas Prove To Be Vital Aspect Of Green Turtle Sustainability
2012-03-21 05:08:51

Ryan Parson for RedOrbit.com Some sea turtles appear to be reaping the benefits of government designated areas of bodies of water, known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography suggests that the MPAs are playing a key role in the support and nourishment of the Green turtle. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, all six species of sea turtles that inhabit US waters are currently listed under the Endangered...

Researchers Find New Species Of Dinosaur Age Turtle
2012-02-28 04:34:03

Researchers at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), the Museu de la Conca Dellà (MCD) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have published this week in the online edition of the journal Cretaceous Research the discovery and description of a turtle from the end of the age of dinosaurs. Josep Marmi, Angel Lujan, Angel Galobart from ICP, Rodrigo Gaete from MDC, and Violeta and Oms Oriol Riera from UAB have named this new...

Satellite Reveals Sea Turtle Feeding Hotspots
2012-02-07 05:15:20

Study Offers Clues to Loggerheads' Elusive Habits at Sea Satellite tracking of threatened loggerhead sea turtles has revealed two previously unknown feeding ℠hotspots´ in the Gulf of Mexico that are providing important habitat for at least three separate populations of the turtles, according to a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. The two sites, located in the open waters off the coast of Southwest Florida and the northern tip of the Yucatan...


Latest Turtle Reference Libraries

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2007-04-15 20:56:54

The Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The species is distributed throughout all of the world's seas, but the Atlantic and pacific populations are divided into two subspecies. E. I. imbricata is the Atlantic subspecies and E. I. bissa is the Pacific subspecies. The Hawksbill is predominantly known as a tropical sea turtle found in the tropical seas of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. However, they...

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2007-03-19 15:30:49

Kemp's Ridley, Lepiochelys kempii, is a critically endangered species of sea turtle. Their range includes the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. They are also the only turtle which almost all the females return to one single beach (Rancho Nuevo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas) every single year to lay their eggs. They are the smallest of the sea turtle species, growing less than 40 inches and weighing about 100 pounds as an adult. Kemp's Ridley sea turtle changes color with its...

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2006-12-26 15:36:04

The Leatherback Sea Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is the biggest of all living turtles. It reaches a length of over 8.8 feet and a weight of 2,000 pounds. It is the world's 4th largest reptile. It is found in all tropical and subtropical oceans. It is the only extant species in the genre Dermochelys and the family Dermochelyidae. This species has many unique features that distinguish it greatly from other sea turtles. Its shell lacks the bony scales of other turtles, comprising mainly of...

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2005-06-14 12:43:45

The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) is a larger yet less aggressive relative of the common snapping turtle. It is characterized by a large, heavy head and a thick tail with a dorsal ridge of large scales which gives it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. The inside of the turtle's mouth is camouflaged and it possesses a vermiform appendage on the tip of its tongue with which it lures fish. Like the common snapping turtle, the alligator...

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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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