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Social Bats More Likely To Pay Higher Price From White-nose Syndrome
2012-07-04 08:13:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New studies conducted by biologists at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) show that the effects of white-nose syndrome, a deadly bat disease, may be worse in bat colonies who are increasingly social during hibernation. The study found that bat species that tend to cluster together during hibernation, even with declining populations, would continue to spread white-nose syndrome. In 2006, white-nose syndrome made a dramatic...

NASA Supercomputer Gets A Boost
2012-06-20 04:24:01

NASA's flagship Pleiades supercomputer just received a boost to help keep pace with the intensive number-crunching requirements of scientists and engineers working on some of the agency's most challenging missions. Pleiades is critical for the modeling, simulation and analysis of a diverse set of agency projects in aeronautics research, Earth and space sciences and the design and operation of future space exploration vehicles. The supercomputer is located at the NASA Advanced...

Increase In Lyme Disease Causes Drop In Red Fox Numbers
2012-06-18 15:29:31

A continued increase of Lyme disease in the United States, once linked to a recovering deer population, may instead be explained by a decline of the red fox, UC Santa Cruz researchers suggest in a new study. The team's findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that although deer populations have stabilized, Lyme disease has increased across the northeastern and midwestern United States over the past three decades. The increase coincides with...

Elephant Seal Study Reveals Previously Unknown Behaviors
2012-05-17 06:37:47

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Researchers at the University of California - Santa Cruz (UCSC) have used tracking devices to learn more about previously unknown behaviors of Northern elephant seals. Their study, published May 15 in the journal PLoS ONE, used satellite tracking devices to follow the migratory, breeding, and predatory behaviors of the Pacific dwelling mammals. The information gathered by the researchers showed almost 300 seals traveling throughout the northeast Pacific...

Robot Spinning A Globe
2012-05-14 20:45:59

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley want to make tracking the flow of a body of water as simple as tracking other phenomena, like weather patterns or the flow of traffic. In the pursuit of this goal, they have developed the Floating Sensor Network project, a system comprised of 100 motorized devices that measure temperature, salinity, and other information as they drift along a water surface. The fleet of buoys, which was field tested last week, are equipped with a...

UCLA's "Time Machine" To Study Distant Galaxies
2012-04-13 10:28:20

[ Watch the Video ] A team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are building an advanced scientific instrument unlike any other ever built before, with the aim to study some of the oldest galaxies in the universe. The five-ton spectrometer, known as MOSFIRE (Multi-Object Spectrometer for Infra-Red Exploration), has been installed in the Keck I Telescope at the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii where, once fully operational, it will receive infrared light that...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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