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2014-09-10 03:00:47

Jessica Arriens, NSF International team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions Ushuaia and Fairbanks are cities near the tips of the world. The capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province and the Alaskan metropolis don't have much in common. Except for a cluster of simple wood boxes on poles, and the scientists and swallows who flock to them. Both animals are part of Golondrinas de las Américas--the Swallows of the Americas, an...

How The Woodpecker Avoids Brain Injury Despite High-speed Impacts
2014-08-13 03:52:28

Science China Press Designing structures and devices that protect the body from shock and vibrations during high-velocity impacts is a universal challenge. Scientists and engineers focusing on this challenge might make advances by studying the unique morphology of the woodpecker, whose body functions as an excellent anti-shock structure. The woodpecker's brain can withstand repeated collisions and deceleration of 1200 g during rapid pecking. This anti-shock feature relates to the...

Can A Better Helmet Be Designed From Studying Woodpeckers?
2011-10-27 09:38:45

Researchers studying woodpeckers could learn to develop more effective helmets that could protect the human head more effectively. Able to peck at a tree trunk at 6-7 meters per second results in intense deceleration forces upon impact, but woodpeckers do so every day without sustaining any brain injury. Scans of the birds´ skulls detail micro-structural parameters such as bone volume, thickness, and density of the species. Investigating the source of this protection, Yubo Fan of...

2009-05-01 07:05:00

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- While playing a heated game of Wii(TM) is considered exercise for many, others pine for the days when children scouted out entertainment armed with nothing but their imagination and a few simple toys -- no batteries required. "Kid's Sand Box Fun with Professor Woodpecker" (published by AuthorHouse) kicks off a second series of children's books by H&T Imaginations Unlimited, Inc. that encourages kids to seek fun and adventure the old-fashioned way....

2006-12-21 12:13:59

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Researchers have scoured the area where two Arkansas men reported sighting the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker last week, and more search teams will arrive near the spot in January, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Wednesday. Catherine Rideout, who helps lead the search for the rare bird for the commission, said a team went to the site near Cotton Plant Tuesday with Kip Davis, one of the two men who reported they caught a glimpse of the...

2006-05-18 15:05:04

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker in the swamps of Arkansas has ended for the season with no confirmed sighting, wildlife experts said on Thursday, but they plan to start looking again in late autumn. The "Lord God bird" -- so-called because of the exclamation it prompted from those who saw it -- was last officially seen in 1944, but eyewitness reports and a four-second video of the ivory-bill in flight in 2004 convinced...

2006-04-21 05:20:00

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Much like the bird that drew attention to it, Bayou de View - where birders reported seeing an ivory-billed woodpecker - is critically endangered, researchers said Thursday. University of Arkansas at Fayetteville graduate students spent last fall slogging through hip-deep mud to study the cypresses and other trees in the eastern Arkansas bayous. They found a forest of bald cypress and tupelo, an ecosystem that has all but disappeared from the landscape. Researchers...

2005-12-13 16:40:00

By Deborah Zabarenko BAYOU de VIEW, Arkansas (Reuters) - Among ancient cypress and tupelo trees, bird experts and wildlife officials searched high and low on Tuesday for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker, peering first into big messy holes in the ground and up at towering limbs. "These would be C holes," said Ron Rohrbaugh, an ornithologist at Cornell University as he led a team in Arkansas in search of the bird previously presumed extinct. Rohrbaugh noted that possible ivory-billed nesting...

2005-12-12 12:25:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- It has starred in a video, been widely recorded and graced the cover of a prestigious magazine. But to dispel any doubt the ivory-billed woodpecker -- the Elvis of the bird world -- is back from extinction, searchers are combing a corner of Arkansas in an intensive six-month hunt. On foot, in canoes and kayaks, even using cherry-picker vehicles that tower over the forest canopy, teams of volunteers and paid workers have been looking for traces of the big...

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2005-12-11 09:15:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON -- It has starred in a video, been widely recorded and graced the cover of a prestigious magazine. But to dispel any doubt the ivory-billed woodpecker -- the Elvis of the bird world -- is back from extinction, searchers are combing a corner of Arkansas in an intensive six-month hunt. On foot, in canoes and kayaks, even using cherry-picker vehicles that tower over the forest canopy, teams of volunteers and paid workers have been looking for traces of the big...


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2006-07-15 12:28:42

The Lewis's Woodpecker, (Melanerpes lewis), is a large North American species of woodpecker. One of the largest species of American woodpeckers, Lewis's Woodpecker can be as large as 10 to 11 inches in length. It is mainly blackish-green in color with a black rump. It has a gray collar and upper breast, with a pinkish belly, and a red face. The wings are much broader than those of other woodpeckers, and it flies at a much more sluggish pace with slow, but even flaps similar to those of a...

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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