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2008-09-12 12:50:00

Researchers at Reading University have found that metal-munching earthworms can help plants to clean up contaminated soils. The team noticed that subtle changes occurred in metals as worms ingested and excreted soil, making it easier for plants to take up potentially toxic metals from contaminated land. Experts suggested at the British Association Science Festival in Liverpool that earthworms could be the future "21st Century eco-warriors". The UK has many areas with contaminated soil due to...

2008-07-15 12:00:36

By Sanjay Bhatt, Seattle Times Jul. 15--Meet the new goldfish for urban hipsters. From Belltown to Capitol Hill, condo and apartment residents are making room for the red wiggler, a slender worm that eats half its weight each day and produces prodigious clumps of poop ("castings") -- perfect for enriching pots of tomatoes, strawberries or just about anything else. The wiggler is, er, gaining ground in Seattle lofts, balconies and even office kitchens as urban dwellers with green...

2008-07-06 03:00:11

By Wendy Leung RANCHO CUCAMONGA - They're squishy. Children love to play with them. And sometimes, they're at the bottom of your tequila. But not often do worms play the central role of a business - unless it's Marcia Iannone's. The Rancho Cucamonga resident, along with her husband Ron, runs a vermiculture compost business from their home, and the slimy, soft- bodied creatures aren't the only things they sell. Touted on their business cards and "wormmobile" is worm poop and worm tea,...

2008-07-05 03:00:12

By Wendy Leung Staff Writer RANCHO CUCAMONGA - They're squishy. Children love to play with them. And sometimes, they're in the bottom of your tequila. But not often do worms play the central role of a business - unless it's Marcia Iannone's. The Rancho Cucamonga resident, along with her husband Ron, runs a vermiculture compost business from their home, and the slimy, soft- bodied creatures aren't the only things they sell. Touted on their business cards and "wormmobile" is worm...

2008-06-29 06:02:24

By Doug Monson, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Jun. 29--Last year I set a goal to land 100 bass throughout the fishing season. I didn't reach that goal, but settling in at 77 wasn't all that bad either. This year, with the late spawn and the now-steady action on area lakes (especially the shallower lakes that spawned early) I've already landed 51 largemouths. People always ask me why I stick with the Texas-rigged worm when the fishing pace is slow and it is harder to cover a lot of...

2008-06-20 12:00:19

By TOWN AND COUNTRY GERALD MAHAN Interest continues to grow in ways of making agriculture more sustainable. Emphasis is placed on practices like cover crops, grassfed livestock, organic dairy, community supported agriculture, pasture- raised poultry and beneficial insect production to name a few. Several farm tours and workshops are offered June-October through efforts of Innovative Farmers of Ohio, USA-NRCS, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, Ohio Forage and...

2008-05-20 09:00:00

Here's an idea: Start a project with the kids that will teach them something important about how the Earth sustains itself. Set up a container for vermicomposting. (Yes, this project involves worms. But keep reading.) Vermicomposting turns kitchen waste into compost. You put worms in a container, provide the right environment, then toss your leftovers in with them. And the worms do their job, eating their way through the scraps and, as time goes by, turning all that waste into a...

2008-01-29 08:18:59

A rare 3-foot-long spitting earthworm that smells like lilies is at the heart of a legal battle between conservationists and the U.S. government. When taxonomist Frank Smith discovered the giant Palouse earthworm (Driloleirus americanus) in 1897 by, he described it as "very abundant." Nowadays, however, sightings of the worm are rare. The only recent confirmed worm sighting was made in 2005 by a University of Idaho researcher. Before that, the giant worm had not been spotted in...

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2008-01-09 15:35:35

New Haven, Conn. -- Discovery of an exceptional fossil specimen in southeastern Morocco that preserves evidence of the animal's soft tissues has solved a paleontological puzzle about the origins of an extinct group of bizarre slug-like animals with rows of mineralized armor plates on their backs, according to a paper in Nature. While evolution has produced great diversity in the body designs of animals, over the course of history several highly distinct groups, such as trilobites and...

2007-10-17 03:00:11

By Melear, Claudia T Lunsford, Eddie Abstract. This article provides basic information on how a common species of earthworm, Eisenia fetida, can be used in the biology classroom as well as a discussion of how to establish and care for a vermicompost bin. We discuss ideas for inquiry activities with the organism and provide a sample-guided inquiry that demonstrates how a long-term, theme-based unit involving earthworms can address a wide variety of content from the National Science Education...


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Caecilian
2014-01-28 12:32:06

The Sagalla caecilian (Boulengerula niedini) is a long, earthworm-like amphibian from the family Caeciliidae. The species is native to the tiny area of south-eastern Kenya called Sagalla Hill. The Sagalla caecilian has a slender body, perfect for burrowing. Its skin is extremely pigmented, lending it a brownish color with a pinkish-red hint, and white cross segments that give the appearance of grooves. They can grow up to 12 inches in length. Along with tough skin and a bony head, the...

Trumpet Worm, Lagis koreni
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The trumpet worm (Lagis koreni) is a species of polychaete worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It can be found in the waters around Europe including the North Sea, the Arctic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Adriatic Sea. This species is typically found submersed in sand in the neritic zone. The trumpet worm can reach an average length of about one inch and is typically light pink in color, with visible red veins and two pairs of red gills. This...

Nightcrawler, Lumbricus terrestris
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The nightcrawler (Lumbricus terrestris), also known as the lob worm or the common earthworm in Britain and the dew worm in Canada, is a species of earthworm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It is native to Europe, but has been introduced into other areas around the world. Although the species is not as abundant as other worms in its range, it is a widely known species in gardens of temperate habitats, where it moves about on the surface of the soil. The nightcrawler can reach...

Pompeii Worm, Alvinella pompejana
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana) is a species of polychaete worm, or bristle worm that is only found in the Pacific Ocean. It resides at hydrothermal vents, making it an extremophile, and was first discovered French marine biologists of the coat of the Galapagos Islands in the 1980s. It was described by Lucien Laubier and Daniel Desbruyeres as a deep-sea polychaete that could withstand extreme amounts of heat. The Pompeii worm can reach an average length of up to five inches and is...

Hydroides norvegica
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Hydroides norvegica is a species of worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is known as a tube-forming worm, because its builds tube-shaped reefs in order to shelter itself. Its range includes the waters of the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. It prefers to reside in coastal areas on shells, rock piles, and boats. A study conducted in Hawaii showed that this worm was one of four predominant species that made...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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