Quito (AFP) – "Pepe the Missionary," a giant tortoise who rose to fame as one of the most photographed animals on Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, has died at age 60, officials said Friday. Pepe, who lived in a corral at the Galapagos National Park's Interpretation Center, died of natural causes, said the park's ecosystems director, Victor Carrion. Park director Arturo Izurieta paid tribute to the …

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Lizard tails may help humans get new limbs

by Herp News on August 21, 2014

They discovered the genetic "recipe" for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts. By following the genetic recipe for regeneration that is found in lizards, and then harnessing those same genes in human cells, it may be possible to regrow new cartilage, muscle or even spinal cord in the future. "Lizards basically share the …

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Fitch Affirms Tortoise Pipeline & Energy Fund Notes at 'AAA' & Pfd at 'AA'

August 21, 2014

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the following ratings assigned to the senior unsecured notes and mandatory redeemable preferred shares issued by Tortoise Pipeline & Energy Fu Go to Source

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Lizard tails may help humans get new limbs

August 21, 2014

Lizard tails have fascinated humans from ancient times, falling off and growing back just like new. Now, scientists have solved the mystery of how lizards can regenerate their tails. Go to Source

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How Lizards Regrow Their Tails

August 21, 2014

The green anole lizard is master of a well-known trick: it can disconnect its tail in a jam and grow a new one. It's not only impressive, but enviable: regrowing broken or missing body parts has long been the dream of regenerative medicine. Now scientists have unlocked the secret to the lizard’s regenerative abilities, and [...]

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Lizard tails offer regrowth clue

August 21, 2014

A GENETIC program that triggers new tissue growth when a lizard loses its tail could hold the key to muscle and nerve regeneration in humans, a study says. Go to Source

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Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs

August 21, 2014

Selective logging in India’s Western Ghats forests continues to affect frogs decades after harvesting ended, finds a new study published in Biotropica. The research assessed frog communities in logged and unlogged forests in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and found that unlogged forests had twice the density of frogs as areas logged in the 1970s. Go [...]

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Sea Turtle Released from Hospital in Surf City

August 20, 2014

A loggerhead turtle from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital got to head home Wednesday. Go to Source

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Developers working on Turtle Creek office tower

August 20, 2014

M-M Properties seeks tenants for the high-rise to be built at Turtle Creek and Cedar Springs, across from the Perot Group’s new headquarters. Go to Source

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New skeleton frog from Madagascar is already Critically Endangered

August 20, 2014

Sometimes all it takes is fewer clicks. Scientists have discovered a new species of frog from Madagascar that stuck out because it “clicked” less during calls than similar species. Unfortunately the scientists believe the new species—dubbed the Ankarafa skeleton frog—is regulated to a single patch of forest, which, despite protected status, remains hugely threatened. Go [...]

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