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   Aug 27

Who Is Lizard Squad, Group Claiming Responsibility for High Profile Hacks?

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The mysterious hacker of hacking collective known as “Lizard Squad” has taken responsibility for a number of cyberattacks that have briefly knocked high profile websites offline.

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   Aug 27

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Guide to Big (Dear Waffles…)

Dear Waffles, I’ve noticed how big you got over the summer. For sulcata tortoises, it happens really fast. As I am an expert on BIG I thought I would share some things about getting closer to that 100 pound marker.

You’re gonna need a bigger blanket.
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Indoors starts looking a bit small
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Indoors gets a little hazardous (for the things indoors, you’ll be fine).
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Your mom is gonna get tired of picking up these
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You’ll end up outside more often but you’ll love it!
The buffet is all you can eat!
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Things you used to eat become toys.
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You’ll start doing this a lot.
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Mom will need help getting you in and out of the car.
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You’ll need a bigger outdoor house.
This is big but 75% is for storing hay and carrots.

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It’s important to learn that a glass is solid. If you insist you can go right through them but you will need to wear a safety hat….so will everyone on the other side.
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You got to get yourself a skateboard.
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Sloth can’t move outside with you but it’s okay, there’s things to snuggle with.
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Even big you’ll make all kinds a new friends. If you can’t dance just go freestyle. Nobody will mind.
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Best of all, you’ll make lifelong friends who love you.
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And that famous hiney shot gets more and more awesome.
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Love, Frankie

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   Aug 26

Who Is Lizard Squad?

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The mysterious hacker of hacking collective known as “Lizard Squad” has taken responsibility for a number of cyberattacks that have briefly knocked high profile websites offline.

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   Aug 26

Lizard Squad: Who Is the Group Claiming Responsibility for High Profile Hacks?

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The Group Has Taken Credit for Hacking the Vatican's Website, and Sony's PlayStation

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   Aug 26

Who Are Lizard Squad – Isis-Linked Hackers or Trolls Making Bomb Threats?

By Herp News

Over the weekend the Sony PlayStation Network went offline and a plane carrying a Sony executive was diverted following a bomb threat. Both events have been credited to the person or people behind the Twitter account @LizardSquad, an account which also purportedly supported the Islamic State (formerly known as Isis). Just over a week ago, the Twitter account came to life, having been dormant …

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   Aug 26

Scottish conservationists have an interesting nightlife

Conservationists in Scotland search dunes and marshes by flashlight, looking for critically endangered natterjack toads.

From BBC News:

The scientists search the area after dark, using torchlight to find the natterjacks.

The toads are then measured and photographed.

James Silvey of RSPB Scotland said: “The beautiful thing about natterjacks is they each come with their own individual fingerprint, and that’s in the form of the big warts and the yellow stripe on their backs.

“Each of the toads we photograph today could potentially live for 10 or 15 years and if we photograph it again we’ll know that individual was found here at Mersehead in 2014.

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   Aug 26

The-Lizard-RNLI-lifeboat-crew-abseil-down-to-Mount-Everest-base-camp

By Herp News

Byline: The Lizard lifeboat volunteer crew and shore crew members with help from the public took part in an abseil challenge on Saturday 23 August at Kynance Cove on the Lizard peninsular. Page Content: A perfect flat cliff face above Kynance Cove was selected to abseil down by David Issitt, a member of the shore crew at The Lizard lifeboat station who came up with the idea of the abseil …

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   Aug 26

After Disrupting Playstation, Hacker Group Lizard Squad Takes Credit For Xbox Live Outage

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The hacker group that claimed to have taken down Sony's PlayStation Network over the weekend is claiming another scalp : Microsoft's Xbox Live. The group, known as Lizard Squad, took responsibility for the denial-of-service attack, the second in as many days. We hear there are some Xbox Live issues, sorry :P

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   Aug 26

'Lizard' Hackers Force Sony Exec's Flight To Divert

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Hackers reportedly forced an American Airlines plane to make an emergency landing over a threat linked to a top Sony executive onboard.

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   Aug 25

Two Headed Turtle Born In NE Arkansas

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(PHOTO COURTESY: Laura Balch) AMAGON, Ark. (AP) – A two-headed snapping turtle has been born in Northeast Arkansas. The Jonesboro Sun reports the baby turtle was discovered last week at the NEA Turtle Farm in Amagon. An employee says the common snapper was discovered among a group of 30,000 that will be shipped to China. …

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   Aug 25

Two-headed 'mutant' turtle found at Arkansas farm

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An Arkansas biologist calls a newborn two-headed snapping turtle rare, but he says turtle mutations are becoming more common.

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   Aug 25

Hackers attack Sony PlayStation Network

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Hackers naming themselves “Lizard Squad” have attacked Blizzard, Sony and other video game networks over the weekend.

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   Aug 25

American Airlines flight diverted after gaming hacker group tweets bomb threat

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“Lizard Squad” takes down PSN, then targets plane carrying Sony Online CEO.

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   Aug 25

'Lizard' Hackers Force Sony Exec's Flight To Divert

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Hackers reportedly forced an American Airlines plane to make an emergency landing over a threat linked to a top Sony executive onboard.

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   Aug 25

Two-headed turtle born in Northeast Arkansas

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AMAGON — A two-headed snapping turtle has been born in Northeast Arkansas.

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   Aug 25

Hackers Use Twitter Bomb Scare to Divert Sony Exec's Plane

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An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard…

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   Aug 25

PlayStation Network buckles from massive hacker attack; Xbox could be next target

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Sony has confirmed that a massive DDoS attack took down its popular online gaming network this past weekend, leaving millions of gamers out in the cold as they tried to connect to the service. Two different entities, a hacker group called “Lizard Squad” and a lone hacker named “Fame,” both claimed responsibility for the PlayStation Network attack, but an investigation is ongoing. Sony says that …

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   Aug 25

Hackers that call themselves “Lizard Squad” attack Sony PlayStation Network

By Herp News

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A group of hackers calling themselves “Lizard Squad” has taken down several popular online video game networks and possibly diverted an American Airlines jet carrying a Sony executive. Over the weekend, Blizzard Entertainment, CCP Games, Riot Games and Sony have done maintenance to bring their networks back online. The hackers, speaking […]

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   Aug 25

Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

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As if cutting off from their games millions of users wasn't enough for the day, Forbes reports that [the] hacker collective (or individual) known as the “Lizard Squad” succeeded in taking offline many gaming services including Blizzard’s Battle.net and Sony PSN. But things took a turn from irritating DDoS attacks to another level of harassment earlier this afternoon when the group took to …

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   Aug 25

Discovered and endangered

A critically endangered tree frog has just been discovered in Madagascar.

From Newsweek:

Boophis ankarafensis, as the scientists have dubbed the amphibian, is bright green with red speckles red on its head and back. It was found on the Sahamalaza Peninsula in the Ankarafa forest, from whence its name comes.

The frog’s call—a series of high-pitched trills, followed by three clicks—differs slightly from related frog species, which stop at a pair of clicks. Its body size and coloration are also slightly different; genetic analysis proved that it is indeed a separate species, according to a study describing the animal published today in the journal ZooKeys.

Although the Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park, where the frog is found, remains protected in name, deforestation is rampant in the surrounding forests, the researchers wrote.

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   Aug 25

Hackers attack Sony PlayStation Network

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Hackers naming themselves “Lizard Squad” have attacked Blizzard, Sony and other video game networks over the weekend.

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   Aug 24

Scientists name new endangered species after the company that will decide its fate

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Scientists have discovered a new snail species near a cement quarry in Malaysia, which as far as they know lives nowhere else in the world. It lives on a limestone hill called Kanthan given as a concession to an international company Lafarge. The cement producer quarries the hill for raw materials. As a result, the scientists have named the species after the company that will decide if it goes extinct.

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   Aug 22

Famed Galapagos tortoise 'Pepe the Missionary' dies

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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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   Aug 22

Herp Video of the Week: Bubblegum the Talking Snake!

Check out this video “Bubblegum the Talking Snake,” submitted by kingsnake.com user snakewz.
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   Aug 21

Lizard tails may help humans get new limbs

By Herp News

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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   Aug 21

In space, no one can hear you squeak

NASA is planning to send rats to the International Space Station so they can study the effects of microgravity on animals.

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While rodents have flown on space shuttle flights in the past, those missions have only lasted a week or two. This new rats in space mission, however, could range between 30 and 90 days, depending on the availability of spacecraft like SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to ferry them on the roundtrip.

This means there will need to be changes to animal husbandry to keep the rats happy and healthy, said Julie Robinson, NASA’s chief scientist for the space station, in a recent press conference. [Animal Pioneers of the Space Age (Photos)]

“This will allow animals to be studied for longer period of time on space station missions,” she said, adding that of the 35 or so studies where rats have gone into space, few of them have gone for more than two weeks.

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   Aug 21

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

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

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   Aug 21

Understanding evolution of snake venom is key to treatment

Scientists hope a new discovey about the origin of snake venom can lead to more effective treatments of snake bites.

From Laboratory Equipment:

The genes encoding these proteins have been duplicated at some point in the past and one of the resulting copies has been restricted to the venom gland, where natural selection has acted to develop or increase toxicity. This differs from the long-standing hypothesis that venom proteins are “recruited” from body tissues, in the sense that these proteins are already expressed in the venom or salivary gland prior to becoming toxic.

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   Aug 21

Lizard tails may help humans get new limbs

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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.

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   Aug 21

How Lizards Regrow Their Tails

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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 it lies, in large part, within genes that humans share with the reptiles …

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   Aug 21

Lizard tails offer regrowth clue

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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.

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   Aug 21

Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs

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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.

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   Aug 21

Sea Turtle Released from Hospital in Surf City

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

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   Aug 21

Developers working on Turtle Creek office tower

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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.

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   Aug 20

New skeleton frog from Madagascar is already Critically Endangered

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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.

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   Aug 20

How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic ‘recipe’

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By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts.

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   Aug 20

Could LIZARDS be the key to regrowing human limbs?

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Scientists from Arizona State University used gene sequencing technology to study the process in the green anole lizard, Anolis carolinensis.

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   Aug 20

Lizard tails offer regrowth clue

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Understanding how lizards shed and regrow their tails could lead to muscle and nerve regeneration in humans, say scientists.

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   Aug 20

Reptile Man, See to Read, Portland Open: Hillsboro Wednesday

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Snakes, turtles, and lizards will be among partygoers at North Plains Public Library's end-of-summer reading party, as the Reptile Man leads the library's weekly Wacky Wednesday event at Jessie Mays Community Hall. Other events today include the Portland Open and free vision screening at Hillsboro Main Library.

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