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  • 200 companies take part in Ramadan Charity market in Damascus

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 17:54
  • Presidential decree relieving CBS Governor of his position

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 17:52
  • Syria holds US administration responsible for repercussions of its criminal policies against Syrian people

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 17:49
  • Syria, Belarus discuss ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in the light of Western sanctions imposed on them

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 15:36
  • European center explains why Britain has not classified Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 15:34
  • International community’s silence over the Israeli settlement building crime indicate international collusion: Palestinian Foreign Ministry

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:55
  • Lavrov, Zarif: EU sanctions on Iran undermine Vienna talks on saving nuclear deal

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:53
  • Two US helicopters transfer 60 ISIS terrorists from prisons run by US-backed SDF militia in Hasakah to Al-Omar oilfield

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:35
  • Turkish-backed terrorists kidnap two women from Janderas town in Afrin city in Aleppo countryside

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:31
  • COVID-19 deaths cross 2.956 million globally

    COVID-19 deaths cross 2.956 million globally

    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:04
  • Scores of Turkish-backed mercenaries injured in an explosive device blast in Hasakah countryside

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:15
  • Israeli occupation detains three Palestinians in different West Bank areas

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 09:02
  • Slovak academic: US policies towards Syria impede reaching a political settlement in the country

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 08:37
  • The Turkish occupation sets up barriers, digs trenches between villages in Raqqa countryside to perpetuate its illegal presence in this area

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    Tuesday, 13 April 2021 08:02
  • Palestinian Prisoners Association warns of deterioration of health condition of Prisoner Baher Asha

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    Monday, 12 April 2021 18:19
  • Syria and Russia: Western countries allocate funds to prevent the return of the Syrian refugees

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    Monday, 12 April 2021 18:17
  • Dr. Radi Al-Shuaibi writes an article titled “Dr. Bashar Hafez Al-Assad: the title, the captain, and the safety valve”

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    Monday, 12 April 2021 18:14
  • Palestine FM:  Israeli violations  show contempt for the international community

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    Monday, 12 April 2021 18:08
  • Al-Miqdad meets with the Commander of UNDOF

    Al-Miqdad meets with the Commander of UNDOF

    Monday, 12 April 2021 18:05
  • Eight Egyptian parties call for the immediate lifting of the coercive Western economic measures imposed on Syria

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    Monday, 12 April 2021 11:34

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The Ministry of Tourism keen on reactivating tourism sector, facilitating investors' work

The Ministry of Tourism keen on reactiva…

The Ministry of Tourism is working during the coming period to eliminate obstacles hindering tourism development, provide facilitations, incentives and loans to investors and solve all legal and administrative problems with the aim of rehabilitating the tourism facilities that stopped because of the repercussions of the war on Syria. In a statement to SANA, Deputy Minister of Tourism for Projects, Planning and Touri...

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Helen Al-Naji ... a promising talent in the field of drawing

Helen Al-Naji ... a promising talent in …

The young Helen Suleiman Al-Naji has an innate artistic talent.Thanks to her efforts and persistence, she was able to improve her artistic talent in the field of drawing and regulate her time between drawing and her studying of "Mineral Engineering" at Al-Baath University. She confidently made her way towards excellence and creativity to gain new experiences and develop her ideas.  With regard to her early passion for drawing, she said, "I start...

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Exhibition of handicrafts in Lattakia

Exhibition of handicrafts in Lattakia

As part of the "Syrian Family Days" campaign which was launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor under the slogan "My family is fine .. I am fine and my country is fine" ... the "Mosaic" Association for Humanitarian Relief and Development held an exhibition of handicrafts and entertainment activities for women and their children in Al-Orouba Park in Lattakia.

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People of occupied Syrian Golan commemorate the 34th anniversary of the martyrdom of Ghalia Farhat

People of occupied Syrian Golan commemor…

OCCUPIED SYRIAN GOLAN,(ST)_The people of the occupied Syrian Golan have reiterated their adherence to their Syrian nationality and their steadfastness in confronting the Israeli occupation authorities' aggressive practices.   In a statement released on Monday on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Golan citizen Ghalia Farhat, the occupied Golan's people said: " For more than half century,  ...

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 Bluetongued skinks of the genus Tiliqua are medium-large sized lizards widely found throughout Australia, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They are well camouflaged but their strikingly blue tongues are distinct and are UV-reflective in species in which this has been measured. When attacked, they open their mouths wide to reveal their tongues.

The research team set out to investigate the tactics that bluetongue skinks use to ward off attackers, and focused on the largest of the bluetongue skinks, the northern bluetongue skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia). This omnivorous, ground-dwelling lizard of northern Australia is well camouflaged thanks to the broad brown bands across its back. However, birds, snakes, monitor lizards -- all animals thought to have UV vision -- are among its main predators.

First the researchers gathered information about the colour and intensity of different parts of the lizard's tongue using a portable spectrophotometer to measure the tongues of thirteen skinks. The first exciting finding was that the blue tongue is actually a UV-blue tongue. The researchers then established that the rear of the skinks' tongues was almost twice as bright as the tips. When a predator approached, the skinks would remain camouflaged until the very last moment, before opening their mouths widely and revealing their highly conspicuous UV-blue tongues.

The next part of the study involved simulating 'attacks' on these lizards using model (fake) predators. The team used a snake, a bird, a goanna (monitor lizard), a fox and a piece of wood as a control. The model predator attacks were simulated within a controlled environment.

"The lizards restrict the use of full-tongue displays to the final stages of a predation sequence when they are most at risk, and do so in concert with aggressive defensive behaviours that amplify the display, such as hissing or inflating their bodies," explains lead author Arnaud Badiane. "This type of display might be particularly effective against aerial predators, for which an interrupted attack would not be easily resumed due to loss of inertia."

The more intense the attack and the risk they were experiencing, the more full-tongue displays the animals were seen to use, and the greater section of their tongues they would reveal. Such displays were also most often triggered by attacking birds and foxes, rather than by snakes or monitor lizards.

"The timing of their tongue display is crucial," adds Badiane. "If performed too early, a display may break the lizard's camouflage and attract unwanted attention by predators and increase predation risk. If performed too late, it may not deter predators."

N.H.Kh

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