W J Reitveld

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Researchers describe the development of the Beetle Activity Monitor (BAM), constructed to support an experiment with the desert beetle, Trigonoscelis gigas, proposed for the NASA-Mir program. The BAM tracks beetle movement via a wheel which turns as the animal moves in the cage. In addition to design features that conform to shuttle specifications and(More)
The beetle proposed for studying has a unique feature: unusually precise and reliable circadian clock that evolved as an advanced adaptation to extreme arid environment. Consequently this clock became functionally similar to that of vertebrates, i.e. it has a narrow range of entrainment, stable free-running period, strong endogenous component of rhythm.(More)
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