House mouse

The house mouse is a small mammal of the order Rodentia, characteristically having a pointed snout, large rounded ears, a long and hairy tail. It is one of the most abundant species of the genus Mus. Although a wild animal, the house mouse has benefited from associating with human habitation to the point that wild populations are less common than the semi-tame populations near human activity; the house mouse has been domesticated as the pet or fancy mouse, as the laboratory mouse, one of the most important model organisms in biology and medicine. The complete mouse reference genome was sequenced in 2002. House mice have an adult body length of 7.5 -- a tail length of 5 -- 10 cm. The weight is 40–45 g. In the wild they vary in color from grey and light brown to black, but domesticated fancy mice and laboratory mice are produced in many colors ranging from white to champagne to black, they have short hair and some. The ears and tail have little hair; the hind feet are short compared to only 15 -- 19 mm long.

The voice is a high-pitched squeak. House mice thrive under a variety of conditions. Newborn males and females can be distinguished on close examination as the anogenital distance in males is about double that of the female. From the age of about 10 days, females have five pairs of mammary nipples; when sexually mature, the most striking and obvious difference is the presence of testicles on the males. These can be retracted into the body; the tail, used for balance, has only a thin covering of hair as it is the main peripheral organ of heat loss in thermoregulation along with—to a lesser extent—the hairless parts of the paws and ears. Blood flow to the tail can be controlled in response to changes in ambient temperature using a system of arteriovenous anastomoses to increase the temperature of the skin on the tail by as much as 10 °C to lose body heat. Tail length varies according to the environmental temperature of the mouse during postnatal development, so mice living in colder regions tend to have shorter tails.

The tail is used for balance when the mouse is climbing or running, or as a base when the animal stands on its hind legs, to convey information about the dominance status of an individual in encounters with other mice. In addition to the regular pea-sized thymus organ in the chest, house mice have a second functional pinhead-sized thymus organ in the neck next to the trachea. Mice are mammals of the Glires clade, which means they are amongst the closest relatives of humans other than lagomorphs, flying lemurs and other primates; the three accepted subspecies are treated as distinct species: Southeastern Asian house mouse Western European house mouse. Some populations are hybrids including the Japanese house mouse; the standard species karyotype is composed of 40 chromosomes. Within Western Europe there are numerous populations - chromosomal races - with a reduced chromosome count arising from Robertsonian fusion. House mice run, walk, or stand on all fours, but when eating, fighting, or orienting themselves, they rear up on their hind legs with additional support from the tail – a behavior known as "tripoding".

Mice are good jumpers and swimmers, are considered to be thigmotactic, i.e. attempt to maintain contact with vertical surfaces. Mice are crepuscular or nocturnal; the average sleep time of a captive house mouse is reported to be 12.5 hours per day. They live in a wide variety of hidden places near food sources, construct nests from various soft materials. Mice are territorial, one dominant male lives together with several females and young. Dominant males respect each other's territories and enter another's territory only if it is vacant. If two or more males are housed together in a cage, they become aggressive unless they have been raised together from birth. House mice feed on plant matter, but are omnivorous, they eat their own faeces to acquire nutrients produced by bacteria in their intestines. House mice, like most other rodents, do not vomit. Mice are afraid of rats which kill and eat them, a behavior known as muricide. Despite this, free-living populations of rats and mice do exist together in forest areas in New Zealand, North America, elsewhere.

House mice are poor competitors and in most areas cannot survive away from human settlements in areas where other small mammals, such as wood mice, are present. However, in some areas, mice are able to coexist with other small rodent species; the social be


BurgerFi is an American fast casual restaurant chain focused on all-natural hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs, custard. The first location was opened in February 2011 in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, inside a former Burger King; the chain earned a positive review in 2015 from USA Today, which said, "BurgerFi is another entrant in the crowded field of more upscale fast food burger joints.... Makes its upscaled statement with sleek modern restaurants giving just a hint of bar or coffeehouse atmosphere, inviting diners to linger a little longer and relax."The chain has expanded to over 100 locations since its foundation and was one of the fastest-growing fast food chains in the U. S. in 2015. BurgerFi operates in more than 20 US states, three countries Panama and Kuwait. BurgerFi operates in Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport inside of Terminal 1; the brand focuses on eco-friendly and sustainable restaurant components like chairs made from upcycled Coca-Cola bottles, tables created from more than 700,000 upcycled milk jugs, wood-panel walls designed from No. 2 Southern Pine Lumber—renowned for its renewable nature, ten-foot fans that consume 66 percent less energy and counter tops made from 100 percent compressed recycled paper.

In 2017, the chain partnered with Beyond Meat and subsequently introduced a vegetarian/vegan burger patty called the "Beyond Burger". Made from proteins derived from peas and other plants, the burger has no cholesterol, but it oozes “grease” on the griddle and “bleeds” beet juice, according to a review from The New York Times. In 2018, the Consumers Union graded the top 25 burger chains in the U. S. on their antibiotic use policies for beef. BurgerFi was one of the two chains that were given an "A" rating for using beef, raised without routine use of antibiotics. List of hamburger restaurants Official site Franchising page

Barrington Area Library

The Barrington Area Library, located at 505 N. Northwest Highway in Barrington, United States serves the 42,127 residents of the Barrington Public Library District; the largest geographic public library district in Illinois, the Barrington Public Library District covers a 72-square-mile area in Cook, Kane, McHenry counties, encompasses all or part of the communities of Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Port Barrington, some unincorporated areas. Located in the center of the library district, the 60,000-square-foot library building houses a collection of 330,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, audio and video downloads, other items; the library's park-like campus includes a sculpture garden, a series of gardens designed to spotlight native plants. Wi-fi service is available throughout grounds; the library presents cultural events, an art gallery, book discussions for all ages and technology classes, business workshops, a wide variety of children's programming in the library's meeting rooms, which are used for meetings by over 300 nonprofit community organizations.

Annual circulation is 1,186,681, more than 415,242 people visit the library each year. The Barrington Area Library started in 1914 with a $1,000 bequest from Caroline Ela; when voters declined to create a tax-supported library, the Barrington Woman’s Club established a library in a local drug store with donated books and a volunteer staff. After its 1915 opening, the library made several moves to larger quarters until 1924, when the Barrington Village Board offered space in Village Hall. In 1925, Barrington residents approved a library tax and the Woman’s Club turned the library over to the village; the library remained in the Village Hall until 1957 when a new library designed by architect Ralph Stoetzel was constructed at Monument and Hough Streets. This colonial-style building now serves as the offices for Barrington Township. Jennie Lines was hired as the first full-time librarian in 1926. In the coming years, interest grew in forming a library district to serve the surrounding communities.

In 1969 and 1970, referenda were passed which made the village library a district library serving the communities the district includes today. The library's current site was donated by the Jewel and Kendall Companies in 1972. A 1975 bond issue funded a new building designed by Coder Taylor Associates, which opened in 1978. In 1989, the architectural firm of Ross Barney + Jankowski was hired to design an addition to the library, completed in 1993. 20 years after the first addition, the architectural firm Engberg Anderson, Inc was hired to renovate the building and design a small addition, completed in 2014. Engberg Anderson is working with the library on a complete renovation of the entire building, scheduled for completion in May 2014; the new Youth Services department opened in January 2014, features an interactive children's play area with a stage, play costumes, puppet theater, slide, a giant Light Bright Wall, interactive video Word Wall and Digital Pond, a Pretend Marketplace, Imagination Playground and much more.

When the library's renovation is complete, it will feature enhanced meeting rooms, a Smart Room meeting room, a large Business and Technology Center with computer lab, MakerLab, Digital Studio, conference room, media:scapes, business pods and more. American Library Association John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, 2004North Suburban Library System Library of the Year Award, 1994–1995 Official website