By: Judy Evans
The woody pear belongs to the genus Xylomelum. There are five species in Xylomelum, two in south-west Western Australia and three in New South Wales and Queensland. All species are known by the common name of ‘woody pear’ after their distinctive and attractive fruits...
By: Dorothy Hoffman
Tails aren’t purely decorative. They have quite a few important functions. Many species use them in communication. They can tell you a lot about the animal’s mood or state of mind. A dog carrying his tail between his legs, for instance, is a...
By: Jonte Rhodes
Migration is typified as the movement of a large number of animals into a common location. It is also a very prolific occurrence in many different animal orders, and serves a number of different adaptive purposes There are also different reasons for migration,ranging from...
By: Erich Rosenberger M.D.
Why do people breathe? That's easy to answer - if you didn't breathe, you'd die in a few minutes. Try holding your breath for more than a minute or so and see what happens. You can't do it. Okay, that's the snarky, sarcastic answer. But...
How are fatty acids formed into lipids?
By: J. Gean
How Are Fatty Acids Formed Into Lipids? Lipids are formed in the body through a process known as esterification; a reaction where an acid and an alcohol combine to form an ester. In this reaction, the alcohol is always glycerol. Fatty acids combine with glycerol...
Future Morphing
By: Martin Shung
While morphing may seem like fantasy, its meaning still exists in our dictionary. It is not unrealistic to our future scientific discoveries. In fact, the world's knowledge of science has already begun to sprout into changing the human body. Small effects of the transformation have...
By: William Mataba
Of all African wildlife, elephants have the most complex of social structures. Some of their actions have been compared to humans, especially when other members of their herd have been affected by disease or injury. Often referred to as the animal ‘that never forgets&rsquo...
Proteins: The building blocks of life
By: Ussama Qadri
Proteins are the most important molecules in a cell. These are involved in almost all functions that go on in the cells. However, every function in the cell has a different set of protein molecules performing that function. Some protein molecules are involves in providing...
By: R.A. Scott
Every year The World Conservation Union publishes a list of animals they have deemed to be threatened. The animals that should concern us most are the primates, possibly because they are so related to us. So we should always be concerned when an ape or...
Extinct mega-predators: Smilodon
By: Mac Pike
When is a tiger not a tiger? A tiger is not a tiger when it is a saber toothed cat. The saber toothed cats represent a now extinct line, the Machairodontinae that diverged from the line that leads to the Panthera genus or modern big...

 

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