The intelligence of octopuses
By: Judith Willson
Animal intelligence can be disconcerting and especially so when it is found in relatives of snails. Cephalopods are a class of molluscs that includes octopi, squid and pearly nautilus and they have remarkably advanced nervous systems. They display sophisticated communication, an ability to learn and...
Plant profiles: Coral bean
By: Kathryn Kirby
Plant profiles: Coral Bean Coral Beans are a member of the Legume family and are also known as the Cherokee Bean. Native to Texas and Mexico, they will survive in colder climates. In most areas, the branches die back in the winter and re-emerge in...
Types of wild plants which are invasive
By: Sharon O'Connell
Increasing urbanization and demand for agricultural lands has led to the rapid disappearance of native habitats. Many areas are designating areas to preserve and protect native habitats in orter to protect native plant and animal species. Non-native plants are the weeds of the wild. They...
By: John Traveler
In the fifth decade of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin signed on as naturalist aboard the HSM Beagle. The ship and Darwin would travel the globe and Darwin painstakingly recorded and classified the many species he observed in different ports of call. At one small...
Best ways to identify the different types of mushrooms
By: Sharon O'Connell
There are a number of old sayings and folklore associated with identifying mushrooms. Some people believe that all mushrooms are edible and that only toadstools are poisonous. Some believe that if you put a silver spoon into a pot of boiling water with a mushroom...
Overview of cell biology
By: Effie Moore Salem
Cells are the smallest of living matter. They were discovered by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) who was a curious individual that wore many hats. As he was looking through a microscope at a piece of cork wood, he saw what reminded him of cells - little...
Facts about Hemerocallis fulva
By: Mac Pike
Roadside treasure: Drive along a country lane in the north east at any time in late spring or early summer and chances are you will see them paralleling the thoroughfare, stretching into the roadway for that extra nurturing sunbeam. They are Tiger lilies, or Hemerocallis...
Differences between toadstools and mushrooms
By: Michael Smoker
A mushroom is scientifically defined as one of a family of land-borne fungi that grow in moist conditions and are sometimes edible. Mushrooms are normally associated with the standard cultivated mushroom shape of a stem and a cap, but many wild mushrooms have many different...
Facts about Opabinia regalis
By: Mac Pike
The strangest animal that ever lived: What has 30 legs, 30 gills, 30 flippers, and a nose like an elephant’s trunk if an elephant’s trunk had a lobster like claw at the end of it? Let us not leave out the five oddly...
By: Alanna Rose
Poison Ivy may look like a harmless plant, but it can cause contact dermatitis just by touching it. Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to something that you have touched which, in the case of poison ivy, is a resin called urushiol oil. This allergic...

 

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