By: D. Vogt
In the 20th century, centuries of research into biochemistry finally started to pay big dividends for humanity, with major inventions ranging from antibiotics to DEET, an organic compound which proved extraordinarily useful in repelling mosquitoes. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that the 21st century...
By: D. Vogt
Spontaneous generation and abiogenesis are a pair of theories involving the emergence of life from non-living material. The difference is that spontaneous generation is an obsolete theory of how certain forms of life commonly emerge from non-living matter, whereas abiogenesis is the ongoing study of...
Questioning whether the natural order of life is compromised when certain animal species are saved from extinction
By: Michael Cronin
There are many reasons for animal extinction. Some of them are natural and some of them are man-made. Identifying causes for extinction may help in the decision-making process when deciding whether or not to attempt to save a species. The idea that a choice should...
By: Scott Jacobs - 596053
Great White sharks are sophisticated, intelligent and very deliberate predators. Once thought to be mindless feeders, Great Whites are now known to have complex senses designed into their anatomy that virtually guarantee that no prey escapes their notice. They also have developed superior strategies to...
Durrell's vontsira: A new carnivore discovered in Madagascar
By: D. Vogt
These days, new species are usually only discovered with the aid of a microscope (i.e. bacteria) or a deep-sea submersible. One recent exception, however, is the discovery of a new carnivore in Madagascar, named Durrell's vontsira or (formally) as Salanoia durrelli. It was named...
Durrell's vontsira: A new carnivore discovered in Madagascar
By: Judith Willson
In 2004 the first new carnivore to be discovered for 24 years was found in Madagascar. It was officially described as a new species in 2010. The Durrell’s vontsira (Salanoia durrelli) is a kind of mongoose, closely related to the brown tailed mongoose or...
What are aquaporins and how do they work?
By: Melody Clearwater
Water is the most essential molecule of life. Because of water’s physical properties, living organisms depend on it to survive. Water’s neutral pH and polarity make it a universal solvent for many of the solutes that life depends on, such as essential ions...
By: Janet Grischy
To zoo visitors in the U.S., sand cats are delicate and beautiful, their fur colored from buff to gray, their tail ringed with dark lines, and more bars across the tops of their cobby legs. Their eyes are lined in black, and ornamented with...
Plant profiles: Black-eyed Susan
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The black-eyed susan is probably the most common wildflower in North America. It is an annual or perennial and is native to the eastern United States. This brightly colored flower has a raised domed brown center and beautiful yellow florets or petals. This brown center...
How to recognize a blackberry bush
By: Vilie Farah
Blackberry is a member of the Rubus genus, Rosaceae family. Nearly 250 types of blackberry variations are known to grow in Europe, North America and Mid-Asia. In the wild, blackberries grow mainly in dry valleys, hills and the rocky parts of the mountains.A total...

 

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