By: Shawn Wells
Nature abounds with a wide, and weird, variety of creatures. Some of the most interesting ones are those that can create light with their bodies - glow worms, fireflies, angler fish, comb jellyfish, even certain earthworms. And also, a tiny thumbnail-sized snail found in the...
How the clusterwink snail produces light
By: D. Vogt
The clusterwink snail (Hinea brasiliana) is a small snail found in the ocean off Australia. It has an extraordinary property: It can produce light, blinking or flashing on and off in an attempt to distract predators. Bioluminescence is actually quite common in small deep-sea species...
Characteristics of caecilians
By: M E Skeel
Caecilians look like worms or snakes but they are neither. They are more closely related to frogs and salamanders and are classified as amphibians. They do not resemble other amphibians because they have adapted to a burrowing life style, which has led to the loss...
Bio-breakthrough: Researchers store data in bacteria
By: Terrence Aym
Ten years ago futurists predicted that one day data would be stored in living organisms like bacteria. They picked 2020 as the date the feat would be accomplished.They were only off by ten years.During late 2010, a team of biochemistry students at the...
By: Shekinah Quinnett-Cook
On every continent, except Antarctica, you will find a variety of butterflies in their fragile beauty gracefully flitting from flower to flower, pollinating along the way. There are approximately 20,000 known species of butterflies in the world. In the majority of the United States...
Native birds of Africa: Mousebirds
By: M E Skeel
The mousebirds are a small family of birds, the Coliidae (order Coliiformes), that live exclusively in Africa. They are brown or grey in color but have long tails and conspicuous crests. Their feathers are thick, soft and almost fur-like, due to prominent after-shafts that make...
Native birds of Australia: Mallee and scrub fowl
By: M E Skeel
Australia has a three birds belonging to the family called the Megapodidae (meaning big feet): the Brush turkey, the orange-footed scrubfowl and the malleefowl. These birds are classified in the order Galliformes, which also contains turkeys and chickens, and Megapodes are indeed, heavy, chicken-like birds...
An overview: Birds of prey or raptors
By: M E Skeel
The word raptor is descriptive rather than taxonomic. Raptors are birds with talons instead of claws and large, sharp beaks capable of holding and tearing prey. The other term, bird of prey, is also basically descriptive because this term encompasses two orders of birds and...
By: Amanda Mittra
Forensic scientists or forensic experts deal with the legal aspects of human behavior. They are trained to collect evidentiary material which may or may not be visible to the common man. Technically speaking, these experts collect material from scenes of crime, accidents or incidents of...
A comparison of three similar phyla: platyhelminthes, nematoda, and annelida
By: M E Skeel
A worm is a worm is a worm. Or maybe not. In fact there are many different types of worms and sometimes the only thing they have in common is that vermiform shape. This is particularly true of platyhelminthes (flatworms), nematodes (round worms) and annelids...

 

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