Tree profiles: Western red cedar
By: Peter Truman
The giant Western Red Cedars are a member of the Cypress family, and some of these trees live for thousands of years. The trees' longevity makes the Western Red Cedar forests a national treasure which cannot be replaced. These trees are also an important part...
The history of the stevia plant
By: Melissa Murphy - 565406
Native to South America and grown in other tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, Stevia is an herb cultivated for its leaves that contain an extract that is exponentially sweeter than sugar. Ancient Origins of Stevia Evidence indicates that Stevia was first used by...
Biologists: Dolphins and scientists talk to each other using shared primitive language
By: A.W. Berry
A scientist named Denise Herzing has contributed to the development of human-dolphin communications by combining sounds with tools. According to Wired Science magazine, the rudimentary communication involved shared understanding of a keyboard language involving sounds and symbols. Wired claims the dolphins were able to learn...
By: Amelia Emery
For as long as both ancient and modern societies have been in place, there have always been dogs present in the lives of humans. The dog-human connection is an intricate web that was formed when humans first started an age old relationship with these canine...
By: Heather Waelti
Native to the America’s Western Hemisphere and Eastern Asia’ s Northern Hemisphere, the Cockleburs are a genus of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. They have leaves and stems that die at the end of the growing season but before that, the Cocklebur will...
By: Terrence Aym
A new type of 3D X-ray imaging technology has revealed vestigial legs on an snake fossil. This physical evidence confirms that snakes did evolve from reptiles millions of years ago.The results appear in the February 8th issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The...
By: Matt Bird
Among life forms that emerged from the primordial soup millions upon millions of years ago and began populating the Earth, there are few that have quite so long a lifespan as fish. Swimming about in the ancient seas of the planet, fish have been a...
What is a coelacanth?
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The coelacanth is the common name for the order of fish that includes the oldest living line of Sarcopterygii known to date. The Sarcopterygii are fleshy finned or lobe finned fish. This fish was believed to be extinct until quite recently. It was believed to...
By: Lenna Gonya
Everyone knows the tough and determined dandelion. The Taraxacum officinale, or the common dandelion, is undoubtedly the most easily recognizable plant in America. It makes its home from coast to coast, and, depending on how you feel about it, it is either seen as a...
By: Amelia Emery
Out of all of the plants that are considered weeds in the United States, the humble dandelion holds a place of distinction. Known for its stubborn nature of invading newly cleared land and hard to eliminate tap root, dandelions are a bane to gardeners...

 

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