DNA and its relationship to family history
By: P.D. Rivers
If you are a person interested in family genealogy you have probably used one of the popular family tree websites. Lately there has been a push with these sites, as well as with National Geographic, to gather DNA from families worldwide and compare them. To...
Tree profile: Strawberry Tree
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Strawberry tree is an evergreen shrub belonging to the family Ericaceae. It is also known as the ‘apple of cain’ and ‘cane apple’ tree, while it is scientifically known as Arbus unendo. The tree is native to the Mediterranean region, while it also...
By: Michael Totten
Plankton are broadly divided into 2 groups: zooplankton and phytoplankton. Both groups of plankton are defined by their ecological niche at the bottom of the food chain rather than by size or taxonomy. Where plankton are divided into trophic troups, a third group of plankton...
By: Kennedy Odoyo
The western toad or otherwise identified by the scientific name Bufo Boreas is a toad species that is typically found on the western side of North America and is easily identified by its large size. There are three classified subspecies of the western toad; the...
Wild herb profiles and identification: Wintergreen
By: J.D.G.
With its distinctive aroma and beautiful foliage, wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a low growing evergreen that is typically found in the shaded woodland areas of midwestern and northeastern America and Canada. It can also make an attractive container plant provided that the conditions for growing...
Darwinian evolution: Is it based on science or not?
By: Christyl Rivers
Evolution is based on science. Science is not a god, or a movement, or even a set of beliefs. Science is a process. It allows that human beings can make a hypothesis, set up tests, allow for variables and check for bias. Afterward they can...
By: Kennedy Odoyo
Chrysanthemum indicum is perennial flowering plant that belongs to the genus Chrysanthemum. The genus Chrysanthemum contributes close to 30 plant species to the family Asteraceae that forms a group of perennial flowing plants. Chrysanthemums naturally occur in Asia and the northeastern part of Europe. Many...
By: Alex Storey
Hawthorns are a large genus of small trees and shrubs from the rose family. Scientifically known as “Crataegus” the Cockspur Thorn is native to temperate regions of the northern-hemisphere. Identifying species is never easy. Firstly, the leaves of the Cockspur are alternate in arrangement...
Why black bears are important to forest ecosystems
By: Sharon Early
The black bear has carved out a unique niche for itself within almost every ecosystem in the world. They are omnivores they will eat meat if it presents itself but they are just as easily satisfied with berries, pine nuts, and leaves. This helps the...
Why black bears are important to forest ecosystems
By: Lorri B Smalls
The black bear dwells in much of the regions located in the United States, Northern Canada, Alaska and as far south as Mexico. It is estimated that there were once two million black bears roaming in the New World before European settlers reached its shores...

 

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