Comparing human and animal sexual behavior
By: Christyl Rivers
Birds and bees do it. Sex was created by nature to perpetuate genes. That said, there is so much diversity, abundance and expression of sexuality among organisms, it may be understood that sexuality, and even love, is a foundation for life on the planet. Here...
Plant profile: Chrysanthemums (chrysanthemum indicum)
By: Alex Storey
Nicknamed “mums” or “chrysanths” the Chrysanthemum species is from the genus consisting of approximately 30 perennial flowering plants. From the Asteraceae family, Chrysanthemums are native to Asia and the north-eastern part of Europe thus “mums” flower in late autumn; these plants need...
By: Kennedy Odoyo
Venom can be described as a poison that certain animals secrete, mostly for defensive and offensive purposes. The type of venom secreted depends on the animal or organism secreting it. Birds are the only class of vertebrates that do not have venom secreting species. Venom...
By: J. Lang Wood
The western toad, Anaxyrus boreas, is a large toad species that inhabits the western United States. It is an amphibian species in rapid decline. It is considered to be threatened by pollution by the use of fertilizers used to increase biomass cultivation in the forested...
Useful fungi described
By: Christyl Rivers
Mycologist Paul Stamets believes in the marvelous mushroom. Stamets, of Washington state, has researched ways in which fungi could be of great value for use as filtration systems for purifying water, for medicine, for protecting soil, for use as insecticide, for use in toxic clean...
By: Christyl Rivers
Animal navigation and migration is mysterious, amazing and critical to species survival. For a human being to try to consider flying almost 3,000 miles with no gear, no compass and no map is hard to imagine. Yet, one has to imagine that the Monarch...
Understanding what hemotoxic venom is and how it works
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
When talking about venomous snakes and other animals with similar stings, there are two main types of venoms these animals use in order to attack its pray or in acts of defense to save itself. One of these venoms acts on the nervous system while...
Genetic food modification: Animals
By: Christyl Rivers
Has the world gone Franken-crazy? More genetic modification is done with food crops than animals. However, animal modification is very real and perhaps not as controversial as gen-mod plants, simply because it is not as well known. Public outcry is a serious foe to those...
By: David Jefferson
Amaryllis belladonna is native to the southwestern Cape of Africa and has been naturalized in the United States to Louisiana and the coast of California and is typically found in coastal biomes around the Pacific rim and Mediterranean. It is considered invasive in some of...
Plant profiles: Burdock (Arctium lappa)
By: Magpie Feathers
Botanical Name: Arctium Lappa Common name: Burdock Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Description: This is a herbaceous, biennial plant belonging to the genus Arctium and has prickly purple flowers and large coarse and ovate leaves which are woolly underneath. The plant is widely considered as a...

 

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