A look at the world's most bizarre plants
By: Richard Pearman
Plants are a kingdom of Eukaryotes (have cells divided by internal membranes and linear chromosomes). Fungi are a different kingdom, neither animals nor plants. Algae are no longer considered to be plants. Bacteria, including cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), aren't even Eukaryotes. Non Flowering Plants Angiosperms (flowering...
By: D. Vogt
In May 2013, scientists working at the University of California, Davis, announced a startling finding: The H1N1 influenza virus (the so-called "swine flu"), which caused a minor pandemic among humans in 2009, has now been detected among marine mammals. These researchers found the virus in...
By: Christyl Rivers
A species is considered functionally extinct when that species cannot be found anywhere in natural environments, or if mating pairs number so few there is virtually no chance of their species' survival. Among animals that are now considered functionally extinct just in recent years are...
By: Rex Trulove
Once a person realizes that plant diversity drops as a forest matures, it becomes easier to understand how selective logging can alleviate the problem and lead to increased plant diversity. Much of this has to do with how selective logging is conducted and what happens...
Seasonal polyphenism in butterfly wings
By: Christyl Rivers
Butterflies are solar-powered wonders. They adapt and change as days and weeks fly by with seasonal polyphenism. Their unique wing structure uses nanobiology (small and alive) to fine tune sunlight into fuel that powers their flight, allows them to alight on flowers, eat and reproduce...
By: D. Vogt
Seasonal polyphenism in butterfly wings is the ability of some butterfly species to develop distinctly different wing colours and patterns depending upon the season. This is most common in tropical species like Bicyclus anynana of Africa, the wings of which resemble large eyes during the...
The role of algae in the ecological lifecycle
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Algae are at the base of many aquatic food chains in marine and freshwater habitats. They are autotrophic organisms, varying from single-cell to multicellular species. Species of algae are commonly found in marine and fresh water habitats, although, algae can also be found thriving on...
By: Christyl Rivers
With about 300 species of distinct butterflies, the Danaidae butterfly inhabits both temperate and tropical forest. There are butterflies of every hue and size among them. The Painted Lady, the Purple Crow of Taiwan, the Dark Blue Tiger of Asia and many others paint fluttering...
By: Christyl Rivers
The beautiful Monarch butterfly is a wonder of nature. They migrate every year from locations as far north as Canada. With four separate generations, they over-winter in Southern California and Mexico. The Monarch accomplishes this feat by methods that are still being studied today. The...
New bird species discovered in Cambodia
By: Leigh Goessl
A new bird species has been found in Cambodia. Unlike other previously unknown species that are generally found in remote areas of the globe, this newly found bird was found right in the outskirts of the country's capital city, Phnom Penh. In all places...

 

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