By: Crystal Emanuelson
Why is a whale not considered a fish? This is a topic many people stumble upon. Yes both fish and whale live in the water; but, can both breath straight air, can both give birth to live babies, and can both feed those lave babies...
By: Jason Hernandez
Pine is surely the best known evergreen tree... or is it? Most of the "Christmas-tree" type of evergreens are not really pines at all, but spruce, fir, or Douglas-fir. What sets pine apart from these others is the way the needles grow: spruce, fir, and...
By: Jason Hernandez
Western yew (Taxus brevifolia) is a threatened species, but has been of interest to medical science because it produces Taxol, a chemical compound which has been found useful in the treatment of breast cancer. Other, more common species of yew, several of which are common...
By: Jason Hernandez
Why aren't common names enough? A blue jay is a blue jay, right? This might indeed be enough, if a scientist was only studying that one species, or staying in the region where this was the only jay. But now suppose you went traveling, and...
By: Autumn Baccellia
The first to introduce the Theory of Sociobiology was Edward O. Wilson who was employed by Harvard University and worked within the biology department. It was with his research study with ants that Wilson became amazed on how they functioned within their society and he...
By: Karen Bledsoe
Long before I reached my college years, I already had a powerful interest in Natural History. By fourth grade I was dabbling with science experiments, and by fifth grade I was paging through field manuals to identify plants, birds, and rocks that I found on...
By: Jason Hernandez
Christmas trees are of many different species, but all have certain things in common. Unless they are the artificial kind, made of aluminum or plastic, Christmas trees are conifers, that is, cone-bearing trees. Also, because tradition demands a certain shape for Christmas trees, only certain...
By: Simon Wright
A friend bought me this book as a present but it had sat idly on one of my bookshelves for nearly four years. I suppose that I felt that it was going to be overly dry and the selfish' part of the title made me...
By: Karen Bledsoe
If you're a high school student with an avid interest in botany, you're already way past the bean-in-the-paper-cup phase, you've done the, "Which fertilizer makes the plants grow best?" experiment to death, and you already know the answers to, "What conditions make seeds germinate...
By: Rodney Southern
Being consumed by an African lion is a thought that most of us do not have to consider in our daily lives. For those that share a territory with these top shelf predators, it is a very real consideration. History has shown that given the...

 

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