Why fireflies glow
By: Tom Sherman
Before Thomas Edison unwittingly destroyed the boundaries of nature and disrupted the essential mechanics of evolution, light was a function of nature usually reserved to the depths of space; distant orbs littered across the cosmos sustain life during the day and save the night from...
Why fireflies glow
By: Merryl Lentz
Fireflies - also known as lightning bugs - may not seem like the brightest bulbs on the planet, but males and females have glowing abdomens that each finds dazzling and irresistible. Not only do fireflies glow to work their apparently considerable charms upon potential mates...
Mexico reports decline in Monarch butterfly population
By: John Atchison
Mother Nature can be a fierce lady, raining down some unthinkable terrors at a moments notice. Whether it is the unrelenting power of a tornado or the awesome fury of a hurricane, nature has a way of tipping the karmic scales. However, not everything it...
Habitat, range and identification of western toads
By: Rex Trulove
The western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) is a widespread but interesting species. For one thing, instead of croaking like a frog, this animal makes squeaking or chirping sounds, especially if it is handled. It also isn't especially afraid of man, which means that even though it...
Spider webs: A new study about their electrostatic charge
By: Merryl Lentz
Spiders webs are beginning to weave an intriguing new story of how they ensnare their prey. Capture of flying and crawling fodder may not just be a lucky accident – for the spider – but the result of an electrostatic interaction between web and insect...
Differences between the Dromedary camel and the Bactrian camel
By: Lesley Hebert
Bactrian camels and dromedary or Arabian camels are large animals known for their humps, their amazing capacity to survive in extremely dry conditions, and their ability to transport people across arid deserts.Bactrian camels probably originated in the cold deserts of the central Asian steppes...
Zoo orangutans are given iPads
By: Lesley Hebert
One of the burning questions that animal rights activists might be tempted to ask is: What does a zookeeper do with a bored orangutan?Well, that question was answered when Michigan-born wildlife activist Richard Zimmerman suggested giving iPads to apathetic apes, and launched Apps for...
Natural habitats of otters
By: Jane Grimshaw
Otters are adorable, playful members of the Mustelid family that enjoy a life both in and out of the water. Unfortunately, due to water pollution and habitat loss, the otter has gradually declined in numbers over the years, giving conservationists the difficult task of trying...
Study suggests modern dogs descended from European wolves
By: Christine Zibas
While folklore has suggested for centuries that wolves and man can be friends, it has been a cautionary friendship. Now, however, geneticists have suggested that the relationship between man and wolf (European gray wolves, to be precise) may hold the origins of man’s modern-day...
Scientists discover a new mysterious scorpion species in Turkey
By: Leigh Goessl
Scientists working in Turkey have discovered a new species of scorpion, which has been described as "mysterious" by media outlets. The species was found living in the region known as "Ancient Lycia," which is located in the southwestern section of the country. The scorpion's...

 

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