Category Archives: Biology

The Jesus Christ Lizard – NOT swearing – Just Amazed

This Basilisk Lizard in Costa Rica has a “superpower” – watch it in action. Youngsters can run 8.4 KM/H (over 5 MPH) for 10 to 20 meters on water, adults can only cover a few meters before sinking. Basilisks are commonly found … Continue reading

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Think Dogs Are the Best Trackers? Nope!

Elephants Have 2,000 Genes for Smell, the Most Ever Found   According to research published in the journal Genome Research  comparing 14 mammal species, African Elephants have over twice as many olfactory genes as indomestic dogs, and five times more than in … Continue reading

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SEAHORSES: Morning Dancers

“The male and female seahorse come together repeatedly every morning to dance together” to reinforce their pair bond, says Amanda Vincent, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia and founder of the conservation group Project Seahorse. They change … Continue reading

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AN EAGLE WITH A SUNLIT EYE

We almost lost the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, symbol of our country, in the 1950s, because of the widespread use of the pesticide DDT. Then in 1962, Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, made people aware of what was … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop: MOSQUITO

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day. —oooOooo– There are several hosts, each host being responsible for picking a “theme of the day” and starting the discussion. But in an open thread, … Continue reading

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GILA MONSTER: His Myth is Worse than His Bite

“I have never been called to attend a case of Gila monster bite, and I don’t want to be. I think a man who is fool enough to get bitten by a Gila monster ought to die. The creature is … Continue reading

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Mockingbird Blues

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), found all over North America, is famous for imitating the songs of other birds, but also copies many sounds that are part of the human environment. Mockingbird by Judith Harris I can hear him, now, even in … Continue reading

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Running on Two Legs

When you say “Roadrunner,” most people think of Wile E. Coyote’s opponent – beep! beep! Here’s what they actually sound like: The real Roadrunners (‘Greater’- Geococcyx californianus and ‘Lesser’- Geococcyx velox) are among the fastest things on two legs, reaching speeds up to 26 … Continue reading

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Red Wing Innuendoes

from Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens V I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or just after “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” … Continue reading

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BEE: The pedigree of honey

  Bee poems by Emily Dickinson The Bee is not afraid of me. I know the Butterfly. The pretty people in the Woods Receive me cordially— The Brooks laugh louder when I come— The Breezes madder play; Wherefore mine eye … Continue reading

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