Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Category: All Creatures Great & Small

The Bush Viper

The Bush Viper

Atheris is a genus of venomous vipers known as bush vipers. They are found only in tropical Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding southern Africa) and many species have isolated and fragmented distributions due to their confinement to rain forests. In an example of convergent evolution, they show many similarities to the arboreal pit vipers of Asia and South America. Sixteen species are currently recognized. They are relatively small in size, with adults

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Diseases That Dogs Can Detect

Diseases That Dogs Can Detect

Scientists are investigating canines’ extraordinary sense of smell, hoping that it will prove a more reliable predictor of illnesses than conventional testing. Malaria Last week, researchers presented evidence that dogs could tell from sniffing someone’s socks whether they had malaria. After several months of training, a Labrador and a Labrador-retriever could tell

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The Red Panda

The Red Panda

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called the lesser panda, is a mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. It has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs; it is roughly the size of a domestic cat, though with a longer body and somewhat heavier. It is arboreal, feeds mainly on bamboo, but

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Marvels Of The Deep And Their Superpowers

Marvels Of The Deep And Their Superpowers

A hydrothermal vent is a fissure in a planet’s surface from which geothermally heated water issues. Hydrothermal vents are commonly found near volcanically active places, areas where tectonic plates are moving apart at spreading centres, ocean basins, and hotspots. Hydrothermal vents exist because the earth is both geologically active and has large amounts of water on its surface and within

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Poached For Its Horn, This Rare Bird Struggles To Survive

Poached For Its Horn, This Rare Bird Struggles To Survive

The helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) is a very large bird in the hornbill family. It is found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. The casque (helmetlike structure on the head) accounts for some 11% of its 3 kg weight. Unlike any other hornbill, the casque is almost solid and is used in head-to-head combat among males. It has mostly blackish

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Horseshoe Crab

The Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs are marine and brackish water arthropods of the family Limulidae, suborder Xiphosurida, and order Xiphosura. They live primarily in and around shallow coastal waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. They occasionally come onto shore to mate. They are commonly eaten in Asia, and used as fishing bait, in fertilizer and in science (especially Limulus amebocyte lysate).

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