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What Is a Cold Blooded Animal?

Cold blooded animals are known as ectotherms. These are animals that do not possess the internal regulatory system to control their body temperature. Instead of an internal system, these ectotherms use the heat of the sun that is absorbed by the environment to regulate their body temperature. Some...

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What Is a Stiletto Snake?

No, the stiletto snake is not a new kind of shoe. It is a snake whose natural habitat is Africa. It likes to stay underground, and in fact can burrow and create a small tunnel. Instinctively, it chooses to make its tunnel under rocks, where it will be undetected. Lucky for humans, the stiletto...

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What Is Proprioception?

Proprioception is considered one of the human senses and it is described as the sense of orientation of a persons limbs in space, which is different from sensing external reality. Proprioception is different from the sense of balance, which is a function traced to the fluids found in the inner ear....

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What Is Vinegar?

Vinegar has many uses. Aside from being a common cooking ingredient, it can be used as a cleanser, and has medicinal qualities. It is sometimes used in agriculture. Vinegar is the byproduct when ethanel goes through a fermentation process. One of its main ingredients is acetic acid, which is...

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What Are Beets?

Beets (“beta vulgaris” or common beet in Latin) are a kind of plant that were endemic to the Mediterranean but now flourish in several parts of the globe. They are quite easy to cultivate since they adapt well to different environments, except those that have extreme hot or cold temperatures....

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What Are Biophotons?

A photon is a particle of light. A biophoton is a very faint light emission that is generated by all cells of living things. A plant, an animal and a person can emit as much as 100 photons per second. The light emission is so faint that nobody can see it. However, the light can be picked up by...

15 Incredible Applications of Biomimicry

15 Incredible Applications of Biomimicry

The 15 Coolest Cases of Biomimicry listed such great ideas as Velcro, Gecko Tape and Whalepower Wind Turbines to illustrate some applications of the developing engineering practice of designing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature. Here are some more examples coming out of the biomimetics...

10 Best Science Kits for Kids

10 Best Science Kits for Kids

Every budding biologist or scientist needs the opportunity to explore and investigate the wonders of science in a safe, educational environment. Many science kits are available to provide the tools and equipment necessary to incite the imagination and increase learning beyond the average science...

The 13 Most Mysterious Unsolved Writing Systems

The 13 Most Mysterious Unsolved Writing Systems

The history of writing is a long and interesting one. Without living users and comparison examples, an archaeologist that unearths a new script is probably going to spend the rest of their life scratching their head and trying to translate it. Without the equivalent of a Rosetta stone, it's almost...

Choosing the Best Binoculars for Versatile Wildlife Viewing

Choosing the Best Binoculars for Versatile Wildlife Viewing

There are many tools that are important to the biologist and naturalist, but one of the most useful pieces of equipment that are needed for wildlife field observations is the binocular. Binoculars (Bins) come in different shapes and sizes, and can be purchased at a wide range of prices. My first...