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Month: November 2022

The sponge species known as a giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia

How Do Sponges Reproduce?

The surprising ways this simple aquatic animal produces offspring

Sponges may seem a bit boring, since they stay rooted to one spot on the ocean floor, but they’re actually quite amazing. Believe it or not, they are one of the oldest animals on Earth and have managed to survive for 600 million years! How? Well, they are experts at reproduction and have managed to …

How Do Sponges Reproduce?

The surprising ways this simple aquatic animal produces offspring

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Batteries come in a variety of shapes and sizes

A Fight for Power: The History of Batteries

Batteries come in various sizes, shapes, and types, from the tiny batteries inside hearing aids to massive ones connected to the grid. Batteries are designed and used for a dizzying array of tasks! With this amount of variety, even choosing the right batteries at the store can be confusing! Batteries come in a variety of …

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Example of mushrooms in folklore, where mushrooms are often used as houses for fairies or gnomes

Is Mushroom A Vegetable?

Mushrooms – The history, anatomy, and usage of a living thing that is everywhere!

Table of Contents They are Fungi! (Fungus) Although we often eat and see mushrooms, they belong a separate category of living things. Plants are characterized by using photosynthesis to produce energy. Animals are defined by their ability to move and eat living matter to produce energy. Fungi do not do either of these but relate …

Is Mushroom A Vegetable?

Mushrooms – The history, anatomy, and usage of a living thing that is everywhere!

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The regular, repeating pattern of hexagons

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

Table of Contents Learn about the surprising mix of math and nature A fractal is nothing but an infinitely repeating pattern. Imagine a triangle. Each triangle is part of a larger triangle which is part of a larger triangle… and so on. A fractal pattern is made up of these smaller patterns, each of which …

Fractals in Nature

Infinitely repeating patterns can be found anywhere you look

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Hungry Venus flytraps snap shut on a host of unfortunate flies

Hungry Venus Flytraps Snap Shut on a Host of Unfortunate Flies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eQKSf0LmY Carnivorous plants can be thought of as mavericks of the plant kingdom. When faced with limited resources, these botanical marvels tend to bend the rules to come up with clever solutions! There are over 800 species of predatory plants all over the globe!    Many carnivorous plants, like the Venus flytrap, have evolved as …

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Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota

When Were Horses Domesticated?

Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota, Credit: Wikimedia/François Marchal The lives of horses and humans have been interwoven for millennia. Since at least 2,000 B.C.E. horses have had a fond place within human culture, from transport and racing to warfare! While we know much about …

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