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The Weird And Wonderful Ecosystems Of Hydrothermal Vents

Life finds a way in the deep places of the ocean

Barnacles

Are there volcanoes in the ocean? Both dry land and the “land” underneath the oceans are part of large, rocky plates that are made of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle – the topmost layers of the Earth, or lithosphere. Oceanic plates, which lie under the oceans, are made of […]

The Weird And Wonderful Ecosystems Of Hydrothermal Vents

Life finds a way in the deep places of the ocean

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Are there volcanoes in the ocean? Both dry land and the “land” underneath the oceans are part of large, rocky plates that are made of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle – the topmost layers of the Earth, or lithosphere. Oceanic plates, which lie under the oceans, are made of

Do Bees Have Ears?

Amegilla cinguata bees resting on a twig

Living things use sound for communication, navigation, and even hunting. This requires ‘auditory perception’ – how our brain interprets the sounds in our environment. For many species, the ear is key to hearing –  scientists think that the middle ear in humans evolved from the gills of fish – is

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Living things use sound for communication, navigation, and even hunting. This requires ‘auditory perception’ – how our brain interprets the sounds in our environment. For many species, the ear is key to hearing –  scientists think that the middle ear in humans evolved from the gills of fish – is

Do Birds Have Teeth?

A double-toothed kite gazing into the sky.

Birds peck and don’t chew; there you go, we have the answer to the question. No, they don’t have teeth, as beaks are for pecking and teeth for chewing. Birds’ extinct ancestors carried teeth, so why don’t they have teeth? Birds branched over 100 million years ago from dinosaurs. We

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Birds peck and don’t chew; there you go, we have the answer to the question. No, they don’t have teeth, as beaks are for pecking and teeth for chewing. Birds’ extinct ancestors carried teeth, so why don’t they have teeth? Birds branched over 100 million years ago from dinosaurs. We

Do Turtles Have Ears?

Do Turtles Have Ears

There is a misconception that you must possess flappy ears for auditory perception. Is it possible to hear without ears? Today, let’s see how turtles hear when they have no ears. We wonder how these animals hear without those external ears fluttering, as seen in dogs or elephants. Technically, turtles

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There is a misconception that you must possess flappy ears for auditory perception. Is it possible to hear without ears? Today, let’s see how turtles hear when they have no ears. We wonder how these animals hear without those external ears fluttering, as seen in dogs or elephants. Technically, turtles

Plants That Grow in Water Only

Purple Water Lillies

From floating duckweeds absorbing heavy metals to the popular aquarium plant Bacopa caroliniana with antimicrobial properties, the spectrum of plants that grow in water only is as fascinating as it is diverse. Let’s explore the various aquatic habits, adaptations that act as “survival kits” in the water plant lifestyles and

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From floating duckweeds absorbing heavy metals to the popular aquarium plant Bacopa caroliniana with antimicrobial properties, the spectrum of plants that grow in water only is as fascinating as it is diverse. Let’s explore the various aquatic habits, adaptations that act as “survival kits” in the water plant lifestyles and

To bee or not to bee: How plants are responding to insects vanishing

Some plants are cutting out the middleman and pollinating themselves!

Flowers and bees

Where did flowers come from? Flowers have been around for at least 140 million years which is not long – if you consider that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old! If we compressed those 4.5 billion years into an hour, flowering plants would have come into existence just 1.5

To bee or not to bee: How plants are responding to insects vanishing

Some plants are cutting out the middleman and pollinating themselves!

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Where did flowers come from? Flowers have been around for at least 140 million years which is not long – if you consider that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old! If we compressed those 4.5 billion years into an hour, flowering plants would have come into existence just 1.5

Top 3 Oldest, Tallest and Biggest Trees in the World

Big Trees from a California State Park

Have you ever asked yourself which trees are our planet’s oldest, tallest, and largest living things? Some of the most amazing trees have been around for many thousands of years, and others grow to such heights they are nearly touching the sky or have trunks that are so huge they

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Have you ever asked yourself which trees are our planet’s oldest, tallest, and largest living things? Some of the most amazing trees have been around for many thousands of years, and others grow to such heights they are nearly touching the sky or have trunks that are so huge they

Plant-Based Meat: Nutrition Savior or Junk Food Imposter?

Plant based meat

The Hype In recent years, plant-based meat has grown in popularity worldwide. Many people prefer to fill their grocery carts with plant-based options, stating health, environmental, or, at times, ethical reasons. From the supermarket aisles to the menus of restaurants, plant-based meat is now widely available and has become a

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The Hype In recent years, plant-based meat has grown in popularity worldwide. Many people prefer to fill their grocery carts with plant-based options, stating health, environmental, or, at times, ethical reasons. From the supermarket aisles to the menus of restaurants, plant-based meat is now widely available and has become a

What Do Sloths Eat?

A sloth on a tree

A sloth on a tree, Credit: Wikimedia/ Daniella Maraschiello Sloths are known as the laziest mammals around. They hardly ever move, just hanging from trees all day. This makes you wonder – what do sloths eat that allows them to be so lazy? The secret is their plant-only diet. Sloths

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A sloth on a tree, Credit: Wikimedia/ Daniella Maraschiello Sloths are known as the laziest mammals around. They hardly ever move, just hanging from trees all day. This makes you wonder – what do sloths eat that allows them to be so lazy? The secret is their plant-only diet. Sloths

Why Don’t Whales Have Teeth Like We Do?

A Humpback Whale

Great question, Henry. Your teeth are an important part of your body. They help you chew your food so you can eat and grow strong. But if you ever thought about inviting a whale for dinner, think again! It’s true, some whales are toothless – but not all of them.

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Great question, Henry. Your teeth are an important part of your body. They help you chew your food so you can eat and grow strong. But if you ever thought about inviting a whale for dinner, think again! It’s true, some whales are toothless – but not all of them.

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