Category Archives: Biology

Deep sea Cnidarian

There are approximately 9,000 species of Cnidarians. They are familiar to us as jellyfish and corals and one of the characteristics of the phylum is the nematocysts that can inject poison through human skin making the pelagic types the bane of swimmers … Continue reading

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A fight to the death

The Macedonian island of Golem Grad, also known as Snake Island was the site of a struggle between a juvenile female nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) and a Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulata). This was a true battle to the death: at … Continue reading

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The Elephant Fish

It’s not an elephant or a (bony) fish and although it’s sometimes called the elephant shark, it isn’t a shark either. They can also be referred to as ghost sharks, but they are nothing like those in the movie. Callorhinchus milii  … Continue reading

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Saved by a snake

Recently I wrote about crocodiles in trees being your worst nightmare. Well, it appears that rescue may be at hand. In Australia, where everything wants to kill you, there is something that will save you. From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation … Continue reading

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Sex is Biology is Sex

Although many unicellular organisms reproduce asexually, most multicellular organisms use the exchange of genetic material as a means of continuing the species. As we move through the evolutionary web, in some complex animals sex takes on different roles rather than … Continue reading

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Goblin Shark

When you hear a name like Goblin Shark, you would expect to see a bad move, and indeed, there is one. Malibu Shark Attack, starring the original TV Nikita, Peta Wilson, is your typical Scy-Fy shark movie. The villain is … Continue reading

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Death by Sex

No, I’m not talking death by ice pick. This is death by sex itself. This is about the Antechinus Antechinuses are small, carnivorous, shrew-like marsupials with bristly fur that primarily prey on invertebrates such as spiders, beetles (including larvae), and weevils. The … Continue reading

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Cicadas

The 17 years are up. Cicadas are invading the Eastern US this year. Fortunately for us, the birthing won’t happen in Canada, but it is slightly possible that the next generation might move a bit northward. Handsome devils that they … Continue reading

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Parasitic pancakes

Everybody loves pancakes, and kids love it when you make battery shapes. Here’s some complicated  pancake shapes that can teach a little biology at the  same time. Yum!!!!  

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Top Ten Newly Discovered Species

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University announces the 2012 Top 10 New Species List. This was not a trivial task, as there were over 18,000 new species named in 2012. Not all were totally unknown, merely … Continue reading

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