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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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Organic food consumption and the incidence of cancer

There are a number of reasons people support or grow food they call organic. One of the ones often articulated is the cancer causing chemicals that are in the food. However, this argument is dependent upon there actually being a … 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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Snake hemipenes

I know, the burning question on most people’s minds is “What do snake penises look like?” Well, I have your answer right here: they have two. Each is known as a hemepenis (plural hemepenes), and are common to snakes, lizards, … 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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The Breastfeeding Debate

Breastfeeding is a surprisingly controversial subject. Some women are bullied and essentially accused of abuse for not breastfeeding their children. Other women wean their children at 6 years when they go them to school, or are chastized for breastfeeding in public. … 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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Your worst fucking nightmare

The fear of a shark attack has many people terrified of going into open water. However, in real life, you are probably 168 times more likely to be eaten by a crocodile than by a shark. This post isn’t about … 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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Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

Just a year ago  a paper by Gilles-Eric Séralini published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize created a stir in the anti-GMO community. It was … Continue reading

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