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Waitomo Glow Worm

Arachnocampa luminosa is a glow worm in its larval stage and can be found only in New Zealand, in the Waitomo Caves. The larva of Arachnocampa luminosa spins a nest out of silk and hangs down silk threads studded with sticky droplets of mucus to catch the pray attracted by the glowing effect. It appears […]

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From Lava Flow to New Life

Lava contains most of the nutrients necessary to support life, but the colonization by plants on the newly formed lava flow still remains an astonishing process. It takes a long time for vegetation to start growing on lava flow. In the beginning, there are favorable conditions only for the lower plants, but as birds begin […]

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Fairy Cups

The charming fruiting body of Microporus xanthopus, a tropical species, is commonly found on decaying wood. Besides their decorative qualities, Microporus xanthopus fungi are also one of nature’s recyclers, contributing to the breakdown and to the transformation of deadwood.  Tallebudgera, The Gold Coast hinterland, Australia Photograph by plant.nerd via Flickr Microporus xanthopus in various shades of […]

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The Baseball Plant

Euphorbia obesa, also known as the baseball plant, is a South African succulent species, endemic in its natural habitat, but well established in cultivation. At first spherical, almost ball-shaped, the Euphorbia obesa becomes cylindrical with age. Photograph by Karel Jakubec via Wikipedia The Baseball plant, an unusual plant.

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A Long-billed Dowitcher Reflection

Álftanes, Iceland’s Greater Reykjavík Area   Photograph by Kristján Kristinsson via Flickr A Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) is foraging in shallow waters that reflects its distinctive long-billed profile.

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Silver Gull Up-Close

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia Photograph by frompandora via Flickr Close-up shot of a Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae).

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Chinese Conical Hat

Daxu, Guangxi province, China Photograph by Jeremy Marshall via Flickr A look inside an abandoned building reveals a conical straw hat, the most iconic Chinese hat, and a pair of gloves, apparently waiting for the owner to return.

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Geocarpy in Spigelia Genuflexa

Spigelia genuflexa is a species of ‘genuflecting’ plant named after its adaptation. The species survives only for one season and therefore, after the fruits are formed, the branches bend down to bury the seeds in the ground. By depositing the fruits below ground, Spigelia genuflexa represents an example of geocarpy. Photograph by Alex Popovkin via Flickr Spigelia genuflexa […]

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Big Moon Illusion

Moon appears larger when near the horizon than it does while higher up in the sky, but although the explanation is still debated, scientists certify it’s just a psychological optical illusion, known as the Moon illusion. Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska Photograph by Jason Ahrns, xyzpdqfoo, via Flickr Big moon over Alaskan forest.

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New Dolphin Species

Australian researchers find that a species of dolphin discovered in 1915 was thought to be a common bottlenose, but it is, in fact, an entirely new species. DNA studies have shown that although Tursiops australis, with the common name of ‘Burrunan Dolphin’, shares some characters with the already known bottlenose dolphin species, it also possesses unique characters. For […]

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