Showing posts from November, 2007

I am Satisfied!

Yes! I am a cold blooded reptilian. I could be venomous too! Research at the University of Melbourne, Australia had proposed that some of my relatives in the iguanians and monitorfamilies may have venom-producing glands. Now, I can just say I am satisfied. I had had my fill. My kind feed on a wide variety of food including fruits and vegetation, insects, small tetrapods, carrion and the larger variety may even feed on something as large as a deer. I just had some fruits!

Who will win the race?

Maybe not the hare or the tortoise! The Ostrich (Struthio camelus) , a large flightless bird native to Africa with its distinctive long neck and legs has the ability to run at a speed of about 65 km/h (40 mph), the top land speed of any bird.

Why is a Bradypus Tridactylus called a Sloth?

Clue: What does Sloth mean?This native from Nicaragua, Peru and Brazil eats sleeps and gives birth on trees. It can’t run or stand straight and will take about a month to move a distance of 1.6 kilometer. And all these because of its feet! With only three toes, they are more suitable for hanging to trees. Can you imagine if there is more than one sloth in a family?

What's In Your Hump?

Camels are well known for their humps and many people think that these store water and they are wrong! The humps are actually a reservoir of fatty tissue and will be used when the camels run out of food. When the fatty tissue is metabolized, it does not only produce energy but it would yield more than 1 g of water for each 1 g of fat converted through reaction with oxygen from the air. This process of fat metabolization will result in a decrease in size of the humps and then, to get the original size back, the camels must have a good rest and of course, food, too!

Why Are Hamsters Useful?

These omnivorous rodents belonging to the subfamilyCricetinae, are easy to breed in captivity, and are therefore often used as lab animals and kept as pets too. They are conveniently useful to human beings, don’t you think? If you are hamster then, maybe, it’s time to fight back!

Why does the Apple Keep The Doctor Away?

Reasons: An old proverb says that An apple a day keeps the doctor away. In fact, researches has suggested that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Apples contain Vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds, which may reduce the risk of cancer by preventing DNA damage. The fibre content also helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol. Wonderful this apple, isn't it?

Who Has A Better Smile?

Clue: Now, you know Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde), the 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Renaissance in Italy. The lady there merely gazes with an enigmatic expression. Nothing will beat the smile of this Felis silvestris catus ,otherwise known as the domestic cat or house cat to distinguish it from other felines. It may be a small carnivorousspecies but it has often been valued by humans for companionship and its ability to hunt vermin.

Whose mane it is you are talking about?

Clue: The only known creature with a mane, according to Charles Darwin has the mane as a result of sexual selection. During a fight, the mane is supposed to protect the neck and the male with its neck in tact will finally get to mate. So, you'll be definitely bushed if you lose your mane and scientists had actually believed that a high temperature as a result of global warming will affect the size of the mane, decreasing its size and density and even threatening to make the mane a thing of the past.

Who Is The Smart ONe?

Clue: Oh, I am proud to talk about this. My relatives are among the first to travel to space. Before humans actually went there, there was fear that they could not survive long periods of weightlessness. American and Russian scientists therefore utilized animals - mainly monkeys, chimps and dog. On June 11, 1948, a V-2 Blossom launched into space from White Sands, New Mexico carrying Albert I, a rhesus monkey. Undoubtedly, Albert I became the the hero of animal astronauts.Then, there were two Philippine monkeys, Patricia and Mike. They were enclosed in an Aerobee nose section at Holloman Air Force Base, Patricia in a seated position and Mike in a prone position to determine differences in the effects of rapid acceleration. They were fired 36 miles up at a speed of 2000 mph and became the first primates to reach such a high altitude. But then, these were just my distant relatives.I am especially proud of Ham who was trained at Cape Canaveral, Florida.He was a real chimp and has been t…

Now, What Are These ?

Now, what do you see here?

Clue: I just read somewhere that the Portuguese took this to Europe. Originating either in India, Vietnam or southern China, it could be sweet or bitter. Citrus sinensis is sweet whileCitrus aurantium is bitter . The English name is derived from the Sanskritnaranga-s and in Dutch , it iscalled Sinaasappel which means China's apple. It's a fruit all right and is rich in vitamin C.

Batman And Robin

Who are Batman and Robin alter-ego?
Clue: In old English, they were called docga.Scientifically known as Canis lupus familiaris, they are domestic subspecies of the wolves, which are mammals of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. Based on DNA evidence, their wolf ancestors themselves have been said to have diverged from other wolves about 100,000 years ago. Their wolf ancestors had also been domesticated and they were perhaps the first organism to be domesticated. Evidence suggests that they were also first domesticated in East Asia, possibly China. Today, Batman and Robin like their other counterparts, have become one of the most widely-kept working and companion animals in human history andhave developed into hundreds of varied breeds ranging from the little Chihuahua to the huge Irish Wolfhound.

Will The Real Sunflower Please Stand Up?

Now, which is the real sunflower?

Clue: The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas in the family Asteraceae. It has a a large flowering head (inflorescence) and the stem can grow as high as 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching up to 30 cm.

Ten Most Endangered Species

Below are ten animals. They are supposed to be the top ten animals in the list of the most likely animals to become extinct. Can you name them and which countries do they come from. Do tell!