Nature is our first home, revealing all its most beautiful secrets and leaving us to discover them step-by-step. Amazing, yet weird, nature never cease to surprise. Breathtaking landscapes and weird formations seem just like they were made by a famous painter or a skilled sculptor. Moreover, wild animals and weird creatures have always fascinated and made people want to discover nature's deepest mysteries.

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Read full article | 21 Dec, 2010
  • 10 Weird Animal Curiosities 10 Weird Animal Curiosities

    Did you know that dogs have "fingerprints" too? Or, did you know that until now there were identified over 1 million animal species? If you want to discover the amazing world of animals, take a look to these 10 animal curiosities.

    There are no less than 920.000 insects, 6.000 reptiles, 6.723 amphibians and 4.260 mammals in the world. At most species, the male is bigger than the female. Well, this is not the case of anacondas, where things are totally different as the female is from 3 to 5 times bigger than the male.

    The Arctic Fox, or the Polar Fox, is the only fox species that changes color with the seasons. Therefore, in winter it is white to blend in with snow, while during summer it changes to brown. This is one smart way of camouflaging and many animals developed special adaptations that let them change their coloration as their surroundings change.

    The head of the Praying Mantis or European Mantis (mantis religiosa) has a different position. It is called the praying mantis for its prominent front legs that are bent at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. This is the only insect that can rotate its head at 180 degrees in order to scan the surroundings. Another curiosity and oddity is that it has two compound eyes and three simple ones located between them.

    A baby kangaroo is called a joey, A baby kangaroo stays in its mother's pouch for nine months. It is born at a very immature stage, when it is only about 2 cm long and weighs less than a gram. Immediately after birth the baby crawls up the mother's body and enters the pouch and it stays there till it's quite large.

    Read full article | 03 Dec, 2010
  • Amazing Science Facts Amazing Science Facts

    Did you know that polar bears have semi-transparent fur, or that nearly 3,000 earthquakes occur in the world every day? Take a look to some amazing science facts.

    If one could remove the salt in the oceans and spread it over the Earth's land surface it would cover the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet, meaning about the height of a 40-story office building. Some scientists believe that the oceans contain as much as 50 quadrillion tons (50 million billion tons) of dissolved solids.

    Polar bears are nearly undetectable by infrared cameras, due to their transparent fur. Yes, polar bears do not have white fur, but a colorless, semi-transparent one. It seems that the hairs contain keratin, which make that viewed side-on the fur to appear colorless, while viewed lengthwise it is no longer transparent. Until know it was thought that the transparent fur of polar bears looks white because the individual hairs act as fiber optics bringing sunlight directly to the skin.

    Read full article | 18 Nov, 2010
  • Interesting Facts about Crows Interesting Facts about Crows

    Crows are known for their adaptable characteristic as they can survive in a variety of habitats, from the icy polar areas, woodlands, plains, mountains, to farms and urban areas as well. Numerous researches were made on the life and habits of crows. How interesting are all the discoveries made, find out by taking a look to some interesting facts about crows.

    First of all, you should know that crows and ravens don't belong to the same species, while the raven is not the male of the crow. There are many differences between these two. Moreover, ravens cannot stand crows.

  • The first crows appeared in Miocene, 17 million years ago, in Australia and Oceania. Crows belong in the Corvidae family, which counts over 120 species spread all over the world, excepting Antarctica. Moreover, as bizarre as it might seem, the closest relative of the crows is the beautiful bird-of-paradise.
  • Crows are omnivores and they would eat just about anything. They even eat dead animals and garbage. Crows are the only creatures, excepting man and monkey, that are capable of using different tools in search of food.

  • A crow has been observed while eating the nuts that initially it couldn't crack. The ingenious bird put the nuts on a highway so that the vehicles to pass over them. The bird was so intelligent as it placed the nuts only under the wheels of smaller cars, as prior experiences proved that setting them under a bigger car, there are slight chances to find the kernel.
  • Read full article | 19 Oct, 2010
  • Amazing Animal Senses Amazing Animal Senses

    When it comes to senses, there are animals that have incredible abilities that are inaccessible to humans. There are species that developed unbelievable senses in order to adapt to their environment. Take a look to to some of the most amazing animal senses.

    Like bats, dolphins use echolocation for movement and locating objects. They can hear frequencies up to at least 100,000 Hz. The ultrasonic waves hit the obstacle in the front and come back (the echo principle) to the transmitter. A bat, for example, uses echolocation when hunting in the dark. There are bats emitting sounds from their mouth and others through their nose. As the bat's brain processes the information, it can determine how far the object is, what it is, how big, or in what direction it moves. Dolphins use echolocation when swimming in muddy waters where there is poor visibility. With their sensory sonar system, dolphins can establish the size, shape, distance, speed, direction, and internal structure of a certain object. Man discovered this amazing principle and apply it in the construction of sonars, usually underwater, a technique used to communicate, navigate and detect other vessels.

    Read full article | 22 Sep, 2010
  • 10 Interesting Facts about Monkeys 10 Interesting Facts about Monkeys

    So do you think you know everything about monkeys? Did you know that monkeys don't catch cold? Or, that a monkey was the he only animal judged and convicted in a trial? Here are 10 interesting facts about monkeys for you to discover.

    Monkeys can be classified into three main groups with important differences between them. Primates or anthropoid monkeys are chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and gibbons. In the second group we find the so-called Old World Monkeys, meaning different species of baboons, mandrils, or macaques, with tails, and inferior to those in the first category. In the third group, that of the New World Monkeys, we find monkeys in the Central and South America, including the most primitive species.

  • The male of the howler monkey in Amazonia is the loudest creature on the planet and its howl can be heard as far as 16 kilometers. Howler monkeys are the laziest monkeys spending 80% of their life sleeping.

  • The rarest monkey in the world is the Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus) that still lives in two forest regions near the Brazilian town of Sao Paulo. It is a reddish orange to golden brown in color and it was first listed as endangered in 1982, rising to critically endangered in 1996, and today, researchers estimate that there about 75 individuals.
  • Read full article | 16 Sep, 2010
  • Most Powerful Earthquakes in History Most Powerful Earthquakes in History

    Specialists say that the activity of the tectonic plates intensified. The effect is disastrous as devastating earthquakes occur killing hundreds of people and leaving serious damages. Despite all the precise scientific innovations, the earth is moving and man seems to be helpless in front of the most powerful earthquakes in history.

    Earthquakes represent the result of the tectonic plates shifting. Sometimes, an important shifting can cause powerful earthquakes that can kill people, destroy entire cities, while the tsunamis they can trigger are able to erase islands. Here are some 5 most powerful earthquakes in history.

    Valdivia, Chile (May 22, 1960) - magnitude 9.5

    On May 22, 1960, an earthquake struck the coast of South Central Chile. The earthquake in Valdivia, or the Great Chilean earthquake, is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded with a magnitude of 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. The tsunami it triggered affected the southern part of Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, southeast Australia, and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. This powerful earthquake killed over 2.000 people and another 3.000 people injured, and left 2.000.000 people homeless causing damages of 550 million dollars only in the southern Chile. The tsunami caused other fatalities, 61 people died and 75 million dollars damages in Hawaii, 138 were killed and 50 million dollars damages in Japan, 32 dead in Philippines, and $500.000 monetary cost on the western US coast.

    Read full article | 09 Sep, 2010
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