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Obscure Organs – Part 3

While most of us don’t faint at the sight, nobody likes to see their own blood. We prefer to leave blood to do its job…out of view. But perhaps this leaves us a bit ignorant of this wonderful tissue, a fluid so important to the body that some biologists believe it should be considered an […]

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April 1, 2017
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Obscure Organs – Part 2

In last month’s blog we started to consider marvelous human organs that are often overlooked. Consider, for example your nose. The nose is rarely looked upon as an object of beauty. While the eyes, cheeks, and lips are often discussed poetically, the nose is typically an irreverent target. Strangers will tell you to keep your […]

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March 2, 2017
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Obscure Organs – Part 1

The Bible talks about Christians being like a body. “And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour;” (I Cor. 12:23). Small, unapparent parts often play important roles, both in an organism and in Christ’s church. Over the next several months we will highlight […]

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February 1, 2017
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“Lethal Leaves” – Part Six

In the last installment of our series on carnivorous plants we consider the “snap trap.” This mechanism is employed by the most famous insectivore plant of all, the Venus Flytrap. The leaf is divided into two lobes with a hinge in the middle. The lobes feature special “trigger hairs” that allow the plant to sense movement, while […]

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January 3, 2017
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“Lethal Leaves” – Part Five

In recent months, we have been considering the various mechanisms employed by carnivorous plants, including pitfall traps, flypaper traps, and bladder traps. In this edition our attention is drawn to the “corkscrew traps” (or lobster traps), like those employed by the Cobra Lily to the right. The end of the entrapping leaf is hooded and contains […]

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December 1, 2016
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“Lethal Leaves” – Part Four

The most fascinating aspect of insectivore plants is their beautifully adapted trap designs, the machinery for capturing animals. These traps consist of leaves that have been conspicuously modified to attract, ensnare, and devour prey. Even though plants have no muscles, some carnivorous plants display astonishing movement to capture insects. Traps that move to complete the […]

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November 2, 2016
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“Lethal Leaves” – Part Three

Carnivorous plants are closely association with fires. Some are able to withstand forest fires and rapidly regenerate from their roots alone. Others, like the Portuguese Sundew, require periodic fires for their seeds to germinate. The sundew comprises one of the larger groups of carnivorous plants with about 195 species. Unlike the pitcher plant’s slippery cup, […]

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October 3, 2016
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“Lethal Leaves” – Part Two

Carnivorous plants occur naturally on every continent except Antarctica. The reason for the carnivorous design is that all of these plants specialize in nitrogen-poor soil, typically in an acidic environment. To the right is a picture of the carnivorous pitcher plant, Nepenthes. This is only one of many plants that employ a “pitfall trap mechanism,” a cup-like […]

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September 2, 2016
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“Lethal Leaves” – Part One

Animals are commonly divided into plant-eating herbivores and meat-eating carnivores. Herbivores are typically thought of as the harmless animals that dominate controlled environments like farms, while the carnivores are thought of as wild, aggressive animals, the stuff of fictional thrillers and gripping Hollywood scenes. In any case, the plants themselves are almost never thought of […]

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August 1, 2016
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“Mosaic Critters” – Part Five

In our final blog on fascinating mosaic creatures, I’d like to turn our attention to the most famous mosaic animal of all, the oddity called the duck-billed platypus. The first dead platypus specimen reached England in 1799 and it was thought to be a hoax perpetrated on the British scientific community by some Colonial prankster. Experts […]

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July 2, 2016
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