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Posts by Alex Reshanov

Image Credit: Graham Racher
Blogs | Oct 21, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Corpse flower

Parasitic flowers of the genus Rafflesia are monstrous in size and diabolical in smell.

Image Credit: Steve Garvie
Blogs | Oct 13, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Owls

In fact and in fiction, owls have always turned heads.

Image Credit: Duloup
Blogs | Oct 01, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Fishing cats

Boldly going where few cats have gone before: into the water.

Image Credit: Don DeBold
Blogs | Sep 10, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Skunks

Evolutionary biology can explain skunks’ striking appearance, but only chemistry can get rid of the smell.

Image Credit: Geoff Gallice
Blogs | Sep 03, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Hoatzin

Physiologically and evolutionarily, the hoatzin is a fascinating bird. Just hold your nose when you’re near it.

Image Credit: Lebrac
Blogs | Aug 19, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Brain mushroom

The brain mushroom is that rare species with the distinction of being both edible and poisonous.

Image Credit: Jeffdelonge
Blogs | Aug 11, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Death’s-head hawkmoth

It’s the insect star of The Silence of the Lambs.

Image Credit: Michelle's blue planet
Blogs | Jul 22, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Sea stars

You call them starfish? They’re brilliant by any name.

man of war
Blogs | Jul 16, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Portuguese Man o’ War

Don’t call the Portuguese Man o’ War a jellyfish. And don’t get near its stinging tentacles, even if it’s dead.

Image Credit: Feuerrabe
Jul 09, 2014

Probiotics revisited: How – and if – they work

Stores are full of probiotic products, but are we any closer to understanding if and how they work?