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Top tips for poison ivy, oak and sumac

Summer is a great time to frolic in the woods. Just don’t touch anything.


Lifeform of the week: Armadillos

From the pink fairy to the screaming hairy, armadillos are a most peculiar mammal.

Image Credit: Brian Jeffery Beggerly

Lifeform of the week: Puffer fish

Killer sushi, stoned dolphins, and zombies; the puffer fish is an animal steeped in scandal.

Image Credit: Nova

Lifeform of the week: Mistletoe

Mistletoe makes merry at its host’s expense.

Image Credit: H Dragon

Lifeform of the week: Horseshoe crab

If the horseshoe crab looks like it comes from another era, that’s because it does.

Image Credit: Graham Racher

Lifeform of the week: Corpse flower

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

man of war

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: EverJean

Lifeform of the week: From cacao tree to chocolate valentine

Nothing says “I love you” like roasted and pulverized cacao beans, better known as chocolate.

Image Credit: Rene Schwietzke

Lifeform of the week: Cranberries

Cranberries are more than just a holiday condiment.

Image Credit: Webbaliah

Lifeform of the week: Carnivorous plants

Faced with lousy soil conditions, some plants came up with a novel solution – eating meat.