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Posts by Alex Reshanov

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?

Image Credit: Asit K. Ghosh
Blogs | Jun 30, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Ghost peppers

The Bhut Jolokia – or ghost pepper – hottest naturally-occurring pepper on earth.

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Blogs | Jun 25, 2014

Lifeform of the week: Leafcutter ants

Humans aren’t the only species that farms, they’re not even the first.

Image Credit: Damien du Toit
Blogs | Jun 18, 2014

Lifeform of the Week: Eels, cuter than you think?

Let go of your aversion to slimy animals and embrace the eel appeal.