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Jellyfish populations Rising With Ocean Warming, Pollution Increases
2012-04-19 08:17:26

Researchers from University of British Columbia (UBC) are reporting an increase in the number of jellyfish populations in coastal areas of the world´s oceans. Many species are considered a nuisance when they sting swimmers. A larger concern is the damage they do to marine engines and power plants by clogging intakes. They are also a nuisance to fishermen UBC scientists examined data for numerous species of jellyfish for 45 of the world´s 66 Large Marine Ecosystems. The...


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2009-06-17 12:33:16

The Chinese Prickly Ash or Flatspine Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum simulans) is a species of flowering plant native to eastern China and Taiwan. It is one of several plants of Zanthoxylum from which Sichuan Pepper is produced. It is a small spreading tree that grows to 23 feet tall. Its leaves are 2.75 to 5 inches long and pinnate (having parts of a leaf arranged on both sides of the stem). Each leaf has 7 - 11 small leaflets that are each 1.25 to 2 inches long. There are numerous spines on the...

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2009-04-28 16:14:01

Buxus sempervirens or Boxwood is indigenous to western and southern Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. This small slender evergreen tree grows from 3 - 30 feet in height with a narrow trunk reaching less than 8 inches in diameter. Yellowish green oval shaped leaves grow from just over half an inch to just under one and a quarter inches in length and less than half an inch wide. Unremarkable petaless flowers of the same yellowish green color are pollinated by insects and produce...

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2009-04-28 15:48:25

Buddleja davidii or Summer Lilac is an indigenous shrub of northwest China and Japan and is widely cultivated for use as an ornamental plant. However, in England and parts of the northwestern United States it is considered an invasive weed. Often referred to as the Butterfly Bush, it is food for several species of butterflies. It does not thrive well in harsh cold climates and will die in temperatures below 5°F. Photo Copyright and Credit

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Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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