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2010-10-15 08:35:00

Eastern marsh helleborine mimics aphid alarm pheromones to attract pollinators Even Darwin was a self-admitted orchid lover. Dictionaries describe orchids as exotic ornamentals. Indeed, these plants "“ more than 30000 different species are thought to exist "“ are exotic due their extraordinary and diverse flower morphology. However, they are also exotic from a point of view other than beauty: as crafty imposters in order to achieve reproduction and to make sure that their ovaries...

2008-08-26 18:00:00

By Laura Davis WE HOLD on tight to the sides of the Land Rover as it heads off the track, lurching from side to side like an elephant with an inner- ear infection. When it stops, on the top of a particularly steep dune, the conservation team leaps out and heads across the dunes, fanning out towards the distance in search of their quarry. "Found one!" comes the cry a few minutes later, and when we catch up with the two women they are kneeling on the ground to examine their discovery. "They...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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