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Bells Vireo
2006-03-25 11:44:09

The Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) is a small North American songbird, 4-3/4 to 5 inches (12-13 cm) in length, dull olive-gray above and whitish below. It has a faint white eye ring and faint wing bars. The Bell's Vireo constructs a well-camouflaged nest but when found the bird will stand its ground against intruders. Cowbirds use Bell's Vireo nests as their own nurseries. This bird was...

Datura wrightii Sacred Datura
2005-07-12 18:32:21

Datura wrightii (a poisonous weed) is sometimes used as a hallucinogen. It is commonly called Sacred Datura. Datura wrightii is classified as a deliriant, or an anticholinergic. In the US it is, however, called Western Jimson Weed.

Madagascar Sacred Ibis
2008-04-28 13:38:07

The Madagascar Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri), is a species of bird from the Threskiornithidae family. It is found in Madagascar and Seychelles. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, estuarine waters, intertidal flats, and coastal saline lagoons. The Madagascar Sacred Ibis is threatened due to habitat loss.

Xenobiology exobiology
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be...

Geocentric Model
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Geocentric Model -- The geocentric model of the cosmos is a paradigm which places the Earth at the center of the universe. Common in ancient Greece, it was believed by both Aristotle and Ptolemy. Most Greeks assumed that the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets orbit Earth. Similar ideas were held in ancient China. The geocentric model was gradually replaced by the heliocentric model of Copernicus...

Lunar Phase
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar Phase -- The lunar phase is an astronomical term referring to the portion of the Moon that is visibly illuminated by the Sun, as seen from Earth. As the Moon orbits the Earth, the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon change. Since the Moon only appears bright due to the Sun's reflected light, only the half of the Moon closest to the Sun is illuminated. Lunar phases are...

Lunar Eclipse
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar eclipse -- From Earth, a lunar eclipse occurs when Sun, Earth and Moon are in a single line with Earth in the middle. If this occurs, the Moon (or part of it) does not receive light from the Sun because it is in the shadow of the Earth, and thus the Moon becomes invisible even though there would normally have been a full moon. Most of the light that is refracted through the...

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The word 'shavie' is related to 'shave'.