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Venus Flower Basket Euplectella aspergillum
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Venus’ Flower Basket (Euplectella aspergillum) is a species of hexactinellid sponge found in the deep ocean. It is found with a male and female shrimp living inside it, which spend their lives living in just one sponge basket. Because of this, Asian cultures use the dead, dried sponge as a wedding present to signify the symbiotic relationship of the sponge and shrimp. The shrimp that make...

Spongilla lacustris
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Spongilla lacustris is a species of freshwater sponge from the Spongillidae family. It is only found mostly in clear freshwater lakes in North America, Europe and Asia. It is often found growing under rocks or logs, and can sometimes be found in slow-moving streams. This particular species is soft and fragile with whitish to greenish coloration. It has irregularly scattered and barely...

Clathrina clathrus
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Clathrina clathrus is a species of calcareous sponge belonging to the Clathrinidae family. It is a shallow-water species of the Mediterranean Sea and is also found along the Atlantic coasts of Europe as far north as the British Isles. This sponge is yellowish or white and grows up to 4 inches in diameter. It usually appears cushion-shaped at a distance -- its close relative Clathrina...

Chromosphere
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Chromosphere -- The chromosphere (literally, "color sphere") is a thin layer of the Sun's atmosphere just above the photosphere, roughly 10,000 kilometers deep. The chromosphere is more visually transparent than the photosphere. The most common solar feature within the chromosphere are spicules, long thin fingers of luminous gas which appear like the blades of a huge field of fiery grass...

Word of the Day
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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