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The Ultimate Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide

The Ultimate Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide

Mark Lee Rollins for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Okay we are going to pull out all the stops here, and not list 10, nor 15; we are listing 20 great gifts for the Star Wars fan in your life. We're going to avoid the more salacious gifts,...

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The Variable bushy feather star is commonly found concealed on shallow water reefs in the western Pacific Ocean. The parts that will be most often seen are the fern-like arms. The arms start at the base with five rays then begin to divide from there. The arms are flexible due to the multiple calcium filled joints, also called ossicle; therefore if needed these arms could coil up and provide protection to the main body. Interestingly, if one arm should fall off, or perhaps pulled off, then two...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.