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August 12, 2009

 

Common milkweed with several insects

Want To Turn A Profit? Invest In Milkweed Crops

You may think milkweed is just a stubborn weed, but to some it's a valuable commodity.

July 16, 2006

 

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Red Tide

Researchers are still working to understand this serious natural phenomenon.

November 23, 2005

 

The Newt and the Garter Snake

Meet the Taricha granulosa newt, otherwise known as the rough skinned newt. It’s a small, slow-moving creature. There’s nothing apparently threatening about it. However, glands in its skin secrete a potent poison, tetrodotoxin. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

February 17, 2005

 

Safe Sex for Moths

Certain species of male moths use toxins to protect themselves during sex. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Babies ‘n Honey

Since botulism bacteria cannot survive in oxygen, they form spores that lie dormant until they’re in an oxygen-free environment. For example, the oxygen-free insides of canned goods are prime breeding grounds for botulism.

September 27, 2003

 

Caterpillar vs. Plant

In the real world, some caterpillars and plants engage in a deadly struggle for survival. We’re talking full-scale battle, involving chemical weapons no less.

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