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Plants and bacteria giving new “light” to off grid communities

Is it possible to build a lamp from a plant? It would seem so. The confirmation comes from Peru, where engineers from the Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) of Lima have created "Planta lampara", a lamp powered by the energy…

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The biggest tree

The tallest tree in the world is called Hyperion . It is a Sequoia sempervirens and is 115.55 metres tall, located in the Redwood National Park in Northern California. Even though it is remarkably tall, it is not the biggest…

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The whale shark

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the biggest fish in the world, in fact it can reach a length of over 12 metres. The whale shark, notwithstanding its size, is a harmless animal. It is a filter feeding fish that…

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The African elephant

The African elephant is the largest land animal living on our Planet. The male African elephant can reach a length of over 7 metres and weigh over 6 tons. Particular signs of the African elephant are its ivory tusks that…

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Animal records

Long jump Snow leopard : 13 metres Springbok: 10 metres Kangaroo: 9 metres Flea: 35 cm, in other words, 220 times its size, as if a man 1.80 m tall could jump 400 metres! High jump Caracal: 3 metres Springbok:…

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The biggest animal

The biggest living animal is the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). It can reach a length of 33 metres and weigh up to 190 tons, a weight that is equivalent to 31 African elephants put together. The whale’s tongue weighs about…

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Another camouflage …

In the gardens it is quite common to find the larvae of the Chrysomelidae family beetle, called lily beetle (Crioceris lilii), which in fact loves to eat the lily leaves. Initially however it is not at all easy to see…

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CO2 “eating” trees

If a tree “eats” CO2 and produces oxygen it is easy to understand the importance it has in reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide produced by our activities. Therefore trees, besides cleaning the air, help to decrease the greenhouse effect…

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Green for hope

Trees carry out an important hydrogeological function: the leaves protect the soil from erosion caused by rain and the roots hold the soil preventing landslides and landfalls. Trees also carry out a  fundamental  ecological function: around the roots microfauna develop…

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