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The thousand uses of lichens

Throughout history, humans have used lichens for a variety of purposes. The oldest evidence of lichen use dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used some species to make bread flour and others for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. They also…

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Unusual vegetables

Distributed at all latitudes, lichens are able to conquer extreme biotopes, adapting to living in places where plants would find it difficult to survive: they overcome critical periods by rapidly going into dormant phases during which respiration and photosynthesis are…

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Watch out for aliens!

Italy has some new inhabitants, but that is no cause for celebration: the list of alien species is long. Two important “aliens” are the harlequin ladybird and the blue crab. Let's get to know them better… Originating from central and…

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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 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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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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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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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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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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