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An impressive memory

An impressive memory

NEW experiments show that bot­tlenose dolphins can remember whistles of other dolphins they’d lived with even after 20 years of separation. Ravens are extremely intelligent birds, and they actually remember your face and your voice and connect it to any prior interactions, researchers say. One study that looked at a herd of Af­rican elephants found that the animals reacted negatively to the scents of a nearby tribe whose members some­times slaughter them. Elephants have also been known to remember human abusers several years afterward.

Surprising carnivorous plants

By Floro Mercene A GROUP of 600 or more species of plants has cleverly adapted to live in nutrient-poor soil by getting their nutrients from insects. They are expert meat-eaters. Most carnivorous plants selectively feed on specific prey. This selection is due to the available prey and the type of trap used by the organism. […]

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If a supertyphoon strikes Tokyo

TYPHOONS are a part of life in Japan, with several storms lashing the archi­pelago every year. The Tokyo Metropoli­tan Government recently unveiled its first estimate of the capital’s vulnerability to damage from typhoon-related tidal waves as the risks from storm damage continue to increase globally.

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Worst weather disaster in Japan

By Floro Mercene JAPAN’S record rainfall last month unleashed floods and set off deadly landsides in Western Japan, killing more than 200 people, while forcing millions more to evacuate and leaving dozens missing. Thirteen prefectures on Japan’s mainland received deadly amounts of rain. It was Japan’s worst weather disaster in 36 years. Parts of the […]

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Gachapon  capsule toys (1)

By Floro Mercene While capsule toys originated overseas, gachapon or gashapon are uniquely Japanese. The terms gachapon or gashapon refer to a variety of vending machine-dispensed capsule toys popular in Japan. ‘gacha’ or ‘gasha’ is onomatopoeic from Japanese sounds for the hand-cracking action of a toy-vending machine, and ‘pon’ for the toy capsule landing in […]

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The story behind  the tulip (1)

Its long spring season and cool nights make Holland the perfect country for tulip growing. Tulips signal the arrival of spring. It starts with crocus season in March, which is followed by daffodils and hyacinths. Finally the tulips show their vivid paint-box colors and transforms big parts of Holland into a vast sea of tulips. […]

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