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Baby Camel: Mum, why do we have such a huge…

Baby Camel: Mum, why do we have such a huge hump? Mum Camel: They're for storing fat out in the desert. Baby Camel: Why do we have hooves, then? Mum Camel: So our feet don't sink into the hot sand. A moment later... Baby Camel: Right. So why do we have all this stuff...

Many birds that feed on plants swallow stones…

Many birds that feed on plants swallow stones and grit to help their bodies grind down the plant material. Birds in captivity may swallow other things if they cannot find stones. An ostrich in London Zoo was found on its death to have swallowed an incredible variety of things. These included an alarm clock, 91 cm (3ft) of rope...

Excerpts from ‘Everything has a History’

Haldane's books are the best for communicating science to a layperson. He wrote almost 300 brilliant articles on popular science for ordinary workers, many of which were later collated into books such as 'Everything has a History', 'Science in Everyday Life' and 'On Being the Right Size'. Here are two chapters from 'Everything has a History'. How Bees Communicate: Eight...

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How do Ducks Stay in Water and not Get Wet?

When you get out of the swimming pool or bathtub, you are soaking wet. Had you been a duck, you would be swimming in...

The Adventurer

I am sure all families are interesting. But I like to think that my family is especially interesting. I have such great nephews and...

Why are Zebras Striped?

As a child I was always full of questions. I remember asking my parents why zebras were striped or why did giraffes have such...

Is Tomato a Vegetable or a Fruit?

We think the tomato is a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Because it is not sweet and is used for providing flavour...

Do You Like Fruits?

Apples in the winter time Chikoos in the fall Mangoes in the summer time I like it best of all! Oranges and kinnows bright Sugar-cane so sweet Melons and the...