You must have heard about self-service restaurants, let me now tell you about a self-serviced orchid! Named Holcoglossum amesianum, this orchid fertilises itself without the aid of insects or wind. The plant does not take the help of sticky fluids or any other method used by self-pollinating plants.
Instead, the male part of the flower twists itself into the necessary shape required for the fertilisation of the female one! This unique orchid is found in the Yunnan province of China.
Meet the new member of the volcano family: the ‘petit spot’! ‘Petit spot’ is a new type of miniature volcano in the western Pacific Ocean. The volcanoes are tiny, sized between 0.005 to 1 cubic kilometers, and are spotted near the underwater Japan Trench.
According to researchers, the findings may reduce the strength of a popular ‘hotspot’ volcanism theory, which states that molten lava wells up from deep below and creates volcanoes. Hmm… seems like the ‘petit spot’ is going to have a big effect on many things!
An endangered bird named Sumatran ground cuckoo was “by chance” captured on film while an Indonesian-British surveying team was trying to photograph wild tigers in the Indonesian jungle! The short, brown fowl, with black and green plumes, is pictured gazing into the lens!
The spotting near Kerinci Seblat National Park in central-west Sumatra is the third known recording of the bird since 1916! The best off-target ever!
Argentina’s Santa Cruz Province may soon be called “Dino Cruz”! Because, Santa Cruz was once roved by one of the world’s largest dinosaurs! Argentinean scientists have recently discovered the bones of Titanosaurs, a gigantic plant-eating Sauropod dinosaur.
According to paleontologists, this newly discovered species was 115 to 131 feet (35 to 40 meters) long, weighing between 88 and 110 tonnes (80 and 100 metric tonnes)! Phew! Size surely does matter!
Ever heard of a beneficial poison? Here it is! Cone shells are home to snails that produce one of the most complex venoms in nature. These snails have the ability to change the chemical compounds in their venom, keeping pace with evolution.
Scientists may use this complex neurotoxin to turn off individual functions of the nervous system helping them to develop a greater understanding of the human brain! A new painkiller is the first drug to be developed from these snails.
The Grand Canyon – Parashant National Monument, located on the Utah-Arizona border, was recently discovered to house four more new species of crickets! A barklouse (insect living on the bark of plants) was also found here. The type is common in South America, but not North America, where it was found.
Kyle Voyles, a state of Arizona cave coordinator and a physical science technician with the Bureau of Land Management, and J. Judson Wynne, a Northern Arizona University doctoral candidate, made the discovery from a spring sample taken from the area.
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