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Why bats are nocturnal animals (082)

Why bats are nocturnal animals (082)

Did you know that a long long time ago the flying space for birds was restricted because of the sky being very close to the earth? The birds’ combined efforts enabled them to change this. But this process did not go smoothly and the bats played an important though hardly nice role in this venture. […]

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ASTER, Shining stars (081)

ASTER, Shining stars (081)

The name ‘aster’ comes from Greek, meaning ‘star’. This is clearly visible in the flower itself: its yellow heart looks just like a shining star and is surrounded by delicate purple petals, the ‘shining flowers’. You need to look at them in a different way, but then you will see it: asters are just like […]

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Why the autumn crocus flowers in the autumn (054)

Why the autumn crocus flowers in the autumn (054)

Few plants flower in late autumn. One exception is the ‘naked’ autumn crocus, a crocus which flowers without leaves. It is a special type of bulb. Most plants and trees prefer to show their attractive flowers in spring and summer. The crocus was once just another flower. In no respect did it stand out from […]

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The wise advice of the ant queen (059)

The wise advice of the ant queen (059)

Choose a quiet time one day to watch the comings and goings of the industrious and useful ants. Some are dragging along pine needles, leaves, others a dead fly. Do you know that an ant can carry 100 times its own weight? Our cities are said to have a lot in common with ant colonies, […]

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