Does The Sun Actually Rise In The East?

The illusion of the Sun rising is due to a rotating reference frame whereby the Earth's motion causes the Sun to come into view. That aside, is it true that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west? Sunrise is commonly defined as being when the upper limb

Can Palm Trees Really Walk?

Walking Palms (Socratea exorrhiza), native to rain forests in tropical Central and South America, are believed to use their unusual stilt roots to 'walk' away from their original site of germination to more favourable locations, although somewhat slower than the Ents found in The Lord of the Rings. During periods of

Why Do Only Female Mosquitoes Suck Blood?

Both male and female mosquitoes find nutrition in the sugars of nectar and plant juices, but females are specially adapted to pierce skin and suck blood from their prey. Whilst lipids provide a valuable source of nutrition, the females of many species need the blood protein to enable egg production, and

How Old Is Planet Earth?

The Solar System formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant interstellar molecular cloud, which began to spin and flatten out into a circumstellar disc from which the planets were born. Over the next 10–20 million years the primordial Earth was formed with its atmosphere and oceans

The Secrets Of Clownfish In Finding Nemo

Bright orange with three distinctive white bars, the Clown Anemonefish (Amphiprioninae) featured in Finding Nemo reach about 4.3 inches in length, and live in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and western Pacific. Clownfish are named after the sea anemone in which they make their home. Until acclimated