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Tag Archives: science
Here in Nebraska, we’ve lost most of our largest predators. Bears and wolves are gone (excepting rare long-distance wanderers). Mountain lions are making a slow comeback in the northern and western parts of Nebraska, but the agricultural character and fragmented … Continue reading
There is an awful lot we still don’t understand about prairies (and the rest of the natural world, for that matter). First and foremost, we haven’t even come close to discovering all the species that live in prairies. We have … Continue reading
Because they can’t run away, plants may seem helpless against the many large and small herbivores that like to eat them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many plants have physical defenses such as thorns or stiff hairs to … Continue reading
I know that many of you watched the first two episodes of EARTH A New Wild last week on Public Television, including Episode 2: Plains. I watched as well, and while I was glad for the attention paid to grasslands, I … Continue reading
Well, no. But recent research shows that at least some may be able to convert sunlight into energy in a process very similar to the way plants do it. A study published in Nature magazine back in August looked at a … Continue reading
Not many insects can feed on milkweed. Milkweed plants produce a toxin that disables a protein in animals – a protein that facilitates important functions such as muscle contraction. Only a small number of insect species around the world have evolved ways to get around this … Continue reading