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Mucuna pruriens is a tropical legume known as velvet bean, native to Africa and Asia and widely naturalized. The plant is notorious for the extreme itchiness it produces on contact (this is where the name “cow itch” comes from), particularly with the young foliage and the seed pods. It has value in agricultural and horticultural use and has a range of medicinal properties.
Mucuna pruriens (Cow itch, Bengal bean, Velvet bean) – sexy velvet penises
The plant M. pruriens, widely known as “velvet bean,” is a vigorous annual climbing legume originally from southern China and eastern India, where it was at one time widely cultivated as a green vegetable crop. It is one of the most popular green crops currently known in the tropics; velvet beans have great potential as both food and feed as suggested by experiences worldwide. The velvet bean has been traditionally used as a food source by certain ethnic groups in a number of countries. It is cultivated in Asia, America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands, where its pods are used as a vegetable for human consumption, and its young leaves are used as animal fodder.
The plant has long, slender branches; alternate, lanceolate leaves; and white flowers with a bluish-purple, butterfly-shaped corolla. The pods or legumes are hairy, thick, and leathery; averaging 4 inches long; are shaped like violin sound holes; and contain four to six seeds. They are of a rich dark brown color, and thickly covered with stiff hairs.
When the plant is young, it is almost completely covered with fuzzy hairs, but when older, it is almost completely free of hairs.
In the fruit ripening stage, a 4 to 13 cm-long, 1 to 2 cm-wide, unwinged, leguminous fruit develops. There is a ridge along the length of the fruit. The husk is very hairy and carries up to seven seeds. The seeds are flattened uniform ellipsoids, 1 to 1.9 cm long, 0.8 to 1.3 cm wide and 4 to 6.5 cm thick.
M.pruriens bears white, lavender, or purple flowers. Its seed pods are about 10 cm long and are covered in loose, orange hairs that cause a severe itch if they come in contact with skin. The chemical compounds responsible for the itch are a protein, mucunain and serotonin. The seeds are shiny black or brown drift seeds.
Mucuna pruriens (Fabaceae) is an established herbal drug used for the management of male infertility, nervous disorders, and also as an aphrodisiac. It has been shown that its seeds are potentially of substantial medicinal importance. The ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda, traditionally used M. pruriens, even to treat such things as Parkinson’s disease. M. pruriens has been shown to have anti-parkinson and neuroprotective effects, which may be related to its anti-oxidant activity. Velvet Bean Extract contains 15% L-Dopa which is the immediate precursor of Dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that promotes enjoyment and interest in life.
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The real octomom: Scientists find record-breaking octopus that stayed with her eggs for over four YEARS.
Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female octopus, a species known as Graneledone boreopacifica, kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators – even though she gradually lost weight and her skin became loose and pale.
Graneledone boreopacifica produces hatchlings that are very highly developed, which gives them the advantage of a high potential for survival.
This research suggests that, in addition to setting records for the longest brooding time of any animal, Graneledone boreopacifica may be one of the longest lived cephalopods (a group that includes octopuses, squids, and their relatives).
Most shallow-water octopuses and squids live just a year or two.
As the years passed, her translucent eggs grew larger and the researchers could see young octopuses developing inside. Because the young octopus spend so much time in their eggs, by the time they hatch they are fully capable of surviving on their own and hunting for small prey. In fact, the newborns of G. boreopacifica are larger and better developed than the hatchlings of any other octopus or squid.
The female octopus clinging to a rocky ledge just above the floor of the canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface.
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A Worm That Resembles a Disembodied Butt
This disembodied rump is a tiny worm known as Chaetopterus pugaporcinus. In 2006, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium discovered this species bobbing along 3,000 feet deep under the Pacific Ocean. MBARI biologist Karen Osborn and her co-workers recently discovered a new species of deep-sea worm, but a worm like no other. The worm is round in shape, approximately the size of a hazelnut, and bears a strong resemblance to a disembodied pair of buttocks. Because of this, it was given a Latin species name Chaetopterus pugaporcinus that roughly translates to “resembling a pig’s rear.” Upon discovery, this worm earned some profoundly unfortunate monikers, such as “pigbutt worm” and “flying buttocks.”
What appears to be the bull’s-eye at the center of the butthole is where the creature’s mouth is located. In order to feed, said mouth is surrounded by a “cloud of mucus” that catches organic detritus known as marine snow.
As far as their appearance goes, researchers at the aquarium offered up this explanation: “… researchers found that although the worms had segmented bodies, one of their middle segments was inflated like a balloon, giving the animals a distinctive gumball shape. All the other segments were compressed up against the front and back of the inflated segment, like a cartoon character whose nose and hind parts have been flattened in an unfortunate accident.”
Image: Karen Osborn (c) 2006 MBARI
This photograph shows the back of the newly named worm. The concentric ovals are body segments that have been flattened against a single central segment that has ballooned out to form the bulk of the worm’s body.
Image: Karen Osborn (c) 2006 MBARI
This photograph shows another view of Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, including its mouth parts.
Image: Karen Osborn (c) 2006 MBARI
The researchers still aren’t sure if the worms they have been studying are larvae or adults. None of the individuals they collected had any identifiable sex organs, eggs, or sperm. Thus, they could be, as the authors put it, “wayward larvae, swept off the continental shelf and unable to settle [to the seafloor], thus growing to unusual size and developing adult features.”
Chaetopterid polychaetes, distinctive members of nearly all benthic marine communities, have larvae that may spend months in the plankton before settling to live their adult lives in parchment-like tubes attached to the sea floor. The cover image shows an extraordinary new species, Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, that may have relinquished the benthic portion of its life and made itself permanently at home in the pelagic realm. Chaetopterus pugaporcinus possesses the same combination of larval and adult features regardless of the size of the specimen (1 to 2 cm), and it has lost features associated with benthic life that were previously thought to be characteristic of the family. The species is reliably found off the coast of California at about 1000 m, regardless of the seafloor depth. One of its 15 segments is greatly expanded, while the others are compressed to the anterior and posterior poles of the decidedly non-vermiform body.
On pages 40-54 of this issue, Osborn et al. describe this new species and its ecology.
Credits: Photo, Karen J. Osborn (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute); cover layout, Beth Liles, (Marine Biological Laboratory).
Kodachrome Basin is a state park of Utah, USA. It is situated 1,767.8 m above sea level, 19 km south of Utah Route 12, and 32 km southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park.
The scenery is usual here, dominated by 67 monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes. They accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers revealing 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film.
This park is particularly popular during spring and fall, when temperatures are moderate. A concessionaire offers horseback rides and other activities and services.
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Magnolia is an ancient genus named after French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Antirrhinum is a genus of plants commonly known as snapdragons or dragon flowers, from the flowers’ fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa.
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Halomonas titanicae is a species of bacteria which was found on rusticles in the wreck of the RMS Titanic, at the bottom of the sea. Dr Henrietta Mann discovered the bacteria when analysing rusticle samples taken from the Titanic in 1991.
© Antonio Ventosa (University of Sevilla, Spain)
The image is from an Environmental Scanning Electron Microgrpah (ESEM) and shows a stacked mineralized individual bacterium in the form of a stalagmite shape occurring inside a rusticle.
Source – http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0523-hance_top10.html
The bacterium, named Halomonas titanicae, sticks to steel surfaces, corroding them.
The bacteria has been listed as potentially dangerous to oil rigs and man-made objects in the deep sea, although an advantage to Halomonas titanicae’s discovery is that old ships that litter the sea floor will be recycled by this bacterium.
Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants.
Known to the Aztecs as huauhtli, it is thought to have represented up to 80% of their caloric consumption before the conquest. Another important use of amaranth throughout Mesoamerica was to prepare ritual drinks and foods.
Because of its importance as a symbol of indigenous culture, its gluten-free palatability, ease of cooking, and a protein that is particularly well-suited to human nutritional needs, interest in grain amaranth revived in the 1970s. It was recovered in Mexico from wild varieties and is now commercially cultivated. It is a popular snack sold in Mexico, sometimes mixed with chocolate or puffed rice, and its use has spread to Europe and parts of North America.
Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants. The root of mature amaranth is a popular vegetable. It is white and cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. It has a milky taste and is alkaline. In China, the leaves and stems are used as a stir-fry vegetable, or in soups. A traditional food plant in Africa, amaranth has the potential to improve nutrition.
Amaranth greens are a common leaf vegetable throughout the tropics and in many warm temperate regions. Amaranth seeds contain lysine, an essential amino acid, limited in other grains or plant sources. Amaranth may be a promising source of protein to those who are gluten sensitive, because unlike the protein found in grains such as wheat and rye, its protein does not contain gluten.
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The proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) or long-nosed monkey is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey that is endemic to the south-east Asian island of Borneo.
This species of monkey is easily identifiable because of its unusually large nose.
Actually, proboscis monkeys have the longest noses of all primates. Although females already have a very large nose for a primate, the nose of males is so long it often hangs over their mouth, exceeding 10cm in length. In elderly animals, it can reach 17.5cm (a quarter of the body length). Although its function is not known for sure, it is likely to be a visual signal used in mate choice. The male vocalises through the nose with a kee honk sound.
With their large pendulous nose, giant bellies, and permanent erect penis, the proboscis monkey has one of the most unusual appearances of all primates.
Proboscis monkeys feed on leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers and a very small proportion of animal prey.
Proboscis monkeys eat fruits and leaves, and in one area regurgitate and chew that cud again.
The monkey also goes by the Malay name monyet belanda (“Dutch monkey”), or even orang belanda (“Dutchman”), as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonisers often had similarly large bellies and noses.
Proboscis monkeys can only be found in Borneo and inhabit mangrove, peat swamp, and riverine forests. Although they are mostly arboreal (tree-living), proboscis monkeys are good swimmers and have the most aquatic lifestyle among primates. They usually live in a harem which comprises one adult male and one to eight females and their offspring. The males are much larger, weigh more than twice as much as females, and have an erect penis almost permanently.
Another striking characteristic of Proboscis monkeys are their large pot bellies, making them look permanently pregnant. Their bellies are so enourmous because of a very special digestive system which consists of cellulose digesting bacteria, enabling them to eat leaves and unripe fruit. Their stomach is so large, its contents can make up to one quarter of their body weight.
Proboscis monkeys generally live in groups composed of one adult male, some adult females and their offspring. All-male groups may also exist. Some individuals are solitary, mostly males.
The only fruit proboscis monkeys will eat is unripe fruit. The sugars in ripe fruits can ferment in their stomachs and cause fatal bloating.
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Sea cucumbers are marine animals (echinoderm of class Holothuroidea) with a leathery skin and an elongated soft, cucumber-shaped body containing a single, branched gonad.
Sandy sea cucumber (Holothuria atra) can be well camouphlaged (from http://www.ladyelliot.com.au/floraFauna/detail.asp?ID=30)
Sea cucumbers are found on the sea floor worldwide. They inhabit seagrass meadows, coral reefs and soft bottoms of water bodies. The number of holothurian species worldwide is about 1,250 with the greatest number being in the Asia Pacific region.
The diet of most cucumbers consists of plankton and decaying organic matter found in the sea. One way they might get a supply of food is to position themselves in a current where they can catch food that flow by with their tentacles when they open. Another way is to sift through the bottom sediments using their tentacles.
Many of these are gathered for human consumption and some species are cultivated in aquaculture systems. The harvested product is variously referred to as trepang, bêche-de-mer or balate.
Sea cucumber is traded in various forms such as frozen, gutted, boiled, salted, smoked, and dried.
Dried sea cucumbers
The specie is valued for its high nutritional content and therapeutic properties. The price for dried sea cucumber fetching up to $500US per kilo.
Because of their strong commercial value in Asian markets – where they’re sold in dried form as “beche-de-mer” – they have been harvested so heavily in some areas that remaining stocks could have trouble breeding.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has tightened regulations for trading sea cucumber to prevent over exploitation and encourage spawning of the species. Sea cucumbers cannot be transported without a Local Transport Permit issued by the Provincial Fishery Office or a fisheries quarantine officer. It is also prohibited to sell and transport undersized sea cucumbers – those that are only five centimeters in length – except in dried form.