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My Bees Hatched Chicks!

I LIVE on a small farm in the north of Sweden. Recently, when two of my hens started incubating eggs, I took notice of their actions. A couple of days after the first chicks were hatched, some of them went out for a stroll and happened to pass by

Anorexia and Bulimia—The Facts, the Dangers

“Food carries an emotional weight far heavier than anything that can be measured in calories or grams.”—Janet Greeson, author. ANOREXIA and bulimia are the two most common eating disorders. Each has its unique characteristics. Yet, as we shall see, both can be dangerous—even deadly. Anorexia—Self-Starvation Anorexia sufferers, anorexics, either refuse to

Tsetse Fly—Africa’s Curse?

WE HAD recently moved to a rural area in West Africa. Tropical forest surrounded us. One afternoon my wife walked into the closet and yelled: “There’s a horsefly in here!” The fly shot out of the closet and into the bathroom. I grabbed a can of insecticide and went after it,

A Community on Stilts in Benin

“GANVIÉ is one of Benin’s premier tourist attractions,” states a travel guide to West Africa. Says another: “Africans themselves are fascinated by Ganvié; you’ll see as many African tourists as westerners.” Ganvié is indeed unique. It is a village of 15,000 inhabitants that is built on stilts above the waters of

The Banyan—One Tree Becomes a Forest

A FOREST is usually made up of many trees. But there is a forest that is made from just one tree. The banyan is a most unusual tree, which can spread until it covers an area of more than five acres [2 ha]! How does it start growing? How does

The Mistral—A Master Landscape Designer

PARALLEL hedges in tidy rows, villages huddled together on leeward hillsides, and trees that appear to have lost all their leaves and branches on one side. These are features common to the landscape of Provence in southeast France, and the wind called the mistral had a hand in all of

Radio—An Invention That Changed the World

A RIFLE shot rent the silence of the Italian countryside. That signal gave Guglielmo Marconi confirmation that the rudimentary equipment he was using had worked. Electromagnetic waves generated by a transmitter and radiated into space had been picked up a mile and a half [2.5 km] away by a receiver.

Captivated by the Cuddly Koala- Part; 1

ONE OF the most fascinating surprises in strange, unexplored lands in times past must have been the discovery of exciting and unusual animals. This was surely the case in Australia after the year 1788. Back then, penal colonies around Port Jackson (now Sydney) were settled by convicts brought as prisoners from