Apr 152016
 
Top 5 Deadliest Poisons on the Planet

When asked to name a poison, people may well think of cyanide, arsenic, or strychnine. But these are not the most toxic substances known. More poisonous than these, but still not near the top of the tree, is tetrodotoxin, the pufferfish toxin that poisons around 50 Japanese people every year. The fish is a delicacy in Japan, but can be lethal if prepared incorrectly. Nevertheless, here is a representative selection, in ascending order, of five truly deadly poisons, all at least a hundred times more […]

Southern Peru Park becomes most diverse protected area on the planet

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Mar 022014
 
Southern Peru Park becomes most diverse protected area on the planet

For reptiles and amphibians, southern Peru’s Manu National Park is the most diverse protected area on the planet. Scientists have counted a recording-breaking 287 species of of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders within the borders of the largely inaccessible and undeveloped reserve and its buffer zone. The park hosts more than 1,000 kinds of birds (or about 10 percent of the world’s bird species) and more than 1,200 species of butterfly. Contributed By Sonia Narula