blacksmith37
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What plant is this? (Found in South Thailand)
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It looks like Desert Rose, commonly used for Bonsai plantings.

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Why doesn't surgical steel cause inflammation?
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As far as I know "surgical steel" for cutting tools is never used for implants . And, reactions to metals are mostly allergys. Surgical steels are martensitic ( hard) chrome stainless , eg 440 A, B, C,...

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Are there adaptations in tropical fish to compensate for less oxygen in water?
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Many can breath air directly ; examples - bettas, gouramis, paradise , some catfish . No doubt others that do not come to mind .

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Do bacteria exist which live exclusively on non-organic matter?
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Sulfate reducing bacteria get their energy converting sulfate to hydrogen sulfide. They are relatively common and may have been the source to turn some oil/gas deposits "sour". Specifics in Wikipedia.

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Why is HPV vaccines targeted for preteens?
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From presentations made by oncologists at a cancer survivors support group at MDAnderson ; chances are very high the young people will get some HPV by age 20. The upside is that of the 50+ strains of ...

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Is there any relationship between the height of a tree and the number of branches emerging from the main stem?
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The height is only one of a few factors; also the species and environment are more significant. A spruce growing in unshaded location may have branches to ground level while the same species in a ...

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Why so fewer birds in the yard come late summer and early autumn?
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One possible cause is Cooper Hawks. We are in east TX and put out a lot of seed ; we had more birds. Fewer in recent months due to the Cooper Hawk(s). Our yard is a buffet for them ,I hear them often, ...

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Why does asbestos cause cancer?
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More basic answer; the asbestos crystals have hooks. So the cilia in the lungs have difficulty moving them out with the other dust. This irritates the tissue causing the effects of the first answer. ...

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If animals aren't getting tooth decay because they don't eat processed foods, could similar work for humans?
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I think your assumption is wrong : Our small mixed breed had to have all her teeth pulled in 2 operations a year apart. The caries were so bad it damaged her kidneys. i have had other dogs with ...

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Garden Mushroom Identification
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I think the more common name is Shaggy Mane , related to "inkies" and "micas". It is too old to eat when it gets pink, then black liquid. In the Midwest US they come up early spring and fall in the ...

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Hybrid seed production requires a male sterile parent. Why?
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To get a hybrid you need pollen from a different plant. Corn is likely to self-pollinate if some action is not taken to prevent it. I don't know of sterile males plants - in the US corn belt the self-...

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Red flower with yellow star in center with fig-like leaves
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They are common hollyhocks, they come in many colors. As a little kid from Chicago , I was impressed by flowers taller than me when visiting rural Wisconsin . Then the standard for hiding/decoration ...

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Mercury intoxication in cats
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Unlikely that you have a mercury problem. I have had about 6 mercury thermometers broken in my house over a few years ( the places I kept them were not safe from a housekeeper).I don't know if she did ...

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Frog bloated with pool water
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Most frogs die in minutes in chlorinated swimming pool water , after some time they will swell with gas. I have pulled toads out of pools and they have survived ; I assume their dry skin is less ...

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What can I see with a microscope at what magnifications?
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I recommend no more than 40 X in a macro binocular, zoom or turret . Nikon is a good name that makes some inexpensive lines. For about $ 500 you could get a good one with light source. I have used ...

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Can fish live in the dark completely?
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As noted fish live in the dark , to the extent that they no longer have eyes.As noted the algae will just go dormant until there is light. I use plants to compete with the algae for nutrients , works ...

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Are all fish that can live in either salt water or fresh water bigger than some critical size that is larger than the smallest of fish?
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Mollies , there are a few kinds , many are 2 to 3 " , live in fresh or salt . They seem to prefer fresh but often live in sea coast areas where tides ,etc. may cause intermittent changes between ...

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Does anybody know what kind of tree is this?
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Looks like a holly, similar to English holly ( at least that is that it is called in the US ) .There are different cultivars . It has been pruned to a tree shape .

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How to calculate water pressure (Kpa/Mpa/PSI) with depth in the Biofloc fish farming?
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In round numbers fresh water is 2 ft for 1 psi. For example 50 ft depth requires 25 psi to barely push out an air bubble. There are other factors like resistance of an air diffuser ,etc. If that is a ...

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What is a general timeline to replace stainless steel SS 316 pipes in food industry?
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Stainless does not "wear out" or deteriorate in general food service , so no replacement. There may be some unusual service that causes corrosion . If that occurs I expect a more corrosion resistant ...

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A plant in my aquarium seems to be growing small plants under its leaves, what's going on?
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From what I see ,it does look like some kind of Echinodorus ( Amazon sword). They do propagate by stems with new plants. They prefer to have roots in substrate.

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What's the percentage of zoom needed to see protozoa in an optical microscope?
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You can see a few like paramecium with good bare eyes. A 10 magnification loup will reveal more. For general amateur use a stand held binocular ( not distance type binoculars) is very versatile, and ...

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What is this species of green frog found in store-bought flowers in France?
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These tree frogs can be kept fairly well in a terrarium or pallidurum (sp) - a terrarium with water. A local full service pet shop/ aquarium shop should have the necessary food.

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Why do frogs and toads only appear when it is dark outside?
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I see them,( or their ripples after they jump into the water ) during the day; I have 2 small ponds in the yard. I see tree frogs in my patio plants during the day but they are sleeping. The frogs/...

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Can anybody identify this plant?
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It is a water loving cactus from Central America, I have some but I do not know the latin name. I asked a similar question.

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What is this bird?
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In the US , I would say it could be an osprey , especially if there is a body of water nearby. Or Caracas if in dry grasslands.

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Can someone tell me the species of this lizard?
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Yes , an anole. Very common , more than you see because they prefer to be in trees. Sometime wrongly called chameleons.

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What animal / bird can be heard in this evening sound recording from Western Washington, USA?
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No question ; barred owl. There are a few in the subdivision and presently I hear them fairly often. I think it may be fledging practicing the call. I am in E TX at the southern end of the range on ...

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Why doesn't the rate of photosynthesis increase with increasing light energy (frequency)?
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There are 2 frequencies/wavelengths absorbed and used by green chlorophyll ( forgot the numbers). To increase photosynthesis rate you need to increase the amount of light ( lumens) at those ...

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Can mold grow on copper pipes?
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Copper inhibits growth of organisms. See " Antimicrobial properties of copper" in Wikipedia.

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