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Featured Article: Serengeti Plain

The Serengeti Plain.
The Serengeti Plain, located in north-central Tanzania, (Africa) is world renowned as an ideal location for wildlife and nature photography. Much of the beauty is attributed to its sweeping vistas and dramatic natural features that extend over 60,000 square kilometers. The Serengeti has more than 2 million herbivores and thousands of predators. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are the animals most commonly found in the region.

A significant portion of the Serengeti Plain is protected and preserved from the ravages of modern society in the Serengeti National Park. This park, which extends for roughly 12,950 square kilometers, contains a diverse selection of habitats and wildlife. For the sake of comparison, the Serengeti National Park is approximately the size of Northern Ireland. It offers some of the most spectacular and undisturbed natural habitats found anywhere on the globe. The Serengeti National Park is bordered by Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south, and the Great Rift Valley to the east.

Popular Article: Gregor Johann Mendel

Gregor Johann Mendel
Gregor Johann Mendel (July 20, 1822 – January 6, 1884) was an Austrian monk whose studies of the inheritance of traits in pea plants helped to lay the foundation for the later development of the field of genetics. He is often called the "father of genetics." His studies showed that there was particulate inheritance of traits according to basic laws of inheritance. The significance of Mendel's work was not recognized until the turn of the twentieth century.

Within Mendel, religion and science were harmonized. Living as a monk, he raised and monitored more than 20,000 pea plants inside the walls of his monastery. He was a teacher of physics and also a beekeeper who tried with little success to study the inheritance of traits in bees. His responsibilities in later life in leading the monastery overtook his earlier priority on scientific studies.