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Stories by David Manly

What's in a Name?

As Shakespeare wrote in Romeo & Juliet, “What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.”He was right that words may change, but the appearance or physical features of the object in question will not...

September 19, 2012 — David Manly

In the flesh and before your eyes

You can read as many books as you like about animals in the wild, or watch dozens of documentaries on television, but nothing compares to seeing those very animals where they belong.But with a safari trip out of the question for the vast majority of people, there is only one solution - the zoo.When I was a child, the zoo was a fantastic place filled with wonder around every corner and excitement at every turn...

August 26, 2011 — David Manly

A True Duck Hunt: interview with Donovan Hohn

For the author of Moby-Duck , Donovan Hohn, it all started with a school assignment. In 2008, he challenged his journalism class to find the "archaeology of the ordinary." A student, known to be a bit of an odd one, wrote his assignment on his lucky rubber duck...

May 2, 2011 — David Manly

Regeneration: The axolotl story

Last week, the science community was set a-buzz with a new study that showcased the unique relationship between salamanders and algae. The research, done by Ryan Kerney at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, found that spotted salamander tissues contained algae embedded within them...

April 13, 2011 — David Manly

Mirror images: Twins and identity

Whenever someone finds out I'm an identical twin, one question is always asked. "So, who's older?" No matter which one of us is asked, my brother Daniel and I will always repeat the same answer we've given hundreds, if not thousands, of times before...

March 15, 2011 — David Manly

Ugly animals need love, too

February is the month of love, and with Valentine’s Day behind us, it is only natural to feel a certain affection for those that were sadly alone on this year’s February the 14th...

February 18, 2011 — David Manly

The Ferret Hunters

Extinction, as any child in elementary school knows, is forever—never again shall we see the likes of the dodo, Tasmanian tiger, or passenger pigeon.

January 5, 2011 — David Manly
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