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1. A man of extraordinari bulk and stature. Giants of mighty bone and bold emprise.

2. A person of extraordinary strength or powers, bodily or intellectual.

3. Any animal, plant, or thing, of extraordinary size or power. Giants Causeway, a vast collection of basaltic pillars, in the county of Antrim on the northern coast of Ireland.

Origin: oe. Giant, geant, geaunt, OF. Jaiant, geant, f. Geant, L. Gigas, fr. Gr, from the root of E. Gender, genesis. See gender, and cf. Gigantic.

like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. Giant cell.

(Science: anatomy) a very large african heron (Ardeomega goliath). It is the largest heron known. Giant kettle, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See pothole. Giant powder. See nitroglycerin.

(Science: botany) giant puffball, one of several species of very large squids, belonging to architeuthis and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long.

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Why can't bugs sense danger (like avoid being stepped on)?

... doing this I wondered what motivated the bug to get so close. Now, I've been stepping on bugs my whole life. I have to wonder, why crawl next to a giant sneaker unless you were looking to be crushed! Seems hard not to notice that a huge white rubber thing which smashes might be dangerous.. the ...

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Microevolution verus Macroevolution

... time ex horses getting progressively larger while elephants get smaller. Some plankton remain microscopic all their lives while others grow into giant squid. Size is not that much of an issue. It is a temporary characteristic of a species and can rapidly change with the availability of food.

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Topic: Microevolution verus Macroevolution
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Does other animals have faster nerve speeds?

... of neurons in each animal, and for some there are more of the nice big, insulated ones for processes that need to be very fast. For example the giant squid has an axon up to 1mm thick and is responsible for the essential system that allows it to pump water and move around. For escaping from ...

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Would an asteroid simply just pass through Jupiter

... a probe into the atmosphere and it made it about 150miles before burning up - that's not very far in terms of Jupiter's size! It may be a gas giant, but it's far from just a cloud! Another thing to consider with something like an asteroid is that the speeds it is likely travelling at will ...

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Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).

... a distinct nucleus within Eukaryotic cells. A paper is being released today, however, that argues that this scenario has things exactly backwards. Giant viruses, its authors argue, have all these genes normally associated with cells because, in their distant evolutionary past, they were once cells. ...

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by Sumanth001
Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Living or not? (viruses,viroids and prions).
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