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Featured Article: Poison dart frog

Red and Blue "Blue Jeans" Dendrobates pumilio Strawberry Poison Dart Frog
Poison dart frog (also poison arrow frog, dart frog, or poison frog) is the common name for any of the very small, diurnal frogs of the Dendrobatidae family. Their common name refers to the poisons contained within their skin that are used by local tribes to coat their blowgun darts. The family name Dendrobatidae and the genus name Dendrobates are derived from the Greek words dendro, meaning "tree," and bates, meaning "walker"; thus literally "tree walker" (Schlager 2003).

Many of these poison frogs are brightly colored with combinations of orange, blue, red, yellow, or black pigments; however, the majority are not brightly colored and are referred to as cryptically colored. Although the secretions from all of these frogs are poisonous, only a few species have enough poison to kill a human being (Patocka et al. 1999).

Popular Article: Japan

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Japan (日本, Nihon or Nippon, officially日本国, Nihon-koku or Nippon-koku) is an island country that sits off the east coast of Asia. Japan comprises over three thousand islands, the largest of which are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū, and Shikoku. Most of the islands are mountainous, and many are volcanic; Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin," which is why Japan is sometimes called the "Land of the Rising Sun." Japan's capital, Tokyo, and its surrounding prefectures make up the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.

Archaeological research indicates that people were living on the islands of Japan as early as 35,000 B.C.E. The first written records of Japan appear in Chinese history texts from the first century C.E. Ancient Japan had extensive cultural exchange with the neighboring countries of China and Korea. Japan's cultural development has been characterized by foreign influences, developed in a uniquely Japanese way.

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