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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Highway » 08 Aug 2018, 22:09

It really doesn't look like a mayfly. No split tail, and mayflies don't seem to keep their back legs extended when lighting.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by lunchstealer » 10 Aug 2018, 04:29

I’m going to bet against ichneumon wasp because the long bit on DE’s specimen is the actual abdomen, not an ovipositor like on the wasp.

Could still be a wasp of some sort, but not ichneumon.
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Same place, a few months apart. Rain is the best.
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Post by Aresen » 30 Aug 2018, 10:39

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Kwix » 07 Sep 2018, 13:52

Alaska's Dalton highway was just rerouted to avoid a landslide of frozen debris that could intersect the road in as few as three years.

My favorite part is the trees growing on the ice lobe.

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by lunchstealer » 15 Sep 2018, 22:25

So I was out with the pupper setting some sprinklers out front when I noticed that the moon and Venus were putting on a good show. So I walked over to a spot where I had a pretty good view past the giant spruces in our yard and sure enough I can also see Saturn and Mars are also looking splendid. And there’s a Southwest flight low on the horizon whose landing lights are adding to the display. Except it’s not moving.

“Hey Siri, what planets are visible now?”

What I thought was Venus because it was so bright was actually Jupiter, and what I thought was a 737’s landing lights because it was so bright was actually Venus.

So from one spot I could see four planets and the Moon and their alignment really demonstrates the arc of the ecliptic across the sky.

And now a polar-orbiting satellite is going over. Nice clear night.
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Post by Warren » 16 Sep 2018, 16:35

lunchstealer wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 22:25
So I was out with the pupper setting some sprinklers out front when I noticed that the moon and Venus were putting on a good show. So I walked over to a spot where I had a pretty good view past the giant spruces in our yard and sure enough I can also see Saturn and Mars are also looking splendid. And there’s a Southwest flight low on the horizon whose landing lights are adding to the display. Ecxept it’s not moving.

“Hey Siri, what planets are visible now?”

What I thought was Venus because it was so bright was actually Jupiter, and what I thought was a 737’s landing lights because it was so bright was actually Venus.

So from one spot I could see four planets and the Moon and their alignment really demonstrates the arc of the ecliptic across the sky.

And now a polar-orbiting satellite is going over. Nice clear night.
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Warren » 22 Sep 2018, 11:30

How the octopus got its smarts

Long article on cephalopod neurology. I found the opening quite amusing.
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Sure enough the perpetrator was apprehended: Otto, a six-month-old octopus.

He had crawled out of his tank and, using his siphon like a fire hose, aimed it at the overhead light. Apparently it annoyed him or maybe he was just bored. As director Elfriede Kummer told The Telegraph, “Otto is constantly craving for attention and always comes up with new stunts... Once we saw him juggling hermit crabs in his tank”.
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Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker passing through.
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Scientists Discover 512-Year-Old Shark

That is one crotchety shark.

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Post by JD » 20 Jun 2019, 13:21

Back in the late 1980s, an Inuit hunter killed three whales off the coast of Greenland. He was familiar with hunting narwhals and belugas, but the three he killed that day weren't quite like either. He kept one of the skulls. Fast forward some years, a scientist heard about the odd skull and asked to examine it. DNA testing eventually revealed that it was a hybrid "narluga", which we weren't even sure could exist. The weirdest thing about the hybrid was its teeth. Belugas have 40 identical teeth, and narwhals have none (not counting their tusk, and two vestigial teeth) but the narluga had 18 oddly shaped teeth that stuck out almost horizontally. And chemical analysis showed that while both narwhals and belugas eat swimming fish and squid, the narluga seems to have been a bottom-feeder.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... le/592057/

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Post by thoreau » 24 Jun 2019, 01:15

Lionesses with high testosterone exhibit male morphology and behavior.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/lioness-manes/

Now we have to ask the felines for their pronouns? Great. Just great.

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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 30 Jun 2019, 16:46

thoreau wrote:
24 Jun 2019, 01:15
Lionesses with high testosterone exhibit male morphology and behavior.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/lioness-manes/

Now we have to ask the felines for their pronouns? Great. Just great.

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Post by Warren » 30 Jun 2019, 16:48

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
30 Jun 2019, 16:46
thoreau wrote:
24 Jun 2019, 01:15
Lionesses with high testosterone exhibit male morphology and behavior.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/lioness-manes/

Now we have to ask the felines for their pronouns? Great. Just great.

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Post by lunchstealer » 30 Jun 2019, 17:18

thoreau wrote:
24 Jun 2019, 01:15
Lionesses with high testosterone exhibit male morphology and behavior.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/lioness-manes/

Now we have to ask the felines for their pronouns? Great. Just great.

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Post by Warren » 23 Oct 2019, 13:09

THOSE POOR ELVES :(
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Warren wrote:
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THOSE POOR ELVES :(
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Re: tio's neato nature thread

Post by Aresen » 25 Oct 2019, 21:29

Don't let eagles have access to your phone:

Migrating Russian eagles run up huge data roaming charges
Russian scientists tracking migrating eagles ran out of money after some of the birds flew to Iran and Pakistan and their SMS transmitters drew huge data roaming charges.

After learning of the team's dilemma, Russian mobile phone operator Megafon offered to cancel the debt and put the project on a special, cheaper tariff.

The team had started crowdfunding on social media to pay off the bills.

The birds left from southern Russia and Kazakhstan.

The journey of one steppe eagle, called Min, was particularly expensive, as it flew to Iran from Kazakhstan.

Min accumulated SMS messages to send during the summer in Kazakhstan, but it was out of range of the mobile network. Unexpectedly the eagle flew straight to Iran, where it sent the huge backlog of messages.

The price per SMS in Kazakhstan was about 15 roubles (18p; 30 US cents), but each SMS from Iran cost 49 roubles. Min used up the entire tracking budget meant for all the eagles.

The Russian researchers are volunteers at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Novosibirsk. Their crowdfunding appeal, which has paid off more than 100,000 roubles (£1,223), was called "Top up the eagle's mobile".
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