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Octopus Mimics Fifteen Different Species
08.15.2009
11:51 am
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The Indonesian Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus. This fascinating creature was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the mimic octopus is the first known species to take on the characteristics of multiple species. This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. This animal is so intelligent that it is able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate that will present the greatest threat to its current possible predator.


Diving with Mimic Octopus

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Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.15.2009
11:51 am
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Robert Stone’s Earth Days
08.14.2009
04:32 pm
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Robert Stone (the filmmaker, not the author) has a new documentary out today, Earth Days: The Seeds of A Revolution.  In it, Stone hits the rewind button, taking us back to a time when recycling (or heaping scorn on those who didn’t) wasn’t such a reflexive action.  Days features plenty of talking head philosophizing from Original Greensters like Whole Earth founder Stewart Brand, and “Population Bomb” author Paul Ehrlich (who has, incidentally, a great interview over on Seed).  But what, if anything, does it add up to?  Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir sums it all up:

There really isn’t a single message to be gleaned from Stone’s challenging, paradoxical film, but here’s one I came away with: Politics really does matter, and the American people have consistently chosen narcotic reassurance over realism.  Ronald Reagan, of course, had those communistic solar panels removed; it was morning in America, and morning was powered by Saudi oil.

 
In the NYT: Earth Days reviewed

In Salon: Earth Days reviewed

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.14.2009
04:32 pm
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Astounding Striped Icebergs
08.12.2009
03:57 pm
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Some astounding images of melting Antarctic icebergs.   In them, you can see the stripes that were formed over time as layers of snow reacted with various ocean conditions.  Thanks for the cool pix, global warming!
 
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Via Daily Cognition: Striped Antarctic Icebergs

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.12.2009
03:57 pm
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Bruce Sterling: Guerilla Gardening in Abandoned Newspaper Boxes
08.12.2009
02:35 pm
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Posted by Jason Louv
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08.12.2009
02:35 pm
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Ants Build Lifeboat to Protect Their Queen
08.08.2009
02:42 pm
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From BBC Worldwide: “A flood hits a fire ant colony in the Amazon jungle. An amazing chance to see footage on how the species has adapted to water to protect their queen.”

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.08.2009
02:42 pm
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Flight Patterns: Long Exposures of Bugs Under a Street Light
07.30.2009
09:25 pm
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Almost psychedelic, certainly kinetic bug ballet.
 

Charlie McCarthy’s Flight Patterns


Thanks Brian Braun!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.30.2009
09:25 pm
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The Giraffe Manor: Share Your Hotel Room With Giraffes
07.30.2009
12:41 pm
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Travellers from all over the world now make The Giraffe Manor part of their East African safari, the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breathtaking experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table and at the front door.
  
The Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck.

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The Giraffe Manor

Thanks Olivia!

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.30.2009
12:41 pm
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Baby Elephant Walk: Beautiful Video of Calf and New Mum
07.30.2009
11:58 am
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Touching video of an Asian elephant birth and new mum raising her calf at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.  Taronga Zoo sez, “The elephant calf Luk Chai can be seen most days out in the paddock with his mum Thong Dee. They are usually bathed in their barn mid-morning and sometimes visit the waterfall in the afternoon, especially if the weather is fine.”


Elephant Diaries


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Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.30.2009
11:58 am
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KAZAKHSTAN’S SPACESHIP JUNKYARD
07.25.2009
04:28 pm
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News from Borat country:

On April 16, Russia announced that it would henceforth launch military satellites at the Pletsnesk cosmodrome in northern Russia, ending the practice of launching satellites from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This shift will deprive Kazakh children of the chance to watch some satellites take off, though Baikonur will remain the launchpad for commercial “birds” and manned missions. As these photos show, it will also spare Kazakhs the fallout, literal and otherwise, that occurs in a launch’s wake.

All space-bound rockets consist largely of fuel tanks and booster stages that fall back to earth when spent, never reaching orbit. In landlocked Baikonur, Russia’s primary launching complex in Kazakhstan, these spaceships crash to earth. This photo essay visits the areas where the supporting rockets land, and shows the people living under the flight paths who contend with flaming spaceship wrecks several times each month.

Apart from the fear of having a spaceship crash through their roofs, residents in the area complain of the ill effects of leftover toxic rocket fuel. With the relocation of Russian military launches, more than half of which currently take off from Baikonur, these people may get some relief. However, one group of people is probably sorry to see Baikonur lose business; the region’s scrap metal dealers are getting rich trading metal from the rockets’ titanium alloy hulls.

KAZAKHSTAN’S SPACESHIP JUNKYARD

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.25.2009
04:28 pm
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Unconcerned Camel Hit by Car and Walks Away
07.24.2009
12:20 pm
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The first few seconds of the this video gave me a case of the sads.  Then, well… you’ll see!

 

(via Arbroath)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.24.2009
12:20 pm
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