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How Nature Defies Math in Keeping Ecosystems Stable | Quanta Magazine
Paradoxically, the abundance of tight interactions among living species usually leads to disasters in ecological models. New analyses hint at how nature
environment  animals  biology  climate  complexity  math 
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Dewclaw - Wikipedia
I learned today that mountain goats have dewclaws.
anatomy  animals  wikipedia  evolution  dogs  cats 
3 days ago by brennen
Kilo India Tango Tango Echo November - Edonohana - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
When the Marines are sent to protect Springfield, MT from an alien invasion, a grizzled staff sergeant finds a whole lot of kittens in need of tender loving care.
fic  id:rachelmanija  f:OriginalFiction  SF  animals  short  'ao3 
4 days ago by esther_a
‘Operation Columba’ Review: Carriers of Hope - WSJ
Consulting the British National Archives, Mr. Corera soon discovered an audacious program called Columba. Named after the genus to which pigeons belong, it was an intelligence-gathering service run by the British from April 1941 to September 1944. The idea was to place carrier pigeons in containers alongside questionnaires for information and to parachute them deep behind enemy lines in the hope that they would be found by “sympathetic people on the other side who wanted to help.”

In an archive file filled with “tiny pink slips of paper,” Mr. Corera found “messages from ordinary people living under Nazi rule in occupied Europe that had been brought back by pigeon.” Some messages revealed “vital intelligence on Nazi plans to invade England” and “news of the latest German weapons,” but many were simply “a unique and untapped insight into the realities of daily life under Nazi occupation, from the struggles over food to the attitude toward collaborators.”
war  animals 
5 days ago by dwalbert
Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds | Environment | The Guardian
The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists
2018-10  environment  nature  science  research  animals 
5 days ago by Weaverbird
The Mysteries of Animal Movement - The New York Times
A scientist’s unfettered curiosity leads him to investigate the physics at work in some very odd corners of the natural world.
robots  robotics  animals  nytimes 
6 days ago by jorgebarba

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