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Yellen: US rates could go up 'at some point this year' - BBC News
man, just hike 'em already. the financial sector will crap its collective pants, then politely excuse themselves to clean it up and then move on with their lives normally. keeping the rate this low this long is ridiculous, imho.
economics 
6 days ago
Antarctic Peninsula in 'dramatic' ice loss - BBC News
"The ice streams were broadly stable up until 2009, since when they have been losing on the order of 56 billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean"
climate  climatechange  antarctica  oceans  iceberg 
7 days ago
When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen - NYTimes.com
"In 2005, Dr. Greene was an author of an article in the journal Science that demonstrated how black-capped chickadees embed information about the size of predators into these calls. When faced with a high-threat raptor perched nearby, the birds not only call more frequently, they also attach more dee’s to their call.

Raptors tend to be the biggest threat to birds nearest their own size because they can match the maneuverability of their prey. So a large goshawk might only merit a chick-a-dee-dee from a nimble chickadee, while that little pygmy owl will elicit a chick-a-dee followed by five or even 10 or 12 additional dee syllables, Dr. Greene said.

The researchers next showed that red-breasted nuthatches, which are chickadee-size and frequently flock with them in the winter, eavesdrop on their alarm language, too.

Dr. Greene, working with a student, has also found that “squirrels understand ‘bird-ese,’ and birds understand ‘squirrel-ese.’ ” When red squirrels hear a call announcing a dangerous raptor in the air, or they see such a raptor, they will give calls that are acoustically “almost identical” to the birds, Dr. Greene said."
animals  language  fascinating 
8 days ago
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