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The ancient world teemed with birds; now we think with them | Aeon Essays
Above all, birds enjoy the gift of flight – a deep and ancient human aspiration, promising liberation. The myth of Daedalus and Icarus in Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus captured this appeal, as did many longing cries in Greek tragedy:

O for the wings of a swift dove,
to be borne upwards on eddies of air
and gaze down from the clouds on the fray
society  philosophy  writing  reading  nature 
september 2019 by dstelow
Humans can't manage this invasive fly—but a mind-controlling fungi might - Popular Science
...researchers believe once Batkoa infects a spotted lanternfly, the fungus compels its victim to ascend up a tree or vine; then, fungal fibers sew it to its final resting place and spores burst out of the insect’s body to shower down onto any remaining lanternflies below. The researchers think this helps them spread and infect even more insects.
science  nature  rationalthinker  botany  fungii  biology 
june 2019 by dstelow
Native Plants Search Results | Audubon
Audubon's native plants database draws its plant data from the North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program (BONAP).
nature  science  datasets  data 
april 2019 by dstelow
A Peek Inside the Extremely Metal Life of Lava Crickets - Atlas Obscura
The volcanic bugs survive on dead plants, sea foam, and a dangerous sex life.
maui  nature  hawaii  science 
march 2019 by dstelow
Why Japan withdrew from the IWC - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Though whale meat was once a considered a crucial part of postwar Japanese society, this is no longer the case and many young people in the country have never tasted it. Given these circumstances, why was the government so insistent on resuming commercial whaling? One politician had particular influence in forcing the move.
nature  politics  environment  biology  rationalthinker  irrational  japan 
february 2019 by dstelow
Hawaii is facing a rare threat: a major, life-threatening hurricane - Vox
Hawaii is no stranger to natural hazards like volcanic eruptions (remember Kilauea?). But due to high-pressure weather patterns over the central Pacific, and a lot of deep, cool water around the islands, tropical storms usually steer clear.
weather  climate  geography  nature 
august 2018 by dstelow
How Did Hawaii Form? - Scientific American
The volcanic island chain was born when the Pacific tectonic plate drifted over a hotspot in Earth’s mantle.
nature  hawaii  geology  science  history 
july 2018 by dstelow
counting bees on a rasp pi with a conv net
counting bees

the first thing i thought when we setup our bee hive was "i wonder how you could count the number of bees coming and going?"

after a little research i discovered it seems noone has a good non intrusive system for doing it yet. it can apparently be useful for all sorts of hive health checking.

the first thing to do was collect some sample data. a raspberry pi, a standard pi camera and a solar panel is a pretty simple thing to get going and at 1 frame every 10 seconds you get 5,000 images over a day (6am to 9pm).
raspberrypi  nature  ai  diy 
may 2018 by dstelow
Owl Flying GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY
Discover & share this Flying GIF with everyone you know. GIPHY is how you search, share, discover, and create GIFs.
nature  graphics 
december 2017 by dstelow
Greater than the sum of its parts – The Economist
The mixing of genes that has created the coywolf has been more rapid, pervasive and transformational than many once thought. Javier Monzón, who worked until recently at Stony Brook University in New York state (he is now at Pepperdine University, in California) studied the genetic make-up of 437 of the animals, in ten north-eastern states plus Ontario. He worked out that, though coyote DNA dominates, a tenth of the average coywolf’s genetic material is dog and a quarter is wolf.
environment  evolution  biology  nature 
october 2017 by dstelow
The Amazon forest is the result of an 8,000-year experiment - Ars Technica
Favored trees of Amazonian people 8,000 years ago included rubber, cocoa, Brazil nut, caimito, acai palm, cashew, and tucuma palm. These trees and others were essential as food and building materials for pre-Columbian societies.
biology  botany  evolution  nature 
march 2017 by dstelow
The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone is Alive and Kicking - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
But why do scientists believe there is a supervolcano hidden below? When I asked Henry Heasler, a park geologist at Yellowstone this question, he waxed philosophical. “Good science is nothing more than a progress report,” he said. “It’s what we know at a certain time with the data that we have.”
science  nature  quote 
august 2015 by dstelow
Hawaii Ants - AntWeb
Hawaii is one of the few places on Earth believed to harbor no native ant species. The extreme isolation of the island chain has meant that ants may have never managed to arrive on their own. In fact, it is unclear whether Hawaii's native fauna includes social insects of any kind. Today, at least 57 ant species in 7 subfamilies and 24 genera have become established. This assemblage is unique in that nearly all of the species qualify as "tramps" - species with habits and life histories that make them exceedlingly good at moving about in conjunction with human activity. Among them are a majority of the world's most successful, and damaging, invasive species.
hawaii  insects  nature 
october 2014 by dstelow
Are there mosquitoes in Hawaii?
Most grocery stores in Hawaii sell products that contain DEET, which confuses mosquitoes so they don’t land on skin sprayed with it. It’s also easy to find sting ease products that help with itching. You might also make a natural repellant that’s more gentle by mixing into a base of vodka equal parts of the essential oils cinnamon, tea tree and lemon.
hawaii  nature  diy 
june 2014 by dstelow
+Time-Lapsed Video of Giant Amazon Lilies Sir David Attenborough - Bing Videos
Time-Lapsed Video of Giant Amazon LiliesDocumentary of the largest water lilies on Earth.
plants  video  nature 
february 2013 by dstelow
BBS - About - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Each spring over 2500 skilled amateur birders and professional biologists volunteer to participate in the North American BBS. We are always looking for highly skilled birders to join the team. Meet some of the BBS crew and see their routes at the photogallery.
science  nature  todo 
december 2011 by dstelow
Project Noah
Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
nature  science  biology  top10 
july 2011 by dstelow
UW Botany Art and Photo Studio
These are really cool.
...This series showcases the beauty of botanical subjects as well as offering basic botanical information
art  botany  science  nature 
february 2011 by dstelow
Tuna’s End - NYTimes.com
Man, this is terrible...The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of only two known Atlantic bluefin spawning grounds, has only intensified the crisis. By some estimates, there may be only 9,000 of the most ecologically vital megabreeders left in the fish’s North American stock...
rationalthinker  irrational  environment  nature  science  biology 
june 2010 by dstelow
NASA - NASA Satellites' View of Gulf Oil Spill Over Time
Two NASA satellites are capturing images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began April 20, 2010, with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. This series of images reveals a space-based view of the burning oil rig and the ensuing oil spill, through May 24. The imagery comes from the MODIS instruments aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. The oil slick appears grayish-beige in these images. The shape of the spill changes due to weather conditions, currents and the use of oil-dispersing chemicals.
environment  rationalthinker  irrational  politics  nature 
june 2010 by dstelow
Asian carp fight moves closer to Lake Michigan - Chicago Breaking News
Followup on this...Wooley said that if no Asian carp surface this week, it should effectively shift the battle 40 miles downriver to behind the electric barriers, where officials are working on new plans to eradicate the fish.
govt  environment  politics  nature  wi  todo 
may 2010 by dstelow
Gifford Lecture Series - What is Natural Theology?
Traditionally natural theology is the term used for the attempt to prove the existence of God and divine purpose through observation of nature and the use of human reason. Seen in a more positive light natural theology is the part of theology that does not depend on revelation.
religion  philosophy  science  nature  lectures  rationalthinker  rational 
december 2009 by dstelow
Carnivorous plant - encyclopedia article about Carnivorous plant.
This is really interesting. We have the 'pitcher' plant variety in great numbers at our place in the U.P....Carnivorous plants usually grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs and rock outcroppings. Charles Darwin wrote the first well-known treatise on carnivorous plants in 1875.
science  nature  rationalthinker  plants 
august 2008 by dstelow
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve - Maple Syrupin’ - A Celebration of Spring!
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, Suamico, WI Maple Syrupin’-A Celebration of Spring! Saturday, March 31 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Explore the age-old tradition of making maple syrup with the entire family! Stop in at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve anytime
nature  wi  todo 
december 2007 by dstelow

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