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  • Dung beetles guided by Milky Way

    01/24/2013 11:33:39 AM PST · by skinkinthegrass · 38 replies ^ | Jan. 21, 2013 | Alan Boyle
    When dung beetles roll their tiny balls of poop across the sands of South Africa on a moonless night, they look to the glow of our Milky Way galaxy as a navigational aid, researchers report. "Even on clear, moonless nights, many dung beetles still manage to orientate along straight paths," Marie Dacke, a biologist at Sweden's Lund University, said in a news release. "This led us to suspect that the beetles exploit the starry sky for orientation — a feat that had, to our knowledge, never before been demonstrated in an insect."
  • Super Bug! World's Strongest Insect Revealed (Onthophagus taurus pulls 1,141 X its own body weight)

    03/24/2010 8:45:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 880+ views ^ | 3/23/10 | Jeanna Bryner
    After months of grueling tests, a species of horned dung beetle takes the title for world's strongest insect. The beetle, called Onthophagus taurus, was found to be able to pull a whopping 1,141 times its own body weight, which is the equivalent of a 150-pound (70 kilogram) person lifting six full double-decker buses. While the study researcher knows of a mite that can take on a hair more, that organism is an arachnid, not an insect. The finding, published in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, does more than elevate the beetle's status, as...
  • Finding Beauty In Dung

    05/08/2009 4:52:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 698+ views
    Today on Fresh Air, host Terry Gross interviews Douglas Emlen, professor of biology at the University of Montana. Emlen has devoted his life to an unlikely creature: the dung beetle. And deep in the wild beetle underworld, he has found natural beauty. These close-up photos of scarabs, taken by Emlen and other scientists, reveal rather pretty little critters. (And sometimes not so little -- rhinoceros beetles can measure up to several inches!)
  • Cindy Sheehan Claims Cops Roughed Her Up

    02/01/2006 9:46:56 AM PST · by Sam Hill · 80 replies · 1,509+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | February 1, 2006 | N/A
    It follows like the night the day.From Buzzflash: What Really Happened at the State of the Union by Cindy Sheehan February 1 , 2006 Dear Friends, As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight. I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country. There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened: This afternoon at the People's State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons...
  • ZOT! Why treat the "middle class" as sacred?

    05/19/2005 6:40:07 PM PDT · by righisright · 48 replies · 2,746+ views
    Let's face i, governments and unions are agents of THEFT and to a large degree, they are the bagmen of the middle class. They distort the markets for labor and trade so that some people are able to TAKE more resources out of the pockets of the owning class than they are entitled to. It makes me sick. Most of the people in the “middle class” in America have no business having what they have. If the just, God-given market forces were left alone, those thieves would be living in the shacks their productivity entitles them to and the wealthy...
  • When Will I be Banned? (His doom was at hand. Rejoicing fills the land.)

    02/13/2005 8:24:00 AM PST · by dead in the water · 186 replies · 4,114+ views
    Linda Ronstadt
    I have signed up I used free email When will I be banned? I have logged in With my new screename When will I be banned? Ever since two thousand It’s been the same old thing If you don’t kiss George Bush butt You are history! I am new here I have posted When will I be banned? Nazi mods are watching They’ve nothing better to do If you don’t kiss George Bush butt That’s the end of you! I have signed up I have posted When will I be banned? When will I be banned Tell me, when will...
  • I Don't Understand (Let me try to explain. Fear of Zot is the beginning of wisdom.)

    02/10/2005 4:22:24 PM PST · by jack high straight · 101 replies · 1,961+ views
    Why am i banned every time I sign up here? I don't understand. I don't break any rules. I am nice. This hurts my feelings. it's not right.
  • Radical - Liberal clash (the superball of Politics)

    02/10/2005 9:52:23 AM PST · by ILL · 136 replies · 1,592+ views
    self ^ | February 10, 2005 | Ilija Pavlovich PhD
    Seed of destruction might lie dormant in the following thoughts and we all must be vigilant to prevent it from taking even if only an inch of our values.