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  • Same-sex mice have babies

    10/12/2018 6:19:58 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th October 2018 | James Gallagher
    Baby mice have been made with two mums and no dad, say researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It took a substantial feat of genetic engineering to break the rules of reproduction. The scientists said the "bimaternal" (two mammas) animals were healthy and went on to have pups of their own. But there was bad news on the all-male front. Mice with double-dads were attempted, but died within days of being born. Why even try?The researchers were trying to answer fundamental questions about why we have sex. Mammals, including us, can make babies only through sexual reproduction - aka...
  • Occasional Birdy Thread Q4 '18(In memory of Swampsniper)

    10/02/2018 6:50:46 PM PDT · by Chipper · 166 replies
    October 2, 2018 | Self
    Going to start this back up, with permission from Islander7. Posts, comments and stories for the birders/birdwatchers/twitchers on FR. Post and share. I was walking through a small sanctuary in my county, when I had two Barred Owls paying very close attention to me. I happened to look straight up over my left shoulder and saw why. Then on the other side of the tree I saw another reason why. One of the best birding experiences I have had. Parent bringing in the food. The other watchful parent Barn Swallow Northern Harrier so focused on hunting it was within 30...
  • Idaho teacher accused of feeding puppy to snapping turtle in front of students

    03/13/2018 8:54:42 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 53 replies
    KVDR.COM ^ | MARCH 13, 2018 | TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE
    PRESTON, Idaho -- A school district in Idaho is investigating an incident that took place last week in which a science teacher allegedly fed a live puppy to one of his reptiles in front of students. Local animal activist Jill Parrish is the one who filed the police report. "What I have learned in the last four days is disgusting. It is sick. It is sick," Parrish told KSTU. Parrish said a teacher at Preston Junior High School told her that last week after school, Robert Crosland fed a live puppy, who was reportedly sick, to one of his reptiles....
  • VIDEO: Bird vs Fish - Blue Planet II (Fish Leap Out of Water to Snatch Birds)

    01/21/2018 10:04:33 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    BBC Earth ^ | Oct 26, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    VIDEO Watch what happens when a Giant Trevally versus an Tern in this amazing fish eats bird clip from Blue Planet II. Usually Giant trevally are solitary hunters but they have come in numbers to try their luck at catching potential prey. Fledgling Tern are wary to spend too much time on the water but even flying close to the surface puts them in grave danger.
  • Mother Nature's dark side revealed [tr]

    10/06/2017 9:16:38 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/6/17 | By Martha Alexander
    These pictures of the natural world illustrate the eerie side of Mother Nature.  Brace yourself for some of the most alarming natural occurrences. [See more at the link.]
  • Zinke Signs Secretarial Order to Expand Land Access and Enhance Conservation

    09/20/2017 8:03:24 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 40 replies
    On Fri., Sept. 15, Secretary of the Interior (SOI) Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356, continuing the Department of Interior’s (DOI) efforts to support sportsmen and women and enhance conservation stewardship. The order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation, increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting and fishing and puts a greater emphasis on the promoting outdoor activities among youth, veterans and minority communities. -----SNIP----- As noted in the DOI press release, SO 3356 directs bureaus within the department to: 1. Within 120 days produce a plan to expand access for hunting and fishing on BLM, USFWS and...
  • The Art of Landscapes - Images from Daily Mail to the music of Joseph Blanchard

    08/24/2017 12:37:43 PM PDT · by mairdie · 10 replies
    There are few things more beautiful than an artfully composed photograph of nature. And Daily Mail has more than its share of images of landscape art. To the music of Joseph Blanchard.
  • The Arctic powered by EXPLORE.org

    06/26/2017 9:32:22 AM PDT · by V K Lee
    Watch The Arctic A land of crystalline beauty and stark landscapes on top of the world, the Ar... HOT on Explore - Live Cam Highlights and Films Watch what is hot and happening on the explore network http://EXPLORE.org is the largest live nature cam network on the planet. We bring nature to you, raw, unscripted, and unedited.
  • Occasional Birdy Thread (In memory of Swampsniper)

    03/18/2017 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 105 replies
    Photos ^ | March 18, 2017 | Self
    A few recent shots from around home. If you have bird shots, please share 'em. Mr Tricolor enjoys his breakfast. Common gallinule or marsh hen Our national bird. Love these amazing raptors Coots in the sunrise. Lake Jackson is just a block east of us. I have to look at this each morning as I leave home for work.
  • Want to be happier and more focused? Then watch nature documentaries to instantly boost [tr]

    03/08/2017 9:21:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 8, 2017 | Phoebe Weston
    Forget yoga. Nature documentaries could be just as good in helping you reduce stress. A new study has found even watching small clips of shows such as Planet Earth II boosts people's emotions of awe, contentedness, joy and amusement. It also can instantly help reduce anxiety, fear and tiredness.
  • Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students

    02/12/2017 2:40:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2017 | LIAM STACK
    The Trump administration has dropped the federal government’s challenge to a nationwide injunction issued last year that blocked the fulfillment of Obama administration guidelines stating that transgender students’ access to bathrooms and other gender-segregated school facilities was protected under existing federal civil rights law. The injunction was issued in August by Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas as part of a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states over the Obama administration’s position that Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects transgender students. Under that interpretation,...
  • OUR SINFUL NATURE

    01/02/2017 6:01:26 PM PST · by grumpa · 6 replies
    http://www.faithfacts.org ^ | January 2, 2017 | Charles Meek
    Our Sinful Nature by Charles Meek The Bible makes it abundantly clear that man is sinful at our core. This does not mean that we can do no good at all, but it does mean that every aspect of our lives is touched by sin in some way. This is a fundamental understanding unique to Christianity, because it points to the absolute need of a Savior. All other religions and worldviews hold that man is basically good, and thus perfectible by law and education. An apologetic for the faith should include this instruction. Here are some examples of what the...
  • Occasional Birdy thread (in memory of Swampsniper)

    12/19/2016 3:08:56 PM PST · by Islander7 · 95 replies
    FR ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | FR
    It was sunny and warm in Florida today. High was 86. Got a little camera and nature time today too. Hope you enjoy. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and an awesome New Year. I believe 2017 is gonna a great start to the Trump revolution to restore America! - - - Anhinga on a pier sunning his feathers. Great egret in the swamp (Highlands Hammock State Park) Red shouldered hawk looking for mice.
  • Goodbye Political Correctness; There is Scouting Life Beyond the Boy Scouts of America

    09/12/2016 6:25:01 AM PDT · by cyclotic · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/12/2016 | Robert Knight
    Under the radar, near a campfire, a counter-cultural force is rising. Only three years old, Trail Life USA, the Christian answer to the politically correct Boy Scouts of America, is operating 700 troops in 48 states, with nearly 30,000 troop members. It’s still small compared to the BSA, which began in 1910 and claims more than two million members. But Trail Life could be on the verge of far more growth as the culture descends into madness and parents seek a haven for their impressionable sons.
  • Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

    09/08/2016 2:36:00 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 185 replies
    Patheos ^ | Sept. 8, 2016 | Benjamin L. Corey
    If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level “drug” on the list of drugs, but it was the gateway drug. This gateway drug was to be especially feared, because it represented the slippery slope to every other drug or form of immorality. Even trying it once could result in you no longer wanting to...
  • This device turns neon plasma into natural patterns

    08/23/2016 8:11:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    PBS ^ | 8-23-2016 | Leigh Anne Tiffany
    From zebra stripes to a honeycomb lattice, nature features breathtaking patterns. Now, physicists based in China have found a way to recreate these natural motifs in 3-D — using just a little electricity. Their new device discharges plasma — air and argon gas charged with electricity — or the same stuff found in neon lights. Using different voltages, the researchers were able to create various 3-D shapes in the plasma. “To experts, this work could advance the development of plasma physics,” co-inventor Lifang Dong of Hebei University told the NewsHour. “But to non-experts, it could explain a whole range of...
  • Occasional Birdy Thread

    08/21/2016 3:14:07 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 60 replies
    self ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Me
    It's been 2 1/2 months since the last birdy thread was posted. Florida is a bit too hot for this old man to get out and shoot much in high summer. However, today I had a visitor. A little blue heron was feeding on my front lawn. That seemed a tad unusual. There was also a flock of white ibis. This time of year the ibis begin to gather in larger and larger flocks preparing for their winter migration. I got a face shot of this youngster. Their eyes are cool Several weeks ago I saw a family of Florida...
  • Humpback Whales Breaching Surprises Kayakers in British Columbia

    08/19/2016 8:53:35 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 18 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=803qr5RAhz0 ^ | Published on August 15, 2016 | Wildcoast Adventures
    Filmed in the vicinity of the Penn Islands of British Columbia, these three kayakers are lucky to have gotten such a close look. In fact, if they were any closer they might not have lived to tell their tale. “Humpbacks are marine mammals and you need to stay back 100M. As you can see in this Video they can close the distance very fast and they are unpredictable.
  • Occasional birdy thread (Dedicated to the memory of Swampsniper)

    07/08/2016 3:58:15 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 54 replies
    Photos | July 8, 2016 | FReepers
    Enjoy a respite from the sad goings on of the day. Please post and share your pics of birds, nature, anything the Good Lord has created. Remembering Swampsniper....may you rest easy, good man. -------------- Mr Limpkin shared a sun rise with me. There's got to a snail here somewhere! Who are all these strangers invading my territory? Oh deer!
  • Ocelot Steals My Socks!

    07/05/2016 11:20:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    uuu-tuuumdbe! ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | "Brave Wilderness"
    On this special Breaking Trail Outtake, Coyote's new friend the Ocelot steals his socks! In an attempt to recover his last dry pair of Wigwams, a classic tug-of-war ensues with this feisty jungle cat. Who will win the battle? Well you’ll just have to watch to find out! Get ready Coyote, an Ocelot just stole your socks! Ocelot’s have a wide range stretching from Argentina to Texas and while they have fairly healthy populations in the topics they are extremely elusive and rarely seen by humans. There has never been another video like this and we feel so extremely fortunate...