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  • Handicapped Bear Survives Without ObamaCare (Video) my title

    02/22/2010 3:35:16 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 7 replies · 289+ views
    The Way One Vike Sees It ^ | 2/22/10 | OneVike
    Is this Sasqauch? At the end of the article on OV's site is a video of an animal that could be mistaken as something it is not. Which made me think about all the rumors about Big Foot. Do you think that this is how the legend got started? Maybe some Indians might have saw a bear walking around like a man, and thought that maybe it was half human and half bear? So maybe that is why they called it Sasquatch, which in english means "hairy giant." So what do you all think? Ok, I know that on...
  • Climate emails review panellist quits after his impartiality questioned

    02/12/2010 10:48:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 788+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 12 February 2010 | David Batty and David Adam
    Nature editor Philip Campbell forced out of independent panel after saying there was nothing to suggest a cover up by scientists at the University of East Anglia ‘The scientists have not hidden the data. If you look at the emails there are one or two that are jargon’ - Philip Campbell. A member of an independent panel to investigate claims that climate scientists covered up flawed data on global warming has been forced to resign after sceptics questioned his impartiality. Philip Campbell, editor in chief of Nature, stepped down from the panel yesterday, just hours after its official launch, after...
  • Penguin Barely Escapes Being Lunch For a Killer Whale (Incredible Video)

    02/04/2010 6:17:21 PM PST · by Tom Hawks · 13 replies · 1,173+ views
    Check out this cool video of a penguin doing all he can to keep three or four Orca killer whales from making him their lunch. After about a minute of going to and fro to escape the clutches of their jaws, the penguin decides to take his chances with the humans instead. So before they know it, the people in the raft have a guest and he does not seem to be in too much of a hurry to jump back into the water. Eventually the whales decides to head back out to see if they can find other...
  • Penguin Barely Escapes Being Killer Whales Lunch (Harrowing Video)

    02/04/2010 5:25:17 AM PST · by FredJake · 30 replies · 1,474+ views
    This is a video of a penguin being chased by three or four Orca killer Whales. After about a minute of going to and fro to escape the clutches of their jaws, the penguin decides to take his chances with the humans instead. So before they know it, the people in the raft have a guest and he does not seem to be in too much of a hurry to jump back into the water. Eventually the whales decides to head back out to see if they can find other prey for dinner. follow this link to see video...
  • Killer Whale Does What Killer Whales Do Best, Kills Pelican & Eats It, During Show (Killer Video)

    02/03/2010 7:51:16 PM PST · by FredJake · 41 replies · 2,315+ views
    Video of what happened last year during the "Believe" show at San Diego's SeaWorld, a pelican decided to drop in for the show. Unfortunately for the pelican, the whales decided to take a brake from the show and have the pelican for lunch instead. The person who captured this video was in the right place at the right time. Unfortunately for the pelican it was in the wrong place at the wrong time. During a portion of the show where a young child it introduced to a friendly whale, the pelican landed onto the pool. Suddenly out of nowhere...
  • Polar Bear Hug (Awesome Photo's)

    02/01/2010 9:40:00 AM PST · by Korah · 26 replies · 2,614+ views
    The Great White Hunter ^ | 2/1/10 | Ryan Benson
    Photographer Norbert Rosing, wanted to shoot some photos of some sled dogs with the sunset as a backdrop. So he found the perfect spot around Canada’s Hudson Bay. He had it all set up with a local who tethered his dogs to a stake for the shoot. The photographer set his equipment up at a distance to allow for the right effect from the sunset in the background and just as he was ready to begin the shoot, an unexpected visitor arrived. What you will see in the accompanying photos is a polar bear doing something so unexpected, that it...
  • Bear Hug (Great Pictures)

    01/31/2010 6:05:07 PM PST · by OneVike · 66 replies · 2,853+ views
    The Great White Hunter ^ | 1/29/10 | Ryan Benson
    In these series of photos, you will see a polar bear come upon some sled dogs tethered to a steak. Normally you would think that a dog tethered to a steak would be lunch for a polar bear, but these pictures tell a completely different story. From what I can see, the polar bear just wanted to play and get a little brotherly love. The professional photographer who took these photos said, the bear came back every night that week to play with the dogs. Excellent photos, taken by Norbert Rosing when he was in the wilds around Canada’s Hudson...
  • ART IS ONLY AN EYE AWAY

    01/18/2010 5:15:17 AM PST · by freedomyes · 1 replies · 237+ views
    TownHall ^ | Jan 18 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    We got art plus sound. It reminded me of the Light and Sound desert presentations of Egypt. Those of us on tour sat there on the sands, nighttime all around us, taking in the light sprays and sound reverberations in one of the most awesome art shows I’ve ever had the privilege of attending. Pyramids loomed in front of us. History spoke over time. And we were held captive.
  • The World's Most Earthquake-Vulnerable Cities

    01/16/2010 8:06:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 63 replies · 2,496+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/13/2010
    Third World countries like Haiti stand to suffer the most economically. The strongest earthquake to hit Haiti in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from humble shacks to the National Palace and the headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers. Destroyed communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon's 7.0-magnitude tremor or to estimate the number of dead lying among the collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital of about 2 million people. International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally told the Associated Press that an estimated 3 million people may have been affected by the quake and that...
  • Mathematical Signatures in Nature

    01/15/2010 3:55:47 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 17 replies · 968+ views
    Interesting. From this book (sorry, not all of the formulas converted right): Mathematical Signatures in Nature: A Sign of Design? “[The Universe] is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it...” – Galileo Galilei1 Math is the universal language, but it is not a human construct. Sure, we create symbols for numbers and mathematical computations, but math itself is more fundamental. 2 + 2 = 4 is universally true, universal in the sense that everywhere in the universe it...
  • Major Bird Swarm Over Sacramento California (cool nature video)

    12/23/2009 9:35:09 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 10 replies · 811+ views
    This is a video of a half a million birds swarming over Sacramento California. I just want to know who estimated that there is a half a million. Are they sure there are not a million, or maybe only 100,000 instead? Well either way it is pretty cool, and reminds me of the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, "The Birds".Check out the video of the Birds over Sacrament here These following two paragraphs are from an article at "The Independent", and it is about the phenomenon called a murmuration; Winter must must be coming... because the starlings are flocking. Here are...
  • Major Bird Swarm Over Sacramento California (cool nature video)

    12/22/2009 6:34:27 PM PST · by FredJake · 17 replies · 896+ views
    Check out this is a video of a half a million birds swarming over Sacramento California. After watching this I thought about a B movie I watched back in the late 70s called "Swarm". It was about a bunch of Americanized bees that wrecked havoc in Houston. Well the way these birds are flying over the city of Sacrament reminded me of the way the bees swarmed over Houston in the move the swarm. Check out the video of the Birds over Sacrament here
  • Whale Song Art

    11/24/2009 8:42:14 PM PST · by tanuki · 8 replies · 605+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11/24/09 | Telegraph Daily Slide Show
    These images may look like just pretty patterns, but they are visual representations of songs sung by whales and dolphins.
  • Killing Field

    11/10/2009 7:16:31 AM PST · by AreaMan · 3 replies · 497+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2009 | Steven Malanga
    Steven MalangaKilling Field Autumn 2009 Environmental groups’ view of the animal world sometimes resembles Disney’s Bambi, with owls and rabbits mingling peacefully and Man lurking as the only predator, aided by his evil servant the hunting dog. A good example is the National Wildlife Federation, which wants to reintroduce wild animals into the suburban and urban enclaves from which development has expelled them by encouraging homeowners to develop “healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats” on their properties. The NWF has even produced a television program—Backyard Habitat, shown on Animal Planet—in which experts advise homeowners in places like Chicago about how...
  • The Convenient Death

    10/06/2009 7:38:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 971+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 06, 2009 | The Editors
    October 06, 2009, 0:00 p.m. The Convenient DeathBy the Editors Wait for patients to die before taking their organs, and the organs won’t be as fresh. Let doctors take the organs from living patients — even if it means causing them to die a little faster than they otherwise would — and the supply of usable organs will go up. Some other patient will get a second chance at life, and the dead guy won’t miss anything: What could possibly go wrong with this idea? The editors of Nature are well aware that this proposal might seem a little...
  • God of Wonders (Videos)

    09/04/2009 2:27:18 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 594+ views
    YouTube.com ^ | Undated | Unattributed
    Below are a series of links to a simply awesome Discovery-quality documentary without the evolutionary bias. Stunning nature footage, scientific insights and Scriptures combine to reveal the wonders of our Creator as observed throughout His creation. God of Wonders (1 of 8) God of Wonders (2 of 8) God of Wonders (3 of 8) God of Wonders (4 of 8) God of Wonders (5 of 8) God of Wonders (6 of 8) God of Wonders (7 of 8) God of Wonders (8 of 8)
  • Navy Task Force Assesses Changing Climate

    08/01/2009 6:55:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 1,298+ views
    DEFENSELINK.mil - Special to AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | WASHINGTON, July 31, 2009 | By Bob Freeman
    Note: The following text is a quote: American Forces Press Service Navy Task Force Assesses Changing Climate Special to American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 31, 2009 – Rapidly diminishing sea ice, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, increased storm severity -- all are possible consequences of a climate that mounting evidence suggests is changing significantly. As the scientific community works to understand the changing climate, the chief of naval operations has created a task force, headed by Rear Adm. David Titley, the Navy's senior oceanographer, to better understand and evaluate its implications for maritime security. “Task Force Climate Change was...
  • Runway rename as North Pole moves.... (Pole Shift & Pole Reversal in 2012)

    07/12/2009 8:53:22 PM PDT · by TaraP · 58 replies · 1,750+ views
    Stansted Airport in Essex has renamed its 3,000m (9,750ft) runway because the position of the Earth's magnetic North Pole has moved. The runway was known by pilots and air traffic controllers as 23/05 because of its location and compass heading. The magnetic North Pole drifts naturally, and every 50 years its position alters significantly. Managers at Stansted decided they must call the runway 22/04 to reflect the new position and bearing. Trevor Waldock, head of airside operations, said: "We've had to make this change due to the Magnetic North Pole slowly drifting on the Earth's surface but our runway remains...
  • Erupting Volcano Anak Krakatau

    07/12/2009 10:51:56 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 42 replies · 2,580+ views
    Astronomy picture of the day ^ | 2009 July 13 | Marco Fulle (Stromboli Online)
    Erupting Volcano Anak Krakatau Credit & Copyright: Marco Fulle (Stromboli Online) Explanation: A volcano on Krakatoa is still erupting. Perhaps most famous for the powerfully explosive eruption in 1883 that killed tens of thousands of people, ash from a violent eruption might also have temporarily altered Earth's climate as long as 1500 years ago. In 1927, eruptions caused smaller Anak Krakatau to rise from the sea, and the emerging volcanic island continues to grow at an average rate of 2 cm per day. The latest eruption of Anak Krakatau started in 2008 April and continues today. In this picture,...
  • Nature, The Biggest Bank Of All, Could Go Bust, Warns Prince Charles

    07/08/2009 10:01:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 543+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 08th 2009
    Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust, warns Prince Charles The Prince of Wales has said that "Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust" in an apocalyptic warning that the Earth is on the brink of environmental disaster. By Urmee Khan, Digital and Media Correspondent 08 Jul 2009 Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust, warns Prince Charles Delivering this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture, the Prince said that the next generation will face a "living hell" unless governments urgently tackle climate change and stop plundering the Earth's natural resources. "In failing the Earth, we...
  • Palestinian boycott keeps Dead Sea off '7 wonders' list

    06/30/2009 2:28:55 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 449+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 28/06/2009 | Reuters
    The Dead Sea will be eliminated next week from a contest to choose the seven natural wonders of the world, because of a Palestinian boycott over the participation of an Israeli settler council. The New 7 Wonders of Nature is a global Internet contest under the slogan: "If we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it." In 2007 it chose the new seven man-made wonders of the world. Its rules state that if a nominee site is located in more than one country, all countries in which it is located must form an Official Supporting Committee...
  • Knowledge of the nature of good and evil the fredom to choose

    06/27/2009 10:59:23 AM PDT · by freedomnsm · 5 replies · 300+ views
    freedom4ever.net ^ | 01/06/2003 | N. Scott Mills
    The laws of nature are survival of the fittest, and of adapting to the surrounding environment, and human beings are better at adapting than any other species on earth. The laws of God and of humankind however have to do with the knowledge of the nature of good and evil.
  • Natural Law Revealed

    06/23/2009 9:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 425+ views
    First Things ^ | December 2008 | J. Budziszewski
    The relations among nature, reason, and revelation are mysterious for both Protestants and Catholics. Consider John Paul II's remark that “the primary and definitive source for studying the intimate nature of the human being is the Most Holy Trinity.” Read carelessly, this might seem to imply the utter futility of philosophizing about the constitution of the human person; nothing would be left but ­theology. Not so, for revelation shines at least five different kinds of light on nature. First is the light of precept: God commands or forbids something that the mind itself can recognize as right or wrong. Certain...
  • Side by side, how the humble hummingbird flies faster than a fighter jet

    06/16/2009 6:23:55 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 33 replies · 887+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 11 June 2009 | Sophie Borland
    It may be just four inches long - but the tiny hummingbird flies faster than a space shuttle and a fighter jet. Scientists have discovered that the animal performs the quickest aerial manoeuvre in the natural world compared to its size. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley found that the courtship dive of Anna's hummingbird is 58 mph making it the fastest animal on earth
  • Politics proves its worth (editorial from Nature)

    05/19/2009 1:50:33 PM PDT · by M203M4 · 5 replies · 718+ views
    Nature ^ | 14 May 2009 | staff
    The European Parliament has reaffirmed its legislative value by reversing the potentially disruptive restrictions in the draft directive for protecting laboratory animals. Raise a glass to the elected members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Without their intervention last week, the European Union (EU) directive on the protection of laboratory animals would have continued its tortured path through legislative procedures in a form that was thoroughly toxic to biomedical research. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, began working on the directive back in 2002.The draft that finally emerged last November was singularly uninformed. It should have balanced the undisputed duty...
  • Wildlife Film - Cougar vs Bear

    05/07/2009 6:36:10 PM PDT · by OneVike · 37 replies · 2,247+ views
    Flixxy.com ^ | 1988 | Jean-Jacques Annaud
    This is a short video clip from the the Oscar nominated nature film L'Ours (1988) aka "The Bear". It's a nature film with almost no human dialogue. In this picturesque story an orphaned bear who is confronted by a hungry cougar. This clip only runs about 4 minutes, but it's enough to really give that sense of pride in God's creation. The movie is a true classic in the sense that we so often fail to really understand what it is like for the most powerful of God's animals to be young and vulnerable.
  • Mystery Deepens into Disappearance of Conservative Humboldt Co Radio Host in Redwood Forest

    04/27/2009 7:06:08 AM PDT · by locke22 · 4 replies · 864+ views
    Old Glory Radio ^ | 04/27/09 | Old Glory Radio
    On April 22nd 2009, a man and his dog entered the ancient redwood forests of Humboldt County Ca. Only the dog returned. The camera was found two days later. Old Glory Radio Morning Report 04/27/09 - LINK TO FOUND CAMERA FOOTAGE -
  • Art as Propaganda for Evolution

    04/11/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 106 replies · 1,633+ views
    CEH ^ | April 10, 2009
    Art as Propaganda for Evolution April 10, 2009 — Should a scientific theory be propagated by appeal to scientific evidence, or by appeal to emotions through visualization?  Nature this week contained two articles that shamelessly praised art as propaganda for evolution.  Surprisingly, one of them mentioned Charles Darwin as someone “at the cutting edge of visualization.” Endless Forms:  Carl Zimmer reviewed an exhibit currently at the Yale Center for British Art, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.1  The title is taken from the last sentence in the Origin where Darwin said that endless forms most beautiful...
  • Information Is a Fundamental Entity (does it = nonmaterial foundation for all biological systems?)

    03/12/2009 12:23:35 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies · 482+ views
    AiG ^ | Dr. Werner Gitt
    3.1 Information: A Fundamental Quantity The trail-blazing discoveries about the nature of energy in the 19th century caused the first technological revolution, when manual labor was replaced on a large scale by technological appliances—machines which could convert energy. In the same way, knowledge concerning the nature of information in our time initiated the second technological revolution where mental “labor” is saved through the use of technological appliances—namely, data processing machines. The concept “information” is not only of prime importance for informatics theories and communication techniques, but it is a fundamental quantity in such wide-ranging sciences as cybernetics, linguistics, biology,...
  • Pink dolphin appears in US lake

    03/03/2009 3:06:05 AM PST · by SolidWood · 13 replies · 1,263+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 02 Mar 2009 | Telegraph UK
    The world's only pink Bottlenose dolphin which was discovered in an inland lake in Louisiana, USA, has become such an attraction that conservationists have warned tourists to leave it alone. Charter boat captain Erik Rue, 42, photographed the animal, which is actually an albino, when he began studying it after the mammal first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern USA. Capt Rue originally saw the dolphin, which also has reddish eyes, swimming with a pod of four other dolphins, with one appearing to be its mother which never left its...
  • Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life (it's about time!)

    02/20/2009 8:35:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 60 replies · 1,339+ views
    Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life Darwin’s “Tree of Life” is a myth. It’s based on circular reasoning. It is a pattern imposed on the data, not a fact emerging from the evidence. We should give up the search for a single tree of life (TOL) as a record of the history of life on earth, because it is a “quixotic pursuit” unlikely to succeed – and the evidence is against it. Who said this? Not creationists, but a new member of the National Academy of Sciences in his inaugural paper for the academy’s Proceedings.1 W. Ford Doolittle and Eric...
  • Test Tube Babies Shed Light on Nature Versus Nurture

    02/03/2009 11:39:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 711+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 3 February 2009 | Sara Coelho
    Enlarge ImageHuman nature. Children born via IVF may hold clues to what makes us who we are. Credit: Jupiter Images It's perhaps the most controversial question in biology: Are we shaped by our genes or by our environment? The debate extends even to the womb, where the chemistry of the fetal environment may play as much of a role in our development as the genes we inherit from our parents. Now, scientists believe they have found a clever way to disentangle the effects of genes and environment in the womb. The solution is to look at babies conceived in...
  • Boffin captures winter wonder [Snowflakes]

    01/06/2009 9:31:42 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 5 replies · 718+ views
    The Sun / MySun ^ | Jan. 6, 2009 | Staff Reporter
    As snow blizzards sweep across the country you may be forgiven for wanting to see the back of this Arctic winter. But for scientist Kenneth Libbrecht the prospect of sub zero temperatures, snow blizzards and Arctic winds is music to his ears. Using a specially designed photo-microscope Kenneth, a Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, spent the last 11 years catching and photographing tiny snowflakes. Showcased in his latest book, “Snowflakes” these amazingly detailed images show the unique crystal formation of snowflakes. “When I first began toying with the idea of writing a book about snowflakes,...
  • Academics Laud Drug Use

    12/15/2008 12:49:07 PM PST · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 15, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Academics Laud Drug Use by: Bethany Stotts, December 15, 2008 Six academics and Philip Campbell, the editor-in-chief of Nature Magazine, recently argued that society should move “towards the responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy,” particularly drugs typically used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “In this article, we propose actions that will help society accept the benefits of enhancement, given appropriate research and evolved regulation,” write the authors, who hail from prestigious universities such as • Stanford Law School, • Harvard Medical School, • the University of Cambridge, • the University of Manchester, • the...
  • Nature Plagiarizes Behe’s Mousetrap (has the journal lost its academic ethics?)

    12/10/2008 8:40:37 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 5 replies · 541+ views
    CEH ^ | December 9, 2008
    For Brosh to employ this well-known analogy for his own purposes, without giving credit to Behe, and then to slap Behe’s face with a link to a flawed refutation of Behe’s concept without giving him a chance to respond, is disgustingly irresponsible. You would think the world’s leading science journal would demand proper citation. What happened to academic ethics? Mousetraps are common, but Behe’s use of a mousetrap as a symbol of an irreducibly complex system in the cell is so well-known throughout the biological community, Brosh cannot argue that each writer has equal access to the common household item...
  • Nature Can’t Wait for Darwin Day (materialism is our god, and Darwin is its prophet)

    11/24/2008 7:24:37 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 36 replies · 629+ views
    CEH ^ | November 23, 2008
    Nature Can’t Wait for Darwin Day Nov 23, 2008 — Darwin Day (Feb. 12, 2009) is months away, but Nature devoted a special issue to it this week.  The cover story, Darwin 200, includes 15 articles and features, some of which are available to the public.  Features include a list of celebrations and exhibitions around the world, including a re-enactment of Darwin’s voyage on a “modernized replica” of the HMS Beagle.  The voyage will be a floating field trip beamed to classrooms worldwide.     The lead Editorial, “Beyond the Origin,” contained the expected creation-bashing and touting of Darwin’s theory as...
  • Compost – It’s even better than you think! (CO2? Fegitaboudit. It's NATURE!)

    11/13/2008 9:10:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 670+ views
    Compost – It’s even better than you think! It’s fantastic! Compost helps retain water, improves drainage, and encourages worms and helpful micro-flora and fauna to colonise your garden beds. If you make compost at home with garden waste and kitchen scraps it’s not only free but it contributes significantly to improving the health of our environment! This is because gases are produced when organic material, such as grass clippings, leaves and food scraps are decomposing. If the organic material is decomposed in a well-managed, aerated (plenty of air circulating) compost heap or bin, healthy compost will be made and the...
  • Vampire Moth Discovered -- Evolution at Work

    10/30/2008 5:11:48 AM PDT · by Renfield · 33 replies · 1,025+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 10-27-08 | John Roach
    A previously unknown population of vampire moths has been found in Siberia. And in a twist worthy of a Halloween horror movie, entomologists say the bloodsuckers may have evolved from a purely fruit-eating species. Only slight variations in wing patterns distinguish the Russian population from a widely distributed moth species, Calyptra thalictri, in central and southern Europe known to feed only on fruit. When the Russian moths were experimentally offered human hands this summer, the insects drilled their hook-and-barb-lined tongues under the skin and sucked blood. Entomologist Jennifer Zaspel at the University of Florida in Gainesville said the discovery suggests...
  • Friendly Invaders [Cool artwork]

    09/09/2008 1:15:32 AM PDT · by Silly · 5 replies · 95+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sept. 8, 2008 | Carl Zimmer
    New Zealand is home to 2,065 native plants found nowhere else on Earth. They range from magnificent towering kauri trees to tiny flowers that form tightly packed mounds called vegetable sheep. When Europeans began arriving in New Zealand, they brought with them alien plants — crops, garden plants and stowaway weeds. Today, 22,000 non-native plants grow in New Zealand. Most of them can survive only with the loving care of gardeners and farmers. But 2,069 have become naturalized: they have spread out across the islands on their own. There are more naturalized invasive plant species in New Zealand than native...
  • Science slows global warming!

    09/07/2008 12:46:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 432+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 07, 2008 | James Lewis
    Yes, kids, science is a wonderful thing. But not nearly as wonderful as climate modeling, which can perform supernatural miracles. Honest! Climate modeling can raise the level of the oceans (even without Obama's intervention), it can burn up the planet a hundred years from now, and Shazzam! -- the models can save us again -- all without leaving your video games, and without the benefit of the real-world data that you need for boring old regular science. At least, that's what Nature -- the oldest science journal in the world, going back to Isaac Newton -- now claims. According to...
  • Vegetarian spider

    08/12/2008 8:49:38 PM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 11 replies · 184+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | Monday, August 11th, 2008 | Susan Milius
    A little eight-legged pickpocket that darts around acacia trees could be the first known vegetarian spider.
  • Bullets vs. binoculars(Moose)

    07/02/2008 6:26:56 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 21 replies · 136+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 2, 2008 | Beth Daley
    NEAR BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine -The hunters discovered the first prey of the evening in a wide pond lined with spruce trees. After creeping down a rocky path, members of the group stood motionless. Then, they took aim. Click. Click. Click. Startled, the gangly moose reared its head to take in five women pointing cameras and binoculars. Then it continued munching on the pond's vegetation. The delighted group, part of a $50-a-head moose safari, climbed back into the air-conditioned Maine-ly Photos moose tour van and began searching for more of the creatures.
  • Boat passengers witness shark attack

    06/28/2008 11:28:47 AM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 26 replies · 320+ views
    Cape Cod Times ^ | June 28, 2008 | By K.C. MYERS
    Boat passengers witness shark attack June 28, 2008 CHATHAM — Fourteen passengers on a seal watch boat saw a shark attack and kill a seal yesterday during a cruise to Monomoy Island. The island, which is a national wildlife refuge, is home to hundreds of seals and also a favored feeding ground of several species of sharks. Capt. Bob Littlefield is sure the shark he saw rip a seal in half yesterday afternoon was a great white. "It was a quite a bloody mess," said Littlefield, who has been a captain on Cape Cod for 32 years. Littlefield was steering...
  • Nature Pics O' THe Day

    06/15/2008 11:15:29 AM PDT · by Brainhose · 25 replies · 28+ views
    The Great Outdoors | Today | Brainhose
    Saw this butterfly on my Lilacs took some nice pictures. Here are a couple, the Hi-Rez pictures are much more detailed.
  • Secret Study: Most Cell Phone Users Are Homebodies

    06/04/2008 5:01:02 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 163+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 4, 2008 | Ed Sutherland
    New York, NY (AHN) - A university study is raising eyebrows after researchers disclosed they secretly tracked the movement of 100,000 cell phone users outside the United States. Researchers at Northeastern University for six months sifted through data from cell phone towers allowing them to track the movement of mobile phone users in what they only describe as an "industrialized country." Such research, which included the cooperation from an unknown company, would be illegal in the U.S., an FCC spokesman told the AP. The study, to be published Thursday in Nature, found most people stick close to home, despite the...
  • Respect Wildlife

    05/25/2008 4:28:25 PM PDT · by Revski · 3 replies · 119+ views
    YouTube Video ^ | 5/25/08 | Revski
    Hunting can be fun, think about it, if we kill to eat or supply food for the hungry, is natural but to kill just for fun and target practice is cruel. The characters of this video are my grandchildren, mourning dove and a rare Columbian parakeet called Perija.
  • Humming Bird’s View

    05/22/2008 9:52:20 AM PDT · by Revski · 3 replies · 115+ views
    YouTube Video ^ | 5/22/08 | Revski
    This is an animated video thread revealing a magnificent moment of a humming bird’s view amidst a flowerily scene, also sounds of many wild birds singing their songs. May you be blessed in viewing!
  • Etna volcano rumbles back to life in Sicily

    05/13/2008 10:55:32 AM PDT · by StopGlobalWhining · 17 replies · 85+ views
    AFP ^ | May 13, 2008 | AFP
    5 hours ago ROME (AFP) — The Etna volcano in Sicily rumbled back to life on Tuesday with a "seismic event" followed by a burst of ash, volcanologists said three days after minor eruptions shook the cone. A "seismic event provoking a strong explosion was recorded Tuesday at 0424 GMT (6:42 am local) in parts of the peak of the volcano," the National Geophysics and Vulcanology Institute in Sicily's Catania region said in a statement. The explosion on Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano at 3,295 metres (10,810 feet), was followed by a rain of ash on the southeast crater, "where...
  • For good or ill Ireland gains another mammal species

    04/28/2008 12:26:59 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies · 156+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 04/28/2008 | Staff
    A white toothed shrew found in Ireland. A recent study, soon to be published in Mammal Review, details the discovery of a mammal which has never been seen before in Ireland. The shrew, which has been spotted in Tipperary and Limerick, is only the third new mammal to be found on the island in almost 60 years. Dave Tosh, from the School of Biological Sciences at Queens University, found the greater white-toothed shrew in Tipperary and Limerick while working with University College Cork and BirdWatch Ireland. Its natural range is in parts of Africa, France and Germany and before...
  • Man is wolf to wolf

    03/09/2008 12:21:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 375+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | March 2008 | John Derbyshire
    “In Nature,” said Coleridge, “there is nothing melancholy.” I don’t know about that. I suppose there are lots of people who will greet American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau with joy, but both politics and temperament predisposed me against the book.[1] I had agreed to review it in a moment of weakness, but when it thumped down onto my desk—115 extracts from 101 authors in close to a thousand galley pages of almost nothing but text (“80 pages of color inserts” will be included in the finished product, the publisher assures me), melancholy is what ensued.Politics. The presence of that...