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  • Winter storm warning issued for Monroe County, Michigan

    01/31/2015 7:17:48 PM PST · by madison10 · 21 replies
    Monroe Evening News ^ | 1/31/2015 | National Weather Service
    The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a winter storm warning that includes Monroe County for the time frame of 1 a.m. Sunday Feb. 1 to 7 a.m. Monday Feb. 2. RELATED: Pre-Groundhog Day snowstorm to sweep from Chicago to NYC The forecast is for "moderate to occasionally heavy snow," beginning late tonight and persisting through sunrise Monday. Accumulations of more than 8 inches of snow are likely "with the potential of up to 12 inches near the Ohio border," the warning that was issued at 4 p.m. today said. There also is the likelihood of blowing and drifting...
  • Monday Snowstorm Likely Brings More Large Snow Totals [MA]

    01/31/2015 8:11:17 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 23 replies
    Weather Wisdom ^ | January 31, 2015 8:51 AM | David Epstein
    ... I can deal with cold, because I can just add a new layer, it’s all the snow that becomes the real problem and it’s about to get worse. All this after the snowiest 5 days on record in Boston (29.7") and Worcester 40.7"). Monday Snowstorm We have another storm coming and many areas will see a foot or more of snow...For much of the storm, temperatures are going to be very cold and this is mostly a good thing.... Notice, the colder the air the more snow the exact same amount of moisture creates. In other words, if you...
  • Pair of Ice Climbers Are First to Ascend Frozen Niagara Falls

    01/30/2015 2:29:28 PM PST · by windcliff · 32 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 1-29-15 | Mark Synnott
    Nine daredevils have gone over Niagara Falls in barrels and lived to tell the tale. This week, ice climbers Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken became the first to reverse the trip. The pair became the first to ascend the world-famous falls on Tuesday, following a 30-foot-wide (9-meter) strip of rotten spray ice that formed along the left edge of Horseshoe Falls, which rises up 150 feet (46 meters) as it straddles the border between the United States and Canada. Horseshoe Falls is the largest of Niagara's three major sections, or cataracts, and is considered the most powerful waterfall in the...
  • Icebergs 'have sound signature'

    01/29/2015 9:56:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/29/15 | Rebecca Morelle
    Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, scientists report. Researchers in Poland, the UK and US have found different types of icebergs have their own acoustic signature as they calve away from the ice. Monitoring this could help to determine how much ice is being lost and the effect this could have on global sea level rise. The findings are reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Oskar Glowacki, from the Institute of Geophysics at the Polish Academy of Sciences, said: "Using acoustics, we can get very accurate data and we can collect this data...
  • African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Camera Trap Footage

    01/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 17 replies
    livescience.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Megan Gannon
    African golden cats are hardly ever photographed in the wild. In their rare, camera-trap cameos, the cats are usually seen licking their spotted fur or innocuously inspecting the unfamiliar lens. But recently, scientists captured a much more dynamic scene: a golden cat crashing a party of red colobus monkeys in Uganda.
  • Comical Thread:So What Happened To All Of The Protesters Holding Up Traffic?

    01/27/2015 3:40:45 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 13 replies
    Wasn't it around 6 to 8 weeks ago when it seemed that everyday we were hearing about the latest uproars over either race, minimum wage, demanding free stuff and maybe even "Stopping Global Warming"? Looks like another wasted effort for the far left being it seems to be all forgotten about. So where are all of these young liberals, many with no real skills now? Could it be the weather? What? A little too cold outside for the masses to protest all of this global warming?
  • Mississippi Legislation Declares All Federal Gun Control Unconstitutional

    01/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Bryan Baucom
    Two bills filed in the Mississippi House and Senate would make it an express duty of the state government to protect the gun rights of Mississippians against federal gun control measures. House Bill 1297 (HB1297) was filed by Rep. Staples last week. It declares “All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment.” In other words, as the Founders understood, the federal government has no authority over firearms, period. The bill goes on to declare that all such federal acts are “invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state,...
  • The Kingston Armory .22 LR Garand is a Small Caliber Replica of the Original

    01/27/2015 9:05:28 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 35 replies
    alloutdoor.com ^ | 01/22/2015 | Rob Reed
    The rifle is built to replicate the original in look, feel, and heft. The heart of the design is a .22 caliber receiver based on the design of the Ruger 10/22, but made of steel, not aluminum. The receiver is housed in a stock and hand guards made from real American Walnut.
  • 54 Year Old Woman Mauled By Florida Bear.Stuck Her Arm In Cage To Pet It."Oops".

    Woman, 54, severely injured after being mauled by caged BEAR she was trying to pet at wildlife center. Here is the link. But what can you say? Who in any state of mind sticks their arm in a cage with a 400 pound bear? This would be like going to your local zoo and attempting to pet a panther or cougar through the 4x4 inch cage gaps.
  • San Antonio could see record high temperatures this week: forecasters

    01/26/2015 2:12:51 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 36 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/26/2015 | Madalyn Mendoza
    SAN ANTONIO — While the Northeast battles winter storm "Juno," the San Antonio area will see much warmer temperatures than normal for January this week and could set a record high, according to NWS Meteorologist Larry Hopper. Highs and low temperatures through Wednesday in San Antonio will be steady with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s. Record-high temperatures may be seen throughout the city on Wednesday, according to Hopper.
  • SB 122 Smokeless Powder and Primer Manufacture in Montana

    01/26/2015 6:49:22 AM PST · by taxcontrol · 6 replies
    There is a serious threat to our right to bear arms because of narrow, monolithic and federally-controlled manufacture of essential ammunition components, smokeless powder (propellant), primers and cartridge brass. For example, there are only two manufacturers of smokeless powder in the U.S., one plant owned by defense contractor General Dynamics and another owned by defense contractor Alliant Systems (ATK). All other smokeless powder used in the U.S. is imported, and subject to immediate and arbitrary import restrictions. And, General Dynamics and Alliant Systems are subject to a standard condition of military contracts that 100% of their production may be commandeered...
  • Best place to get primers, powder and bullets for reloading?

    01/26/2015 4:59:59 AM PST · by kyperman · 29 replies
    1/26/2015 | kyperman
    I am thinking about getting into reloading, want to know where the best place to buy supplies is...websites, etc....not that I have any guns, all lost is that stupid boating accident years ago.
  • World's fastest archer Lars Anderson debunks Hollywood archery myths

    01/24/2015 5:34:10 AM PST · by Plainsman · 54 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | Adam Justice
    For thousands of years, the bow and arrow was used for war. Those days are long gone, and most people today only know of archery through TV and movies. However, as the Danish archer Lars Andersen has proved, Hollywood archery has very little to do with actual war archery. Lars Andersen originally started using bow and arrow to fight in pretend battles during Larps (live action role play) events, where he played a soldier in a medieval-inspired army. While Larps can be about anything – the Danish/Polish Harry Potter inspired larp College of Wizardry (cowlarp.com) recently got world-wide media attention...
  • FWC Considering Bringing Back Bear Hunting in Florida

    01/23/2015 9:13:17 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    wjhg tv ^ | Jan 22, 2015
    Bear attacks and nuisance complaints could result in Florida bringing back a hunting season for the animal, as the state's wildlife agency says they're running out of options. Leah Reeder was out walking her dog in the Florida Panhandle last month when she was brutally attacked by a bear. She was one of four bear attack victims in the past year throughout the state. Add the attacks to thousands of nuisance complaints throughout Florida. "We're at a point where bear populations are strong and expanding, and we're having more and more conflicts, more and more killed on the highways," FWC...
  • Grizzly bear-human conflicts increase in Wyoming in 2014

    01/23/2015 8:23:35 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | January 23, 2015 | BOB MOEN
    Grizzly bears were the leading category among the 385 total conflicts between humans and large carnivores in Wyoming last year. Black bears were second with 134 conflicts, followed by wolves (64) and mountain lions (23). ... grizzly bears continue to expand their range. "They've far exceeded the expected geographic recovery distribution ... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide this year whether it will lift protections for some 1,000 grizzlies that scientists say live in the Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Removal of the protections would transfer jurisdiction over grizzlies to states
  • Trophy Catch-22: Angler's Record-Breaking Trout Can't Be a Record

    01/22/2015 11:54:14 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 34 replies
    Field and Stream ^ | 01/20/15 | Ben Romans
    On January 8, Idaho angler Larry Warren caught and released a 28-pound rainbow trout from the Clearwater River near Orofino. It was a fish big enough to best the current state record—set in 2009—by 8 pounds, if it weren’t for a few "technical" circumstances governing the handling of wild fish and how the state evaluates records. Many news outlets are running headlines about the release of this record-sized fish, but few are explaining the regulations that mandated Warren's actions. In an exclusive interview with F&S, the Idaho Fish and Game Department’s Clearwater Region fishery manager, Joe DuPont, clarified the situation.
  • Rare frilled shark caught off Australia coast

    01/22/2015 6:50:28 AM PST · by eastforker · 63 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/22/2015 | Brian Walker
    CNN) - It looks like something out of "Alien," but has more in common with "Jurassic Park." It's a rare frilled shark that has been caught by a fisherman in Australia, where no one remembers ever seeing one caught before. With a mouth packed full of needle-like teeth and a body like an eel, the six-foot long frilled shark is sometimes described as a fish "fossil" that dates back 80 million years.
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart

    01/21/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | January 21, 2015
    Survivor: Worlds Apart is the 30th season of Survivor. It begins Wednesday, February 25, 2015 on CBS at 8/7c with a special 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article There will be three teams of six players each, divided by social status: blue collar, white collar, and no collar. More. It will be held in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the same location as Survivor: Nicaragua, Survivor: Redemption Island and last season's Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. The players range in age from 52 to 22. Nine are from California, with seven from...
  • Cop Who Shot Off His Own Finger Points the Finger at Gun Shop

    01/21/2015 4:16:40 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 82 replies
    alloutdoor.com ^ | 1/14/2015 | Russ Chastain
    His careless gun handling resulted in unemployment, medical bills, and a lawsuit against someone else. A police officer walks into a gun shop, asks to see a 380 pistol, shoots off a portion of his anatomy with said pistol, becomes former cop, and then sues gun shop.Yeah, that’s right.The former officer is reportedly suing for negligence on the part of Barren Outdoors, the gun shop where the incident occurred.We all know that guns in display cases should be unloaded and safe. We also know that the gun shop employee should have checked the gun to be sure of that before...
  • The TrackingPoint 338TP, the Linux rifle that's accurate up to a mile

    01/20/2015 8:16:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 18 January 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I grew up in rural West Virginia, and I don't remember learning how to shoot. All I know is I was certainly shooting well before the time I was 8. I grew up in a gun culture, with many relatives in the military, and I went to school at West Virginia University, which won its 16th NCAA Rifle Championship in 2014. In short, I know guns and I know just how hard it is to shoot accurately at extreme ranges such as 1,000 yards. Even at my best, I was never able to do it reliably. (Image: TrackingPoint) Or rather,...
  • NASA Keeps Telling “Warmest” Lies

    01/18/2015 9:54:03 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/18/2015 | Alan Caruba
    On January 16 The New York Times reported the lies NASA keeps telling about global warming with an article titled “2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics.” We have reached the point where neither a famed government agency nor a famed daily newspaper can be believed simply because both are lying to advance the greatest hoax of the modern era. Remember that 2014 started off with something called a “polar vortex” to describe the incredibly cold weather being experienced and remember, too, that we were being told that it was evidence of global warming! That’s how stupid the “Warmists”...
  • Photographer Captures Rare Pictures of an Upside-Down Iceberg

    01/15/2015 10:01:22 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 48 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Jan 15,2015 | Michael Zhang
    When you think of icebergs, you probably think of those large white objects you see in movies and pictures. In rare situations, they can also be seen in a different form. When the iceberg gets flipped upside-down, it looks like a giant shiny piece of ice that’s the color of the surrounding water.
  • The mystery of the 132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped against a national park tree

    01/15/2015 6:23:25 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 68 replies
    Post ^ | 1/14/15 | Elahe Izadi
    Archaeologists conducting surveys in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park came upon a gun frozen in time: a .44-40 Winchester rifle manufactured in 1882. It was propped up against a juniper tree.
  • 132 Year-old Winchester rifle found against a tree at Great Basin National Park

    01/14/2015 6:40:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 133 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    Archaeologists traversing the Great Basin National Park in Nevada came across an interesting find: a 132-year-old Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle. The Facebook page for Great Basin National Park said in a post last week that researchers found the rifle, known as “the gun that won the West,” leaning up against a tree. “The 132 year-old rifle, exposed to sun, wind, snow, and rain was found leaning against a tree in the park. The cracked wood stock, weathered to grey, and the brown rusted barrel blended into the colors of the old juniper tree in a remote rocky outcrop, keeping...
  • How to Work: The Most Important Self-Reliance Skill Ever

    01/14/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Mother Erf ^ | February/March 2015 | Steve Maxwell
    Few other dreamers I’ve known have managed to fulfill their ambitions. In my experience, most dreams don’t die because of a lack of practical homesteading skills or passion, but rather become casualties of the failure of knowing to work efficiently to get enough of the right kind of work done. Bills pile up, gardens don’t get planted, roofs continue to leak, enthusiasm wanes. The cause of these problems often goes unrecognized until passion is cold, relationships frazzled and finances exhausted. Knowing how to work efficiently on a homestead where you are your own boss requires a specific skill set that...
  • Scottish climber among three dead in 2,000ft Canada fall

    01/14/2015 1:19:57 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 January 2015 | bbc
    A man from Scotland has been killed with two others in a fall of almost 2,000ft down a mountain in Canada. The bodies of Neil Mackenzie, 31, Elena Cernicka, 35 and Stephanie Grothe, 30, were found below Joffre Peak, in the Pemberton area of British Columbia. According to the British Columbia Coroners Service, they were ice-climbing on 11 January when they are thought to have fallen down a couloir.
  • Frozen House in Detroit freezes cars to the street

    01/13/2015 8:03:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    FOX 28 ^ | January 12, 2015 | Faran Fronczak
    <p>They have the Detroit Auto Show going on, but also in the Motor City now has a frozen house!</p> <p>This 100 year old Detroit home has turned into a gigantic icicle formation --- after all the pipes burst. According to neighbors, when the weather turned cold in November, whoever was staying here left and never told the water company.</p>
  • Minnesota climber scores a first on Mount McKinley, support team says

    01/13/2015 8:18:17 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-13-15 | Steve Karnowski
    Minnesota adventurer has succeeded in becoming the first solo climber to reach the summit of Alaska's Mount McKinley in the month of January, his support team said Monday, citing a GPS tracking device. Lonnie Dupre, of Grand Marais, reached the 20,320-foot summit of North America's tallest peak at 2:08 p.m. Alaska time Sunday, said project coordinator Stevie Plummer. Dupre sent a text message saying "All OK, Doing Well," through a SPOT GPS messenger device that showed it was sent from the same coordinates as McKinley's summit. Plummer then posted on the expedition website and on Dupre's Facebook page a map...
  • Rare sighting in the Suburbs- Our National Bird

    01/13/2015 8:07:59 AM PST · by mabarker1 · 35 replies
    Personal ^ | 12/13/2015 | Self/Friend
    Good Morning!This Pic was sent to Me from My Bestest Friend in Denton, TX yesterday. He took it at the Water Plant. Two Bald Eagles by the Basins. There are Bald Eagles that live on Lake Buchanan, 230 (+/-) miles South & West and there are Guided Bald Eagle Boat Tours there I have been on 25+ years ago and saw 15+ of them in a few hours.But I would never expect to see any by Denton- just North of DFW.Anyway I figured this was too Awesome and Cool to not share. Hey George?What Mable?Did you know that the Turkey...
  • Honey Bee, a Blind Cat From Fiji, Enjoys Hiking Near Seattle [w/pix, video]

    01/12/2015 4:37:42 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    Catster ^ | Jan 12th 2015 | Phillip Mlynar
    Honey Bee is a cat, born in Fiji, who just so happens to be blind. Nevertheless, her lack of functioning eyesight hasn't stopped this inquisitive feline from hitting the hiking trails in her new forever home in Seattle -- an appropriate story to tell in January, which is National Walk Your Pet Month.Now rolling with the motto "Bravery, adventure, cuteness," she has also become a YouTube sensation after a video of one of her jaunts escalated to viral heights. The story of Honey Bee begins in Fiji, where she was living in the care of the Animals Fiji organization.
  • Joe's Ice Shack

    01/11/2015 3:21:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 11-20-14
    a driveable ice shack
  • Groundhog Day 2015 - Zoo Won’t Let de Blasio Hold Groundhog After He Killed One Last Year

    01/09/2015 7:54:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 8, 2015 | Emily Zanotti
    Zoo Won’t Let de Blasio Hold Groundhog After He Killed One Last Year The NYPD isn't the only city organization that has lost complete confidence in the esteemed Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. After he dropped the groundhog during last year's Groundhog Day celebrations, the Staten Island Zoo has unequivocally banned De Blasio from holding or handling any more of their animals in a celebratory setting. - Mayor de Blasio won’t be killing any more groundhogs — zoo handlers are forbidding the butter-fingered mayor from holding the critter at the annual shadow-sighting ceremony on Feb. 2, The...
  • Man Jumps Into Water and Catches His New Camera Drone at the Last Possible Moment

    01/09/2015 6:50:56 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Jan 09,2015 | Michael Zhang
    Zwier Spanjer recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 camera drone and captured the video above on his first day of flying it outdoors. The flight didn’t turn out the way Spanjer planned.
  • (Sasquatch Family on AZ Highway?) 'Mysterious Beasts' Spotted by Arizona Highway Cameras

    01/06/2015 7:53:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 5, 2015 | ABC News
    'Mysterious Beasts' Spotted by Arizona Highway Cameras A suspicious pack of what appeared to be a group of large animals has sparked a viral debate about a possible sasquatch sighting in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation was behind the latest announcement -- and conspiracy theories began to grow after they posted a photo from a highway patrol camera. It wasn't Big Foot enthusiasts reading too deeply into a suspicious photo; the government officials were the ones to suggest that something sinister -- and mysterious -- was going on. "We might have spotted a family of sasquatches on SR 260...
  • Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding (!)

    01/06/2015 8:07:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 3:53 PM EST | Scott McFetridge
    As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree. But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims. No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks. […] A study by...
  • Coonan 1911 in .357 mag

    01/04/2015 5:48:42 PM PST · by armydoc · 40 replies
    1/4/15 | me
    Just now heard about this gun. Apparently it's been around a while. Reviews pretty positive. Priced at the upper end of 1911's. I'm very intrigued. Anyone have any experience with it? http://www.coonaninc.com
  • Snowmachiner says he and buddies dug moose out of avalanche in Hatcher Pass

    01/03/2015 1:28:27 PM PST · by skeptoid · 11 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | January 1, 2015 | Sean Doogan|
    A moose caught in an avalanche in Hatcher Pass may have three passing snowmachiners to thank for making it into the new year. The men dug the moose -- a young cow, they think -- out of the snow, apparently unharmed, after it was caught in an avalanche Dec. 28. One of the men, Marty Mobley, 44, said the moose probably caused the slide that swallowed it and that without the group's help, it would not have survived. "There was just enough of its snout sticking above the snow that it could breathe," Mobley said. Mobley said he and friends...
  • Dream job? Chipping frozen pee from doghouses at minus-40 part of allure for dog handlers

    01/01/2015 7:23:20 PM PST · by skeptoid · 17 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | December 31, 2014 | John Schandelmeier|
    What is a dog handler? It is someone who is delusional enough to think that taking instructions from a professional (or amateur) dog musher might seem like good fun. Reality typically intervenes quickly and jarringly. Handling dogs actually has less to do with the dog than the various things the dog leaves behind. The first thing a new handler is handed is the poop scooper. Summer or winter it is the same. There is less volume during the summer months, but it’s messier.
  • 19 Gorgeous Photos That Perfectly Capture Life In The South

    01/01/2015 5:09:53 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 72 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Dec. 30, 2014, | Gabriel H. Sanchez
    Photographer Eliot Dudik captures breathtaking images in a beautiful region of South Carolina known as the “Lowcountry”.
  • Swedes begging to fund Australia backpacking

    12/31/2014 4:41:03 PM PST · by dennisw · 22 replies
    thelocal.se ^ | 30 Dec 2014
    The reported rise in Swedes asking for money in other countries comes as the number of foreign beggars in Sweden continues to rise. As hundreds of thousands of Swedes head for sunshine over the winter holidays, police in Australia have reported a rise in young Scandinavians posing as bogus beggars. Sweden and Romania to discuss begging surge (17 Dec 14) Swedish teen caught stealing beggar's money (19 Jun 14) Stockholm launches 'beggar hotline' (13 Jun 14) Swedish tourists are begging on the streets of Melbourne in order to help fund their trips during the holiday season, with the region’s police...
  • People Save Baby Bears from Dumpster in Woods

    12/31/2014 9:45:27 AM PST · by navysealdad · 21 replies
    These good Samaritans help save some baby cubs stuck in a dumpster by giving them a ladder as the mother bear waits outside.
  • Buzzed birds slur their songs, researchers find [Well, DUH!]

    12/30/2014 9:06:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Amina Khan
    You know how that guy at the karaoke bar singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " sounds a little off after he's had a few drinks? The same goes for buzzed birds, according to a team led by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University. For a study published in PLoS ONE, scientists found that when they got some unsuspecting zebra finches drunk, the birds slurred their songs. The findings could help scientists study the neural processes underlying birdsong - and shed light on human speech. While many scientists want to understand alcohol's effects on such a complex system as speech,...
  • Researchers able to perform extended study of stunning wild northern cardinal gynandromorph

    12/30/2014 8:46:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Bob Yirka
    Credit: Brian D. Peer (Phys.org)—Ornithologists Brian Peer and Robert Motz, with Western Illinois University, found themselves with a unique opportunity a couple of years ago—to study a gynandromorphy in its native environment for an extended period of time. They have written a paper describing what they observed and have had it published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. The observations made by the pair of researchers represent the most extensive study of a bilateral gynandromorph bird in the wild to date. Gynandromorphy is a condition where an organism unnaturally possesses both male and female traits. Examples have been observed in...
  • Grizzly vs. Electrified Deer Carcass

    12/28/2014 11:23:01 AM PST · by navysealdad · 40 replies
    A Montana grizzly bear attempts to retrieve an electrically charged, road-killed deer. The deer is electrified as an experiment to protect hunters’ game kills and, in turn, to minimize bear-human encounters." SOMETIMES PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF
  • Chaos in the Alps as massive snowfall traps 15,000 cars(gore-bull warming alert!!)

    12/28/2014 7:28:35 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12/27/2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Skiers trying to make their way to and from French Alps resorts were plunged into chaos on Saturday night as 15,000 cars were trapped on the roads and emergency overnight centres were set up to shelter trapped tourists. Across the Savoie region, thousands of people were trapped in their cars, snowed in their chalets or stranded at airports as long-awaited snow finally dumped on the Alps - several feet, in some places.
  • Deer comes out of woods and licks our hands at Glacier National Park

    12/27/2014 12:23:11 PM PST · by navysealdad · 78 replies
    We were in Glacier National Park on our way up to Logan Pass and decided to pull over and take some pictures. Up comes a doe from down below. It sees us and for some reason comes over and licks our arms.
  • Mussels Can Perform Magic

    12/26/2014 6:42:16 AM PST · by navysealdad · 19 replies
    One of the most remarkable examples of mimicry occurs in some North American freshwater mussels in the genus Lampsilis. Their young go through a parasitic stage, in which they must attach to the gills of fish and suck their blood before later dropping off and resuming a normal mussel-ish life on the stream bottom.
  • World's Most Powerful Handgun-The Walker Colt .44 Revolver

    12/24/2014 8:10:34 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 7, 2012 | The Company of Military Historians
    Detailed -- and interesting -- information about an impressive firearm.
  • Documentary confirms Michael Rockefeller was eaten by cannibals

    12/23/2014 12:39:52 PM PST · by bkopto · 174 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Richard Johnson
    The public will finally get to see “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” Feb. 1 when Netflix releases the documentary on one of the most compelling unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. The film confirms what The Post reported in 1968: Cannibals devoured the son of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.
  • This Is How Fast Texas Wildfires Can Move (video)

    12/23/2014 4:19:15 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    dump.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | Texas Park and Wildlife Department
    The engulfing flames of a Texas wildfire quickly shifted directions and burned two-thirds of the 6,000-acre park at Bastrop State Park. This clip from the Texas Park and Wildlife Department shows the intensity of the flames in real time.