There is now
a live stream
of bears gathering to eat salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park
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Did you know that two guys once flew a Cessna for 64 days, without landing? They apparently
refuelled from a moving pickup truck with a hose
. Did you also know of the monks from Mt. Hiei, Japan who run 900 marathons in 6 years? To qualify, they do 30 km. a day for 100 consecutive days
. I did not know these things when I woke up on Friday, but Now I Know
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...and there was just rope everywhere--it went around the whales mouth, around the whale's head, across her eye, over her back wrapped around the pectoral fins, all the way down to its tail. I thought there was no hope, there was no chance, we're looking at a dead whale, the whale just doesn't know it yet--but I knew that I had to try. ...It was a very surreal moment looking down and seeing the 20 crab traps and buoys just disappear into the abyss... And just like that, the whale was gone. ...I'm spinning around, where'd she go, where'd she go ? ...Now here's where the story takes a pretty startling turn. ...Next thing I know there's this fifty ton whale coming right at me...
From about 4:00 to 14:30 in nearly 23 minutes of the segment, Animal Blessings
here, all 20 megs of it. Or you can try the podcast at RadioLab: Animal Minds
. Either way, you are in for a most truly awesome anecdote. And listen to the whole program to have some back and forth science dropped on you in regards to what we think we know about what and how animals think. [more inside]
So this new critter
, the Symbion pandora
, has such a bizarre life cycle and is just so bloody weird -unlike anything we had come across before- that its discovery
in 1995 lead to the creation of a whole new phylum in the Animal Kingdom. Meet the little monsters
If your weird-o-meter is humming, keep reading Zoologger
, a new column in NewScientist magazine that writes about about weird animals from around the globe. Selective abortion in pipefish, single-cell giants that enslave bacteria, amphibious cats, you name it.
"Shock and Awe"
is the concept behind the Pentagon's planned, "Hiroshima like" attack on Baghdad. "Carpet bombing" was the concept's name in the old days, and was responsible for 125,000 civilian deaths in Dresden. Precision carpet bombing - condonable strategy?
Tributes bordering on art...
I stumbled across this when I was looking for a zine I used to read back in college... Hasn't moved me like the piece from testpilotcollective
has but it's definitely both shocking and beautiful.