Sexual ornaments grow out of all proportion
It seems that men will be men throughout the animal kindom, not just our little lonely corner of of it.
Most body parts grow proportionally with the rest of the body as individuals of a species become larger, although scientists have long known that visual cues of reproductive prowess are a special case.
But is this the case with everyone
posted by pezdacanuck
on May 23, 2006 -
The Natural World
is yours to play with now courtesy of the BBC
, but only if you live in the UK!
The BBC have released their wildlife archives as part of the Creative Archive Licence
, including unseen clips from the new Planet Earth
Unfortunately, it's only available to those who live in the UK because "the member organisations who supply the content are funded with public money to serve the UK population."
posted by Nugget
on Mar 4, 2006 -
Ground-based astronomy could be impossible in 40 years because of pollution from aircraft exhaust trails and climate change, an expert says.
posted by goldism
on Mar 2, 2006 -
takes beautiful photography of people and places in southeast Asia. Also, some fantastic nature and wildlife work. (flash, sound alert)
posted by madamjujujive
on Feb 11, 2006 -
Wasp performs roach-brain-surgery to make zombie slave-roaches
"Ampulex compressa is a wasp that has evolved to tackle roaches, insert a stinger into their brains and disable their escape reflexes. This lets the wasp use the roach's antennae to steer the roach to its lair, where it can lay its egg in it.
Seeing a full-grown wasp crawl out of a roach suddenly makes those Alien movies look pretty derivative. "
Via Boing Boing
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Feb 3, 2006 -
The Niagara Fortissimo.
“Mahler was to conduct in Buffalo, New York, and we took advantage of the trip to visit Niagara Falls. We spent hours near and even under the roaring falls... and then with that roar still in his ears Mahler went to conduct Beethoven’s ‘Pastorale’. I was waiting for him as he stepped off the podium. ‘Endlich ein fortissimo!
,’ he said, ‘At last a fortissimo!’” The fortissimo in question is Beethoven's, not Niagara's. The point, as Alma elaborates it in her memoirs
, is that music can offer experiences more overpowering than Nature itself — a kind of extreme aestheticism that Oscar Wilde also propounded in "The Decay of Lying
" when he said that most sunsets are attempts at second-rate Turners. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Jan 18, 2006 -
of wild things. Whales, Eagles, and more. Flash interface, but it's not too bad to navigate. Every time I think I'm getting good at taking pictures, I see something like this and just drool.
posted by pjern
on Dec 31, 2005 -
For the sake of your sanity, for five minutes this week forget the memos, the autopsies, the celebrity verdicts, and the rest. Go outside and look at the full moon, which will hang in the sky at its lowest point in 18 years over the next three nights, says NASA, creating the "summer moon illusion."
If you're a US resident, calculate your local moonrise time here
posted by digaman
on Jun 19, 2005 -
A cuddly new species! Severe neuro-trauma
wound is plainly visible, as is the foreign tentacle, which was found to be grasping the mid-brain area.
posted by kenko
on Jun 9, 2005 -
Nature starts a weblog about the flu pandemic.
Now the virus is in coastal cities on both sides of South America. It hit Europe two weeks ago, ripping through Paris in just 11 days. In the French capital alone, there were 2.5 million cases and 50,000 dead. That's par for the course — infection rate 25% and mortality 2%, similar to the 1918 pandemic. Extrapolate these numbers, and we're going to have over 30 million dead worldwide. In poor and densely populated countries like India, it could be worse.
Where's next, I asked. Based on passenger data — which had to be prised from the airlines — one epidemiologist was willing to make a guess. "Within two weeks, there." He traced his finger from San Diego to Los Angeles, up to San Francisco. Within another three to four weeks, it'll be the turn of the conurbations along the eastern seaboard.
It's fiction but it might become reality soon.
posted by kika
on May 25, 2005 -
Camouflaged and Walking octopuses
Octopus marginatus and Octopus (Abdopus) aculeatus, that walk along the seafloor using two alternating arms and apparently use the remaining six arms for camouflage.
posted by dov3
on Mar 30, 2005 -
Rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns
are images that come to mind on St. Paddy’s Day. They are beautiful
to behold, but how much do you really know about rainbows
? Did you know that there are double
, and supernumerary
rainbows, that no two people ever see the same rainbow
, and that rainbows consist of more than just the ROYGBIV colors
? Rainbows permeate mythology
, and sexuality
. Rainbows are a job
for one, a link to the past
for some, and a hope for the future
posted by debralee
on Mar 17, 2005 -