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The Sound That Haunted Diplomats in Cuba? Crickets
These noises sound strange, unnatural, and even mechanical because most of us have absolutely no idea what the vast majority of animals sound like. Here, for example, are some lynx that (starting about 40 seconds in) wail like drunk banshees.
sound  noise  animals  nature  archive  acoustic-ecology 
4 hours ago by zzkt
Spectacular Etna Eruption Produces Incredible Volcanic Lightning | IFLScience
Mount Etna, by far the largest of Italy’s three active volcanoes, has erupted spectacularly overnight, sending a fountain of lava rocketing 1 kilometer (0.
nature  photography 
20 hours ago by Kjaleshire
Scientists’ salary data highlight US$18,000 gender pay gap | Nature
Male researchers who gained PhDs in 2017, with jobs lined up, expect to earn median annual salaries of US$88,000, compared to $70,000 for women, the U.S. National Science Foundation’s annual census has found. Denise Wilson, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UW, is quoted.
Nature  !UWitM  2019  natl  Wilson.Denise  College:Engineering  Department:Electrical.Engineering 
22 hours ago by uwnews
Job 12:7-10 - “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, ...
7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
2 days ago by vdub
Favorite: The Variety of Gray, by Netsrak
IFTTT  Flickr  baum  bäume  eifel  europa  europe  herbst  landschaft  natur  nebel  wald  autumn  fall  fog  landscape  mist  nature  woods  forest 
4 days ago by pauljacobson
Once Considered Outlandish, the Idea That Plants Help Their Relatives is Taking Root - Slashdot
A Canadian biologist planted the seed of the idea more than a decade ago, but many plant biologists regarded it as heretical -- plants lack the nervous systems that enable animals to recognize kin, so how can they know their relatives? But with a series of recent findings, the notion that plants really do care for their most genetically close peers -- in a quiet, plant-y way -- is taking root. . Some species constrain how far their roots spread, others change how many flowers they produce, and a few tilt or shift their leaves to minimize shading of neighboring plants, favoring related individuals.

"We need to recognize that plants not only sense whether it's light or dark or if they've been touched, but also whom they are interacting with," says Susan Dudley, a plant evolutionary ecologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, whose early plant kin recognition studies sparked the interest of many scientists. Beyond broadening views of plant behavior, the new work may have a practical side. In September 2018, a team in China reported that rice planted with kin grows better, a finding that suggested family ties can be exploited to improve crop yields. "It seems anytime anyone looks for it, they find a kin effect," says Andre Kessler, a chemical ecologist at Cornell University.
nature  relationships  family  research  +++++  ecology  @b 
4 days ago by jonippolito
APOD: 2019 January 17 - Cabin Under the Stars
Explanation: Gocka's, a family nickname for the mountain cabin, and a wooden sled from a generation past stand quietly under the stars. The single exposure image was taken on January 6 from Tanndalen Sweden to evoke a simple visual experience of the dark mountain skies. A pale band of starlight along the Milky Way sweeps through the scene. At the foot of Orion the Hunter, bright star Rigel shines just above the old kicksled's handrail. Capella, alpha star of Auriga the celestial charioteer, is the brightest star at the top of the frame. In fact, the familiar stars of the winter hexagon and the Pleiades star cluster can all be found in this beautiful skyscape from a northern winter night.
astronomy  photography  nature  APOD 
5 days ago by rgl7194

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