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Quote of the Day*

9 Apr

I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that not a single one of our major institutions, within government or without, is capable of confronting this problem. And if we can’t, that’s rather the ballgame, isn’t it?

Charles P. Pierce on the “[The Worst Thing Obama Could Say On Climate Change.”](http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Wrong_Thing_To_Say?src=soc_fcbks)

* No promises that my quote of the day will not actually be from today.

H/T to Gerry Canavan

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Hedgehog numbers “in nose-dive”

30 Jun

My Erinaceidaes are in trouble:

Hedgehog numbers across the UK are falling, particularly in the east of the country, a survey has found.

According to the Mammals Trust UK, hedgehog numbers have dropped steeply since 2001, when a survey to spot animals on roads began …

In England as a whole, hedgehog numbers along roads have dropped by over 20% since 2001, the Mammals on Roads survey has found.

However, the article does give me a good response the next time Sam asks me to clean the aprtment: "Hedgehogs do not like tidy gardens!"

Link: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Hedgehog numbers 'in nose-dive'

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Blacktie

26 Feb

Bombycilla cedrorum

17 Feb

This afternoon while waiting for the bus I saw something that made me quite happy.  The tree next to the bus stop was overrun with Cedar Waxwings.  The birds were a bit scarce as I walked by and got the camera out, but a pair of brave souls returned in time for to snap a picture.  The robins were out too.

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Bombycilla cedrorum

17 Feb

This afternoon while waiting for the bus I saw something that made me quite happy.  The tree next to the bus stop was overrun with Cedar Waxwings.  The birds were a bit scarce as I walked by and got the camera out, but a pair of brave souls returned in time for to snap a picture.  The robins were out too.

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Global Warming Killed the Radio Star Dinosaurs

25 Jan

While less exciting in a Movie-of-the-Week sort of way, new evidence suggests that dinosaurs killed themselves off by failing to head their own warnings about global warming rather then falling victim to a meteor impact.

Link: Wired News: Meteor Impact Theory Takes a Hit

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Effeminate fish score?

25 Jan

Seems that if you are a a Cuttlefish you can score by being the Cuttlefish equivalent of a cross-dresser:

Diminutive Giant Australian Cuttlefish males have taken to pretending to be female to elbow out larger love rivals, science magazine Nature has revealed.

With males outnumbering females four to one, smaller cuttlefish stand little chance of getting close to a mate.

But they have been spotted changing colour to mimic females and hiding their masculine fourth arms.

Scientists say they were then able to trick their way past male consorts to make their move, often successfully.

Researchers led by Dr Roger Hanlon from the Marine Resources Centre in Massachusetts watched smaller male cuttlefish adopt the females' mottled skin pattern.

'Meeting under rocks'

"We found that female mimickers could successfully deceive the consort male and that they were able to position themselves near the female in 30 out of 62 attempts," he said.

Of the five males that tried to mate, one was rejected, one was unmasked by the "consort male", and three were successful.

Two of the three successfully fathered offspring with the female.

But there were risks attached. Some of the larger males got a little confused – researchers saw 41 attempts to mate with the fake females.

Link: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Cuttlefish wimps 'dress as girls'

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