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A rare yellow cardinal has been spotted in Illinois - and there's a less than one-in-a-million chance to see one, expert says

Cardinals are usually associated with the bright red color of their feathers, but a couple in Illinois say a yellow version of the bird hangs out in their backyard. Chelsea Curry told CBS News she first saw the yellow cardinal at her backyard bird feeder last year.

Apr 02, 2021 by CBS News
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Dolphins Seem to Use Toxic Pufferfish to Get High

Pufferfish release a toxin when they puff out that is meant to impair the attacker. This doesn’t work on Dolphins in the same way. It gets them high. So they purposely inflate them and pass them around to their dolphin friends for fun.

Mar 12, 2021 by Follow @RachelNuwer
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A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children

A new test of cephalopod smarts has reinforced how important it is for us humans to not underestimate animal intelligence. Cuttlefish have been put to a new version of the marshmallow test, and the results appear to demonstrate that there's more going on in their strange little brains than we knew.

Mar 10, 2021 by Michelle Starr - Science Alert
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Image shows God of Chaos asteroid Apophis gearing up to pass Earth

The asteroid Apophis, the potentially hazardous space rock due to pass close to Earth next month, has been photographed by a ground-based telescope project. The image was captured by the Elena robotic telescope unit, which took a single exposure shot of the sky lasting 300 seconds.

Feb 24, 2021 by Ed Browne - Newsweek
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The Ghost Town In Oregon That Fell Into The Ocean

Between Tillamook Bay and the sea there's a narrow, sandy peninsula where, 100 years ago, a town stood. Not just any town - one of the biggest ones on the Oregon Coast. With a municipal swimming hall full of warm saltwater and a surf generator. The reason it's gone today?

Feb 24, 2021 by Tyler Willford - The Oregon Life
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Direct visualization of quantum dots reveals shape of quantum wave function

Trapping and controlling electrons in bilayer graphene quantum dots yields a promising platform for quantum information technologies. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have now achieved the first direct visualization of quantum dots in bilayer graphene, revealing the shape of the quantum wave function of the trapped electro

Dec 29, 2020 by nanotechnologyworld
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65 Million-Year-Old Evolutionary Arms Race: Moths' Extraordinarily Sophisticated Wing Design

Moths Strike Out in Evolutionary Arms Race With Sophisticated Wing Design Ultra-thin, super-absorbent and extraordinarily designed to detract attention, the wings of moths could hold the key for developing technological solutions to survive in a noisy world. As revealed in a new study publishe

Nov 25, 2020 by SciTechDaily
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Rare ghost orchid has multiple pollinators, groundbreaking video reveals

Scientists and photographers captured footage that upends what we know about the famed, endangered flower.

Feb 02, 2020 by National Geographic
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How we solved the mystery of Libyan desert glass
Art & Beauty Blogs · Nov 25, 2020 by Aaron J. Cavosie - The Conversation

In the remote desert of western Egypt, near the Libyan border, lie clues to an ancient cosmic cataclysm. Libyan desert glass is the name given to fragments of canary-yellow glass found scattered over hundreds of kilometres, between giant shifting sand dunes. Interest in Libyan desert glass goes back more than 3,000 years.


tags: #ancient #aliens #heat #glass #silica #asteroid #libya #libyan #desert #mystery #canary #king-tut #scarab #beetle #meteor #impact #igneous #mineral #zircon #zirconia #crater #geology
Yucca Cacti Theft Illuminates Mexico's Hidden Plant Trafficking Problem
Botany & Horticulture Blogs · Oct 11, 2020 by Alessandro Ford

Theft of yucca cacti from indigenous communities in Mexico's northwestern state of Baja California for export is reportedly accelerating, underscoring the silent issue of plant trafficking in the country. Indigenous communities in the municipality of Ensenada have raised alarm about the continuing theft of yucca, a plant on which they are economically reliant, from reserves, apás, Kiliwas and Paipai communities according to El Universal.


tags: #cacti #theft #smuggling #california #yucca #mexico #baja #ensenada #kiliwas #profepa
A pod of killer whales is accused of 'orchestrated' attacks on boats, terrifying the sailors and baffling scientists
Nature Blogs · Oct 11, 2020 by Insider

A series of aggressive actions by orca whales along the coast of Spain and Portugal has left scientists baffled. Many sailors have sent distress calls after orcas have left their boats seriously damaged and crew members injured in the past two months, as detailed by The Observer.


tags: #extinction #conservation #spain #oceans #orcas #killer-whales #boats #portugal #ecosystem #bio-diversity #trafalgar
This map of Earth is the most accurate ever produced, and it looks completely different
Travel & Recreation Blogs · Mar 09, 2020 by indy100

Japanese architect Hajime Narukawa claims to have tackled a centuries-old problem - how to draw an oblate spheroid Earth on a flat plane. He claims the above map, called the AuthaGraph World Map, achieves this task.


tags: #earth #maps #cartography #distortion #polar #landmass #equilibration #spheroid #authagraph #world-map #origami #mercator
This Incredibly Rare Rain Microburst Falling From The Sky Looks Insane
Nature Blogs · Mar 04, 2020 by Can You Actually

So here's something you rarely get to see, a freaking rain bomb, or the technical term 'microburst'! I've never heard of that term either, but it's actually really a thing. Basically, it happens when hot, dry air rises and mixes with heavy rain-bearing clouds.


tags: #weather #microburst #rain #nephology #clouds
'Invisible' bamboo orchid rare gem of Bogor Botanical Gardens
Botany & Horticulture Blogs · Jan 14, 2020 by The Jakarta Post

Among the many plants at the Bogor Botanical Gardens in Bogor, West Java, the anggrek bambu, or bamboo orchid, is arguably one of the most interesting. A rare species, this gorgeous, tiny white flower that lives on bamboo clumps is known for heralding the end of the dry season whenever it appears.


tags: #orchids #bamboo-orchid #bogor-botanical-garden
These Hawaiian Artists Have Created Vases That Capture The True Beauty Of The Ocean
Crafts & Hobbies Blogs · Jan 14, 2020 by Awesome Inventions

Looking at these awesome ocean wave-inspired vases, it may not be a surprise to learn that they come from Kauai, Hawaii. Glass artists Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker have managed to capture the spirit of the ocean and just seeing their works of art conjures up tropical images of lazy sunny days on the beach.


tags: #art #hawaii #maui #glass #waves #art-deco #nature-inspired #glazing
If you want to stop wildfires, put qualified people back in charge of forests
Politics Blogs · Jan 06, 2020 by Americanthinker

There was a time when Australian foresters kept Australian forests safe and productive.They maintained access tracks bridges and fire breaks, undertook prescribed burning, cleared flammable litter from the forest floor, cut suckers, manne...


tags: #logging #forest #forest-fires #mangament #foresters #bushfires #fire-management

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A rare yellow cardinal has been spotted in Illinois - and there's a less than one-in-a-million chance to see one, expert says

Cardinals are usually associated with the bright red color of their feathers, but a couple in Illinois say a yellow version of the bird hangs out in their backyard. Chelsea Curry told CBS News she first saw the yellow cardinal at her backyard bird feeder last year.

Apr 02, 2021 by CBS News
Nature Blogs
Dolphins Seem to Use Toxic Pufferfish to Get High

Pufferfish release a toxin when they puff out that is meant to impair the attacker. This doesn’t work on Dolphins in the same way. It gets them high. So they purposely inflate them and pass them around to their dolphin friends for fun.

Mar 12, 2021 by Follow @RachelNuwer
Nature Blogs
A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children

A new test of cephalopod smarts has reinforced how important it is for us humans to not underestimate animal intelligence. Cuttlefish have been put to a new version of the marshmallow test, and the results appear to demonstrate that there's more going on in their strange little brains than we knew.

Mar 10, 2021 by Michelle Starr - Science Alert
Nature Blogs
The Ghost Town In Oregon That Fell Into The Ocean

Between Tillamook Bay and the sea there's a narrow, sandy peninsula where, 100 years ago, a town stood. Not just any town - one of the biggest ones on the Oregon Coast. With a municipal swimming hall full of warm saltwater and a surf generator. The reason it's gone today?

Feb 24, 2021 by Tyler Willford - The Oregon Life
Nature Blogs
Direct visualization of quantum dots reveals shape of quantum wave function

Trapping and controlling electrons in bilayer graphene quantum dots yields a promising platform for quantum information technologies. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have now achieved the first direct visualization of quantum dots in bilayer graphene, revealing the shape of the quantum wave function of the trapped electro

Dec 29, 2020 by nanotechnologyworld
Science & Medicine Blogs
65 Million-Year-Old Evolutionary Arms Race: Moths' Extraordinarily Sophisticated Wing Design

Moths Strike Out in Evolutionary Arms Race With Sophisticated Wing Design Ultra-thin, super-absorbent and extraordinarily designed to detract attention, the wings of moths could hold the key for developing technological solutions to survive in a noisy world. As revealed in a new study publishe

Nov 25, 2020 by SciTechDaily
Tech Blogs
Rare ghost orchid has multiple pollinators, groundbreaking video reveals

Scientists and photographers captured footage that upends what we know about the famed, endangered flower.

Feb 02, 2020 by National Geographic
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
How we solved the mystery of Libyan desert glass

In the remote desert of western Egypt, near the Libyan border, lie clues to an ancient cosmic cataclysm. Libyan desert glass is the name given to fragments of canary-yellow glass found scattered over hundreds of kilometres, between giant shifting sand dunes. Interest in Libyan desert glass goes back more than 3,000 years.

Nov 25, 2020 by Aaron J. Cavosie - The Conversation
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