A collection of Otis’s most derptacular moments.
be sure and watch closely (at around 2 min 40 sec) and check out the baby bat under its mama. Unreal. If you never knew what goes on in the garden when you aren’t paying attention, watch this - some of the finest videography you will ever see.
A family of Japanese macaques huddle together for warmth in the mountains of Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan Picture: Ade Photography/Solent News & Photo Agency
A three-year-old orangutan drinks water from a soft drink can at a private zoo in Bangkok, Thailand. Picture: EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT
Fresh off the farm our handsome Wolfie at 7 weeks.
Submitted by Liz.
Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds
by Christopher @ Colossal
No these aren’t haystacks stuck in a phone pole. Visit the Kalahari Desert in the south of Africa and you’re bound to run into a peculiar animal called the Sociable Weaver Bird. The birds are called “social” not just because they live in organized colonies, but because they build massive homes out of sticks, grass and cotton that are home to several other kinds birds. That’s right, the nests are so large that birds of other species are welcome to setup shop, not the least of which is the South African pygmy falcon which lives exclusively inside the social weaver’s nests that often accomodate over 100 birds at at time. Via the San Diego Zoo:
The sociable weaver’s nest sees plenty of guests—a regular Kalahari Desert inn! The South African pygmy falcon Polihierax semitorquatus relies completely on the sociable weavers’ nest for its own home, often nesting side by side with the sociable weavers. The pied barbet, familiar chat, red-headed finch, ashy tit, and rosy-faced lovebird often find comfort in the cozy nesting chambers, too. Vultures, owls, and eagles will roost on the nests’ broad roof. Why are weavers willing to share the huge nest they worked so hard to make? More residents mean more eyes keeping a watch for danger. And the weavers often learn from the other birds where new sources of food can be found.
inspired by the article “shelf life: fermenting into the future with sandor katz,” in the apocalypse issue of lucky peach, momofuku embarked upon a kimchi mission that would prepare papercut for any impending apocalyptic scenario. as sandor katz says, “if our evolutionary imperative is to adapt to shifting conditions, then, we must embrace, encourage, and work with microorganisms.”
we fermented cabbage, radish, cucumber, enoki mushrooms and for dessert, pear + apple. wish us luck. the end is nigh.
Scientist uses Fukushima radiation to reveal swimming secrets of Pacific bluefin tuna
by Bjorn Carey
Trace radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is showing up in Pacific bluefin tuna. By measuring that radiation, scientists are gaining valuable insight about the fish’s early migratory habits.
Last May, scientists reported that 15 Pacific bluefin tuna caught in California in the months after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in 2011 contained trace amounts of radiation. It was the first evidence of migrating animals transporting radioactive materials across the ocean, and the researchers suggested it could provide a means for tracking the fish’s annual migrations.
Now, nearly two years after the plant discharged radioactive materials into the ocean, follow-up research led by a biology PhD candidate at Stanford finds that young Pacific bluefin tuna are still arriving in California carrying two of Fukushima’s signature radioisotopes, cesium-134 and cesium-137…
(read more: PhysOrg) (photo: Ugo Montaldo)
I’m sure you’ve seen enough about the Grammy’s but here’s a little more…
Grammys fashion foodspiration
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