boy, the lift/drag ratio on those albatrosses is low--you gotta cheer each time they get airborne, and bite your nails, wondering if they'll make it this time.
This video is kinda tangential, but I thought some here might find it of interest. There are some neat underwater creature shots toward the end. There's a sort of informal campaign on to get girls interested in careers in science, and this plays into that. It's four actual scientists at the Barber Lab who are doing research in biodiversity in the Coral Sea in Indonesia, who do a cool takeoff on the music video of Billy Joel's "The Longest Time". Good tune, clever lyrics, a mini-lesson in evolution (I had to watch it a couple times to pick up all they were saying), and worthwhile science.
And here's the Barber Labs' description of what they're doing (with a bit in what is probably Bahassa), from Boingboing.net
The Coral Triangle is one of the most threatened, yet understudied, ecosystems in the world. We are working to understand the processes creating and maintaining biological diversity in this region, while building the capacity of researchers and students to contribute to local conservation efforts. Terima kasih Pak Ngurah Mahardika dan Indonesia untuk menyambut kami! For more information please visit www.IBRCBali.org, or contact us at email@example.com.
Sun 1 Jul, 2012 06:07 pm
A pelican at the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon. A small number of pelicans live in the port of Sidon where fishermen feed them. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/REUTERS
Sun 1 Jul, 2012 07:15 pm
This torsier lives in the zoo in Philippines. He saw something striking and surprising and opened his mouth.
Sun 1 Jul, 2012 07:27 pm
Looking like illustrations from the children's classic Alice in Wonderland photographer Igor Siwanowicz brings out the beauty in these little beasts.
The creepy crawly-mad nature photographer used a macro lens to get up-close and personal with a host of weird and wonderful-looking wildlife in his latest work.
The wildlife expert from Poland says he is on a mission to make people fall in love with these striking creatures, some of which he keeps as pets.
Lovely eyes: Using a macro lens, this Phidippus Otiosus (Jumping spider) was photographed in Igor's studio in Munich, Germany.
Not your average moth: Pictured here Mr Siwanowicz has captured a Calleta Silk Moth coiling around a twig and two Deathís Head Moths sharing an encounter.
Love dem arachnids. Well, just not in my apartment.
Barry The Mod
Tue 3 Jul, 2012 09:47 am
Lucca, a 8-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog, sits in front of a Marine Corps flag at Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 2. Lucca deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan where she was injured by an improvised explosive device. The injury led to the amputation of her left front leg and retirement from military service. Cpl. Juan M. Rodriguez, miliary dog handler with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, is scheduled to escort the veteran K-9, July 5, from the base to Finland where she will reside with Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham, Lucca's original trainer. During a turnover at O-Hare International Airport in Chicago, Ill., Lucca will be honored during a ceremony by American Airlines, which will provide transportation for Rodriguez and Lucca through its partnership with Air Compassion for Veterans. ACV is an organization that provides medically related air transport services to service members, veterans and their families. During her military service, Lucca uncovered more than 40 IEDs and saved countless lives.
RH, Speaking of large lapdogs, my cousin had two great danes, some assorted other very large dogs, and a boxer. The boxer was small in comparson to the others and viewed himself as a lapdog. I didn't object when Tige settled in on my lap. When he left, Cinnamon, a great dane decided to give it a try. She backed in like she was parking. She managed to get her tush in my lap, but all four legs were still on the floor. I loved it.
snood, Thanks for the colorful assortment. Beauties all.
Barry The Mod
Wed 4 Jul, 2012 06:29 pm
Captain Katie Kopp from 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division talks to therapy dog Hank during Hank's visit to Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province July 3, 2012. Hank is the only Boston Terrier therapy dog deployed in this region to interact with soldiers as a stress relief.
Hank is saying, "Stress, you think you got stress, lady? What about all the poor Afghan people, you know, the ones whose country you illegally invaded. The ones who you assholes have been using as political pawns now for a good long time. The ones that have to worry about their kids finding one of your cluster bombs. The ones that have to worry about the depleted uranium you shitheads have spread all over this country. Quit yer whining and get the hell out of Afghanistan!