rhamphotheca:

IT HAS BEGUN!!! … or Manatee Muscles at Work  
When a manatee has to eat, it won’t let a little land stand in its way! Edgar Stout was behind the South River Outfitters Kayak Shop in Stuart, FL on Sunday when he encountered a manatee using its pectoral flippers to haul itself up on the bank and snack on some banana leaves and grass. 
FWRI manatee biologist Tom Reinert said this behavior is known as “pec walking.” “It’s not unusual for manatees to pull themselves up on the shoreline to find something to munch on, Reinert said. 
"If it’s green, they’ll eat it, whether it’s grass on the shoreline or mangrove leaves hanging over the water. Manatees eat about 10 percent of their body weight a day, so for a typical 1,000 pound manatee, that’s a lot of vegetation and they’ll take it where they can get it.”
Photo credit: Edgar Stout
(via: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

rhamphotheca:

IT HAS BEGUN!!! … or Manatee Muscles at Work

When a manatee has to eat, it won’t let a little land stand in its way! Edgar Stout was behind the South River Outfitters Kayak Shop in Stuart, FL on Sunday when he encountered a manatee using its pectoral flippers to haul itself up on the bank and snack on some banana leaves and grass.

FWRI manatee biologist Tom Reinert said this behavior is known as “pec walking.” “It’s not unusual for manatees to pull themselves up on the shoreline to find something to munch on, Reinert said.

"If it’s green, they’ll eat it, whether it’s grass on the shoreline or mangrove leaves hanging over the water. Manatees eat about 10 percent of their body weight a day, so for a typical 1,000 pound manatee, that’s a lot of vegetation and they’ll take it where they can get it.”

Photo credit: Edgar Stout

(via: FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

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nemfrog:

Chameleons. 1833.

nemfrog:

Chameleons. 1833.

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tastefullyoffensive:

Cookies will find a way. [via]

tastefullyoffensive:

Cookies will find a way. [via]

alxndrasplace:

csmonitor:

Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering

 “Look underneath you,” commands Nate Gray, a burly biologist for the state of Maine. (…) “What you are looking at is a change in the mind-set of humanity toward what wealth is.” 

alxndrasplace:

csmonitor:

Setting rivers free: As dams are torn down, nature is quickly recovering

“Look underneath you,” commands Nate Gray, a burly biologist for the state of Maine. (…) “What you are looking at is a change in the mind-set of humanity toward what wealth is.” 

wefuckinglovescience:

The skull of an armadillo lizard. Image courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

wefuckinglovescience:

The skull of an armadillo lizard.

Image courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

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mindblowingscience:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | By Shadee Ashtari
Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.
Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.
The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.
By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.
“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.
Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”
According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.
More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

mindblowingscience:

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | By Shadee Ashtari

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group — 86 percent — believe in God.

More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.

kqedscience:

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away
"On an organismal level they are essentially dead," said Don Larson, a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks who studies frogs. "The individual cells are still functioning, but they have no way to communicate with each other."
The craziest thing of all may be that in this frozen state, they can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit for as long as seven months, and then, when spring arrives, thaw out and hop away.”
Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

kqedscience:

In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away

"On an organismal level they are essentially dead," said Don Larson, a graduate student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks who studies frogs. "The individual cells are still functioning, but they have no way to communicate with each other."

The craziest thing of all may be that in this frozen state, they can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit for as long as seven months, and then, when spring arrives, thaw out and hop away.”

Read more from the Los Angeles Times.

cellomouse:

kane-turner:

immersus:

Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

i can’t stop staring at this

It looks as if Europe and US are having a pissing contest.

cellomouse:

kane-turner:

immersus:

Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

i can’t stop staring at this

It looks as if Europe and US are having a pissing contest.

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