That last post of yours about how to find lots of bones is really great ! Makes me wonder though, do you ever find recently deceased animals ? they are most of what i've personally found, and i currently have three decomposing in my garden. Just curious if you come across any yourself!
Oh, all the time!
Some people are skeptical that I would find so many clean bones. But selection bias affects everyone’s social media (and mainstream media), no matter how you try to keep things accurate.
I don’t post things that I don’t think are interesting, nor things I think would upset/scare people away (unless it’s REALLY interesting and has enough warnings) and I don’t want to get banned from social media either. I don’t want to give the impression that bone hunting is so simple you can find 15 clean skulls in 51 seconds (usually) but I cull out the naughty stuff, keeping the clean pretty stuff.
So yes, I find lots of gross smelly fleshy carcasses! Spilled organs and blood and certain body parts we don’t like to see! But I cannot post them.
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Different Varieties of the Monkey-Faced Orchard (Dracula Simia), a plant that grows in Ecuadorian and Peruvian Cloud Forests. When a plant resembles something else, this is generally the result of one of two things: Pareidolia or Mimicry.
Pareidolia is the very human tendency of incorrectly perceiving objects or other stimulus with additional meaning or patterns that they do not possess. Examples of this can be seeing shapes in clouds, faces in cliffs, or even hearing extra messages in music. Studies on this phenomenon show that when humans recognise images of random lines and circles as faces, specific cognitive processes are activated well before the conscious mind begins to process the reality of the image. These processes alert the observer to intention and emotion of the subject.
In its simplest form, it is thought that pareidolia has very strong evolutionary roots. In fight or flight situations, such as hearing a rustling in a nearby bush, it is usually better to wrongly perceive that sound as a genuine threat and escape, than to wrongly perceive the sound as something safe and not react.
Mimicry in plants is where they can physically or chemically mimic another species to assist their Darwinian fitness. There are many examples of this, but there are a few standout and interesting ones. A species of the Epiphytic Orchid resembles the flowers of a different species that has delicious nectar, and it does so to attract the pollinators of that species without actually providing any nectar itself. The Hammer Orchid resembles a female wasp in order to lure in prospective males which pick up the plant’s pollen. Carrion Flowers mimic the pungent scent and appearance of rotting flesh to attract animals like flies and beetles that feed on carrion.
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Like or reblog: interests edition
i know this site is dead but i recently cleaned out my following list and want to follow people with similar interests. 18+ please
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10.28.20 - 59/100 days of productivity
sci-comm projects website is ready to go! waiting on last minute feedback from collaborators and then it will be ready to publish tomorrow. also, finished logos for 2 of the projects and started audio editing 1 of them.
possibly the most productive day i've ever had in terms of sci-comm projects 🤩
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This might be a weird question, but does anybody know of any sort of publication that publishes science-themed poetry?
I have a few things floating around that aren’t explicitly educational but lean a little more heavily on scientific concepts than I suspect most poetry journals would appreciate. And I’d really like to read some cool science poetry.
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I’m finally going to prioritize my writing — beyond working on manuscripts 😊
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Reading List 2019
Rules: Name 10 books you would like to read in 2019
Tagged By: @mistertotality
I'm really excited to be able to read freely again now that my schedule is opening up (for a year)
1. "Gravitation" by Misner Thorne and Wheeler. I'm using it now to supplement a project I'm working on for Kerr black holes but I want to read all of it (as I assume it will catapult me into some neat mathematics like more advanced functional analysis, and differential topology)
2. "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Camus. Technically a reread but this time purely for my own enjoyment.
3. "A Brief History of Time" by Hawking. How have I not finished this?
4. "The Big Picture" by Sean Carroll. Despite loving his podcast and lectures, I somehow haven't read his books.
5. "Earth" by Richard Fortey. I briefly dated a geoscientist and I think that finishing this book will finally put an end to that period in my life.
6. "Prometheus Unbound" by Percy Shelly. Wanted to read this in HS but never made the time.
7. "A Mathematician's Apology" by GH Hardy. Again, how have I not read this?
8. "A Mathematician's Lament" by Paul Lockhart. Apparently I'm interested in mathematician's various thoughts.
9. "Life on Earth" by David Attenborough. If I had another 70 years of life to live I'd also become a biologist.
10. "Ulyssess" by James Joyce. I read "Dubliners" and fell in love last summer, and I feel like this is one of those books that I must read (I feel like I disappointed my high school lit prof when I changed from English Lit / Classics to Physics / Math, but she will be overjoyed to talk about Joyce when I go back to visit).
Tagging: @part-time-white-girl @jazdear @insert-math-username @vaiserfoder @nonbinarynerd @swarmofbees-official
(You're under no obligation, but it would be cool to see what ya'll are planning on reading!)
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How to Catch a Red-headed Woodpecker
1. Use existing feeder platforms (left over from a chickadee study) to bait the birds with peanuts.
2. Put out a fake cage with two entrances.
3. Upgrade to a potter trap with lever-activated door.
(5. Process, band, and attach a transmitter harness to the bird before release)
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So I’m from Illinois and I thought all my life what I was hearing outside in the summer was cicadas. But if they only come out every 17 years then I’m confused...is there some other loud bug that makes noises every night during the summer or is it cicadas?
An excellent observation, and you were right in the first place! Almost all cicadas globally do not follow 17 or 13 year cycles of activity.
The family Cicadidae is found all over the world, from tropical rain forests, to deserts, to the tundra, to alpine environments. While I’m not an entomologist, it seems that most are fairly long lived (5ish-7ish years), spending most of their lives underground feeding as the Periodical Cicadas do. When they do emerge, they are staggered year-to-year, resulting in smaller populations that mate over the course of a few weeks, generally over the summer. Like the periodical cicadas their metamorphism into their breeding form is short lived: a few weeks after emerging, they die. For cicadas, their most visible (and audible!) form is a very short part of their lives. It’s an unfortunate blip in a life otherwise spent slurping that sweet root juice they all crave.
And this overall is a great example of why observation is the root of science! Interpretations change as new information comes to light, understandings of observations change, and their place in our understanding of larger trends change, but if you saw the bug, you saw the bug (and being in the order Hemiptera, they are bugs!)
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Exploring a Sand Prairie
In this exciting episode, In Defense of Plants explores the fascinating botanical communities growing in a sand prairie in central Illinois. The unique soil conditions makes this place a hotbed for rare plants. Many of these species are disjuncts from further west. The story of this place began some 14,000 years ago as glacial outwash from the long gone Lake Chicago blew across the landscape and piled into great sand dunes. Join us for a fascinatingly beautiful botanical adventure.
CORRECTION: The cactus is not Optuntia fragilis, it is actually the eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa)... Woops!
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The Ingredients List of Natural Blueberries, Showing why the Mantra "If you can't Pronounce it, don't Eat it" isn't Useful.
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It’s that time again! Do you or someone you know love space, and love to share that love?? Why not apply to be a Solar System Ambassador?
Since 1997, the Solar System Ambassadors program at @nasa has sought out volunteers to help spread educational awareness to their communities and beyond with regards to space, space exploration, and other areas of STEM.
While applications will be sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, District of Columbia and US territories.
APPLY HERE: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system-ambassadors/apply/
openly being a Nerd on this web platform but this episode is so very good, the guest scientist is the best man and the ep recently got an Update,, gonna go find myself a favorite tree brb
Links & Transcript: https://www.alieward.com/ologies/2018/5/7/wdppyiv1wrcs8gchoslvhhuuboanau
Hey @ the anon who recommended me the song “Anthropocene” by Samsa, I’m using it in a lesson I’m going to give on how to use creative/non-journalistic forms of writing to convey scientific and climate-related issues, so thanks!!
((also it’s a great song))
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Comment on this post and tell me if your eyes just gloss over words expressing ambiguity, such as probably, doubtful, maybe, possibly, somewhat, and a little, or if you actually consider how those words might change the meaning of a sentence. Especially comment if you consider ambiguous statements to have more negative than positive connotations.
I can't really avoid those words altogether, because a lot of situations are genuinely ambiguous. But if I can tailor my language so people actually read my verdict as ambiguous, rather than negative or positive-leaning, I'm gonna do that.
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Hi I just wanted to say as a layperson I found your explanation for the animals pushing buttons easy to understand. I'd been confused about those videos of pets and koko, but your clarification abt communication =/= language was helpful. Hope you have a nice day
I had so many units I had to take back when I was studying on how to explain / communicate research to laypeople.
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Illustration commission for sometreehugger on instagram. Thank you so much!
More - instagram - twitter - patreon - etc
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There’s a lot I don’t miss about living in LA, but I do miss going out after work with folks, and a stranger goes up to my coworker and says like “I was at your show, very interesting stuff, you really took the form in an exciting direction.” And he leaves and I ask my work friend if that was one of their improv things and they reply “No, haha, remember how I was talking about my clown classes?” and DO NOT ELABORATE.
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