Archive for: April, 2007

Lonesome George Not so Lonesome After All

Apr 30 2007 Published by under Endangered Species, Reptiles


Eleven species of giant tortoise are found throughout the Galapagos Islands.
The (Lonesome George) Pinta tortoise is one of the smaller species.
Image: BBC News.

Do you remember "Lonesome George"; the male giant Galapagos tortoise from the island of Pinta? Well, it appears that he is not so lonesome afterall, since researchers discovered a first-generation hybrid between a Pinta tortoise and a tortoise from Isabela isle. This hybrid, which shares half of its genes with George, was discovered on Isabela.

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O'Reilly Interviews Dawkins

Apr 30 2007 Published by under Religion, Streaming videos

This is a rather civilized conversation between Bill O'Reilly and Richard Dawkins, a self-professed christian and an atheist, respectively, although O'Reilly is rather absurd at times.

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Ebola-like Virus Killing Fish in the Great Lakes

Apr 30 2007 Published by under Fish, Virology

Scientists say that that an Ebola-like virus, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), is killing all species of fish in the Great Lakes. Due to a lack of genetic resistance to VHS, fish populations could ultimately be damaged in the same way that the smallpox virus struck Native Americans and Dutch elm disease decimated elm trees, says Jim Winton, chief of fish health at the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle.

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Formica incerta

Apr 30 2007 Published by under Image of the Day, Insects


Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants?
Formica incerta
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA
Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2003.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Birds in the News 81 (v3n8)

Apr 30 2007 Published by under Birds in the News

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Burrowing owls, Athene cunicularia.
The photographer writes; While driving up to Colorado, I spotted a pair of Burrowing Owls trying in vain to stay dry in the drizzle. Highway 385 North of Brownfield, Terry County, TX.
Image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Jay Packer.

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Reef Cuttlefish, Sangalaki Island, Indonesia

Apr 30 2007 Published by under Invertebrates, Streaming videos

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According to my sources, the cuttlefish (which is closely related to squid and octopi) has exquisite control over its pigmentation, such that it can change its patterning on the fly (as you will see in the streaming video below the fold).

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Greenhead Ant

Apr 29 2007 Published by under Image of the Day, Insects


Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants?
Rhytidoponera metallica -- Greenhead ant
Victoria, Australia.
Portrait of a metallic green ant.
Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2005.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Hopefully, This Will Work Better Than Zyprexa

Apr 29 2007 Published by under Mental Health, Pets

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Did you hear that Eli Lilly, the company that was caught in a big kerfuffle over Zyprexa (Olanzapine), recently released an antidepressant for dogs? The product, called Reconcile (fluoxetine hydrochloride), is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is prescribed for dogs that suffer separation anxiety. It is prescribed on a dose-to-weight basis for use in conjunction with behavior modification training to help ease anxiety in dogs that become stressed-out when their owners leave them behind to go to work or for other reasons.

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For the Birds

Apr 29 2007 Published by under Humor, Streaming videos

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Okay, I've linked to this video before, but this version includes dialogue that you might find amusing. Needless to say, I am hoping this will give you a smile as you go about your workday.

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Army Ant Queen

Apr 28 2007 Published by under Image of the Day, Insects


Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants?
Neivamyrmex opacithorax -- Army Ant Queen
Arizona, USA
A worker army ant (top left) carries a queen army ant in the same style as army ants carry brood and prey items, slung under the body and dragged across the substrate. Notice the difference in size among the workers, and between the workers and the queen.
Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2005.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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