Blue Poison Dart Frogs, Dendrobates azureus.
Dendrobates azureus is a species of poison dart frog found in the Sipaliwini District in Suriname of South America.
Image: Gail Shumway/Getty Images 2007 (NewScientist calendar 2008). [Much larger view]
This is a wonderful streaming video that shows footage of a variety of new species of benthic sea life discovered by a new submersible with a camera -- prepare to be amazed. Includes a nice soundtrack, too [4:52]
The latest edition of the SheBlog carnival is now available. It is interesting to note that this blog carnival will be the featured blog carnival next week on the blog carnival site (does this make sense?).
I have been thinking about a paper that was published last week, that analyzed the effects of "nature versus nurture" on the development of a champion racehorse. In short, this paper found that the effects of a horse's pedigree is minor when compared to its environment .. the combined effects of training, diet, choice of races entered, jockey skill and of course, injuries, which are unpredictable. In short, the exorbitant stud fees paid to breed a mare to a prized stallion are not an honest signal of the stallion's genetic quality. However, upon reading this paper, I think the situation is more complicated than how the authors present it.
The 65th edition of the birding blog carnival, I and the Bird, is now available for you to enjoy. There's lots of birding tips there, as well as some Christmas Bird Count news, too.
Have you ever seen the details how a lighter lights up? How a face is deformed after a punch or slap? How a water balloon explodes? How a rocket is fired and how a gun is fired? How an apple, banana, golf ball, concrete slab and other things are shot through with a bullet? How an arbalest is fired? How a bomb explodes? All these things and more can be seen on this streaming video. My favorite is watching the pigeon take off from its perch. [6:33]
I am sorry that my writing has slowed, but I am sick right now with a nasty cough. I get this same cough every year at this time (is it bronchitis? or "walking" pneumonia? I have had pneumonia several times so far). This cough hangs on for many weeks, or even months, and makes me exhausted and utterly miserable.
Anyway, I've been in bed all day, except when I venture out to take care of my birds and to care for the animals I am petsitting over the holidays. The worst thing is that I am not so ill as to sleep all the time -- quite the opposite, because I cannot sleep at all, which makes me think I could be manic right now. In addition to my sleeplessness, I am going crazy because I am in my apartment without any internet access, unless you consider 20 minutes total of internet access that is sprinkled throughout a 24 hour period of time to be satisfactory.
This amusing streaming video shows what happens when a peacock and a pug meet -- in the pug's own backyard! [2:23]