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  • Worried About Earth’s Future? Well, The Outlook Is Worse Than Even Scientists Can Grasp [for the record: see comment]

    01/16/2021 8:54:37 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 42 replies
    The Conversation ^ | The Conversation
    ...just how bad is the situation? Our new paper shows the outlook for life on Earth is more dire than is generally understood.The research published today reviews more than 150 studies to produce a stark summary of the state of the natural world...Our paper was authored by 17 leading scientists... While the problems are too numerous to cover in full here, they include:a halving of vegetation biomass since the agricultural revolution around 11,000 years ago...about 1,300 documented species extinctions over the past 500 years, with many more unrecorded... Read more: What is a 'mass extinction' and are we in one...
  • Yellowstone Wolverine Captured on Trail Camera for First Time

    01/15/2021 9:34:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 01.14.21 | Keenan Crow
    An animal not often seen around Yellowstone National Park was captured on film in a trail cam video last month, officials say. Video of the Yellowstone wolverine is very exciting for park biologists, who say this is the first video footage of the species since remote cameras have been deployed in the park. In a Facebook post, Yellowstone park officials said one of the ecosystem’s most elusive mammals triggered a remote trail camera outside the Mammoth Hot Springs area last month – the Browning trail camera footage shows the video was recorded on December 4, 2020 at 7:41 A.M. Pretty...
  • Commentary: Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before (only 10.05 years left)

    01/15/2021 2:19:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Press Herald ^ | 1/15/21 | Bill Ritter Jr.
    Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before – by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way. The strategy is evident in the people Biden has chosen for his Cabinet and senior leadership roles: Most have track records for incorporating climate change concerns into a wide range of policies, and they have experience partnering across agencies and levels of government. Those skills are crucial, because slowing climate change will require a comprehensive and coordinated “all hands on deck” approach. **SNIP**...
  • London Bridge day: the story of Lake Havasu’s grandiose antique

    01/14/2021 3:46:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    St. George News ^ | January 10, 2021 | Reuben Wadsworth
    FEATURE — Anyone wanting a dose of authentic European architecture and ambiance does not have to hop on a plane and “cross the pond” but drive just over four hours south of St. George to what one writer called “The largest antique ever sold.” That large antique is the London Bridge, which is now located in Lake Havasu City in northwestern Arizona. It’s not the original London Bridge, nor is it one that inspired the nursery rhyme or song. Even so, it is an impressive sight in the United States. A series of bridges have spanned the River Thames in...
  • California deputy kills mountain lion that stalked family in broad daylight

    01/14/2021 12:22:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14 | Amy Graff
    A California sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a mountain lion Monday that was stalking a family of four on a bike trail in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Placerville, county officials said. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said it responded late Monday afternoon to a 911 call from a couple with two small children in a stroller and two small dogs. The adult mountain lion followed the family for 10 minutes and continued to track them even when they yelled, according to reports. When a deputy arrived on the scene, he watched the lion pacing back and forth...
  • Can Ammunition "Go Bad"?

    01/14/2021 11:49:50 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 57 replies
    NRA Family ^ | Monday, October 28, 2019 | Jeff Johnston
    We know you love to stash ammo, because no gun owner wants to be without a few rounds when they need it most. But does it have a shelf-life? When does it go bad, if ever? In this article we’ll examine what causes ammo to peter-out, and what you can do to prolong its life. I remember the day I asked my father if we could shoot “the old .303.” To my delight, he said yes. (I guess he’d had a good day at work, because I’d been asking him for years!) He’d bought the Lee Enfield WWI-era bolt-action...
  • These are our favorite Bay Area hikes you should try in 2021

    01/13/2021 12:23:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 5, 2021 | Alex Shultz
    Montara Mountain Trail Location: San Pedro Valley County Park, near Pacifica "One of the best returns on uphill-hiking investment in the Bay Area has to be the Montara Mountain Trail," says SFGATE homepage editor Greg Keraghosian. "The reward for completing this 6.7-mile loop is a stunning panoramic view that includes Montara State Beach to the west, the Golden Gate Bridge to the north and the Port of Oakland to the east. There’s an odd bonus at the peak should you wander off the fire trail: abandoned, rusted cars that seem to have been enjoying their ocean views for decades." Resolution...
  • Communicating in an Insurrection: Amateur Radio and You – A GUEST POST BY Nathan Brindle, KC9YTJ

    01/13/2021 10:38:42 AM PST · by tbw2 · 41 replies
    According to Hoyt ^ | January 13, 2021 | Nathan Brindle, KC9YTJ
    What’s the point of bothering, and spending all that money, if everything goes to hell in a handbasket? Well, for one thing, we’re not in the handbasket yet. And becoming a part of the local amateur community is a good thing – you’ll create friendships and alliances, learn more about the hobby from those who have been there and done that, and even be able to assist your community if the shit really hits the fan in a non-political sense.
  • Ammo Production

    01/13/2021 7:07:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    Academy Sports | 13 January 2021 | Self
    So I had an understanding that the local Academy Sports received its trucks on Mondays and Wednesdays so I headed over there this morning to stand in line to purchase some ammo. The manager of the store came out and told us that the truck is due in tomorrow (Thursday) and that he has no ammo today. THEN, he said that tomorrow's truck will be the last ammo resupply for him for several weeks. He said that ammo production has been halted as of last Friday (January 8th) due to two reasons : a couple of sources stopped due to...
  • Watch This Backyard Squirrel Get a Little Tipsy on Fermented Pears

    01/12/2021 4:54:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A Minnesota resident captured a video of the bushy-tailed rodent’s drunken smorgasbord A close-up photo of a squirrel sitting on a wooden rail while holding a nut to its mouth. The squirrel has speckled gray and brown fur, and its mouth is open as it goes in for a bite. The background is green and black. It may seem a little absurd, but wildlife getting drunk off of fermenting fruits isn't a rare occurrence. Bats, moose and birds are known to consume copious amounts of fermented fruits. (likeaduck via Flickr under CC BY 2.0) Last week, a wide-eyed, tipsy squirrel...
  • Bald Eagle Lays Second Egg After Losing First To Ravens Near Big Bear Lake

    01/12/2021 10:28:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/23
    A bald eagle that lost her first egg to ravens last week is now keeping vigil over her new egg, which she laid Saturday. The eagle, named Jackie, laid the egg at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Friends of Big Bear. The group has a webcam watching over Jackie and her nest, near Big Bear Lake. On Sunday, more than 1,800 people peeked in on Jackie tending the egg. Jackie had laid her first egg last week, but it was lost to raven just five days ago. This new egg is expected to be a Valentine’s Day hatchling.
  • Manatee found with ‘TRUMP’ scrawled on its back in Florida

    01/11/2021 4:46:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 11, 2021 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    A manatee was found with the word “TRUMP” scrawled on its back in a Florida swimming hole, prompting an investigation from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, reports said Monday. The defenseless animal was spotted with the political inscription over the weekend in the Blue Hole headwaters of the Homosassa River in Citrus County — about 80 miles northwest of Orlando, the Citrus County Chronicle reported. SNIP “It’s been my experience that this is very out of character for this community,” Craig Cavanna, a senior federal wildlife officer in charge of the investigation, told the outlet.
  • Birds Have a Mysterious 'Quantum Sense'. For The First Time, Scientists Saw It in Action

    01/11/2021 11:56:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | MIKE MCRAE | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Seeing our world through the eyes of a migratory bird would be a rather spooky experience. Something about their visual system allows them to 'see' our planet's magnetic field, a clever trick of quantum physics, and biochemistry that helps them navigate vast distances. Now, for the first time ever, scientists from the University of Tokyo have directly observed a key reaction hypothesised to be behind birds', and many other creatures', talents for sensing the direction of the planet's poles. Importantly, this is evidence of quantum physics directly affecting a biochemical reaction in a cell – something we've long hypothesised but...
  • Let not your heart's be troubled....

    01/10/2021 7:00:23 AM PST · by Mrs. Warrior · 16 replies
    As Follower's of the Christ, we are citizens of heaven, sojourning in the tempest and terrain of an earthly kingdom that is troubled and tainted by sin, we look ahead to the coming Day of the Lord. In the meantime, while here we go about the business of living and loving each other, family and people we interact with. We have been building an addition to our home, a south facing sun room with lots of windows and glass doors. The sounds of my husband's nail gun nearly shook the screws of my sanity loose! The noise has quieted, the...
  • Public warned of mountain lion activity in vicinity of university area in Colorado

    01/09/2021 7:02:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 17 replies
    Out there Colorado ^ | 8 Jan 2021 | Breanna Sneeringer
    City of Fort Collins officials took to social media to warn the public of mountain lion activity in the vicinity of a Colorado State University area. The Facebook post goes on to say that "mountain lions are a natural part of the ecosystem and negative interactions with them are extremely rare." While some mountain lions tend to move into the lower foothills during this time of year, the university says the lion roaming near the campus may have been pushed further east to avoid competing against other lions for food.
  • Scientists Report First Instances of Dwarf Giraffes

    01/09/2021 9:32:05 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 25 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | JANUARY 8, 2021 | Rasha Aridi
    Two individuals spotted in the wild seem to have classic long necks but unusually short, stubby legs A photo of two giraffes standing in an open space surrounded by shrubs. The giraffe on the right has dwarfism, and it is significantly shorter than the taller giraffe on the left.This is the first time that dwarfism has been documented in captive or wild giraffes. (Emma Wells / Giraffe Conservation Foundation)In 2015, a team of conservation biologists were conducting regular surveys in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park when they came across an adult Nubian giraffe that didn't quite fit a typical giraffe's...
  • Yellowstone treasure hunter faces 10 years in prison for digging up graveyard: DOJ [military cemetary]

    01/08/2021 11:47:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Cortney Moore
    He pled guilty to charges related to Fort Yellowstone Cemetery excavation A quest for treasure has led a Utah man into serious legal trouble. Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, dug up graves at Fort Yellowstone Cemetery in search of riches, and now he has pled guilty to excavating or trafficking in archeological resources and injury or depredation to United States property. Craythorn’s formal admission was entered on Monday, Jan. 4, at the U.S. District Court of Wyoming, according to a news release from the Department of Justice. The avid treasure hunter was allegedly found digging in the preserved cemetery in Yellowstone...
  • Watch What Some Thought Was a Werewolf Captured on Video in Yellowstone National Park

    01/08/2021 8:22:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 51 replies
    KROC ^ | December 30, 2020 | Doc Holliday, Eric Meier
    This video captured in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park was shared by Siddharth Gandhi Photography a few years ago. After seeing the video, some claimed this was proof of werewolves or the return of dire wolves based on the size of the creature. The photographer mentioned this was a black colored gray wolf caught on video in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. Last time I checked, there were over 13,000 comments and over 10 million views. While the video left many with a sense of awe seeing a majestic, and rare endangered gray, others that another reaction based on Facebook comments:...
  • Now We Know Why Platypus Are So Weird - Their Genes Are Part Bird, Reptile, And Mammal

    01/08/2021 7:20:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | CARLY CASSELLA | 8 JANUARY 2021
    Platypus eating a worm. ============================================================== The first complete map of a platypus genome has just been released, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from a creature with 10 sex chromosomes, a pair of venomous spurs, a coat of fluorescent fur, and skin that 'sweats' milk. The duck-billed platypus is truly one of the oddest creatures on Earth. Along with the spiky echidna, these two Australian animals belong to a highly-specialised group of mammals, known as monotremes, which both lay eggs but also nurse their young with milk. The genes of both are relatively primitive and unchanged, revealing...
  • These New LEGO Sets Are Perfect for People Who Can’t Keep Plants Alive

    01/08/2021 6:15:49 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 19 replies
    Apartment Therapy Blog ^ | January 7, 2021 | Inigo Del Castillo
    For those who aren’t good at keeping their houseplants alive, don’t worry, LEGO has you covered. The Danish company is now selling plants you won’t have to (painstakingly) grow, but rather, you’ll just have to build. LEGO’s new Botanical Collection features sets that let you turn bricks into floral arrangements. One is called the LEGO Flower Bouquet, and it includes 756 pieces which can be customized into roses, daisies, poppies, asters, and snapdragons. Let the florist in you go wild; you can create a flamboyant bouquet as high as 14 inches tall, or make smaller arrangements and spread them around...