Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project to geared to helping scientists collect previously unattainable data on animal movements from deep in the world’s oceans.

via OCEARCH — Discover

OCEARCH — Discover

Animals, Ocean, Oceans, Science, sea creatures, Sea life, Seas

By Helen Briggs
BBC News

Artist's impression of the 'forgotten beast'

W S Van der Merwe
Artist’s impression of the ‘forgotten beast’

 

A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until about 35,000 years ago.

via ‘Siberian unicorn’ walked Earth with humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

‘Siberian unicorn’ walked Earth with humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

Evolution, Science, Uncategorized

Why do artichokes look so strange? What makes okra so slimy – and how can science help you turn that attribute into a taste sensation? Two botanists take plant science into the kitchen.(Image credit: Mary Mathis/NPR)

via Leave It To Botanists To Turn Cooking Into A Science Lesson — News : NPR

Leave It To Botanists To Turn Cooking Into A Science Lesson — News : NPR

Botany, Cooking, food, Science

Reefs are being rebuilt along U.S. coastlines, which is good for the oyster. But how does it affect other underwater life? Researchers are listening to find out what animals use the reefs and why.(Image credit: James Morrison/WUNC)

via The World Of An Oyster: Scientists Are Using Microphones To Spy On Reef Life — News : NPR

The World Of An Oyster: Scientists Are Using Microphones To Spy On Reef Life — News : NPR

Oysters, Reefs, Science, sea creatures, Sea life, Seas, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Photography, Wildlife Protection

What to we really know about the giant prehistoric shark reincarnated by Hollywood?

via The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science) — BBC News – Science & Environment

The Meg: the myth, the legend (the science) — BBC News – Science & Environment

Evolution, Movies, Ocean, Science, sea creatures, Sea life, Seas, Sharks, Uncategorized

How Birds-To-Be Get Oxygen Inside Eggs

Birds, Eggs, Evolution, Science, Uncategorized, Wild Birds

Your body needs oxygen to function — and that was true even before you were born. As you grew inside your mother’s womb, even before you had working lungs, your cells were crying out for oxygen. And your mother kindly answered that call. Oxygen and nutrients from her blood made their way down your umbilical cord, through your belly button, and fueled your body.

Now consider a chick — before it has hatched. It’s cut off from its mother by a hard shell and a couple membranes. There’s no way for the hen to get her still-developing offspring the oxygen it desperately needs; the pre-hatchling is on its own.

So why don’t bird embryos suffocate inside their eggs?

In Skunk Bear’s newest episode, we use the magic of animation to take you inside an egg and explore the delicate system that keeps these little things alive.

 

Read original article here.

Faced with a glorious spectrum of colour, songbirds, just like humans, look for the big picture.

Zebra finch in colour perception experiment

RYAN HUANG, TERRACOMMUNICATIONS, LLC

“Faced with a glorious spectrum of colour, songbirds, just like humans, look for the big picture.

They can lump nearby hues in the colour spectrum into categories, such as shades that are generally red, or generally orange.

A study now shows that this affects their ability to distinguish between certain colours.

The findings, by a team from Duke University in North Carolina, are published in the journal Nature. “

via A bird’s eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

Full link to this interesting article here.

A bird’s eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans

Birds, Color, Colour, Nature, Science, Uncategorized, Wildlife

All life on Earth, in one staggering chart

Animals, Biodiversity, Humans, Life, Plants, Science, Uncategorized

From Vox

“All life on Earth, in one chart

What you’ll see below is a kind of tower of life. Each large block of this tower represents a gigaton of life, and the blocks are grouped into broad kingdoms. There are the protists (think microscopic life like amoebae), archaea (single-celled organisms somewhat similar to bacteria), fungi (mushrooms and other types of fungus), bacteria (you’re familiar with these, right?), plants, and animals.

As you can see, plants dominate our world. If the tower of life were an office building, plants would be the main tenants, taking up dozens of floors. Comparatively, all the animals in the world — seen in gray in the tower — are like a single retail shop (a trendy one, to be sure) on the ground floor.” – from vox.com

See the chart and read Vox’s entire article here.

Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific’s ‘Shark Highway’

Ocean, Oceans, Pacific Ocean, Science, sea creatures, Sea life, Sharks, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Biologists knew the sharks sometimes traveled from waters off Costa Rica south to the Galapagos Islands, but they’d never actually witnessed it.(Image credit: Andy Mann/Waitt Foundation/Pacifico )

via Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific’s ‘Shark Highway’ — News : NPR

Full article here.