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Dec 13 '10

"A powerful storm has dumped mounds of snow across the upper Midwest, closing highways, canceling flights and collapsing the roof of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium."

(Source: youtube.com)

Tags: sport snow nature weather building

Dec 8 '10
"Researchers dressed as pandas introduce cubs to wild … The dressing up is just not for fun, say scientists, but an essential part of China’s ambitious strategy to reintroduce captive-bred Giant Pandas back into the wild. It is not yet clear if the Pandas are fooled by the disguises, but researchers at China’s Wolong Panda reserve in Sichuan Province, say that captive-bred cubs must live devoid of all human contact if they are to have any chance of survival."

"Researchers dressed as pandas introduce cubs to wild … The dressing up is just not for fun, say scientists, but an essential part of China’s ambitious strategy to reintroduce captive-bred Giant Pandas back into the wild. It is not yet clear if the Pandas are fooled by the disguises, but researchers at China’s Wolong Panda reserve in Sichuan Province, say that captive-bred cubs must live devoid of all human contact if they are to have any chance of survival."

Tags: nature panda china

Dec 8 '10
Pandas are simply not good at making more pandas. Recently, however, researchers have made progress in helping pandas breed. This BBC article provides a good overview of the situation. Ultimately, the issue seems to be that giant pandas are poorly designed: Female pandas are only in heat for 72 hours each year. Even worse, they can only actually get pregnant during a 12 to 24 hour window in that time. Male pandas have small penises, requiring a very exact position to mate. Voyeuristic researchers found that pandas did not seem to know the required position very well. Pandas subsist on a diet of nothing but bamboo. Bamboo contains so few nutrients that pandas in the wild spend up to 10 hours each day consuming as much as 50 pounds of it. Pandas often give birth to twins, but mothers abandon the weaker of the two, causing it to perish.

Tags: nature panda

Nov 19 '10
"Herring Gull with Guillemot Chick. Taken on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, the herring gull circled around the guillemot colony three or four times before dropping in and picking up this chick with the guillemot colony watching."

"Herring Gull with Guillemot Chick. Taken on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, the herring gull circled around the guillemot colony three or four times before dropping in and picking up this chick with the guillemot colony watching."

Tags: bird nature guillemot

Nov 19 '10
"A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset."

"A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset."

Tags: cloud nature weather montana

Oct 1 '10

Tags: death mouse plane snake nature

Sep 30 '10
"A section of a partially built residential project with only two houses in place, near Fort Myers, Florida."
Human landscapes in SW Florida - The Big Picture

"A section of a partially built residential project with only two houses in place, near Fort Myers, Florida."

Human landscapes in SW Florida - The Big Picture

Tags: house nature road

Sep 30 '10

Tags: nature world science

Sep 17 '10
"Do u know if any sweet concerts or outdoor events were cancelled? Was this a ‘pussy tornado’? Should I do a ‘performance art piece’ about ducking and covering?"
DISASTER VIDEO: Tornado tears up Brooklyn, 2 altbros ‘flip a shit’ in their sweet loft

"Do u know if any sweet concerts or outdoor events were cancelled? Was this a ‘pussy tornado’? Should I do a ‘performance art piece’ about ducking and covering?"

DISASTER VIDEO: Tornado tears up Brooklyn, 2 altbros ‘flip a shit’ in their sweet loft

Tags: weather nature art nyc

Sep 10 '10
It’s happened. Igor has appeared just off the West African coast, and he’s coming this way. Igor (it’s “EE-gor” not “EYE-gor”) is certain to become the butt of bad jokes by meteorologists and David Letterman in the coming week.

Tags: weather nature

Jul 29 '10

"Multiple tower upward lightning flash captured at 9,000 images per second in Rapid City, SD on 6/16/10. A preceding downward positive ground flash triggers upward leaders from seven towers, three of which are visible in the video."

Tags: nature weather

Jul 23 '10
"Multiple lightning strikes above New York City during a storm on on May 2nd, 2010."

"Multiple lightning strikes above New York City during a storm on on May 2nd, 2010."

Tags: weather nature nyc

Jun 10 '10
Since April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, the Interior Department has approved 27 new permits for offshore drilling sites. Here’s the kicker: Two of these permits are for BP. But it gets better still: 26 of the 27 new drilling sites have been granted regulatory exemptions, including those issued to BP.

Tags: government nature oil louisiana

Jun 3 '10
"A brown pelican is mired in heavy oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010."

"A brown pelican is mired in heavy oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010."

Tags: bird nature oil louisiana

Jun 3 '10

Tags: raccoon nature food