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Halil
Why the OED are right to purge nature from the dictionary - http://www.theguardian.com/science...
Why the OED are right to purge nature from the dictionary
If the pen is mightier than the sword then words are probably more lethal than bullets, and that makes Oxford Dictionaries the most powerful military force in the world. This metaphor helps explain two things: why I’m not a very successful writer, and why a group of authors are so concerned that a variety of words relating to nature were culled from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. - Halil from Bookmarklet
the job of a dictionary is to document words and usage, not dictate them. The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical record, analyzing contemporary writing and parsing the results according to strict guidelines to provide its users with an accurate depiction of how language is used. - Halil
Attacking a dictionary for removing these words is like punching your thermometer when it’s too cold, or shouting at journalists because you don’t like the news from Syria. They’re simply reflecting reality, and if that troubles you then maybe you should be out confronting these issues in the real world rather than in the pages of a book. It isn’t the job of the OUP to get kids to play outside: that’s called parenting, and maybe that’s where campaigners should be focusing their attention. - Halil
Wow. Looking at the list of culled words, I'm a little surprised. There are still plenty of words left in that junior dictionary that are used far less than words like fern, acorn, adder, or dandelion. But then, maybe we need to take a hard look at what we're raising our kids with that these kinds of words fall to the wayside while tech words take their place. - Hookuh Tinypants
I'm surprised to see acorn and dandelion dropped given their ubiquity. - John (bird whisperer)
Halil
Nearly 700 species of marine animal have encountered man-made debris such as plastic and glass new research shows. - http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go...
Nearly 700 species of marine animal have  encountered man-made debris such as plastic and glass new research shows.
Researchers at Plymouth University found evidence of 44,000 animals and organisms becoming entangled in, or swallowing debris, from reports recorded from across the globe. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Fellow author Professor Richard Thompson, who is acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on microplastics in the marine environment, said: "Encounters with marine debris are of particular concern for species that are recognised to be threatened, and with 17 per cent of all species reported in the paper as near threatened, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, it is evident that marine debris may be contributing to the potential for species extinction." - Halil
Halil
Wanted – volunteer ranger to keep national bird of Cornwall safe - “We need volunteer chough rangers who will be prepared to go out in all weathers – because the choughs are on their eggs in all weathers, at all times of the day and night” - http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Wanted-...
Wanted – volunteer ranger to keep national bird of Cornwall safe - “We need volunteer chough rangers who will be prepared to go out in all weathers – because the choughs are on their eggs in all weathers, at all times of the day and night”
For years, since the choughs first magically reappeared in Cornwall, the RSPB has been masterminding their protection and management down at the tip of the Lizard Peninsula but, as breeding pairs have spread elsewhere around the county, the charity has decided to move its main chough-operations west and hand over the running of the original site to the Trust. There is just the one occupied nest at Lizard Point and it has had a colourful history. The original male bird was killed a couple of years ago by a younger incomer who promptly moved in with the bereaved female. She then mysteriously died a few weeks later. But he turned from villain to hero by successfully raising the chicks she’d left behind. Now he has his own female partner and the Trust will be keeping a very close eye on the pair as this year’s breeding season gets into full swing. - Halil from Bookmarklet
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Halil
How Framestore's Imagery Boosted Ocean-Ecology Doc Mission Blue - Studio Daily - http://www.studiodaily.com/2015...
How Framestore's Imagery Boosted Ocean-Ecology Doc Mission Blue - Studio Daily
For decades, renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle has been sounding the alarm—the Earth’s oceans are dying and we need to protect them, not just for ecological reasons but for our own survival. Her lifelong work is the subject of Mission Blue, a documentary co-directed by Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon that explores how things like overfishing, oil spills, garbage dumping and polluted runoff have ravaged the ocean over time. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Halil
US Government plans to cull 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants - http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go...
US Government plans to cull 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants
In order to protect young salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River, US federal officials have come up with a proposal to cull around 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants that feed off them, reports the online National Monitor. The fish are listed under the Endangered Species Act as either threatened or endangered. - Halil from Bookmarklet
To save one species they are culling en masse another, difficult to decide how to react to this. - Halil
What will they do with the bodies, incinerate them? - Halil
I'm glad the plan is being challenged, if just to take a look at what might be done short-term and long-term to alleviate the problem. Habitat loss is likely a larger cause, but it might take too long to implement some of those changes, while shooting the birds is only a temporary "fix." - Jennifer Dittrich
Afaik once a flock has become used to a certain feeding ground it will always be an issue unless you can permanently encourage them to establish a new feeding ground, yes/no? - Halil
Culling may be appropriate in some cases, but too often it seems like the first tool off the shelf. - John (bird whisperer)
Halil
Researchers from the US and Israel have identified the first-ever example of a creature capable of editing its own genetic makeup in order to blend into its surroundings – the squid. - http://www.redorbit.com/news...
Researchers from the US and Israel have identified the first-ever example of a creature capable of editing its own genetic makeup in order to blend into its surroundings – the squid.
Reporting in a recent edition of the journal eLife, Dr. Eli Eisenberg of the Tel Aviv University Department of Physics and Sagol School of Neuroscience and his colleagues explained that the Doryteuthis pealieii squid can alter most of its own proteins on an as-needed basis. - Halil from Bookmarklet
:o - Halil
I wonder if this will help understand and potentially help create treatment for prion based diseases? - Halil
Huh. That would be pretty amazing - I admit, I find prion diseases to be some of the most frightening. - Jennifer Dittrich
Prions are the stuff of nightmares, they are scary and rightly so! - Halil
ah ha: "This species (ie the squid in this study) is a model organism in neuroscience and was used by Andrew Huxley and Alan Hodgkin in their studies on axons." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... I've met Andrew Huxley, he was an interesting guy, very nice bloke. - Halil
Eivind
Goats in Trees
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In Southern Morocco, goats climbing the Argan trees in search of food is a common sight. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Eivind
Nice one :) - Mary
It still looks completely wrong to me, but I have been there and seen it with my own eyes so I know it's true :) - Eivind
I wish I was there too :) and thanks for sharing it. - Mary
It's a wonderful world! - Franc, a rememberer
What balance, here we only have goats on roofs http://www.oldcountrymarket.com/goats... - Janice
Hehe, the goat info on that page seems _slightly_ exaggerated :D - Eivind
It's raining goats: http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Eivind
I would occasionally see goats in Acacia trees in Mexico. Always a spectacle. :-) - Jenny
oh.... the tree goat - گل
*bump* I love climbing goats :) - Eivind
this is one of the most bizarre things i've ever seen - نیکی
Silly goats. - SAM
They're not silly. They just go after the food, and they don't have the patience to stand around waiting to evolve long necks :) - Eivind
*bump for SAM* I couldn't help overhearing you were getting some goats. Please get some Argan trees as well :) - Eivind
:-) - Maitani
It's my considered opinion that they're nestin. http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Ken Morley
LOL - Eivind
I want a goat tree! Where do I get one? ;) - Kristin
I saw lots of them in Morocco. It's a very strange sight :) - Eivind
Have you seen lions that climb trees? - سيما كيا Sima kia
No, nay, never! They've started doing that now? - Eivind
They are called climbing tree lions http://paulgross.com/tanzani...; http://www.youtube.com/watch... I saw them in Amboseli, Kenya. I was in Serengeti too, but never saw a lion climbing tree there, the 2nd video shows some lion cubs trying to climb a tree in Serengeti. - سيما كيا Sima kia
Thanks, Sima. Now I've seen lions climb trees :) - Eivind
Onları Essaouira, Fas yakın gördüm. - Eivind
Are there any other grazers that behave like this? Or just goats? But then again, goats are incredibly agile, since there are some that live on cliff edges, which is amazing when you think about it, so not surprising they can climb trees. - Halil
I haven't come across any. I hope so, though :) - Eivind
I wouldn't look for shade under any of them trees :)) - mina_sydney
Mina! :) - Eivind
I love that calendar, Halil. It's been around for a few years :) - Eivind
Does that mean you own a copy then? I might get next years one, as too late now as it'll be March soon! :o - Halil
Never bought it, but it was the 2010 version that inspired this post :) - Eivind
Halil
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories - http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news...
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories
A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would prohibit in Iowa the sale of cleaning products that contain a certain sanitizing agent. The bill would prohibit a person from selling cleaning products that contain triclosan for the purpose of sanitizing. The ingredient is found in products like soaps and deodorants. Members of a human resources subcommittee advanced the bill Monday. It now moves to a full committee for review. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The Food and Drug Administration said in 2013 that there is no evidence that anti-bacterial soap cleansers with ingredients like triclosan were more effective than regular soap. The agency is reviewing the safety of triclosan in response to studies about its alleged health risks. Minnesota last year banned triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. - Halil
Oi, UK politicians are you watching this?!?!?!? Been writing to my MP to get this banned in UK with no success! :( - Halil
Halil
African Golden Cat Attacks Monkeys in Rare Footage - http://news.discovery.com/animals...
African golden cats are hardly ever photographed in the wild. In their rare, camera-trap cameos, the cats are usually seen licking their spotted fur or innocuously inspecting the unfamiliar lens. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The video, released yesterday (Jan. 27), may be the first footage of a golden cat hunting in the daylight, according to Panthera, the conservation group that released the video from inside Kibale National Park. - Halil
Koleksiyoner Ali
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... "Lover's Leap, or (in plural) Lovers' Leap, is a toponym given to a number of locations of varying height, usually isolated, with the risk of a fatal fall and the possibility of a deliberate jump. Legends of romantic tragedy are often associated with a Lovers' Leap..." - Koleksiyoner Ali
Eivind
The Bloodthirsty Truth of the Beautiful Orchid Mantis - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux...
The Bloodthirsty Truth of the Beautiful Orchid Mantis
The Bloodthirsty Truth of the Beautiful Orchid Mantis
"The orchid mantis is something of a poster child for such cryptic mimicry. So obviously true is this evolutionary story that it is often discussed today as established fact. [...] Now a set of new studies by James O’Hanlon and colleagues shows quite clearly that we’ve been getting it wrong all this time. While it is indeed a flower mimic – the first known animal to do this – the orchid mantis doesn’t hide in an orchid. It doesn’t hide at all. And to an insect, it doesn’t even look particularly like an orchid." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"This phenomenon, known as aggressive mimicry, occurs in other animals. The Bolas spider releases chemicals that imitate sex pheromones released by female moths seeking a mate. Male moths, with their elaborately plumed antennae, can detect these pheromones from miles away, and are lured in to their death. Carnivorous Photuris firefly females can mimic the flash-responses of a different... more... - Eivind
Amazing! - Shirinooo
Halil
'Racing Extinction' documentary a call to save the planet - Washington Times - http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...
“Documentaries, to me, are the most powerful way to change the world,” he said. “My hope is that if you can show people the beauty of these animals, there’s a chance to save these things.” - Halil from Bookmarklet
That statement annoys me, so if you're not cute and cuddly you're not worth saving? :-/ - Halil
I remember one of the articles I saw (I think Attenborough?) in the last couple of years on 'creatures ugly enough to save' to highlight some in need of rescue, but overlooked because they were too weird, or not fuzzy enough. - Jennifer Dittrich
As my hero, E.O. Wilson, puts it, "It's the little things that run the world." Unfortunately, most of them are microscopic and don't lend well to lush documentaries. I'm a self-proclaimed documentary junkie, but sometimes you need to read a book. - Jenny H. from Android
That's the problem, people have been spoilt by amazing cinematography and the idea of watching an OU style documentary now is out of the question, it's like we've regressed to kids and need big pictures with few words! - Halil
I don't think it's a new problem. Big, sexy species like pandas, polar bears, cheetahs, and wolves have been stealing the scene for a very long time. Yes, it's bad to lose large species and apex predators, but you can have catastrophic food web collapses from the bottom, as well. I think there isn't a lot of ecosystem literacy in the world. - Jenny H. from Android
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Halil
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics - http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2015...
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics
Illinois prosecutors next month will take wildlife photographer Steve Patterson to trial. His crime? Removing baby bald eagles from the wild. His punishment could be up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of violating state laws that protect wildlife. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The question for the jury—did Patterson save two eaglets that had fallen from a tree from certain death, or did he criminally harass a protected species—will reverberate far beyond La Salle County, Illinois, and could influence the public’s willingness to help injured wildlife. - Halil
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Koleksiyoner Ali
İnsanın tabiatla tam uyum hali bu olsa gerek.
İnsanın tabiatla tam uyum hali bu olsa gerek.
Nerdeyse eminim burasının Karadenizde olduğuna... - Koleksiyoner Ali
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Halil
Mountain migration is a roller coaster for bar-headed geese - https://www.sciencenews.org/article...
Mountain migration is a roller coaster for bar-headed geese
Bar-headed geese rise and fall with the terrain below them when they migrate, scientists report in the Jan. 16 Science. This roller coaster flight pattern saves the birds energy, even though they must repeatedly climb to recover the altitude they lose at each dip in the topography. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Nice international study, hence why this article in important! -> Paul Nurse accuses politicians of 'cowardice' over scientific evidence http://ff.im/1kPDQ0 - Halil
Koleksiyoner Ali
Flowering of Lupins in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand - http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013... "Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. The Lake is a photographer’s dream come true, with snow-topped mountains, turquoise blue lake and a captivating beautiful little church. Every year from mid-November to December, the beauty is enhanced by a colourful display of Lupins..." - Koleksiyoner Ali
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Halil
UK scientists develop AUV imaging technology to assess seabed ecology - http://www.oilandgastechnology.net/health-...
UK scientists develop AUV imaging technology to assess seabed ecology
By using a camera on the Autosub6000 AUV to take a continuous stream of high resolution photographs of life on the sea floor, this new method revealed a tenfold increase in the precision of deepsea ecosystem diversity estimates relative to the use of scientific trawling. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Dr Kirsty Morris, the lead author of this research, published in Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, said: “This is an important step towards the automated imaging of the deep sea, which is essential for understanding the complexity of seafloor biodiversity and its future management” - Halil
This research showed that anemones were the most abundant animal on the sea floor, information that has been previously missed from trawling because they became damaged in the nets and rendered unrecognisable. - Halil
Halil
New research reveals that a species of bird 'paints' its own eggs with bacteria which protect the embryo - http://phys.org/news...
New research reveals that a species of bird 'paints' its own eggs with bacteria which protect the embryo
Researchers from the University of Granada and the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have found that hoophoes cover their eggs with a secretion produced by themselves, loaded with mutualistic bacteria, which is then retained by a specializad structure in the eggshell and which increases successful hatching. So far this sort of behaviour has only been detected in this species of birds, and it is a mechanism to protect their eggs from infections by pathogens. - Halil from Bookmarklet
That's so cool! - Jenny H.
Halil
Ash dieback is now 'unstoppable', ecologists warn - Experts say Britain’s ash trees are ‘doomed' and their demise threatens hundreds of insects, mosses, lichens and birds - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
Ash dieback is now 'unstoppable', ecologists warn -  Experts say Britain’s ash trees are ‘doomed' and their demise threatens hundreds of insects, mosses, lichens and birds
Ash dieback is now unstoppable and could wipe out 45 native species and endanger the habitats of nearly 1,000 others, ecologists have warned. #ashdieback - Halil from Bookmarklet
Haven't posted an update for a while, but this is depressing! :( - Halil
Halil
Bad news for backyard biodiversity | News | Birdwatch Magazine - http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel...
Bad news for backyard biodiversity | News | Birdwatch Magazine
The British Trust for Ornithology's latest report shows extremely worrying long-term declines in a quarter of Britain's commonest bird species. - Halil from Bookmarklet
“Information generated by ringing birds and monitoring their nests proved that the majority of farmland bird declines were driven by a reduction in food availability during the winter. Drivers of garden bird declines are more variable; reduced winter food availability and disease appear to have caused a fall in Starling and Greenfinch numbers respectively, while House Sparrows seem to... more... - Halil
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Halil
Sumac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Sumac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sumac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sumac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The fruits (drupes) of the genus Rhus are ground into a deep-red or purple powder used as a spice in Middle Eastern cuisine to add a lemony taste to salads or meat.[5] In Arab cuisine, it is used as a garnish on meze dishes such as hummus and is added to salads in the Levant. In Iranian (Persian and Kurdish) cuisine, sumac is added to rice or kebab. In Turkish cuisine, it is added to salad-servings of kebabs and lahmacun. Rhus coriaria is used in the spice mixture za'atar. ~ The word sumac traces its etymology from Old French sumac (13th century), from Medieval Latin sumach, from Arabic summāq (سماق), from Syriac summāq (ܣܘܡܩ) - meaning "red."[7] - Halil from Bookmarklet
It's great in salads or hummus - Halil
Sounds yummy! - Kirsten
Love it... - Kozan Demircan
*bumped for Eivind and Jenny* Turks love this stuff! - Halil
Ooh, sounds interesting! - Jenny H. from Android
its really delicious! try it! it tastes sour and is really fat burning. that's why in Persian cuisine, it's used on Kabab (Kebab) that's basically a high-fat meal. - آریــوبرزن
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