At 29, Patrick is the oldest living wombat. [x]
Nice medium-length sequence.
Salmon have serious swimming skills—some travel thousands of miles to return to their original homes to breed. But even though they can jump as high as 12 feet in the air, they can’t manage to get over massive concrete dams that we have built to block their journeys back to their homes. Now one new idea could give them a boost. The plan involves whisking the fish through a long vacuum tube at speeds up to 22 miles per hour and then shooting them out the other end like a cannon.
This is hilarious reasoning, coming from a libertarian:
But when sexual norms are too permissive, it creates mating market collective action problems and harms the people who are most ill-equipped to handle sexual anomie.— Pamela J. Stubbart
I wonder what happens when economic regulation is too permissive?
Looking at our photos from Catalina Island, I realized that we’ve seen Chromis species in three seas.
"My best friend from summer camp 1994 is a fucking genius and don’t you forget it."— rachelfershleiser
How hot is it in Death Valley National Park? So hot that this coyote pup decided to cool off in this bird bath!
Photo: National Park Service
African Wild Dog photographed with #beetlecam in Hwange, Zimbabwe
Fast & Slow
Barley, our greyhound/labrador mutt, was fascinated to encounter two Eastern Box Turtles this morning in Cylburn Arboretum.
I found myself at a mall a couple weeks ago so I thought I’d see them in person, but they were out of stock. Worried that they might be a temporary style, I ordered them online, and they arrived just yesterday.
FELLOW ASTRONISTAS, MY LIFE HAS BEEN CHANGED BY A PAIR OF SNEAKERS! Not only are they silky and slightly shiny, as opposed to the typical canvas chucks, the print is a real NASA image of the Small Magellanic Cloud! Specifically the region around NGC 602 and data from Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes. The young stars! The dusty filaments! The background galaxy! Everything is there, on my sneakers! I’m going to stock up on extra pairs.
Oh, and neildegrassetieson approves. Too bad they don’t come in his size! (I really buried the lede there, didn’t I?)
Happy World Turtle Day!
Photos taken while freediving in Bonaire.
Stop what you’re doing & cuddle your chicks. Especially if they have head-tufts.
Brings back memories of the polish chicks I tried to raise when I was a kid.