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Ian Climacus

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Article here.

The natural world astounds me. What about it astounds you?

I give you a native bird, the lyrebird, a superb mimic. Alarms, chainsaws, camera shutters, other birds... It can do them all.

[ 11. August 2017, 23:32: Message edited by: Ian Climacus ]

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Even loud logging trucks1

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And a beautiful one as well. You used be able to see and hear them at Jenolan Caves. We've not been there for 20 years or so, so I can't say if they're still around.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:
I give you a native bird, the lyrebird, a superb mimic. Alarms, chainsaws, camera shutters, other birds... It can do them all.

In the US we have mockingbirds with similar talents.

Moo

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One of my favorite microbeasties is Dictyostellium discoideum.

Per "The Microscopic World Beneath Our Feet" (Science Friday--much-beloved NPR show):

{Both audio and transcript available.}

quote:
BO ADU-OPPONG: Dictyostelium discoideum.

IRA FLATOW: There will be a test at the end of this thing.

[LAUGHTER]

BO ADU-OPPONG: It’s a really cool organism. And this is one of the reasons why I really became a scientist. So I stumbled upon a discussion section in my undergraduate campus, and they were going over life cycles. And I said, whoa, what is this organism. So what happens is they first start out as single cells. So they eukaryotes, and they’re found in the protozoa family.

So what happens is that these single cells eat bacteria. And then when they start to starve, when there’s no more bacteria around, what happens is they send these signals to one another called cyclic AMP. So they say, hey, guys. We’re all hungry here. We should go somewhere else. So they all gather together and they form slugs. So again, they start out as single cells, and then they come together to form this slug.

And then they will travel a little bit, like centimeters, not very far. And then they will form a fruiting body. So what they do is this slug transform into a stalk. And then they have a sorus, which is on the top of the stalk. What’s really cool about this organism is that 80% of the slug of those cells will die in order to form that stalk. And then 20%, so only 20% of them will live on in the sorus.

And so in the sorus, you can find spores that are developed there. And that is essentially the next progeny for the next generation.

And Scientific American has both article and FILM! [Cool]

"Starving to be Social: The Odd Life of Dictyostelium Slime Molds" (Scientific American). "The Microscopic World Beneath Our Feet" (Science Friday--much-beloved NPR show):

[Fixed links. Golden Key, did you intend to post the SciFri link twice?]

[ 14. August 2017, 18:16: Message edited by: jedijudy ]

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Naked Mole Rats* just flabber my gast every time. The most disappointing lecture I ever went to was given by someone who talked about working with naked mole rats for five minutes, then showed forty-five minutes of extremely elderly and discoloured videos of rats in mazes. It was like being promised a party and given a deflated party balloon.

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The more I learn about any aspect of the natural world, the more it astounds me. My words are insufficient ... New words needed
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Golden Key
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[Fixed links. Golden Key, did you intend to post the SciFri link twice?]
No. [Hot and Hormonal] Thanks, o wise one. [Smile]

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Manta rays, giant clams and all the rest of the cast of the books and TV programmes by Hans & Lotte Hass. My brother had a few of these books and I wish I knew where they are now.

A year or two later when I say a sting ray for the first time I was very disappointed - it was barely four feet long! I still find big sea creatures amazing.

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Please tell me I'm not the only one to skim read the title as "Goldfish turn alcohol into water" and then come to the preliminary conclusion that goldfish are the Antichrist?
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Huia
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quote:
Originally posted by nickel:
The more I learn about any aspect of the natural world, the more it astounds me. My words are insufficient ... New words needed

The first picture in that link shows badgers on the river Otter, so is there a river Badger which has otters?

Enqiring minds want to know.

Actually the more I learn about the natural world the more I realise that even the best sci/fi authors couldn't invent anything half as weird.

huia

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