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Autumnal Equinox

September 18, 2017

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Seasons in the Northern Hemisphere

September 23 officially welcomes Fall 2011.  Say good bye to summer.   😦

It’s one of two times a year when the sun crosses the equator, and the day and night are of approximately equal length.

The sun is above the equator and night and day are of approximately equal length; the word equinox is often used to refer to either of these dates.

The Autumn equinox signals the beginning of Fall. It is the point where there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. If you live anywhere else, however, you will see a little bit more or a little bit less than 12 hours of daylight. The daylight hours are dwindling and will continue to do so until we reach the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the start of winter.

Autumnal Equinox

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Oh How Cute

July 1, 2017

Tiger, Orangutan Babies Playmates at Zoo

By NINIEK KARMINI

AP

CISARUA, Indonesia (Feb. 28) – Call them the odd couples. A pair of month-old Sumatran tiger twins have become inseparable playmates with a set of young orangutans, an unthinkable match in their natural jungle habitat in Indonesia’s tropical rainforests.

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Dema, the 26-day-old Sumatran Tiger cub, cuddles up to the 5-month-old Orangutan, Irma. The animals have shared a nursery room since they were rejected by their mothers.

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The friendship between 5-month-old female baby primates Nia and Irma, and cubs Dema and Manis, has blossomed at the Taman Safari zoo where they share a room in the nursery.

After being abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth, the four play fight, nipping and teasing each other, and cuddling up for a shared nap when they are worn out.

“This is unusual and would never happen in the wild,” said zoo keeper Sri Suwarni, bottle-feeding a baby chimp on Wednesday. “Like human babies, they only want to play.”

The four have lived side-by-side for a month without a single act of hostility, she said.

Indonesian tigers and orangutans are both endangered species, threatened by rapidly shrinking habitats.

Conservationists estimate there are fewer than 700 Sumatran tigers still alive, while fewer than 60,000 orangutans remain in the wild. Around 90 percent of the jungle has been destroyed by illegal logging, poaching and cut-and-burn farming practices on Borneo and Sumatra islands.

The exceptional friendship will likely be short-lived, said veterinarian Retno Sudarwati, because as the animals grow up their natural survival instincts will kick in.

“When the time comes, they will have to be separated. It’s sad, but we cant’ change their natural behavior,” she said. “Tigers start eating meat when they are three months old.”

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May Day!

May 1, 2017

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April 1, 2017

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March 31, 2017

 

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World’s Fastest Trains…

March 18, 2017

World’s Fastest Trains

The era of high-speed trains really kicked off in Japan back in 1964 with the development of the shinkansen, or bullet train, which clocked speeds of 125 miles per hour (201 km/h). That’s so mid-20th century now.

Read more here:  Not Like Our Subways!

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Luck of the Irish

March 4, 2017

What is St. Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day

The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD385. His given name was Maewyn, and he almost didn’t get to be bishop of Ireland because he lacked the require scholarship.

Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by the group of Irish marauders that raided his vollage. During his captivity, he became closer to God.

He escaped from slavery after 6 years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of 12 years. During his training he became aware that his calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity.

His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity, but his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. 2 years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.

Patrick was quite successful at winning converts and this fact upset the Celtic Druids. Patrick was areested several times, but escaped each time. He traveled throughout Ireland, establishing monasteries across the country. He also set up schools and churches which would aid him in his conversion of the Irish country to Christianity.

His mission in Ireland lasted for 30 years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.

Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick’s Day. Not much of it is actually substantiated.

Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland, and some people think this is a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans. Though originally a Catholic holy dat, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday.

One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock and the stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the 3 leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.

The St. Patricks Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick’s Day was prublicly celebrated in this country, in Boston.

Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking green bear or plain beer. One reason St. Patrick’s Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring. One might say it has become the first green of spring.

http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/stpatricksday/

A Really, Really Smart Parrot!

March 1, 2017

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By Alex Kirby
BBC News Online environment correspondent

The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short.

The bird, a captive African grey called N’kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour.

He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope – just as a human child would do.

N’kisi’s remarkable abilities feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine.

N’kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world.About 100 words are needed for half of all reading in English, so if N’kisi could read he would be able to cope with a wide range of material.

Polished wordsmith

He uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.

One N’kisi-ism was “flied” for “flew”, and another “pretty smell medicine” to describe the aromatherapy oils used by his owner, an artist based in New York.

When he first met Dr Jane Goodall, the renowned chimpanzee expert, after seeing her in a picture with apes, N’kisi said: “Got a chimp?”

He appears to fancy himself as a humourist. When another parrot hung upside down from its perch, he commented: “You got to put this bird on the camera.”Dr Goodall says N’kisi’s verbal fireworks are an “outstanding example of interspecies communication”.

In an experiment, the bird and his owner were put in separate rooms and filmed as the artist opened random envelopes containing picture cards.

Analysis showed the parrot had used appropriate keywords three times more often than would be likely by chance.

Captives’ frustrations

This was despite the researchers discounting responses like “What ya doing on the phone?” when N’kisi saw a card of a man with a telephone, and “Can I give you a hug?” with one of a couple embracing.

Professor Donald Broom, of the University of Cambridge’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “The more we look at the cognitive abilities of animals, the more advanced they appear, and the biggest leap of all has been with parrots.”

Alison Hales, of the World Parrot Trust, told BBC News Online: “N’kisi’s amazing vocabulary and sense of humour should make everyone who has a pet parrot consider whether they are meeting its needs.

“They may not be able to ask directly, but parrots are long-lived, and a bit of research now could mean an improved quality of life for years.”

All images courtesy and copyright of Grace Roselli.

Otters Holding Hands!

March 18, 2016

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