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Tortoise

Apr. 19th, 2016 02:01 pm
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They look a lot different when they’re not covered with a layer of dust.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Pelican

Apr. 18th, 2016 11:01 pm
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You know how dinosaurs in movies are green and scaley?


Yeah. That’s probably wrong.




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Leaf Cutter Ants_9


Sometimes it takes teamwork.




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Insect

Apr. 18th, 2016 02:01 pm
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I have no idea if those weird bumps on the back of his head are bonus eyes, but I kinda hope they are.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Grackle

Apr. 17th, 2016 11:01 pm
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The birds are less impressed when the bed knob makes everything fly because they can do that on their own.




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Butterfly

Apr. 17th, 2016 06:01 pm
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Butterflies have yet to invent napkins.




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Seal

Apr. 17th, 2016 02:01 pm
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I find it fascinating that every mammal that adapts to ocean life decides that necks aren’t worth the trouble. The same is true for most aquatic reptiles, though turtles just sort of tuck their necks away instead of losing them altogether.


Yet, sea monsters in ancient books and maps are almost all neck.


Maybe that’s why they died out.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Sign

Apr. 16th, 2016 11:00 pm
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In information security, this is an example of what we call “discretionary access control”.




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Insect

Apr. 16th, 2016 02:01 pm
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Sometimes you spend all day following a path and then, once you finally get where you’re going you realize there’s nothing there and you have to turn around and try again.


Insects call this “climbing grass”.


Humans call this “doing I.T.”




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Fly

Apr. 15th, 2016 11:01 pm
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This fly really wants you think it’s a bee. Their strategy works because of the following logic:


1) When being pursued by a predator of little brain, they see the yellow and black stripes and think “OMG! It’s a bee! Better leave it alone!”

2) When being pursued by a predator of rather much brain, they see the yellow and black stripes and think “Hmm, it looks like a bee. But I know that some flies look like bees. Better look that up. OK, it looks like flies don’t stick pollen to their legs like bees do, but maybe it’s a bee that just started it’s day’s work. Flies also have larger eyes and smaller antenna than bees, but that’s only useful if there’s a bee to compare against. Oh! Bees have wings that overlap but flies have wings that stick out. So it’s probably a fly. To be safe though, I should compare it to other bees. Where can I find other bees?”

3) Then, when the predator of rather much brain is look up “bees” on Google Maps, the fly can get away.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Bee

Apr. 15th, 2016 06:00 pm
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When you pet them, bees purr. Sure, it sounds like buzzing because they are so much smaller than cats, but it’s really purring.


Be careful though. If you pet them too much, they can bite.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Butterfly

Apr. 15th, 2016 02:01 pm
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Butterfly_9


Suddenly realized that he forgot to file his taxes.




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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)


Sometimes I wonder how many alligators died before they realized that their nostrils should be higher than the water.




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Ostrich (Struthio camelus)_2


Ostriches, for some reason, are unable to fly.




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Flamingo

Apr. 13th, 2016 11:01 pm
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It turns out that Missouri is rather quite humid and, when it rains, the front of the lens can get covered in tiny little water droplets. This is roughly equivalent to a fog filter which I never had until I took this shot and decided that I quite liked the effect. I haven’t taken the time to really experiment with it yet though.




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Duck

Apr. 13th, 2016 06:01 pm
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Last year, I took a trip to Missouri for work. As always, I went to the St. Louis Zoo because it’s a pretty awesome zoo. What I did not anticipate was that 1) the zoo would close early … at noon … to prepare for a big event and 2) that it would be pouring rain. Now, I was prepared for the rain because I always keep a camera raincoat in my bag, so my camera was kept nice and dry. Camera rain coats work by using an extremely tight weave of ripstop nylon that is treated with a water repellent.


Ducks stay dry by using an extremely tight layering of feathers coated with a thin layer of oil that serves as a water repellent.


Humans stay dry by having the good sense not to go out in the rain.


I got thoroughly soaked and it took me a good two hours for my clothes to dry out.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus)_8


In late autumn, the camels turn brown and fall off the trees.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Common Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula)_6


Mongoose gravity is a highly specialized force.




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Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)


The cinereous vulture lives in Eurasia.


In case you didn’t know, “cinereous” is a fancy word for “grey”.


This means that here in the U.S., we have cinereous squirrels and cinereous wolves. We’re just not so snooty as to call them that.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

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