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Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 5 in E flat major


Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 5 in E flat major

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from the Washington Post: When a female mantis is hungry, she fakes fertility to snack on duped mates – The Washington Post


A praying mantis at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC on July 31, 2014. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

By Rachel Feltman December 23 at 12:35 PM

As you probably know, the female praying mantis will sometimes bite her mate’s head off. It’s not something that the insects make a habit of, exactly — they probably only do it when a male is particularly aggressive, or when the female really needs a nutrient boost in order to successfully lay her eggs.

But when a lady is really hungry, she sometimes throws off fake fertility signals to get a guy into bed. And when that happens, he’s pretty much always on the menu.

via When a female mantis is hungry, she fakes fertility to snack on duped mates – The Washington Post.

Flamingos


Flamingos

Flamingos are large pink or red wading birds with long necks and webbed feet. They live in large flocks throughout the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. Flamingos have several quirky traits, such as an oddly-shaped bill specially adapted to strain food—aquatic plants, shellfish, and frogs—from muddy water in marshes and lagoons. Flamingos also have the unusual ability to stand on one leg with the head laid on the back for hours. What typically dictates the vibrancy of a flamingo’s color? More… Discuss

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 [COMPLETE]: make music part of your life series


Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 2 [COMPLETE]

Hawaii is a paradise…of bird extinction http://t.co/jkTaUx6mqq #SOTB14 pic.twitter.com/lYufd32CxM — Smithsonian


Hawaii is a paradise…of bird extinction http://t.co/jkTaUx6mqq #SOTB14 pic.twitter.com/lYufd32CxM

— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) September 10, 2014

this day in the yesteryear: Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)


Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)

Billions of passenger pigeons inhabited eastern North America in the early 19th century, migrating in enormous flocks that darkened the skies for days at a time. They soon fell victim to habitat loss caused by mass deforestation, along with excessive hunting on an industrial scale. The bird‘s rapid extinction was largely responsible for ending the marketing of game birds and gave major impetus to the conservation movement. Where did the last known passenger pigeon die in 1914? More… Discuss

Via YouTube National Geographic Channel Injured D.C. Snowy Owl Gets “New” Wing


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A snowy owl that got hit by a bus and burned, possibly by a chimney, in Washington, D.C., has been fitted with new feathers on its damaged wing. The operation, called imping, was performed at the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota.

Read more about the owl and the operation:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.c…

VIDEOGRAPHER: Phil Ladisa, The University of Minnesota Raptor Center
EDITOR: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
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NEWS: THE WHY OF THE V


The Why of the V

Researchers believe they now have a definitive answer for why birds so often fly in a V formation. Scientists fitted a flock of northern bald ibises with monitors that record each bird’s position, speed, and heading in flight as well as every wing flap. The data show that each bird positions itself and times its flapping to take maximal advantage of the upwash—upward moving air—generated by the bird ahead of it. As a bird flies forward, itpushes air downward beneath its wings, but at its wingtips the air is actually pushed upward. The V formation thus allows birds to conserve energy and increase their flying range. More… Discuss

 

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