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« Reply #10005 on: Feb 7th, 2014, 09:46am »

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« Reply #10006 on: Feb 7th, 2014, 10:23am »

Waiting to hear from the vet. Tess ate dirt now she's acting distressed. These little hairy things sure get you worried fast. They open in about 10 minutes. He's a great vet so we are lucky.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Bird That Does Unbelievable Impressions of Chainsaws, Car Alarms

By Matt Simon
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Charles Darwin hated the peacock — hated it — at one point writing that he was simply sickened by its ostentatious feathers. He couldn’t for the life of him figure out why a creature would essentially beg to be hunted, seemingly in wanton disregard of his new theory of evolution, which is about the survival (not the evisceration) of the fittest.

The answer, Darwin eventually realized, is the principle of sexual selection. With its glorious plumage, the peacock is essentially saying to the peahen, “I’m healthy, and also I might have a bit of an ego problem.” It’s a drive so strong that it outweighs the risk of predation and justifies the tremendous energy the peacock puts into growing the feathers, not to mention lugging them around.

But sexual selection is far from a solely visual process. Behold the superb lyrebird, whose calls are surely the most impressive in the animal kingdom. It has the uncanny ability to perfectly mimic the sounds of the Australian forests it calls home, from camera shutters to other bird species to chainsaws, kinda like that guy from Police Academy with the funny voices, only it can’t carry a gun.

Just watch the video above. It’s real. I know because David Attenborough hosts it, and David is legit. This behavior is particularly common in captivity, where lyrebirds are inundated with decidedly unnatural sounds. And check out the second video below of a lyrebird in Australia’s Adelaide Zoo. It not only pulls off the din of a drill and hammer strikes, but the tone changes as a nail is driven home, guaranteeing that zoo employees will be annoyed by construction long after the construction itself is finished.

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Pacific salmon inherit magnetic sense of direction

February 6, 2014
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A team of scientists last year presented evidence of a correlation between the migration patterns of ocean salmon and Earth's magnetic field, suggesting it may help explain how the fish can navigate across thousands of miles of water to find their river of origin.

This week, scientists confirmed the connection between salmon and the magnetic field following a series of experiments at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center in the Alsea River basin. Researchers exposed hundreds of juvenile Chinook salmon to different magnetic fields that exist at the latitudinal extremes of their oceanic range. Fish responded to these "simulated magnetic displacements" by swimming in the direction that would bring that toward the center of their marine feeding grounds.

The study, which was funded by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be published this month in the forthcoming issue of Current Biology.

"What is particularly exciting about these experiments is that the fish we tested had never left the hatchery and thus we know that their responses were not learned or based on experience, but rather they were inherited," said Nathan Putman, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University and lead author on the study.

"These fish are programmed to know what to do before they ever reach the ocean," he added.

To test the hypothesis, the researchers constructed a large platform with copper wires running horizontally and vertically around the perimeter. By running electrical current through the wires, the scientists could create a magnetic field and control the both the intensity and inclination angle of the field. They then placed 2-inch juvenile salmon called "parr" in 5-gallon buckets and, after an acclimation period, monitored and photographed the direction in which they were swimming.

Fish presented with a magnetic field characteristic of the northern limits of the oceanic range of Chinook salmon were more likely to swim in a southerly direction, while fish encountering a far southern field tended to swim north. In essence, fish possess a "map sense" determining where they are and which way to swim based on the magnetic fields they encounter.

"The evidence is irrefutable," said co-author David Noakes of OSU, senior scientist at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center and the 2012 recipient of the American Fisheries Society's Award of Excellence. "I tell people: The fish can detect and respond to the Earth's magnetic field. There can be no doubt of that."

Not all of the more than 1,000 fish swam in the same direction, Putman said. But there was a clear preference by the fish for swimming in the direction away from the magnetic field that was "wrong" for them. Fish that remained in the magnetic field of the testing site -- near Alsea, Ore. -- were randomly oriented, indicating that orientation of fish subjected to magnetic displacements could only be attributable to change in the magnetic field.

"What is really surprising is that these fish were only exposed to the magnetic field we created for about eight minutes," Putman pointed out. "And the field was not even strong enough to deflect a compass needle."

Putman said that salmon must be particularly sensitive because the Earth's magnetic field is relatively weak. Because of that, it may not take much to interfere with their navigational abilities. Many structures contain electrical wires or reinforcing iron that could potentially affect the orientation of fish early in their life cycle, the researchers say.

"Fish are raised in hatcheries where there are electrical and magnetic influences," Noakes said, "and some will encounter electrical fields while passing through power dams. When they reach the ocean, they may swim by structures or cables that could interfere with navigation. Do these have an impact? We don't yet know."

Putman said natural disruptions could include chunks of iron in Earth's crust, though "salmon have been dealing with that for thousands of years."

"Juvenile salmon face their highest mortality during the period when the first enter the ocean," Putman said, "because they have to adapt to a saltwater environment, find food, avoid predation, and begin their journey. Anything that makes them navigate less efficiently is a concern because if they take a wrong turn and end up in a barren part of the ocean, they are going to starve."

The magnetic field is likely not the only tool salmon use to navigate, however, Putman noted.

"They likely have a whole suite of navigational aids that help them get where they are going, perhaps including orientation to the sun, sense of smell and others," Putman said.

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« Reply #10010 on: Feb 7th, 2014, 10:32am »

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on Feb 7th, 2014, 10:32am, ZETAR wrote:
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THANKS Z,

JUST SPOKE TO THE VET. HE IS ONLY FOUR MILES DOWN THE ROAD. WE HAVE HER ON MEDICATION AND LIQUID ONLY FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS. HE IS OPEN TOMORROW UNTIL 1 PM. SO WE ARE WATCHING HER AND DOSING HER WITH THE MEDS. HE DIDN'T SOUND TOO WORRIED.

I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO IGNORE SOMETHING SERIOUS.

SO SHE SHOULD BE OKAY. WHEW! DARN LITTLE DOGS!


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on Feb 7th, 2014, 10:23am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Waiting to hear from the vet. Tess ate dirt now she's acting distressed. These little hairy things sure get you worried fast. They open in about 10 minutes. He's a great vet so we are lucky.

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Crystal,
I used to have a very nice dog! He had one bad habit!! He liked to argue with rattlesnakes! Dogs don't have the same reaction as humans to their bites but they do get pretty sick for a week or two! Cost me a pretty penny but he was a fair bird dog when he didn't trip over a rattler!
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I used to have a very nice dog! He had one bad habit!! He liked to argue with rattlesnakes! Dogs don't have the same reaction as humans to their bites but they do get pretty sick for a week or two! Cost me a pretty penny but he was a fair bird dog when he didn't trip over a rattler!
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Hey Lone cheesy

I am so happy that she only likes to eat dirt periodically.
Rattlesnakes are mean! Glad your dog was okay.

Tess is annoyed that she's only getting chicken broth but other than that she's doing well.

Rattlesnakes....UGH! I hate snakes!

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Good morning UFOCasebookers cheesy

I remembered a rattlesnake story. When I was a kid many years ago my parents and I would go ghosttown hunting in Arizona. We were down in the Chiricahua mountains and my dad went to jump over a stream. We were behind him. We all heard those rattles, my dad stopped in mid jump and reversed. I've never seen anything like it since. He stopped in mid air and jumped back onto the bank. Those rattlers will make you do super human things.


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We couldn't do that now, it's too dangerous down there on the border.

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UFO Congress in Scottsdale to feature George Noory of Coast to Coast AM

by Kevin Wierzbicki
February 7 2014

George Noory, the primary host of the Coast to Coast AM radio show that focuses on UFOs and other strange occurrences, will be a featured speaker at the 23rd Annual International UFO Congress set to take place in metropolitan Phoenix February 12-16. The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino in Scottsdale will be the host venue for the 5-day event. The gathering is the nation’s largest event for UFO buffs, experts and the curious.

Besides offering presentations by over 20 UFO experts, the International UFO Congress will also feature a UFO film festival, a sizable vendor’s area and a chance to participate in a “nighttime sky watch” under notoriously clear and starry Arizona skies. Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, Ted Peters, Mike Clelland, Kim Carlsberg, Patty Greer, Richard Hoover and Kewaunee Lapseritis are among the other experts slated to speak on topics ranging from crop circles to UFO happenings around the world to the “real” Area 51. Many of the speakers, including Noory, will be available to meet with attendees.

A wide variety of ticket options are on offer; attendees can purchase tickets in advance that cover the whole shebang, just the weekend, or a particular morning or evening session. The Radisson is also offering a special rate on lodging for Congress attendees. Tickets will also be available at the door, and the film festival portion of the program, taking place on the evenings of February 13 and 14, is free and open to the public.

For ticket information and a complete list of speakers and events, visit the International UFO Congress website:
http://ufocongress.com/

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A flight from Ukraine has landed safely in Turkey after a 'severely intoxicated' passenger attempted to hijack the plane and force it to divert to Sochi.

By Harriet Alexander, and Caleb Lauer in Istanbul
7:01PM GMT 07 Feb 2014

A jet carrying 110 passengers from Ukraine has landed in Istanbul after a reported hijacking attempt.

The plane landed safely at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, and photos on social media showed a man in a tracksuit being led off the plane.

The Interfax news agency cited the Ukrainian Security Service, the country's main security agency, as saying the passenger who tried to hijack the plane was in a state of severe alcohol intoxication. It also said he has been pacified, and no weapons or explosives were found on him, but it was not clear where the information was coming from.

"A Pegasus Airlines plane flying from Kharkov to Sabiha Gokcen landed at Sabiha Gokcen safely after receiving a bomb threat while in the air," the Turkish civil aviation authority said in a statement.

Habib Soluk, an official from Turkey's transport ministry, confirmed that a bomb threat had been made.

"We are sure that he didn't enter the cockpit. We know that the aircraft was hijacked before it entered Turkish airspace," he said.

"People are still inside but the pilot called security and gave them a signal that they can enter the plane. There is a translator - a Turkish man near the Ukrainian to calm him down," an airport official told Reuters.

The passenger was calmed down by the crew and persuaded to let the plane, a Boeing 737-800, land in Istanbul at 6:02 pm (1602 GMT), according to Dogan news agency.

Turkish media said that the Ukrainian man attempted to hijack the plane en route from Kharkov in Ukraine to Turkey, and divert it to Sochi - where the Winter Olympics are taking place.

The man claimed there was a bomb on board the Pegasus Airlines aircraft, tried to gain access to the cockpit and was carrying a detonator, the unconfirmed reports said.

The pilot managed to sound the alert and an F-16 Turkish military jet was scrambled, forcing the plane to land in Istanbul, the reports said.

The head of Turkey's main pilots' union said: "I received confirmation that everyone on board is okay and that the plane is fine. I know the pilot... he is experienced and I am sure everything is fine."

Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a brief statement that there was a "bomb threat" aboard their flight from Kharkov.

Turkish anti-terrorist commandos and armed police were searching all the passengers on the aircraft for explosives, the reports said.

Little detail was known about the man behind the reported attempt.

But coming just hours before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi - just across the Black Sea from Istanbul - the suspicion was immediately raised that it could be connected to the Olympics.

Terrorists from the Caucasus region of Russia have threatened to launch an attack on the Games. Earlier this week the United States warned that terrorists could be attempting to bring a bomb to Sochi hidden inside toothpaste tubes. And the US has banned the transport of all liquids and gels on flights to Russia, in response to the heightened threat.

Russia is under huge pressure to organise a glitch-free Games after a build-up dogged by controversies over gay rights, construction delays and security.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10625034/Winter-Olympics-Bomb-threat-forces-plane-from-Ukraine-to-land-in-Turkey-after-hijack-attempt.html

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on Feb 7th, 2014, 10:23am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Waiting to hear from the vet. Tess ate dirt now she's acting distressed. These little hairy things sure get you worried fast. They open in about 10 minutes. He's a great vet so we are lucky.

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Hope your vet can help and provide reassuring information, Crystal. Yes, the 'hairy ones' kinda grow on'ya don't they smiley! We have cats, and we tend to worry about their health problems as much as about our kids, any fam member!

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