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April 7, 2014
Why Are Scientists Genetically Modifying Trees? →

ablorg:

The Lorax may speak for the trees, but even he might want to stop to listen to researchers’ new plans to genetically alter trees. What may outwardly seem like disconcerting news just might change how paper is made for the better.

The engineered trees would allow manufacturers to create…

(Source: care2.com)

April 6, 2014
marinemammalblog:

Hydroplaning
This hunting technique is strictly done by females and their offspring in the shark bay area. While hydroplaning dolphins use the shoreline and the air as a barrier herding the fish into the shoreline until the fish has nowhere to go but into the dolphin’s mouth. X

marinemammalblog:

Hydroplaning

This hunting technique is strictly done by females and their offspring in the shark bay area. While hydroplaning dolphins use the shoreline and the air as a barrier herding the fish into the shoreline until the fish has nowhere to go but into the dolphin’s mouth. X

April 3, 2014

grrlyman:

Lion cub playing in leaves

April 2, 2014
30 great ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday →

ablorg:

Don’t wait for April 22! Here is a month-long list of eco-awesome activities you can do to celebrate the planet every day.
Happy April! We finally seem to be leaving old man winter in the dust and welcoming spring with open arms.
April is also the month that we celebrate Earth…

Lake Hillier, Australia

(Source: nicolaporter, via bunny-masked-girl)

April 1, 2014
3 Reasons to Stop Building Roads in Wilderness Areas →

ablorg:

What makes the wilderness, you know…wild? Is it the ratio of resident wildlife to humans? Proliferation of flora? A lack of indoor plumbing?

According to top international scientists, one of the biggest differences between wilderness and civilization is the existence of roads. And if…

nationalpostphotos:

NEW BORN: Gorilla mother Kumili arms her newborn at the zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The baby gorilla was born during the night between 10 and 11 March 2014 and its sex is still unknown. It’s the second  gorilla baby born  within four month in this monkey group. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

March 31, 2014
How Endangered Seabirds Help Regulate Our Climate →

ablorg:

When building computer models to understand global weather patterns and project climate change, scientists look at a lot of variables. There’s surface pressure, temperature, water vapor, cloud cover and land surface area, not to mention pollution levels. But one thing scientists have…

March 29, 2014
theanimalblog:

True love
Photograph by Bill Garvin

theanimalblog:

True love

Photograph by Bill Garvin

VIDEO | “The future is in your hands,” : Sign now to defend Yasuní by @AmazonWatch . jaredleto #YasuníDependeDeTi 

Sign the petition HERE!

(Source: yesthisisacult-com)

March 26, 2014
If You Don’t Speak Up for Wolves Now, Decades of Conservation Work Will Be Destroyed →

ablorg:

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stirred up a serious controversy when it formally proposed removing federal protections for gray wolves throughout the U.S., but lawmakers and wolf advocates are continuing to speak up for wolves as time runs out.

Wolf advocates…

March 25, 2014
theanimalblog:

Submission by: thejoeskie

Beautiful coloured bird!

theanimalblog:

Submission by: thejoeskie

Beautiful coloured bird!

March 22, 2014
astronomy-to-zoology:

Zosimus aeneus
…is a species of Xanthid crab that is widely distributed across the Indo-Pacific, ranging from South Africa to the Red Sea, and east to Japan, Australia and Hawaii. Z. aeneus typically inhabits coral reefs, and is typically seen on fringe reefs in the intertidal zone. Z. aeneus is interesting due to the fact that both its shell and meat contain significant concentrations of various neurotoxins, like tetrodotoxin which is responsible for the toxicity of pufferfish. Tetrodotoxin is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and interferes with sodium channels in the membranes of nerve cells. 
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Xanthidae-Zosimus-Z. aeneus
Image: Kate Dixon

astronomy-to-zoology:

Zosimus aeneus

…is a species of Xanthid crab that is widely distributed across the Indo-Pacific, ranging from South Africa to the Red Sea, and east to Japan, Australia and Hawaii. Z. aeneus typically inhabits coral reefs, and is typically seen on fringe reefs in the intertidal zone. Z. aeneus is interesting due to the fact that both its shell and meat contain significant concentrations of various neurotoxins, like tetrodotoxin which is responsible for the toxicity of pufferfish. Tetrodotoxin is absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and interferes with sodium channels in the membranes of nerve cells. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Decapoda-Xanthidae-Zosimus-Z. aeneus

Image: Kate Dixon

March 21, 2014

astronomy-to-zoology:

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaenothorax)

Also known as the Chestnut-breasted Munia or Bully Bird, the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin is a species of Estrildid Finch (Estrildidae) that is native to Australia, New Caledonia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It has also been introduced to French Polynesia and France as well.  Chestnut-breasted mannikins typically inhabit swamps, reeds, mangroves, cane fields, grass country along with a number of other habitats.  They are a highly sociable species and can be seen in large flocks foraging for grasses and small insects. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Estrildidae-Lonchura-L. castaenothorax

Images: Fir0002 and Aviceda

death-by-lulz:

A Russian zoo is home to Zita the liger. She is half-lioness, half-tiger and has just had a litter of liliger cubs (half-lion, half-liger).

Featured on a 1000Notes.com blog

(Source: unusuallytypical, via imwithmars)