An Object at Rest

An Object at Rest from Seth Boyden on Vimeo.

An awesome video that really doesn’t need much in the way of explanation. –>> Read more

Bluff

Bluff
Photo: Stumble

This relates in some ways to my recent series on Dungeons & Dragons. During an adventure/game you might decide in a particular situation to try and bluff it out. Whether or not you are successful depends to a certain extent on a roll of the dice… however; there’s always an ‘however’, if your trying to bluff a huge bad ass Dragon, there’s a good chance your going to get crispyfryed or chomped. These hounds could probably be fooled or Bluffed with a masking spell and a bit of luck with the dice.

World’s energy crisis solved using cats

Solar Cat
Photo: home.nc.rr.com/eshiue/

So all it’s going to take to solve our energy crisis is a few billion cats set to work lying about in the sun.

On a more serious note I just want to pose one question.

Why is it that Governments around the world are continuing to build new nuclear power plant?

One look at the earlier Chernobyl post should be enough to make any decent person realize that we must use alternatives to nuclear power. I guess that answers my question, too few in positions of power are decent people.

Website: Cat Solar

C’mon you guys, your Killing me!

Tassie Devil
Photo: Wikipedia

Devil in trouble

The Tasmanian Devil is in deep trouble. Since 1995 they have had to contend with the terrible facial cancer which is bringing them to the brink of extinction. Some scientists say they may only have 10-20 years left unless something drastic is done to protect them.

The Disease

The facial carcinoma, Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) disrupts the devils ability to feed and they die from malnutrition usually within 6 months. What a terrible way for these wonderful creatures to die.

Scientist have stated a drop in the devil’s numbers has led to a loss of genetic diversity. This in turn has meant that the devil’s immune system does not fight the cancers.

Please see quote below from Dr Katherine Belov of the Sydney University’s School of Veterinary Science.

“Devils do not mount an immune response against DFTD, This is due to a loss of genetic diversity in the most important immune gene region of the genome: the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC).”

“In the case of devils, genetic diversity at the MHC is so low, and the MHC type of tumour and host are so alike, that the host does not see the tumour as ‘non-self’.”

So a loss of habitat due to logging has reduced the devil’s gene pool which has meant the devil’s are unable to effectively fight this disease.

The Greed of big logging companies

Another disaster caused by the greed of big companies, they must be stopped. Gunns and co, along with their friends in high places, must be sent a clear message that we as citizens of this country will not stand for the continued destruction of our environment and the animals that live there.

We can save them

The devil’s in the Northwest of Tasmania are basically not yet affected by DFTD, however the continued clear-fell logging by companies such as Gunn’s will further threaten this wonderful creature and cause them to go the way of their extinct cousins the Tasmanian Tiger.

This is our opportunity, stop the clear fell logging in Tasmania and especially in the Northwest area and right away we start to give this wonderful creature a fighting chance.

We can’t bring the Tassie Tiger back, but given the right attitude we can save the Tassie Devil, SO;

Tassie Devil
Picture: Looney Tunes via Wikipedia

Websites: Tassie Devil on Wikipedia and Save The Tassie Devil

Alien looking shrimp in Outback Northern Territory, Australia

Alien looking shrimp emerge from Northern Territory Desert after heavy rains

A collection of photos were posted to the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife’s Facebook page last year showing an alien looking creature that has appeared in the puddles after some recent heavy rains in the Northern Territory Outback of Australia

The photos were sent in by Parks and Wildlife Follower Nick Morgan, who found the strange looking creatures near Alice Springs.

“It’s a type of crustacean known as a Shield Shrimp, and there is one species in Australia, Triops australiensis.”

The species of shrimp are extremely well adapted to the harsh environment of Australia’s deserts and their eggs can remain dormant for many years, before hatching when significant rains cause an explosion in their population.

As reported in a previous post Rain on Uluru , there have been significant rains throughout Central Austrlia, and this has provided the ideal environment for these Strange Looking Shrimp to thrive.

More of these interesting creatures can be seen here –>> Read more

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