tumblrbot asked: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?
Inanimate? I’m not really sure. Not something I’ve ever put much thought into.
But I would have to say my coffee cup!
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I am so far behind the times its embarrassing. I just recently learned how to allow questions and such on tumblr.
CHILEAN CARNIVOROUS PLANT COULD KILL YOU
Studies of the components of the Chilean species, Aristolochia chilensis confirmed the damage attributed to the ingestion of aristolochic acid in plants of the genus Aristolochia, plant and component consumed as “natural medicine” throughout the world.
Aristolochic acids are responsible for causing major damage than caused by smoke nicotine or ultraviolet radiation in relation ” to its ability to produce multiple mutations in hundreds or even thousands of genes , many more than any other carcinogen ” this qualities led him to become the ” greatest genotoxic agent discovered" the danger of the compounds can cause mutations associated with tumors of the urinary tract , kidneys and liver.
The aristolochic acid has been – and continues to be – used for the treatment of eczema, acne, liver symptoms, arthritis, and chronic pain.
- Reference: Ling Poon, 2013 Genome-Wide Mutational Signatures of Aristolochic Acid and Its Application as a Screening Tool. Sci Transl Med 7 August 2013.
- Photo: Diego Almendras
Protection for the Humble Thoroughwort
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week finalized designation of 10,968 acres of protected critical habitat for the Cape Sable thoroughwort, a rare plant found only in South Florida and threatened by habitat destruction…
Check out the press release to learn more:
This is how cold it is right now in Chicago
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I know about %80 of these already but it was nice to find new plants and learn how to use them :)
michael poliza in churchill manitoba, who noted “the polar bear was all by himself as they are very solitary animals anyway. but this one looked particularly sad as it wandered around, almost a though it didn’t understand where the snow had gone.” (more polar bear photos)
every december, waxwings descend on great britain from their native scandanavian breading grounds. birdwatchers across the uk travel hundreds of miles to catch a glimpse of the rare birds, who turn up in significant numbers every few years. photos by dan kitwood, who captures the waxwings eating berries from a rowan tree in london.
someone in the world is maimed or killed by a landmine every hour. apopo is a not for profit ngo that has spent the last twenty years developing and implementing “hero rats” to clear affected areas of their landmines - over 1500 in tanzania, where apopo is headquartered, 2,728 in mozambique, and 657 in thailand. there are also ongoing operations in angola and cambodia.
rats are known to be amongst the most sensitive animals when it comes to smell, with more functional genes for their olfactory system than any other mammal. a rat’s nose is constantly active and moving, and is always close to ground where vapour concentrations are highest and wind speeds are lowest.
the african giant pouched rat, being highly sociable and native to sub saharan africa, is specifically trained to detect tnt and mine casing minerals. using a combination of click training and food rewarding that begins shortly after birth and lasts nine months, the rats are able to cover 100 square metres of land in 20 minutes - something a human would need an entire day to do.
weighing just over a kilogram, the rats are too light to set off a landmine, and not one has died from the work. apopo adheres to very strict animal welfare protocols, and the rats are treated with the greatest of care and attention, with most meeting their expected eight years of life.
photos by sylvain piraux. consider adopting a rat, where you’ll get real time updates on your rat’s training and life saving work. you can also chose to instead have your rat trained to sniff out tuberculosis in sub saharan african villages (apopo has trained rats to do in ten minutes what it takes lab technicians a day to detect)
Magical Miniature Worlds By Matthew Albanese
Matthew Albanese creates small-scale meticulously detailed models of outdoor scenes and landscapes using everyday, simple, mundane materials and transform them into an image through the lens of his camera making them look hyper-realistic.
'Unimproved' grassland. These sorts of diverse habitats have all but disappeared in Britain over the past fifty years, thanks to the popular belief that drowning these grasslands in fertiliser (which allows coarse grass species to out-compete most of the wildflowers) would provide agricultural benefits. Yet British farming remains in a precarious position, and in the meantime we have destroyed a wealth of botanical (and attendant zoological) richness and beauty.
If you’re interested in helping with the arduous but heroic work being undertaken by conservationists (many of them amateur) to restore some of our lost grasslands, take a look at the websites of the Grasslands Trust (http://www.grasslands-trust.org/) and the British Grassland Society (http://www.britishgrassland.com/).
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