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A BIRD AND THE MEAD OF POETRY

Ulli Kattenstroth The red-necked phalarope is an extraordinary bird and a real wanderer between the worlds and above the sea of fog although it is not really big (length of 19 cms). The photo above shows the outlook during breeding, in autumn and winter the plumage will change to a simple white/grey. Quite exceptionally in nature the gender roles of […]

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Indigenous leaders warn of protests, halting developments over shale gas exemption

Originally posted on RED POWER MEDIA:
Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine says ‘the blueprint’ for government to consult Indigenous groups is there. (Radio-Canada) ‘It is our job to ensure the protection of lands and waters for our future generations’: Chief Ross Perley Top Indigenous leaders are warning that the Higgs government has made “a serious mistake” on…

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The most extreme life on the planet. Part one: life in volcanos.

Originally posted on Swift Science:
Yellowstone National Park, with each ring of colour due to a different microorganism. For all its beauty, Yellowstone National Park is a terrifying place. If it erupted tomorrow, most of America would be drowned in ash, and they wouldn’t see sunlight for weeks. Add extreme pressures, no nutrients and oxygen depletion to the searing heat in volcanic pools and you can understand why we used to think life here was impossible. However, those amazing dashes of red, green and yellows sweeping across the volcanic pools are not from the rocks but from microbial life which aren’t just tolerating the scorching heat, but need it to survive. Apart from being a liiitle bit painful, if I jumped in the pool and tried to survive, my cell membranes would crumble, my enzymes and proteins would melt and my DNA simply unravel and fall apart. How is it then, that at 115°C we still find archaea (single celled organisms which are as different from bacteria as we are)? To survive and grow, these archaea have ultra strong membranes to stop the cell from melting. Weirdly, they then pump salt into their cells, acting as a clamp to hold the protein and DNA structures together, so they don’t fragment. For food the ingenious and complicatedly named Sulfolobus acidocaldarius actually sticks and clings onto sulphur crystals and uses the hydrogen sulphide to gather energy. Nothing so far has been found…

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US Congressional Testimony of Benjamin Nuvamsa, Elder of the Hopi Bear Clan, on Importance of the Grizzly Bear

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + :
Yellowstone National Park Grizzly sow and cubs “Mr. Benjamin H. Nuvamsa (testimony) Hopi Bear Clan Former Chairman, Hopi Tribe Village of Shungopavi, AZ Testimony of Benjamin Nuvamsa Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act (H.R. 2432) Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife May 15, 2019 Mr. Chairman and Honorable Members of the Subcommittee on Water,…

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