Anaxagoras wrote:Nice Thing
But writing it in Comic Sans isn't Nice, Anax…
Anaxagoras wrote:Nice Thing
sparks wrote:Sorry I'm late on the cave thing. I got sidetracked by the redheads you see.
Galapagos' new star tortoise and prolific dad Diego does what his predecessor Lonesome George didn't - he helps to save his species. AP, 2015.
(NEWSER) — The most tireless and passionate proponent of saving the Galapagos tortoise from extinction is ancient, lecherous, and not particularly attractive, but those attributes are apparently a big hit with the ladies. Gentle reader, meet Diego, the lusty 100-plus-year-old tortoise who has helped bring his kind back from the brink of extinction—by having copious amounts of sex with any female in sight, reports the AFP. "He’s a very sexually active male reproducer," says Washington Tapia, an actual tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park. "He’s contributing enormously to repopulating the island." How enormously? Diego is babydaddy to an estimated 800 offspring, or to better put it, a genetic test four years ago showed "that he was the father of nearly 40% of the offspring released into the wild on Espanola," the tortoises' native island.
Diego is a globe-trotting charmer, taking his name from the San Diego Zoo, where Tapia says he was taken "sometime between 1900 and 1959 by a scientific expedition." He was returned to the Galapagos Islands in 1976 to get down to work in a captive breeding program, as his kind had at one point dwindled to two males and 12 females on Espanola. Diego, it turns out, takes his job seriously. "Tough work, but some tortoise has to do it," the AFP snarks, while the Houston Chronicle runs through a primer on tortoise mating that includes the tidbit that "female giant tortoises are silent while the males make a sound similar to that of a cow's 'moo.'" Today, at least 2,000 tortoises have been released into the wild. “It’s a population that’s in pretty good shape, and growing, which is the most important,” Tapia says.
Witness wrote:sparks wrote:Sorry I'm late on the cave thing. I got sidetracked by the redheads you see.
Why not? It's a good sidetrack, sparks.
shemp wrote:Are those freckles or smallpox?
pillory wrote:jokes aren't funny....seriously thinking......
seriously thinking might be funny....but it's not joke
Science Bulletin wrote:Acidity in atmosphere minimised to preindustrial levels
New research shows that human pollution of the atmosphere with acid is now almost back to the level that it was before the pollution started with industrialisation in the 1930s. The results come from studies of the Greenland ice sheet and are published in the scientific journal, Environmental Science and Technology.
Afghan Girl: National Geographic photographer vows to help
A photographer who took the iconic National Geographic image of an Afghan refugee in 1985 has vowed to do "anything possible" to help after reports she has been arrested.
Officials say "green-eyed girl" Sharbat Gula has been detained in Pakistan on suspicion of holding fake ID papers.
She could face a fine and up to 14 years in jail.
Photographer Steve McCurry posted to Instagram that this was "an egregious violation of her human rights".
He wrote: "We are doing everything we can to get the facts by contacting our colleagues and friends in the area.
"I am committed to doing anything and everything possible to provide legal and financial support for her and her family.
"I object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms. She has suffered throughout her entire life."
Bugger'd by Colonists
I used to go out with a girl who was an apprentice at Pinewood Studios. This was nearly 20 years ago. She was supposed to be a set designer and builder, but really at her age the older guys just used her as an extra hand to move scenery and hold paint buckets.
A few of them were giving her a hard time and calling her dyke and other homophobic slurs (she's actually bi, hence being with me) and Brian Blessed went up to them.
Apparently he really looked pissed, and they were suddenly expecting to be shouted at by the talent.
Instead he put his arms around 2 of the guys and said really quietly and forcefully something like:
"If you ever treat a lady like that again I will take the fist," he showed them his giant ham fist. "And I'll pulp every part of your face, so you'll never see... Or talk... Ever again. Are we clear?"
There were 3 of them, and they weren't small guys.
Science Daily wrote:Fuel from sewage is the future -- and it's closer than you think
The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, mimics the geological conditions Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years. The resulting material is similar to petroleum pumped out of the ground, with a small amount of water and oxygen mixed in. This biocrude can then be refined using conventional petroleum refining operations.
Wastewater treatment plants across the U.S. treat approximately 34 billion gallons of sewage every day. That amount could produce the equivalent of up to approximately 30 million barrels of oil per year. PNNL estimates that a single person could generate two to three gallons of biocrude per year.
Sewage, or more specifically sewage sludge, has long been viewed as a poor ingredient for producing biofuel because it's too wet. The approach being studied by PNNL eliminates the need for drying required in a majority of current thermal technologies which historically has made wastewater to fuel conversion too energy intensive and expensive. HTL may also be used to make fuel from other types of wet organic feedstock, such as agricultural waste.
Using hydrothermal liquefaction, organic matter such as human waste can be broken down to simpler chemical compounds. The material is pressurized to 3,000 pounds per square inch -- nearly one hundred times that of a car tire. Pressurized sludge then goes into a reactor system operating at about 660 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat and pressure cause the cells of the waste material to break down into different fractions -- biocrude and an aqueous liquid phase.
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