Creature Feature #398: Kudu

The Kudu are two species of large woodland antelopes. The Greater Kudu can be found in eastern and southern Africa. Here the females form herds with their calves, whereas the bulls lead a more solitary existence. Only the male sports the long, curling horns and these are used for disputes over mating privileges. Generally the two males will lock horns and wrestle until one surrenders but on occasion they will become trapped together. If this happens they will either starve to death or be killed by a hyena or other large predator.

Ho una scatola in cui tengo i biglietti aerei, gli scontrini e altre cose che mi legano a te. In quella scatola, però, ho messo anche il mio amore; nel frattempo, sopravvivo come sempre, aspettando il giorno in cui mi amerai ancora.
Voglio conservare un po’ della purezza di quell’amore, che avevo dentro, perché mi sembra di averlo contaminato. Forse la solitudine lo ha portato al masochismo e si è trascurato. Forse è stato massacrato di botte da tutte le brutte cose, che ci sono successe.
Vorrei una macchina del tempo, per tornare indietro e scattare una foto ai nostri cuori, affinché riesca a ricordarmi cosa voglia dire amare ed essere amati.
Oggi ho pensato una cosa: e se i chilometri equivalessero ai giorni che staremo insieme? O ai secondi? Se fosse una specie di conto alla rovescia per il giorno in cui torneremo estranei?
Vorrei poter scrivere un libro per il nostro futuro, ma a malapena riesco a scrivere una pagina del nostro presente. Posso solo aspettare, aspettare sempre e comunque.
“Aspettare, aspetterò, per tutta la vita uo-ooh”

Different organisms are capable of glowing for various reasons. Some do it for communication or to attract mates, while some glow to lure in prey. A group of researchers recently discovered a glowing larva in Peru that definitely fits into that last group. While it isn’t yet known exactly what species of beetle the larvae are, these little guys have some serious hunting prowess.

Super cool! I would think Elateridae too- there is a species of adult Click Beetle we found in the Amazon that had the brightest bioluminescence I’ve ever seen

Report: Bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and

Report: Bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

Zebra Oto - Otocinclus cocama 

Otocinclus cocama (Siluriformes - Loricariidae) is a distinctively colored species of the loricariid catfish genus Otocinclus, described in 2004 from a tributary to the lower río Ucayali in northern Peru. However, the Zebra Oto has been in the aquarium trade since early 2001 and is quite common in the aquarium shops in Iquitos, Peru, being likely to occur in other places in lower Ucayali and Marañon rivers.

This species is distinguished from other Otocinclus species by the distinct color pattern, consisting of vertically elongated blotches spanning from the dorsal midline to the ventral border of flanks, and by a complete lateral line.

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Photo credit: ©Peter Maguire | Locality: not indicated - captive (2012)

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Il lago Naivasha, nei pressi di Nairobi (Kenya), fino a poco tempo fa era uno specchio d’acqua meraviglioso e cristallino, fonte di vita per milioni di specie animali e di persone.

Adesso le acque del lago sono utilizzate per l’irrigazione dei terreni circostanti: infatti, è sorta da alcuni anni una fiorente industria di floricoltura. I fiori vengono coltivati in serre nei pressi del lago Naivasha, vengono raccolti e venduti il giorno stesso nelle aste europee. La produzione di massa, ovviamente, richiede l’utilizzo di pesticidi e di prodotti chimici, come il cloruro di metilene. Esso danneggia gravemente l’organismo umano: i vapori rilasciati possono causare problemi di respirazione e infettare gli occhi. La conseguenza è una morte lenta: i corpi dei lavoratori non riescono più a combattere, e anche un semplice raffreddore può rivelarsi mortale. 

Non solo gli uomini risentono di questo business, ma anche gli animali. I pesci e i plancton del lago vengono prelevati ogni mese, e gli studi hanno indicato che essi vengono uccisi dagli agenti chimici. 

Lo sapevamo che comprando una semplice rosa abbiamo contribuito a tutto questo?

Noi consumatori siamo i primi a doverci porre delle domande, perché noi abbiamo il grande potere di fare delle scelte. E saranno le nostre scelte a cambiare il mondo. Trasformiamoci quindi il consumatori-cittadini e pensiamo prima di comprare.

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Controllo

L’ho perso. Ho perso il controllo delle mie emozioni, delle mie sensazioni. Ho perso il controllo dei miei pensieri. Gli corro dietro per fermarli, “Venite qua! Dove pensate di poter andare?”. È una sensazione angosciante. Una cosa ingestibile per me. Vado in tilt: oddio ho perso il controllo, oddio devo riprenderlo, oddio non ci riesco, oddio ho perso il controllo anche del mantenimento del controllo. Loop. Aiuto!

Cresciuta ed abituata ad essere precisa, onesta, equilibrata, non sono in grado di accettare questa specie di cambiamento. Questa evoluzione da signorina Rottenmeier a… Boh, non lo so… Persona normale?

Mi sento stretta nella mia persona: in tutti quei “test mentali” che ho sempre fatto prima di prendere una decisione. Pro e contro. Giusto o sbagliato. Si può fare o no. Basta. Via d’impulso. Anche troppo. Via, decisa. La ragione mi dice: “Fermati! Ma ti rendi conto che non ci hai ancora pensato? Ma cosa fai?”. Ma tutto il resto è già di schiena e saluta con la mano.

Sto cercando di capire se sia un momento, o se io stia cambiando. Perché la persona di prima era spesso pesante da trasportare: stava sempre lì a pensare, a ponderare le scelte e non agiva mai d’impulso perché aveva paura delle conseguenze. Adesso invece mi sento una persona troppo “leggera” e un po’ sciocca. Tirata per i capelli, la giacca, le braccia dalla Marta “originale”: delle litigate furibonde.

Ragazze, mettetevi d’accordo. Io aspetto qua.

hannahcarbons asked:

I caught my meadow slug and my unidentified whitelip snail trying to mate! Is it common for snails and slugs to court and attempt to mate with each other?

hannahcarbons
It’s pretty rare in my experience. I’ve only seen attempted interspecies mating twice, once between two different species of Daedolachila (they were both interested, but one was much larger than the other, so it didn’t work) and once between a Bradybaena similaris and a Polygyra cereolus. The Bradybaena was uninterested and the Polygyra attempted to bite the Bradybaena in the face to try to initiate something, but this just made the Bradybaena get upset and slither away. I’ve never seen it happen between a slug and snail before, that’s pretty cool you go to see something like that :)

Also, in case anyone is wondering, it isn’t possible for different snail and slug species to crossbreed. Gastropod genetalia is so specialized that different species just don’t fit together.

Watch a tapeworm squirm through a living man’s brain

A tapeworm that usually infects dogs, frogs and cats has made its home inside a man’s brain. Sequencing its genome showed that it contains around 10 times more DNA than any other tapeworm sequenced so far, which could explain its ability to invade many different species.

When a 50-year-old Chinese man was admitted to a UK hospital complaining of headaches, seizures, an altered sense of smell and memory flashbacks, his doctors were stumped. Tests for tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV and Lyme disease were negative, and although an MRI scan showed an abnormal region in the right side of his brain, a biopsy found inflammation, but no tumour.

Over the next four years, further MRIs recorded the abnormal region moving across the man’s brain (see animation), until finally his doctors decided to operate. To their immense surprise, they pulled out a 1 centimetre-long ribbon-shaped worm.

It looked like a tapeworm, but was unlike any seen before in the UK, so a sample of its tissue was sent to Hayley Bennett and her colleagues at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, UK.

Genetic sequencing identified it as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, a rare species of tapeworm found in China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Just 300 human infections have been reported since 1953, and not all of them in the brain.

The parasite starts its life in water where it infects crustaceans. These then get eaten by reptiles and amphibians such as frogs and snakes. The worm is then passed on to larger carnivores that prey on these intermediate hosts. “Humans aren’t the natural host for the worm – they’re usually found in cats, dogs and carnivores – so when it enters a human, it doesn’t migrate to the gut as it usually would,” says Bennett. “In previous cases, they’ve been found under the skin, in the lungs or in breast lumps – where people have suspected cancer and found a worm instead.”

Yum yum, brain fat

When they do find their way into the brain, the worms trigger cerebral sparganosis, or inflammation, which is what causes symptoms such as headaches and seizures. “In this case, the patient reported different symptoms as the worm made its way across his brain,” Bennett adds.

As for what the worm was surviving on, tapeworms absorb nutrients such as fats directly through their skin, and brain tissue is rich in fatty acids. “It was moving around in there, so it must have been getting energy from somewhere,” says Bennett.

Because these worms are so rare, the Sanger team decided to take a closer look at its genome. It was around 10 times larger than any other tapeworm sequenced so far, and around a third of the size of the human genome. Part of this was due to an expansion of certain gene families that help the parasite to invade its host – this might underpin its success in a wide variety of animals.

Genome sequencing also revealed that this type of tapeworm is resistant to a conventional anti-tapeworm drug called enzimidazole, but might be sensitive to another drug, praziquantel – although in this case, surgically removing the worm cured the man of his symptoms.

"We did not expect to see an infection of this kind in the UK, but global travel means that unfamiliar parasites do sometimes appear," says Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas, from the Department of Infectious Disease at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, who was also involved in the study. "Our work shows that, even with only tiny amounts of DNA from clinical samples, we can find out all we need to identify and characterise the parasite."

Journal reference: Genome Biology, DOI: 10.1186/s13059-014-0510-3

alilesha-the-gamer asked:

♣ - What is one thing that they find embarrassing? (About them, others, things in general)

There are times when he’s incredibly embarrassed with his species in general. Starscream is a pompous jackass and loves to proclaim the superiority of Cybertronians over other forms of life, which is why it’s incredibly irritating to him when people point out just how idiotic and bloodthirsty his entire species has turned out to be. It gets kinda difficult to crow about your species superiority when your own history paints you all as a group of thick-headed morons who tore apart their own planet and then spent thousands of years marauding the galaxy on a glorified scavenger hunt.

❝above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole w o r l d  around you because the greatest secrets are always  h i d d e n  in the most unlikely places. those who don't believe in  m a g i c  will never find it. ❞ 

Hidden from the prying eyes of the world is Ashbourne.  A gated community filled to its very brim with eccentric people and creatures unknown to the rest of the world. No one knows exactly how long the community of Ashbourne has been around, and no one dare question it either. It was founded by an elderly man who residents believe doesn’t even exist anymore. Ashbourne has become the home to some of the world’s deadliest and exotic supernatural creatures. What was first intended to be an experiment on the supernatural species has turned into much more.

Vampires have always been the favored species within the walls of Ashbourne, just ask Edmund Irving, the only Vampire in existence to tell the tale of the observant man who lives up on the hill.

Living in close quarters for humans can be testing, with so many different personalities crammed into one area, it’s nearly never a success. Add Vampires, Werewolves, Sirens, Faeries and more — well, you can only imagine the kind of chaos that erupts within these gates. Deep within the walls of private homes, there are whispers of an uprising; the sort that develops slowly but impacts heavily. Mages basically have their thumb on everything around town. And everyone knows it.

It’s only a matter of time before they decide they’re done playing second fiddle to the king at the top of the hill.

Vampires live a privileged life, Human men fall victim to the charming ways of the Sirens, and the Elementals can be found doing God knows what in the forest. It’s a colorful and neurotic community, but it’s their community - Ashbourne.

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Thinking of ending your life? Wait, give this a read first.

"Here’s the thing about life. On the one hand, none of it matters. Many philosophers come to this conclusion and cannot figure out why anyone should care either way. Human beings will expand from Earth to the next galaxy and the next and then what? Our technology will increase without bounds. Life will constantly change for our species but, as a whole, we don’t have a goal nor a well-defined purpose nor a mission statement for humanity. We are just trudging through the universe one day at a time. This is why people war. They don’t think things through. They crave purpose and meaning. They are incapable of projecting far enough into the future to do something useful. They are irrational, always, and they often cause more trouble than is needed. You could look at all of that and decide you don’t want to live in such a world. But, if you do that you neglect a key aspect of it all–being a human being is a highly unique experience.

Really think about that: no one will ever have a brain like yours, or your quirks, or your combination of experiences. Expand that– humans are different from you. Consider even more the unlikeliness that you would be here in the first place. We humans take life for granted because it is all around us but you should not be here, statistically speaking. Neither should I. We are that one in a billion sperm that made it into the highly elite University of Mommy’s Egg. In our case, the penalty for not getting into that university was not sulking and licking wounds or retaking the entrance exams–it was death. Right off the bat, many of the potential replacements for you never got the chance to come into existence and as such never got the privilege to truly experience being a human being. They never got the opportunity to develop a brain that is better than any supercomputer pound per pound. They never got the opportunity to reason. They were never able to use those hundreds of thousands of sensors we call rods and cones in conjunction with the world’s best, all-natural, dynamically adjusting, camera lens (eyes) and the processing centers of our brain to interpret the energy given off by a sunset and translate it all into the beautiful image we know. Think about that. When you SEE, you are translating waves of energy into colors. That’s insane. When you HEAR, you are translating pressure waves into the audio you are perceiving. The other sperm never even got the opportunity to hear the most gorgeous note which is capable of sending chills down your spine.

Why is being a human so great? Because as a species, we are not only complex but are statistically anomalies. We go from hydrocarbon blueprints redundantly encoded in biological structures to sacks of meat to children who very quickly figure out for themselves how to take random sensory input like sight, sound, balance, etc. and make sense of it in real time. We are self-aware and dynamically adjust to life’s curve balls. Why should you want to live? Because you have eternity to be dead. That’s a hell of a lot longer than the 70-100 years you will be alive on this planet. As long as you are going to die anyway in the future, you may as well enjoy the privilege of being a human now while you can appreciate it because it is a gift that you would be a fool to squander.”

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gold-and-iron asked:

So, if Dream Chaser was born a Unicorn, a Pegasus, or a Negasus, would her talent still be the same?

(Ask #2)

WHAT! Messed up! D: I meant if she was born a Unicorn, EARTH PONY, or a Negusus would her talent be the same?

Lol That’s okay. :3

She’d still be involved with the dream process if she was a different species of pony, but she’d have different jobs…

Negasus - Same as her job as a Pegasus: dream delivery. (Cutie Mark: Same)

Unicorn - Dream weaving, that is, she’d help create the dreams that the pegasi and negasi deliver. (Cutie Mark: dream cloud with magic sparkles around it)

Earth Pony - Test Pony/Quality Control - When the unicorns and pegasi develop new techniques for dream weaving and dream delivery, they need to test them on a smaller scale before they put them into use. Test ponies are subjected to the new dreams and techniques to make sure they’re effective, and then give helpful feedback. (Cutie Mark: dream cloud with ‘Zzzz’s’ coming from it)

This beautiful photograph was taken at a place known as the Sea of Stars located on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. The water from the beach looks like it’s glowing from the stars, but it is actually from a natural phenomenon called bio luminescence. This light is emitted from a species of plankton called dinoflagellates. Amazing isn’t?

Photo Cred: @hindalhumaid

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