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Mimosa Plants Have Long Term Memory, Can Learn, Biologists Say | Biology | Sci-News.com

Mimosa Plants Have Long Term Memory, Can Learn, Biologists Say | Biology | Sci-News.com | Amazing World | Scoop.it

Biologists have demonstrated that an exotic herb known as Mimosa pudica can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals.

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A world where everyone has a robot: why 2040 could blow your mind

A world where everyone has a robot: why 2040 could blow your mind | Amazing World | Scoop.it

Technological change is accelerating today at an unprecedented speed and could create a world we can barely begin to imagine.

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How plants recognize the bugs that eat them - Futurity

How plants recognize the bugs that eat them - Futurity | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Plants can tell what type of insect is noshing on them and launch a tailored defense. Now scientists have pinpointed 2,778 genes involved in the response.
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Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact

Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Using aerial photographs that render imperiled landscapes almost abstract, Edward Burtynsky explores the consequences of human activity bearing down on the earth’s resources.

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, August 11, 2014 8:12 AM

These images may be very useful for teaching the DCI's under the Human Impact topic.

Alexandra Piggott's curator insight, August 11, 2014 6:48 PM

Is this evidence of homgeniziation of landscapes?

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 11, 2014 8:11 PM

People change landscapes. This is a great resource available as an iPad App also Called Burtynsky Water. 

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Spiders know the meaning of "web music" made by vibrations of entangled prey, wind and mates

Spiders know the meaning of "web music" made by vibrations of entangled prey, wind and mates | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Spider silk transmits vibrations across a wide range of frequencies so that, when plucked like a guitar string, its sound carries information about prey, mates, and even the structural integrity of a web.

 

The discovery was made by researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Strathclyde, and Sheffield who fired bullets and lasers at spider silk to study how it vibrates. They found that, uniquely, when compared to other materials, spider silk can be tuned to a wide range of harmonics. The findings, to be reported in the journal Advanced Materials, not only reveal more about spiders but could also inspire a wide range of new technologies, such as tiny light-weight sensors.

 

'Most spiders have poor eyesight and rely almost exclusively on the vibration of the silk in their web for sensory information,' said Beth Mortimer of the Oxford Silk Group at Oxford University, who led the research. 'The sound of silk can tell them what type of meal is entangled in their net and about the intentions and quality of a prospective mate. By plucking the silk like a guitar string and listening to the ‘echoes’ the spider can also assess the condition of its web.' 

 

This quality is used by the spider in its web by 'tuning' the silk: controlling and adjusting both the inherent properties of the silk, and the tensions and interconnectivities of the silk threads that make up the web. To study the sonic properties of the spider's gossamer threads the researchers used ultra-high-speed cameras to film the threads as they responded to the impact of bullets. In addition, lasers were used to make detailed measurements of even the smallest vibration.

 

'The fact that spiders can receive these nanometre vibrations with organs on each of their legs, called slit sensillae, really exemplifies the impact of our research about silk properties found in our study,' said Dr Shira Gordon of the University of Strathclyde, an author involved in this research.


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Tweet from @JRhodesPianist

Tweet from @JRhodesPianist | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Wildlife enthusiast sets up webcam and catches a fox & hedgehog enjoying a late dinner together. Love. http://t.co/yHm8GaLzdl
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Top 10 new species of the past year – in pictures

Top 10 new species of the past year – in pictures | Amazing World | Scoop.it
The International Institute for Species Exploration has picked 10 of 18,000 species new to science in the past year, from a tiny skeleton shrimp at Santa Catalina Island in California to a translucent Croatian snail (What’s your favourite new...
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9 places on Earth we know very little about - KETK

9 places on Earth we know very little about - KETK | Amazing World | Scoop.it
9 places on Earth we know very little about KETK Hanbury-Tenison OBE and an honorary Doctor of Science from Plymouth University, sees three new frontiers of exploration: the tropical rainforest canopy, which researchers are beginning to access by...
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Country diary: South Uist: Suddenly the whooper swans are here, pure white against a flawless blue sky

Country diary: South Uist: Suddenly the whooper swans are here, pure white against a flawless blue sky | Amazing World | Scoop.it
South Uist: Hearing the call of whooper swans, wingtip to wingtip in flight, is a magical moment out on the dunesThe morning's brisk northwesterlies have died away almost entirely and the stinging hail showers have given way to unbroken sunshine.
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Amazing visuals of thunderstorms in central US Thursday - Washington Post (blog)

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Amazing visuals of thunderstorms in central U.S. Thursday. By Jason Samenow. April 4 at 10:47 am. More. Comments.
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Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun

Solar Ambitions: 6 Projects Powered By The Sun | Amazing World | Scoop.it

The city of London has covered the roof of its Blackfriar's Bridge (part of the Blackfriar's Railway Station) with 4,400 photovoltaic solar panels. The new solar array will have the capacity to convert enough solar energy to make 80,000 cups of tea a day. Since the energy created is entirely carbon free, the photovoltaic cells will reduce the station's carbon footprint by 511 tons, or an average of 89,000 car trips per year.

Solar arrays usually appear on the rooftops of buildings, or as part of large solar farms outside of cities–which makes the Blackfriar's Bridge all the more impressive. The project marks an ambitious effort to convert rail infrastructure—which itself consumes a sizable about of energy each year—to help solve the complex climate puzzle.


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Arianna Smith's curator insight, February 11, 2014 2:40 PM

Solar energy being used to dazzle the people. Not only does it look awesome but it's heading the world in the right direction. It's carbon free, which means it helps the environment. I'm  not entirely sure if it can generate a lot of energy, but it's defiantly a path I'm willing to follow. The buildings they created look like something out of a science fiction film! It's crazy. Not everyone nor every country has solar energy accessible to them(whether it's climate or price). But the people that can, should use it. I think this is a great way to showcase Solar Energy to the world.

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Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence | Amazing World | Scoop.it

A new breed of computer chips that operate more like the brain may be about to narrow the gulf between artificial and natural computation—between circuits that crunch through logical operations at blistering speed and a mechanism honed by evolution to process and act on sensory input from the real world. Advances in neuroscience and chip technology have made it practical to build devices that, on a small scale at least, process data the way a mammalian brain does. These “neuromorphic” chips may be the missing piece of many promising but unfinished projects in artificial intelligence, such as cars that drive themselves reliably in all conditions, and smartphones that act as competent conversational assistants.


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Du nouveau chez les orangs-outans : ils pêchent ! - National Geographic

Du nouveau chez les orangs-outans : ils pêchent ! - National Geographic | Amazing World | Scoop.it

Sur la trentaine de singes réintroduits sur une île fluviale, six utilisent des bâtons pour attraper les poissons ou pillent les lignes des pêcheurs (ci-dessus). Certains scientifiques pensent que l’évolution du cerveau humain fut liée à l’apport des acides gras présents dans les poissons plus que dans le régime à base de viande.


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World's biggest bony fish gets closeup in stunning video

World's biggest bony fish gets closeup in stunning video | Amazing World | Scoop.it

A video captured by divers off the coast of Portugal shows a rare up-close encounter with a massive Mola Mola, which can weigh nearly 5,000 pounds.

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The amazing health benefits of turmeric

The amazing health benefits of turmeric | Amazing World | Scoop.it

Western medicine is finally recognize the many research-backed health benefits of turmeric. Here's why you may want to add turmeric to your diet.

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Study suggests similarity between how pigeons learn the equivalent of words and the way children do

Study suggests similarity between how pigeons learn the equivalent of words and the way children do | Amazing World | Scoop.it
The more scientists study pigeons, the more they learn how their brains—no bigger than the tip of an index finger—operate in ways not so different from our own.

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Nature conservation groups challenge political parties: Recognise the wider benefits of protecting nature and commit to new legislation

Nature conservation groups challenge political parties: Recognise the wider benefits of protecting nature and commit to new legislation | Amazing World | Scoop.it

The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB are urging all the main political parties to commit to passing a new Nature and Wellbeing Act to help value what nature does for us


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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, July 31, 2014 11:27 AM

Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Landscape, said:

“Nature underpins our health, wellbeing and economy in many ways, yet society continues to let special wildlife-rich places and much-loved species disappear.  This has to change.  We must value - and recognise in the decisions we make - what nature provides us for free and we need to plan for its recovery as a matter of urgency.  A Nature and Wellbeing Act is an essential way to make this upturn happen and all parties need to rise to the challenge.

“The Liberal Democrats’ announcement is welcome and raises the environmental bar for all political parties.”

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American Bald Eagle - Flying, Hunting [Full Nature Wildlife Documentary HD]

American Bald Eagle - Flying, Hunting [Full Nature Wildlife Documentary HD] Unique to North America, the bald eagle.
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Africa’s Longest-Known Terrestrial Wildlife Migration Discovered | WWF

Africa’s Longest-Known Terrestrial Wildlife Migration Discovered | WWF | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Researchers have documented the longest-known terrestrial migration of wildlife in Africa – up to several thousand zebra covering a distance of 500km – according to World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
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Are these the most endangered accents of English? - The Guardian

Are these the most endangered accents of English? - The Guardian | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Are these the most endangered accents of English?
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Are these the most endangered accents of English? David Shariatmadari. It's not just languages that die off, but dialects too. Here are some of the ones at risk.
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Butterflywatch: Nectar points for life

Butterflywatch: Nectar points for life | Amazing World | Scoop.it
A bright early spring has filled our countryside and parks with butterflies, more than I can ever remember at this time of year.
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Bears fishing for salmon; Cat vs. deer in these amazing wildlife videos - The Huntsville Times - al.com

Bears fishing for salmon; Cat vs. deer in these amazing wildlife videos - The Huntsville Times - al.com | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Bears fishing for salmon; Cat vs. deer in these amazing wildlife videos The Huntsville Times - al.com I really enjoy watching wildlife videos and these days most everyone has a smart phone or GoPro camera in their pocket or backpack to record...
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Laaarge nudibranch

Laaarge nudibranch | Amazing World | Scoop.it
This is the largest nudibranch I evre saw, almost the size of a football.

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Twitter / MagGnome: Check out a clione, a type ...

Twitter / MagGnome: Check out a clione, a type ... | Amazing World | Scoop.it
Check out a clione, a type of sea slug. Beautiful! http://t.co/1MkYaINNmH

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Tree of Life, Bahrain:A Miraculous Survival in the Desert

Tree of Life, Bahrain:A Miraculous Survival in the Desert | Amazing World | Scoop.it

The Tree of Life or Shajarat-al-Hayat in Bahrain is a remarkable tree. Located 10 km from Askar and some 3.5 km west from Jaww, this 32-feet tall Prosopis cineraria has been making a seemingly impossible living out of dry sand for approximately 400 years. There is no apparent source of water and other vegetation for miles around. The mystery of the survival of the tree has made it a legend. Most members of Prosopis genus are native to America and they have a common name - mesquites. Prosopis cineraria however is native to Asia. These trees are known to adapt extremely well to dry deserts and thrive in arid conditions, with rainfall as low as 150mm annually. But they have deep root systems – sometimes going up to 50 meters down - capable of reaching deep beds of underground water.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, November 29, 2013 11:33 AM

........."" Et s'il n'en reste qu'un, ........ ""

Christian Allié's comment, November 29, 2013 11:38 AM
Prosopis Cineraria: http://www.jatland.com/home/Prosopis_cineraria