A great topic to discuss with the more curious children, and very relevant to The Dark Emperor. However, this explanation would go way over their heads, so it would be best for a teacher to tackle this first, then put it in more simpler terms for the students. I have confidence that children can understand why it is dark at night, it is simply a matter of phrasing it that is understandable for them!
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U.S. biologists have discovered a new species of slow loris in the jungles of Borneo. Slow lorises are rare amongst primates for having a toxic bite, and are rated as Vulnerable / Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Slow lorises are a group of primates belonging to the genus Nycticebus, closely related to lemurs. These creatures can be found across South East Asia – from Bangladesh and China’s Yunnan province to the island of Borneo. They are omnivores, eating insects, small birds, reptiles, eggs, fruits, nectar and other vegetation.
They are recognized by their unique fur coloration on the body and face, yet while traits such as fur patterns are often used to distinguish between species; nocturnal species are cryptic in coloration and have less obvious external differences.
A genetic examination of tarsiers indicates that the saucer-eyed primates developed three-color vision when they were still nocturnal.
A new study suggests that primates’ ability to see in three colors may not have evolved as a result of daytime living, as has long been thought. The findings, published in the journalProceedings of the Royal Society B, are based on a genetic examination oftarsiers, the nocturnal, saucer-eyed primates that long ago branched off from monkeys, apes and humans.
By analyzing the genes that encodephotopigments in the eyes of modern tarsiers, the researchers concluded that the last ancestor that all tarsiers had in common had highly acute three-color vision, much like that of modern-day primates.
Such vision would normally indicate a daytime lifestyle. But fossils show that the tarsier ancestor was also nocturnal, strongly suggesting that the ability to see in three colors somehow predated the shift to daytime living.
The coexistence of the two normally incompatible traits suggests that primates were able to function during twilight or bright moonlight for a time before making the transition to a fully diurnal existence.
“Today there is no mammal we know of that has trichromatic vision that lives during night,” said an author of the study, Nathaniel J. Dominy, associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth. “And if there’s a pattern that exists today, the safest thing to do is assume the same pattern existed in the past.
“We think that tarsiers may have been active under relatively bright light conditions at dark times of the day,” he added. “Very bright moonlight is bright enough for your cones to operate.”
Greg Pincus is determined to introduce poetry to as many people as possible. That's why the poetry lover, library volunteer, and Los Angeles-based screenwriter is celebrating National Poetry Month by showcasing the unpublished works of 30 well-known children's poets on his blog, GottaBook.
The Darkness Inside is the latest post from Sounds Like Noise. This eerie soundscape is composed from modified field recordings of nocturnal animals found in northern New South Wales, Australia. Quite spooky!
"The art of story telling through poetry is nothing new. The Greeks told stories both to preserve their culture and entertain, and later generations used oral storytelling often set to music or even told poetically through meter and rhyme. The poem-like format of these stories assured that the tale stayed in both the mind of the speaker and of those in his audience."
A very helpful article about how to use poetry in order to write your own fictional tales. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night is sure to inspire many of its readers to give poetry and fictional writing a shot.
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