Category: Animals / Insects / Water Life / Plants / Nature
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Thoughts on Transgenderism
Randy sent me this and I love Neil’s answer to the questions Shapiro is asking. “Why do you care” Basically Tyson’s answer was “what is your goal, is it to restrict other people’s freedoms”? He did not let that go, even as hard as Shapiro tried to change the topic to some claim of harm to children. Tyson made clear that it did not matter what area of science it fell into, if it was biological or phycological, the fact is it exists and should be respected. Hugs
How did rocks become knobbly and bumpy? – a basic geology guide.
Turtles Around the World Are Basking in Moonlight
Thanks to Ali for sending me the link. In case it has not been clear to most people, I love wild life, learning about nature, and trying to be a good steward to the planet Earth. I want to care for and keep well the environment I need to live, and that includes keeping all the diverse species alive as possible. Perhaps the one thing I took from my years of being in the SDA religion was the idea that mankind was given dominion over the planet and its life forms but demanded to care for and nurture it. That is why the current idea from right wing religious groups that humans can trash the environment with impunity because god will fix it seems so strange to me. Maybe our friends of the blog who are of different religious faiths will weigh in and give us their opinions, as I am serious, I don’t understand the idea of destroying the place you need to live. Last I knew this was the only place within our reach that can support us, maybe we should do everything we can to keep it healthy? Hugs
A new study is the first of its kind to document the widespread basking of freshwater turtles at night.
While the rest of us are sleeping, freshwater turtles from Central America to Asia are slinking out of the water and basking at night. There have been occasional anecdotal reports of this behavior before, but now a new study is the first to document the widespread occurrence. The findings suggest that nocturnal basking “may be a common and almost entirely overlooked aspect of many species’ ecology,” write the authors.
The study was led by La Trobe University and published in Global Ecology and Conservation. In it, the authors document nocturnal basking in six families of freshwater turtle species, occurring in Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, Seychelles, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Postdoctoral Researcher at La Trobe University Dr. Donald McKnight said he and a colleague, Dr. Eric Nordberg from the University of New England, first observed freshwater turtles nocturnal basking at the Ross River in Townsville, Australia.
“We think it’s related to temperature. The water is staying so warm at night that it’s actually warmer than the turtles like to be and they can cool down by coming out of the water,” says McKnight.
“It’s widespread across the turtle family tree, with the caveat that it is only in the tropics and the subtropics where it occurs,” he added. “They were coming up at night and sitting on logs exhibiting very much the same behavior they do during the day; when we looked into it, it wasn’t something that turtles reportedly did.”
For the study, researchers from around the world did what anyone would do when wondering what turtles do at night: They put cameras on basking logs to monitor the nocturnal activity of as many freshwater turtle species as possible.
The cameras were set up in 25 locations across Australia, Belize, Germany, India, Seychelles, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and South Africa. They were programmed to take a photo every two minutes; they captured data on 29 species from seven of the freshwater turtle families.
It would be lovely to think the turtles are just enjoying some leisure time when things are quiet and the diurnal world is asleep. But the researchers note that in most cases, the turtles emerged from the water when the water was too warm and the air was cooler. Given the warming planet, that’s admittedly a bit depressing. However, not all of the nighttime baskers were escaping too-warm water. From the study:
“… [T]urtles in India exhibited more nocturnal basking on cooler nights, rather than warmer nights, and P. adansonii in Africa spent more time basking nocturnally in winter than in summer. The reasons for these differences are unclear. It may be that at some sites or seasons, turtles are escaping unfavourably warm water temperatures, while at others, they are taking advantage of the warm tropical air to increase their body temperature and escape unfavourably cold water.”
“Alternatively,” the authors add, “at some locations, nocturnal basking may not be directly for the purpose of thermoregulation, but the higher night-time temperatures in the tropics may allow turtles to emerge for other purposes, such as predator avoidance.”
Regardless of the “why” behind different species’ reasons for midnight basking, it’s a fascinating look at behavior not previously documented by scientists. And it is at least heartening to know that turtles are figuring out important behaviors tied to thermoregulation. As the study concludes, this “could have implications for turtles’ persistence and behavioural changes under climate change.”
The study “Nocturnal basking in freshwater turtles: a global assessment,” was published in Global Ecology and Conservation.
High egg prices send profits at largest US producer soaring more than 700%
Price gouging! Profit is king even if it kills people. The inflation the US is experiencing is mostly being caused by greed and unheard of profit by major companies doing price gouging. Yet few elected officials are talking about it and few news organizations are reporting it. Instead, even when hit with it during a congressional hearing Jerome Powell insists that the rates hikes will keep going until there is a return to large unemployment. Why? Because the wealthy are terrified of the power working people have right now in the labor market. They want that quashed, stomped down until the old status quo returns where companies could set any low wage and bad working conditions and the workers had to accept that. That is what the rate hikes are about, and Powell even admits that he wants high unemployment even as it hurts the working people and the poor. Now it is starting to be made more public how corporations have been raking in record profits including the big oil companies that kept gas prices as high as possible, including railroad companies even as they cut the work force to the bare minimum to the point of only having two workers for even miles long trains, and it also includes food producing companies. Stop to think of how everything people need and use went up in price the companies blamed it on everything from supply issues to in the case of eggs / chick on bird flu / death of the chickens. Yet these same companies have kept raising prices even as all the issues they claimed were causing the price increases have been solved and gone away. Hugs
Cal-Maine Foods, the largest egg producer in the United States, reported revenue doubled and profit surged 718% last quarter because of sharply higher egg prices.
The company, which controls about 20% of the US egg market according to Reuters, said its average selling price for a dozen eggs in the quarter ending February 25 was $3.30, more than double the average of $1.61 a year earlier. Despite the higher prices, the total number of eggs it sold edged up 1%, so its overall revenue rose 109% to $997.5 million.
That doubling of revenue was nothing compared to its profits, however. Net income soared to $323.2 million from only $39.5 million a year ago.
The jump in revenue and profit had been expected but easily topped forecasts. Shares of Cal-Maine (CALM) were up 4% in premarket trading.
A deadly and highly infectious avian flu has forced US farmers to kill millions of egg-laying hens, reducing the country’s egg supply and driving up prices. But Cal-Maine said in its earnings statement that there have been no positive tests for avian flu at any of its owned or contracted production facilities.
Egg producers’ pricing decisions have been criticized by some politicians, who accuse them of profiteering and price gouging.
“American families working to put food on the table deserve to know whether the increased prices they are paying for eggs represent a legitimate response to reduced supply or out-of-control corporate greed,” said a letter sent by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Katie Porter to Cal-Maine and other major egg producers last month.
Cal-Maine did not immediately respond early Wednesday to a request for comment about the letter.
Egg prices did start to retreat slightly in the government’s most recent inflation reading for February, but are still up more than 55% from a year earlier.
Humans may think we are the top of the food chain, but the idea that we are the only sentient species on the planet is beyond stupid.
Some items Randy sent me I want to share with everyone. Hugs
This is the republican view of governance, using the powers of the government to enforce their minority views on the public who disagrees with the party and to enrich themselves off the public treasury / legal bribery called lobbying. Hugs
This last one is to counteract all the crazy cruel crap and republican shit above. Enjoy with amazement at the skill of both of these two performers. Hugs