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#1 hamradio

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Posted Today, 12:24 PM

I have read several articles stating that the success of agriculture depended heavily on the presence of cats. Loss of stored grain to rodents made agriculture only marginally better than hunting-gathering. Cats reduced these losses and were solely responsible for allowing storage in sufficient quantities to feed the population during a year of bad yields. This may be why ancient Egyptians worshiped cats.

 

Why Egyptains Cats....Besides being great companions, cats may have actually saved civilization from starvation and disease.

 

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#2 SansFin

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Posted Today, 12:12 PM

Mice infested human settlements 15,000 years ago

 

Previous research has pointed to the rise of farming as the starting point for transforming human relations with the animal world -- particularly small mammals like mice.

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Anyone could have guessed this, except for the scientists. Mice started infesting settlements the moment they were built.

 

 

I have read several articles stating that the success of agriculture depended heavily on the presence of cats. Loss of stored grain to rodents made agriculture only marginally better than hunting-gathering. Cats reduced these losses and were solely responsible for allowing storage in sufficient quantities to feed the population during a year of bad yields. This may be why ancient Egyptians worshiped cats.


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#3 hamradio

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Posted Today, 10:51 AM

Tasmanian Tiger Sightings Prompt Scientists To Search For Extinct Marsupial In Australia

The thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger, is known as the largest carnivorous marsupial of modern times.

The animal, characterized by a striped lower back, however, is believed to have become extinct because of extensive hunting and competition with the dingo.

 

The species is believed to have been wiped out on mainland Australia about 2,000 years ago and the last of the species is thought to have died in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania in 1936.

Some researchers, however, considered the possibility that Hobart Zoos' Benjamin could not be the last Tasmanian tiger and that tiny thylacine populations may have held on and survived into the 1940s. Hope that the Tasmanian tiger has somehow survived is now up due to "plausible" sightings of the animal in northern Queensland.

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They have come back to warn us about global warming, I am sure of it.

 

 

I'm hoping the Tasmanian Tiger survived, some animals people think went extinct because of man came back.  One example the Takahē thought to have been brought to extinction in 1898.

 

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Posted Today, 10:20 AM

Tasmanian Tiger Sightings Prompt Scientists To Search For Extinct Marsupial In Australia

The thylacine, also called the Tasmanian tiger, is known as the largest carnivorous marsupial of modern times.

The animal, characterized by a striped lower back, however, is believed to have become extinct because of extensive hunting and competition with the dingo.

 

The species is believed to have been wiped out on mainland Australia about 2,000 years ago and the last of the species is thought to have died in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania in 1936.

Some researchers, however, considered the possibility that Hobart Zoos' Benjamin could not be the last Tasmanian tiger and that tiny thylacine populations may have held on and survived into the 1940s. Hope that the Tasmanian tiger has somehow survived is now up due to "plausible" sightings of the animal in northern Queensland.

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Posted Today, 10:13 AM

Aliens have never been to Earth, claims former astronaut

Speaking to Australia's news.com, Bean -- an Apollo 12 astronaut and one of only 12 humans to have ever walked on the moon -- mused: "I do not believe that anyone from outer space has ever visited the Earth."

That's quite a belief. Hasn't he ever looked around the world -- goodness, he lives in Texas -- and wondered about a few of his fellow beings and where they might have originated?

Bean, though, insisted: "Civilizations that are more advanced are more altruistic and friendly -- like Earth, which is better than it used to be -- so they would have landed and said, 'We come in peace and we know from our studies you have cancer that kills people, we solved that problem 50 years ago, here's the gadget we put on a person's chest that will cure it, we will show you how to make it.'"

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I am so happy to hear this, lol.


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Posted Yesterday, 03:23 PM

A diet high in fruit may increase brain size in primates, according to a new study

 

Researchers from New York University analyzed both brain size and diet in more than 140 primate species. This included groups like lemurs, apes, monkeys, and lorises.

The team found that fruit-eating primates have 25 percent more brain tissue than animals that eat leaves. This remained true even if certain species were smaller than others. For instance, while both spider and howler monkeys inhabit the same environment and live in groups of 10, spider monkeys have bigger brains. Researchers believe this is because howler monkeys spend their time relaxing and eating leaves while spider monkeys forage for jungle fruits.

 

Past research has suggested large primate groups with intricate social structures have larger brains. In fact, it is one of the leading theories as to why humans evolved to be more intelligent than other species. This new evidence goes against that by suggesting human and non-human primate brain evolution may be driven by differences in feeding rather than in socialization.

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If you relax and eat leaves you end up stupid. Buy fruits and eat all you can.

 


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Posted Yesterday, 03:13 PM

Mice infested human settlements 15,000 years ago

Miami (AFP) - Mice began infesting human settlements some 15,000 years ago in the Middle East, said a study Monday that suggested the little rodents have been scurrying underfoot far longer than previously thought.

 

As soon as hunter-gatherers began settling down rather than roving from place to place, house mice began to edge out their wild counterparts, said the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a peer-reviewed US journal.

 

"The research provides the first evidence that, as early as 15,000 years ago, humans were living in one place long enough to impact local animal communities -- resulting in the dominant presence of house mice," said co-author Fiona Marshall, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Previous research has pointed to the rise of farming as the starting point for transforming human relations with the animal world -- particularly small mammals like mice.

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Anyone could have guessed this, except for the scientists. Mice started infesting settlements the moment they were built.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:53 PM

Universal basic income debate sharpens as observers grasp for solutions to inequality

Is a guaranteed paycheck from the government, with no strings attached, the answer to the relentless rise of automation?

The concept might sound far-fetched, but a so-called universal basic income (UBI), is currently one of the most hotly debated policy topics being floated as a means to address income inequality and the disruption that technology poses to the workforce. UBI is being tested in Finland and other international markets, but has received decidedly mixed reactions.

Meanwhile, developments in robotics and artificial intelligence have grave implications for the labor force. A report issued this week from consulting firm PwC found that more than a third of U.S. jobs were at risk from automation, upping the ante for policy makers to cushion the blow to workers.

Advocates for UBI argue that a guaranteed paycheck could serve as a way to fight poverty and uncertainty in an evolving U.S. economy, and encourage workers to take more risks in the job market if they had some extra money as a cushion.

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Are people really stupid enough to believe this? If you give them guaranteed money they will stop working and watch TV. This idea sounds like it is straight out of California.
 

 

 

A dumb idea out of California?  Just where IS High Sierra anyway, MM?  ;)

 

Anyway....if the money is an amount to where those recieving it just barely  scratch by, many will seek out better paying work(if available)..  And both human laborers and corporations need to take note.  Robots and machinery can't and don't buy the products they're created to produce.  Cars, clothing, homes, furnishings etc.  Eventually, for both the labor force's and manufacturer's salvation, there has to be a saturation point.  And some politicians have to realize you can't build a strong economy on a welfare state, or where there's no minimum wage to help create more disposable income.  With only 1% of the total population of 300+ million holding most of the wealth,  even THEY have limits to how much they can buy and have room for.

 

 

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:37 PM

hamradio, I'm surprised the moderators left your spider pix alone.  You're naughty!  But very funny...

 

:lol:  

 

They're not bigoted against arachnid / human relationship. :P


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

hamradio, I'm surprised the moderators left your spider pix alone.  You're naughty!  But very funny...

 

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:20 PM

Do Spiders Have A Romantic Personality?

Every person in this world is unique and shows their love differently, and it turns out the same can probably be said for spiders.

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati are spinning a tale of spider personality, with a focus on romance, and they say it can include “charisma,” of all things. Different types of wolf spiders woo their mates in distinct ways, with some sending out vibrations to their potential partners and others using visual cues like waving their legs at them, the university said in a statement.

 

Two studies on wolf spider personalities were presented this month at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. The university said the findings go against a common idea that spider behavior is genetic — instead the spider species, which are genetically similar but behave differently, act based upon their experiences or other factors.

 

Wolf spiders are not all the same; they have different personalities just like humans.

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Black Widow spiders might not be happy with these researchers, they show their love the same.

 

 

Yep!

 

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:13 PM

Do Spiders Have A Romantic Personality?

Every person in this world is unique and shows their love differently, and it turns out the same can probably be said for spiders.

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati are spinning a tale of spider personality, with a focus on romance, and they say it can include “charisma,” of all things. Different types of wolf spiders woo their mates in distinct ways, with some sending out vibrations to their potential partners and others using visual cues like waving their legs at them, the university said in a statement.

 

Two studies on wolf spider personalities were presented this month at the Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. The university said the findings go against a common idea that spider behavior is genetic — instead the spider species, which are genetically similar but behave differently, act based upon their experiences or other factors.

 

Wolf spiders are not all the same; they have different personalities just like humans.

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Black Widow spiders might not be happy with these researchers, they show their love the same.


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:18 PM

Universal basic income debate sharpens as observers grasp for solutions to inequality

Is a guaranteed paycheck from the government, with no strings attached, the answer to the relentless rise of automation?

The concept might sound far-fetched, but a so-called universal basic income (UBI), is currently one of the most hotly debated policy topics being floated as a means to address income inequality and the disruption that technology poses to the workforce. UBI is being tested in Finland and other international markets, but has received decidedly mixed reactions.

Meanwhile, developments in robotics and artificial intelligence have grave implications for the labor force. A report issued this week from consulting firm PwC found that more than a third of U.S. jobs were at risk from automation, upping the ante for policy makers to cushion the blow to workers.

Advocates for UBI argue that a guaranteed paycheck could serve as a way to fight poverty and uncertainty in an evolving U.S. economy, and encourage workers to take more risks in the job market if they had some extra money as a cushion.

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Are people really stupid enough to believe this? If you give them guaranteed money they will stop working and watch TV. This idea sounds like it is straight out of California.
 


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 01:12 PM

'Unparalleled' number of dinosaur tracks found in Australia

An "unprecedented" 21 different types of dinosaur tracks have been found on a stretch of Australia's remote coastline, scientists said Monday, dubbing it the nation's Jurassic Park.

Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said it was the most diverse such discovery in the world, unearthed in rocks up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, said the tracks were "globally unparalleled".

 

"There are thousands of tracks around Walmadany. Of these, 150 can confidently be assigned to 21 specific track types, representing four main groups of dinosaurs," Salisbury said.

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These must be the hostile Brexit dinosaurs that were unhappy in the U.K.


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Posted 26 March 2017 - 11:31 PM

Russia developing Zombie Gun.

 

http://yournewswire....bies-literally/

 

All Putin has to do is give everyone a Smartphone. :lol:

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Nahh, Putin wouldn't want to dumb down his own people.  I know... "what is his problem"



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 10:44 PM

A tree with crabs...oh well,  should be careful who they hang around with.

 

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 09:29 PM

Scientists find crab up tree

Crustacean hunters look for their prey on the sea floor, on reefs, in rock pools, and in mud banks. Very few, however, look up in the trees.

 

This is unfortunate because, in Hong Kong at least, that would be a good idea.

 

Scientists Stefano Cannicci, of Hong Kong University, and Peter Ng, of the University of Singapore, this week announced the discovery of a new crab species, which spends a lot of its time walking along the branches of mangrove trees growing in tidal zones.

 

The crabs – dubbed Haberma tingkok – are pretty small, with all the specimens collected measuring less than one centimetre across the carapace.

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They should have blamed this on global warming, the crabs had nowhere to go but up. No research funding for this discovery.


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Posted 26 March 2017 - 09:25 PM

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change.

The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.

The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a worldwide environmental campaign, celebrated across all continents.

The World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) conservation group, which organizes the event, said great strides had been made in highlighting the dire state of the planet.

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Wow, they turned off the lights for a whole hour, that is real dedication. It's like someone who protests logging buying a log cabin.


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Posted 26 March 2017 - 12:42 PM

Russia developing Zombie Gun.

 

http://yournewswire....bies-literally/

 

All Putin has to do is give everyone a Smartphone. :lol:

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 10:22 AM

Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

In two rooms of Charles and Lois O’Brien’s modest home in Tucson, Arizona, more than a million insects – a collection worth an estimated $10m – rest in tombs of glass and homemade shelving. They come from every continent and corner of the world, gathered over almost six decades; a bug story that began as a love story.

This week, the O’Briens, both octogenarians, announced that they would donate their collection, one of the world’s largest private holdings, to Arizona State University.

Nico Franz, an entomologist at ASU, said the O’Brien collection was a goldmine for researchers and would double the university’s current holdings. Every specimen of the collection is worth $5 to $300, depending on its rarity, he said, and perhaps 1,000 of the O’Briens’ insects are “new to science”. The collection will help scientists piece together a large branch of insects’ family tree and also be a resource for scientists who study natural controls on the environment.

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These people are crazy if they think this bug collection is worth $10 million. If I had bugs worth $300 each I would have been selling them for years and collecting as many extras as I could to do it.

 

 

You missed the whole point of that item, didn't you?

 

Just like you seem to miss the whole point of ANYthing  science based that requires an IQ higher than 10.

 

Like rejecting any science that attempts to prove that there ARE serious consequences to unchecked and uncessated environmental pollution, or that suggests you and others undertake the responsible and MATURE obligation of cleaning UP after yourselves.

 

 

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