Tag: birds

L I N K S 04.07.18

BIOMIMICRY Underwater GPS Inspired by Shrimp Eyes: A few years ago, U.S. and Australian researchers developed a special camera inspired by the eyes of mantis shrimp that can see the polarization patterns of light waves, which resemble those in a rope being waved up and down. That means the bio-inspired camera can detect how light

Strange & Wonderful Things: LINKS 03/07/18

  BIRDS A new photobook about chickens called “Chicken”: CONSCIOUSNESS From OMNI Magazine’s “Interviews from the Vault” — John Lily on dolphin consciousness: I just did a very primitive experiment — a Saturday afternoon-type experiment — at Marine World. I was floating in an isolation tank and had an underwater loudspeaker close to my head

Strange and Wonderful Things LINKS 03/02/18

ANIMALS A secret penguin supercolony in Antarctica  PYGOSCELIS ADELIAE IS COMMONLY KNOWN as the Adélie penguin, after the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville, the man who first documented them in 1840. Though they are not especially uncommon, scientists have been concerned that their Antarctic population has been on a steady decline for the

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 02/06/18

  ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE Is the magpie the world’s smartest bird? Many sources that study animal intelligence scientifically (in contrast to just writing cheap, non-researched blog posts about it), will tell you that not only is the magpie the most intelligent bird known to them in all of the world, but also one of the 10

What the Hell is Going On in the World? LINKS 01/17/18

BUREAUCRACY Lucy Steigerwald on the bureaucratic protocols that recently sent Hawaii into a state of panic: Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, 86, is best known for the Pentagon Papers leak. However, at the time, he also snatched thousands of documents on nuclear policy, because everything he had learned about it during his career as a civilian

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/14/18

  AESTHETICS Photomontages that trace light through overgrown countrysides and abandoned interiors.   BIRDS Australia’s pyro-birds: …firehawk raptors congregate in hundreds along burning fire fronts, where they will fly into active fires to pick up smouldering sticks, transporting them up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) away to regions the flames have not yet scorched. “The

A Butcher Bird Song

Lifelong pal Brett Van Donsel, who creates the music for my podcast, has a new song up for purchase: We originally recorded a version of this jam at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago in 2016. On the current version, Brett plays all the instruments himself and puts his multi-instrumentalist expertise on display. Brett’s

What the Hell is Going on in the World? LINKS 01/10/18

CITIES London may now be more dangerous than New York City: While both London and New York have populations of around 8 million, figures suggest you are almost six times more likely to be burgled in the British capital than in the US city, and one and a half times more likely to fall victim

2017 Visuals in Review

A few favorite personal photos from the past year. Some definite faves come via Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. There are way too many of those to put in one post, but Marissa and I will discuss Meow Wolf a bit more in the podcast we’re recording tomorrow. “Wolf Brother,” says Chip. “Where is the