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Strange Radio Bursts Seen Coming From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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ILLUSTRATION BY BILL SAXTON, NRAO,AUI,NSF; HUBBLE LEGACY ARCHIVE, ESA, NASA

The discovery of a faint radio burst in a dwarf galaxy three billion light-years away may provide scientists with a new window into the early universe, while also offering vital clues to a mystery that continues to challenge our perceptions of the cosmos.

Every day, thousands of enigmatic objects in space produce bursts of radio waves that flash for just a few milliseconds yet are capable of generating as much energy as 500 million suns.

Astronomers didn’t even know these fast radio bursts existed until a decade ago. In the years since, they’ve been scouring the cosmos, hoping that by pinpointing their locations, they might be able to figure out what—or perhaps who—is producing them.

 

Today, a team of astronomers announced that they have finally found their quarry. Relying on a global network of powerful telescopes, they managed to capture a fast radio burst that is broadcasting from a dwarf galaxy some three billion light-years away.

 

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/fast-radio-bursts-galaxy-frb-121102-black-hole-space-science/

Australia: A Record Number Of Corals Just Died At The GREAT BARRIER REEF

Posted in 2016 with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Greg Torda, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world, a massive wall of skeleton and rock built by tiny soft bodied polyps.

For all it’s magnificence, the underwater masterpiece has been struggling lately. Warming ocean temperatures, opportunistic herpes infections, and pollution threaten the reef daily.

Now, researchers from Australia say that the Great Barrier Reef has just endured the worst bleaching event in history, with some significant losses.

“Most of the losses in 2016 have occurred in the northern, most-pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. This region escaped with minor damage in two earlier bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but this time around it has been badly affected,” said Terry Hughes, Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

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http://www.popsci.com/record-number-corals-just-died-at-great-barrier-reef

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Australia: Giant Spider Hunts And Catches A Mouse

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Terrifying moment a massive huntsman spider carries a MOUSE

Meal to go! Amazing moment giant huntsman spider carries a MOUSE away with its fangs
Footage shows huntsman spider dragging a mouse up the side of fridge

The dogs that protect little penguins

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , on July 22, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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At low tide, and when sand builds up in the narrow channel, foxes can cross from the mainland barely getting their paws wet.

The problem first became apparent in the year 2000 when the sea’s natural current led to increased sand build-up.

Over time the fox population grew as it became clear they had an easy source of food.

The fairy penguins, as I’m going to call them, faced being wiped out on Middle Island – until a chicken farmer, by the made-for-cinema name of Swampy Marsh, came up with a plan. He suggested sending one of his Maremma dogs to protect the birds.

“In Australia those dogs are generally used for chicken protection or goats or sheep,” says Abbott.

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http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=6562

 

 

 

 

The dogs that protect little penguins

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , on June 24, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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When foxes discovered little penguins on a small Australian island, they nearly wiped the colony out. But a farmer came up with a novel way to protect the birds – and the story has been made into a hit film.

As a premise for a film, think Lassie meets Babe meets Pingu. What’s not to like?

Middle Island, a beautiful, rugged and windswept outcrop off the coast of southern Victoria is home to a colony of the world’s smallest penguins.

Originally known as fairy penguins, before some pen-pusher deemed that politically incorrect, they’ve now been given the far more dreary sounding title of little penguins.

To be fair, they are just that – little, standing at 30 to 40cm tall.

There used to be hundreds of them on Middle Island – but that was before the foxes got to them.


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http://www.dailygood.org/more.php?n=6562

Please Demand the Australian Government act against illegal whaling by the Japanese Government in the Antarctic.

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

 

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Just before the 2013 Federal election Liberal MP and Australian Environment Minister, Greg Hunt made this promise “The Government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean. If elected, we will despatch a vessel, to provide a clear signal that the Australian people don’t support whaling and to provide an independent monitoring and safety role. The Government simply has to stand up for Australian waters and do the right thing by the environment, no excuses.”

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Sea Shepherd will be in the Southern Ocean this year patrolling for illegal activity and we should not be left alone to defend the great whales of Antarctica.

The Australian Government must send a vessel to oppose the slaughter. Please Email Minister Hunt !

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The best landscape photographs in the world

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Over 2600 entries were submitted to the world-wide competition with the judges narrowing it down to Top 101; Australians won a number of top spots at the competition, taking home the crown for photographer of the year

Perth man Luke Austin won the top prize taking home the US$5000 prize money; Mr Austin has spent years taking stunning scenic shots in Australia, Canada and New Zealand; He also came second in the competition for International Landscape photograph of the Year

http://www.internationallandscapephotographer.com/

Platypus – The World’s Strangest Animal (Nature Documentary)

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame


The platypus has both baffled and inspired the scientific community since its discovery by Europeans over 200 years ago. Award winning wildlife film maker David Parer takes us down the east coast of Australia to the many serenely beautiful habitats of the platypus.

The lyrebird is one of Australia’s best known and most loved bird It can imitate almost any sound

Posted in 2014, animals with tags , , , on November 11, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this lyrebird must be looking for some compliments as he seems to have his impersonations of bush birds down to a tee.

The lyrebird is one of Australia’s most well-known and loved birds, easily mimicking any sound he hears, from chainsaws to car-horns and all the birds of the rainforest.

In this astonishing video, the chameleon bird manages to showcase its incredible vocal abilities, with impressive impersonations of cameras, birds and what sounds like laser beams. 

It’s complex larynx enables it to imitate up to 20 different species at a time. Mixed in with it’s own unique sounds of clicks and song, they can also be heard mimicking other birds and even mammals.

Lyrebirds have been recorded imitating everything from humans to trains and cameras; It imitates a rang of native birds including the cuckoo-borough and seems to incorporate laser beam noises into it’s repertoire, which also sound like a camera lens

 

 

 

Photographer Johan Lolos captures outstanding images during year-long, 25,000-mile trek around Australia

Posted in 2014 with tags , on October 20, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame

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It was not a trip to undertake lightly. Photographer Johan Lolos has just completed an epic 25,000-mile, year-long journey around Australia taking stunning pictures of breath-taking scenery from every corner of the country.

Despite the vast distances and the long time away from home the intrepid Belgian explorer confesses: ‘I didn’t prepare or plan anything. I arrived in Melbourne with no accommodation booked.’

From Melbourne, he couch surfed, trekked, flew, sailed and hitchhiked his way around Australia and over 12 months managed to visit every state, traversing across deserts, mountains and beaches and passing through cities.

From the Blue Mountains and Ayers Rock to Sydney Opera House and Kalbarri National Park, no Australian stone was left unturned (or not photographed).

Johan encountered kangaroos, sea turtles, swam with whale sharks and wild dolphins, sailed about the Whitsundays, flew over the Great Barrier Reef and got a PADI diving licence.

But in all his time in the country, one experience may have surpassed them all.

He said: ‘One of the best moments came in Bare Sand Island, Northern Territory when I witnessed sea turtles coming out of the sea to lay their eggs on the beach. 

‘Then I watched as turtles from another nest began hatching and helped them find their way to the sea. Truly unforgettable.’ 

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