nybg
nybg:

Wood Gives Life to Deep Sea
So the floor of the deep ocean isn’t the best place to find forests of woody conifers. That’s de rigueur for most folks. Still, the remains of trees have a major say in the bustling lives of the strange creatures that do call the abyss home. That’s the word from the scientists of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, where a study in leaving logs on the barren sea floor is drumming up surprising results.
Far from the submerged desert that many believe it to be, the deep ocean offers a menagerie of oddball worms, crustaceans, fish and microorganisms—just as soon as  the proper oasis pops up to provide nutrients. Geothermal vents are the most well-known example of undersea oases; sunken whale corpses, slightly lesser-known.
Now, enter the humble log.
Just as a tree is home to birds, insects, and fungus on land, the wood provides the perfect support for all manner of marine life. Despite having placed logs on the floor of the eastern Mediterranean, one of the most food-deprived areas known, the scientists found that “a variety of organisms managed to localize, settle, grow and reproduce” on their forestal deployments. The team even discovered some new species in the course of their efforts.
While fascinating on its own, especially in light of the driftwood creature communities washing ashore after Japan’s 2011 earthquake, the study may provide insight into the evolution and distribution of deep sea species otherwise deprived of regular sustenance. Click through for more. —MN

nybg:

Wood Gives Life to Deep Sea

So the floor of the deep ocean isn’t the best place to find forests of woody conifers. That’s de rigueur for most folks. Still, the remains of trees have a major say in the bustling lives of the strange creatures that do call the abyss home. That’s the word from the scientists of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, where a study in leaving logs on the barren sea floor is drumming up surprising results.

Far from the submerged desert that many believe it to be, the deep ocean offers a menagerie of oddball worms, crustaceans, fish and microorganisms—just as soon as  the proper oasis pops up to provide nutrients. Geothermal vents are the most well-known example of undersea oases; sunken whale corpses, slightly lesser-known.

Now, enter the humble log.

Just as a tree is home to birds, insects, and fungus on land, the wood provides the perfect support for all manner of marine life. Despite having placed logs on the floor of the eastern Mediterranean, one of the most food-deprived areas known, the scientists found that “a variety of organisms managed to localize, settle, grow and reproduce” on their forestal deployments. The team even discovered some new species in the course of their efforts.

While fascinating on its own, especially in light of the driftwood creature communities washing ashore after Japan’s 2011 earthquake, the study may provide insight into the evolution and distribution of deep sea species otherwise deprived of regular sustenance. Click through for more. —MN

nybg
nybg:

I do not know why this is making me giggle, but it is (I think it’s the idea of exiling them to the patio). There are tons of things in your pantry and fridge that you can use to give your garden a thrifty start. Organic dried beans and spices are the obvious choices, but don’t forget beautiful heirloom garlic from your local farmers market, ginger, avocado pits, Meyer lemon seeds, sweet potatoes, and more. Here’s a fun New York Times piece on the topic from a few years ago. ~AR
threeplease:

Over soaked black beans and they actually started sprouting. I’m relieved the food I buy is actually real food, but I’m hardly an urban farmer. Threw the sprouts onto the patio and left them to fend for themselves.  

nybg:

I do not know why this is making me giggle, but it is (I think it’s the idea of exiling them to the patio). There are tons of things in your pantry and fridge that you can use to give your garden a thrifty start. Organic dried beans and spices are the obvious choices, but don’t forget beautiful heirloom garlic from your local farmers market, ginger, avocado pits, Meyer lemon seeds, sweet potatoes, and more. Here’s a fun New York Times piece on the topic from a few years ago. ~AR

threeplease:

Over soaked black beans and they actually started sprouting. I’m relieved the food I buy is actually real food, but I’m hardly an urban farmer. Threw the sprouts onto the patio and left them to fend for themselves.  

atlanticinfocus
atlanticinfocus:

From Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 14 photos. Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)

atlanticinfocus:

From Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012, one of 14 photos. Grand-Prize Winner: The Explosion! The subject’s name is Busaba, a well cared for Indochinese Tigress whose home is at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Thailand. I had taken many portraits of Busaba previously and it was becoming more and more difficult to come up with an image that appeared any different to the others. Which is why I took to observing her more carefully during my visits in the hope of capturing something of a behavioral shot. The opportunity finally presented itself while watching Busaba enjoying her private pool then shaking herself dry. In all humility I have to say that Mother Nature smiled favorably on me that day! (© Ashley Vincent/National Geographic Photo Contest)

theatlantic

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How to Speak Toddler-ese

Dr. Harvey Karp, the subject of a profile in the September Atlantic, rose to fame as the author of The Happiest Baby on the BlockIn his sequel, The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Karp shares techniques for defusing temper tantrums. One of the most unusual is a caveman-like dialect called “toddler-ese.” In these scenes from his Happiest Toddler DVD, Karp shows parents how to talk back to their enraged young children.

A request: Can somebody loop 1:25 to 1:28?

theatlantic
theatlantic:

 A Computerized Atlas of the Human Brain

Yesterday, a team of scientists funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveiled an interactive computerized atlas of the brain. “Until now, a definitive map of the human brain at this level of detail simply hasn’t existed,” Allan Jones, the chief executive of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science, told the Wall Street Journal. “For the first time, we have generated a comprehensive map of the brain that includes the underlying biochemistry.”
The complete atlas (the photograph above is of one thin slice of human brain tissue that was used in its construction) will be available for free at www.brain-map.org to be used as a resource for scientists.

theatlantic:

 A Computerized Atlas of the Human Brain

Yesterday, a team of scientists funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen unveiled an interactive computerized atlas of the brain. “Until now, a definitive map of the human brain at this level of detail simply hasn’t existed,” Allan Jones, the chief executive of the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science, told the Wall Street Journal. “For the first time, we have generated a comprehensive map of the brain that includes the underlying biochemistry.”

The complete atlas (the photograph above is of one thin slice of human brain tissue that was used in its construction) will be available for free at www.brain-map.org to be used as a resource for scientists.

peacecorps
peacecorps:

We just announced our Top Volunteer States! Did your state make the list? For the second consecutive year, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Oregon top the list of Volunteer-producing states per capita, with 8.1, 7.2 and 6.4 Volunteer
s per capita, respectively; while the greatest number of Volunteers call California, New York and Texas home with 1,084, 448 and 381 Volunteers, respectively.

peacecorps:

We just announced our Top Volunteer States! Did your state make the list? 

For the second consecutive year, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Oregon top the list of Volunteer-producing states per capita, with 8.1, 7.2 and 6.4 Volunteer

s per capita, respectively; while the greatest number of Volunteers call California, New York and Texas home with 1,084, 448 and 381 Volunteers, respectively.