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The Natural World

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Alan H
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Re: The Natural World

#581 Postby Alan H » March 6th, 2015, 6:26 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

Coypu.
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#582 Postby Dave B » March 6th, 2015, 6:40 pm

Capybara - biggest cousin to guinea pig.

There is a "middle" sized job called a mara.

http://www.porfell.co.uk/items/capybara/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara_(mammal)
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Re: The Natural World

#583 Postby Alan H » March 6th, 2015, 6:54 pm

Yes!
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1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#584 Postby Maria Mac » March 6th, 2015, 6:54 pm

Thanks, Dave. :)

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Re: The Natural World

#585 Postby Dave B » March 6th, 2015, 10:33 pm

Maras are great, they are like a cross between a hare and a small deer - because they fill similar niches in the environment. Capybaras are water margin dwellers and can be very heavy (and tasty I am told).
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Re: The Natural World

#586 Postby Alan C. » March 15th, 2015, 4:39 pm

Looking forward to next weeks eclipse, we are getting 97% coverage, the best in the UK apparently.
From MSN.

"Shetland expects to be one of the darkest places in the country, with an eclipse of approximately 97%. Sumburgh lighthouse, at the southern tip of the Mainland, will be live-streaming images of the cosmic event to the Rosemount observatory in Cornwall, where a total eclipse was viewed in 1999.

Dedicated solar eclipse cruises will be stopping off in Shetland and Orkney, with more than 2,500 passengers heading north to take advantage of the islands’ dark skies and minimal light pollution."
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Re: The Natural World

#587 Postby Fia » March 15th, 2015, 9:20 pm

Hope you get clear skies Alan. Enjoy :D

In 1999 it was dreich here so we walked in the woods. My children really enjoyed the creepyness of the diminished light yet it kindled their curiosity of what's beyond our pale blue dot.

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Re: The Natural World

#588 Postby Alan H » April 21st, 2015, 10:52 am

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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#589 Postby Ron Webb » April 23rd, 2015, 3:56 pm


I'll be waiting to see if the Disney Company launches a lawsuit against the Creator for copyright infringement.

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Re: The Natural World

#590 Postby Dave B » April 23rd, 2015, 5:12 pm

^ :hilarity:
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Re: The Natural World

#591 Postby Alan H » April 27th, 2015, 8:07 pm

Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#592 Postby Alan H » May 21st, 2015, 10:03 am

WTF, Evolution?!

All about strange animals that evolution created. With conversations with evolution such as this one...
“Okay, okay, I’ve got one. ‘Sloths.’”

“Sloths?”

“Sloths! They’ll live in trees and climb around and eat leaves.”

“That sounds pretty cute, evolution. But leaves aren’t all that nutritious, are they? How are they going to get enough energy to climb around?”

“Oh, I thought of that! They’ll supplement their diets with algae that they grow in their own fur. I even put special channels in their hairs to collect rainwater and keep the algae moist.”

“Huh, okay… but then what are the algae going to feed on?”

“Thought of that too. They’ll be fertilized by all the moths that also live in the sloth’s fur.”

“Wait, what? Seriously? Moths? And how are the moths going to reproduce? Their larvae need to eat something too, you know.”

“Yup, thought of that. Once a week, when the sloth needs to poop, it’ll climb down from the tree and poop on the ground. Then the moths can lay their eggs in the dung, and the larvae will eat that.”

“Okay, this is ridiculous. I mean, doesn’t climbing down to poop defeat the whole purpose of living in a tree? Won’t that make it stupidly easy for a jaguar or something to come along and eat them?”

“Well, yeah, that does happen. Kind of a lot, actually.”

“And?”

“Look, no system’s perfect.”
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1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#593 Postby thundril » June 1st, 2015, 9:45 am

This looks hopeful.

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Re: The Natural World

#594 Postby Dave B » June 1st, 2015, 11:15 am

One heck of an idea!

But nothing will cope with the current load of nano/micro particles already on the sea floors and in deeper suspension.
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Re: The Natural World

#595 Postby Dave B » June 12th, 2015, 7:09 pm

We may have had this before but, after news of drunken chimps I remembered it - getting pissed is perfectly natural!

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Re: The Natural World

#596 Postby Dave B » June 25th, 2015, 4:59 pm

Hey, Paolo is on R4's Inside Science saying that chimps are monkeys!

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Re: The Natural World

#597 Postby Alan H » August 2nd, 2015, 1:05 am

Wow: Wild Crow Shows Incredible Intelligence During Complex Test

We're not told how much training/practice the crow had had before this, but still very clever.
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1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#598 Postby Alan H » September 2nd, 2015, 8:09 pm

Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#599 Postby Alan H » November 26th, 2015, 3:17 pm

Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The Natural World

#600 Postby Dave B » November 26th, 2015, 3:40 pm

Crazy!

But I bet it has potential for work in gene therapy.
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Re: The Natural World

#601 Postby Alan H » November 28th, 2015, 1:14 am

Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?


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