What if it bites me and it dies?
that means you’re poisonous. jesus christ, nate, learn to read.
What if it bites itself and I die?
What if it bites me and someone else dies?
That’s correlation, not causation.
what if we bite each other and neither of us die
oh my god
this is still my favorite text post collaboration ever
I work at a natural history museum and I literally use this to teach small children.
Why is human vision blurry underwater? Here’s the science behind why! Also, does this mean fish vision is blurry while out of the water? If they wore goggles filled with water could they see clearly on dry land? Check out today’s infographic to get a deeper understanding. Feel free to share.
High Res Image: http://i.imgur.com/W7J0qvK.png
This is not as boring as it looks:
Sometimes in our lives we take an introspective moment to look back on who we used to be and find that we hardly even recognize our old selves. Typically in my life, this requires me thinking back several months or years into the past, but recently I went on the adventure of a lifetime to study abroad in New Zealand and Australia. Coming out of this three and a half week course, I discovered myself to be someone new who had been in the making for about a year. And this new me is livid.
For those of you who know me, you know that I’m very environmentally conscious and I try to negatively impact the planet as little as possible. However, without easily accessible information for everyone, it’s hard to make all the appropriate changes—or at least to get in the mindset necessary to make those changes—to live sustainably.
Everyone I know wants to believe that they are being a good person and that they are living in accordance with their morals. Everyone I know would adamantly deny that they support slavery. Yet, everyone I know eats chocolate. Large-scale, commercially produced chocolate. Large-scale, commercially produced chocolate that utilizes child slave labor for harvesting and production. But how many people know that as they’re biting into a Hershey’s bar? Far fewer than I’m sure would like to know. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
So here is what I propose: we need a mental revolution based off of spreading critical information that the people who essentially run this world don’t want us to know.
How the public views the environment is entirely regressive. The idea that advances in technology will solve all of our problems and we can therefore continue on with business as usual indefinitely is outdated. This has been evidenced by technology’s failure to mitigate either climate change or its effects. In fact, what we are more actively utilizing technology for is finding new, more destructive ways to access fossil fuels (tar sands, anyone?). Indeed, I believe the time has come for us to abandon our foolish thinking that the right invention will come along and save us from ourselves, so we can continue living exactly how we want with no regard for how we impact the planet.
We need change. We need to stop thinking that the future holds something that we as individuals are not responsible for either creating or preventing the need for. Rather, we need to accept that we determine our own fate and that we have to cooperate with one another to create changes that will positively affect not only the environment, but the economy, and society as well. Without making changes that improve all three of these areas, we consign our future to crashing and burning.
This is what I believe needs to happen: you, dear reader, need to wake up and step up. I’m not throwing a conspiracy theory at you, I’m not calling you sheeple, I’m not trying to get you to buy into my diet or telling you to handcuff yourself to a tree. But I am trying to make you realize that you have a voice that cannot be silenced, you have ways of spreading your thoughts and ideas and there are certain truths that need to be told. We live in a capitalistic society that is built off of destruction, inequality, and making as much money as possible. This system runs our planet. Most of us do not have the choice to opt out of this system and wouldn’t do so even if we did have that choice. What we do have the choice of is whether or not we support companies that support inequality and destruction. You have the choice to research the things you consume. You have the choice to buy fair trade chocolate and not eat South American quinoa (which exploits Bolivian lands). Doing something small is better than doing nothing at all.
So often I have gotten caught up in the idea that my ranting and raving is annoying to other people and that I should stay quiet so as not to disrupt the status quo. But now, as Dr. Horrible would say, I will be “destroying the status quo because the status is not quo.” Or at least I’ll try. I’ve finally come to accept that I am an adult who was born into a position of extreme privilege and I have a means of making my voice heard to a larger public for the good of everyone (this blog), and that while it’s fine and dandy to post pictures of animals and talk about biodiversity (which I will continue doing, don’t worry), I also need to start talking about the problems and finding affective ways of making everyone else listen.
Consider this an informal call to arms. The pen is mightier than the sword because ideas never die. I know you care; I know you want to make a difference. It’s as simple as this:
Wake up and step up.
10x more boom? Wow! I’m sure all the animals will totally enjoy that just as much as the park guests will.
fun fact for mah followers: cetaceans (dolphins and small “whales” like belugas and killer whales) hear via vibrations, which “hit” their chin and travel up their jawbones to their middle ears. Humans can hear frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz, while bottlenose dolphins can hear frequencies up to 150 kHz. That means that their hearing is much, much more sensitive than that of humans’. (Dogs, for example, can hear frequencies up to 45 kHz, which is why they can hear things like dog whistles, which humans can’t.)
BUT HEY. 10X MORE BOOM.
What would you rather see?
Would you rather go whale watching or kayaking and have a wild bull breach in front of you and then swim right up to your boat because he is truly curious or go to a place where they are told to do tricks? They interact merely because they have got nothing better to do.
Could be a bull, a cow, or a orca calf. I’d rather see any of these in the wild, even in the distance, than see them in the state of captivity.
Yes, I mean any of them.
I would rather go kayaking with the hope of seeing any marine animal than support a marine park. People need to learn to accept nature and enjoy what they get to see regardless. The chance of “not seeing whales” is the reason many people choose to go to seaworld instead.
Just a Mantis Shrimp scrubbing it’s badass eye,
Incredible scanning electron micrograph of an exposed axon terminal, loaded with synaptic vesicles (orange and blue).
Image Credit: Tina Carvalho