Marine counterparts of land creatures. The idea that there are specific marine counterparts to land creatures, inherited from the writers on natural history in Antiquity, was firmly believed in Islam and in Medieval Europe, and is exemplified by the creatures represented in the medieval animal encyclopedias called bestiaries and in the parallels drawn in the moralising attributes attached to each.
"The creation was a mathematical diagram drawn in parallel lines," T.H. White said a propos the bestiary he translated. "Things did not only have a moral they often had physical counterparts in other strata. There was a horse in the land and a sea-horse in the sea. For that matter there was probably a Pegasus in heaven". The idea of perfect analogies in the fauna of land and sea was considered part of the perfect symmetry of the Creator's plan, offered as the "book of nature" to mankind, for which a text could be found in Job:
Catlin Seaview Survey. The Catlin shallow reef team has been cruising through the Selebes Sea off North Sulawesi, Indonesia, after finishing up surveys in Bunaken National Park.
On our way to the terminal island of Sangihe, we made a special stop at Mahangetang Island to photograph the ‘underwater volcano’, also known as a seep, just offshore. Sitting on the Ring of Fire, the Indonesian Islands were largely formed by volcanoes and these tall, steep, verdant mountains jut from the ocean skyward. Solvin Zankl photography. Magazine GEOinternational No. 04/2011, publishes Solvin’s story on the Chytridiomycosis Disease . The disease devastates amphibian populations around the world. (‘LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE MYSTERY OF THE AMPHIBIAN EPIDEMIC’).
The story is published in 15 international editions of the reportage magazine GEO: Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Spain, Turkey reaching over 10 million readers. GEO veröffentlicht in der Ausgabe 04/2011 Solvins Reportage über die Verbreitung des Chytridpilzes (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) , der weltweit für den Amphibienrückgang mitverantwortlich gemacht wird – (‘LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN: THE MYSTERY OF THE AMPHIBIAN EPIDEMIC’).
Gallery. Plankton Chronicles. TalkOrigins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy. Life Before the Dinosaurs. The Impossible Voyage of Noah's Ark. Building the Ark Accommodating All Those Animals Leaving Some Things Behind Sizing Up the Load Gathering the Cargo Surviving the Flood Caring for the Cargo Disembarking Conclusion Bibliography Suppose you picked up the newspaper tomorrow morning and were startled to see headlines announcing the discovery of a large ship high on the snowy slopes of Mt.
The World's Most Unanswered Science Questions. Www.newscientist.com/lastword A cool Q+A section - for all those 'small mysteries of everyday life'.
The site itself is very comprehensive too, with up to date science news and much more. www.sciencenet.org.uk Another Q+A site with thousands of questions and a neat search feature. This is also the site responsible for the free telephone service - 'Science Line'. www.madsci.org/submit.html Yet another brilliant site dedicated to answering all your questions about science. This one contains over 25,000 questions, a comprehensive search feature and a forum-style approach to the answers. www.newton.dep.anl.gov/archive.htm Thousands more questions answered under various topics and sub-topics & search feature. www.thenakedscientists.com Excellent site with various science articles, a forum and an online radio archive - featuring movies, pictures and audio for download.
Roko's basilisk. Roko's basilisk is a proposition that says an all-powerful artificial intelligence from the future may retroactively punish those who did not assist in bringing about its existence.
It resembles a futurist version of Pascal's wager; an argument suggesting that people should take into account particular singularitarian ideas, or even donate money, by weighing up the prospect of punishment versus reward. Furthermore, the proposition says that merely knowing about it incurs the risk of punishment. It is also mixed with an ontological argument, to suggest this is even a reasonable threat. It is named after the member of the rationalist community LessWrong who described it (though he did not originate the underlying ideas). Despite widespread incredulity, this entire saga is about things that are actually believed by some groups of people.
Xkcd what if. Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science. Picture a troop of olive baboons, moving over the savannah.
There’s around fifty of them, and they cover a lot of ground as they search for grass, seeds, insects, and other bits of food. They need to stick together so they don’t get eaten, but different animals might want to head in different directions at any one time. How do they coordinate their choices to preserve the sanctity of their group?
As primate researcher Joan Silk says, “It’s hard enough to get two adults and two kids into the car at the same time let alone 50 baboons who can’t talk. " It’s a fairly simple question—how do animals make ... Scientific Illustration: Archive. BioDivLibrary's photosets on Flickr. The Echinoblog. Jakapi.