Inventive Amphibian use flowers as an umbrella to keep dry in a downpour

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , on May 26, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Photographer Ajar Setiadi captured the moment a dumpy tree frog climbed the flowers in his back garden in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Czech wildlife snapper Petr Bambousek made it his mission to compile a Unique animal collection

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Whilst Mr Bambousek’s work has taken him all over the world, he stayed in his native Czech Republic for this latest collection of animals from zoos in Prague and Pilsen.

He said: ‘I travelled to most beautiful corners of our planet and visit Borneo, Panama, Costa Rica or Ecuador rainforests many times.

‘Once it was confirmed that by daughter was on the way, I decided to create a special animal collection fully dedicated to her, and my goal is to create big collection of about 200 animals and one day print it as a gift to my daughter.’

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3095284/The-dark-Mother-Nature-Photographer-captures-spooky-portraits-animal-world-extra-low-light-pictures.html#ixzz3bAEqQare

An Impressive Natural Phenomenon, a Spout, photographed off Tampa Bay on May 20th 2015

Posted in 2015 with tags , , on May 21, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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High above Earth in the realm of meteors and noctilucent clouds, a strange and beautiful form of lightning dances at the edge of space

Posted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , on May 19, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Researchers call the bolts “sprites”; they are red, fleeting, and tend to come in bunches. Note to sky watchers: Sprite season is underway. Martin Popek photographed these specimens over Nydek, Czech republic, on May 13th

One night later, May 14th, near Santa Fe, New Mexico, “I captured my first sprites of the season,” reports photographer Jan Curtis. “The thunderstorm that produced them was about 200 miles to my south-southwest.”

Because sprites are associated with thunderstorms, they tend to occur in late spring and summer. Thunderstorm season is sprite season.

“Sprites are a true space weather phenomenon,” explains lightning scientist Oscar van der Velde of the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. “They develop in mid-air around 80 km altitude, growing in both directions, first down, then up. This happens when a fierce lightning bolt draws lots of charge from a cloud near Earth’s surface. Electric fields [shoot] to the top of Earth’s atmosphere–and the result is a sprite. The entire process takes about 20 milliseconds.”

Although sprites have been seen for at least a century, most scientists did not believe they existed until after 1989 when sprites were photographed by cameras onboard the space shuttle. Now “sprite chasers” routinely photograph sprites from their own homes. “I used up a Watec 910HX security camera with UFOCapture software to catch my sprites,” says Popek. Give it a try!

diagram: How to Look for Sprites (used with permission of sky-fire.tv)

19-Year-Old, Boyan Slat, Develops Cleanup Array To Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Another young creative mind working towards bettering our world. 19-year-old Boyan Slat has revealed his plans to the world regarding his Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans.

The revolutionary device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.

It all began when Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches. He produced a paper of his findings which went on to win several prizes, including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. Boyan also had the opportunity to unveil his final concept during a TEDx talk in 2012.
Boyan states “One of the problems with preventive work is that there isn’t any imagery of these ‘garbage patches’, because the debris is dispersed over millions of square kilometres. By placing our arrays however, it will accumulate along the booms, making it suddenly possible to actually visualize the oceanic garbage patches. We need to stress the importance of recycling, and reducing our consumption of plastic packaging.”
Wise words from a truly innovative mind. After his impressive invention, Boyan decided to found The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. If brought into fruition, his solution could save hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals annually, reduce pollutants (including PCB and DDT) from building up in the food chain and even improve human health given the fact harmful plastic has been found in humans after being in the ocean. 

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/04/19/19-year-old-develops-cleanup-array-to-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-oceans/

In Holland they build natural bridges for animals to cross the highway without risking their lives

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , on May 16, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A very cute Baby Orangutan, Rickina

Posted in 2015, animals with tags on May 10, 2015 by theboldcorsicanflame
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