‘Geography Can Be Tough’

‘Geography Can Be Tough’: Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action : The Two-Way : NPR.

Here’s the map from class today, along with Russia’s reply:

'Geography Can Be Tough': Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action : The Two-Way : NPR


Canada at NATO @CanadaNATO  Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering


Russia’s reply



'Geography Can Be Tough': Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action : The Two-Way : NPR


Russians at NATO @natomission_ru Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of @CanadaNATO

‘Sailing rocks’

BBC News – United States: ‘Sailing rocks’ mystery finally solved.

They only move a few minutes out of a million, but someone finally saw them do it, so now we know what happens.  Click to read how.

Your Sunscreen Is Hazardous

Sunblock poses potential hazard to sea life — ScienceDaily.

The sweet and salty aroma of sunscreen and seawater signals a relaxing trip to the shore. But scientists are now reporting that the idyllic beach vacation comes with an environmental hitch. When certain sunblock ingredients wash off skin and into the sea, they can become toxic to some of the ocean’s tiniest inhabitants, which are the main course for many other marine animals.

They turn into hydrogen peroxide and other compounds, which harm the organisms at the base of the food chain.

On Majorca, in the Mediterranean Sea, researchers gathered data using

seawater sampling and tourism data, the researchers concluded that titanium dioxide from sunblock was largely responsible for a dramatic summertime spike in hydrogen peroxide levels in coastal waters — with potentially dangerous consequences for aquatic life.

Beans, But No Chocolate

This is amazing and heart-breaking at the same time.  These farmers grow the beans, but have never tasted the final product – they don’t even know what their crop is used for!

via First taste of chocolate in Ivory Coast – YouTube.

How Big is That Comet?


Graphic Shows The Size Of Rosetta’s Comet | IFLScience.

Compared to Los Angeles, it’s pretty big.  Fortunately it doesn’t cross paths with earth’s orbit.

This Continues to Fascinate Me

Are Your Bacteria Making You Fat? | IFLScience.

If it sounds ridiculous that life forms too small to see are controlling our behavior, remember the bacteria within you outnumber your own cells at least 10 to one (some estimates say 100 to one).

“Our diets have a huge impact on microbial populations in the gut,” Maley says. “It’s a whole ecosystem, and it’s evolving on the time scale of minutes.” Within 24 hours of switching to a new diet changes to the species distribution inside us are measurable, as those that benefit from the new food intake multiply.

You are what you eat…..


Bataclysm: Extinction a Definite Possibility

The Secret Bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and Extinction | Science Blogs | WIRED.

We need bats; but our bats are dying. In Spring 2006, 6.5 million Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifuguslived in the Eastern US, making them America’s most common wild mammal species. Later that same year, thousands of little bodies were discovered strewn outside caves near New Albany, New York. Bats were dying in catastrophic numbers.

These prolific insect-eaters had contracted a fungus which is always deadly.  Originally from Europe, the fungus has spread to the US, most likely by human spelunkers.

Like other diseases imported to the “New World” from Europe, White Nose causes catastrophic mortality in indigenous populations. Unlike Eastern European bats, which tolerate the infection, North American bats do not seem to have any resistance to this fungal disease. White Nose mortality rates are 90-100 percent in American bat caves.

Although most people don’t think fondly about bats, they are a very important part of our ecosystem.  Bats eat tons of insect pests every year, and some species pollinate crops.

 2014 publication estimated the total biomass of insects no longer being eaten as a result of catastrophic loss of multiple bat species is 2,079 metric tons of insects per year.

What can you do to help?  Here’s how, according to the article:

Stay out of caves and mines where bats are hibernating during winter.

Reduce disturbance to natural bat habitats around your home (e.g., reduce outdoor lighting, minimize tree clearing, protect streams and wetlands).

Honor cave closures. Check with your state and federal agencies or a local chapter of the National Speleological Society for the status of caves and caving in your area. Follow National WNS Decontamination Protocol to clean and disinfect clothes, footwear, and equipment used in caves or mines.

Help spread the word about the value of bats! Bats are good neighbors, not pests.

Recognize that rabies in bats is extremely rare.


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