Crinkled

June 25th, 2014

crinkleEt Al Ozone Tunic and Waving Shirt

I am head-over-heels in love with this beautiful crinkled textured fabric in these new season Et Al pieces; especially the shirt. Wouldn’t it be divine over some skinny black lamb leather leggings and some sharp heels?

Sea Of Ghosts

OLL LEWIS: The return of Taxonomy Fail

June 24th, 2014
I was looking through ebay this morning to see if I could find any of the Pokemon coins that were issued by the Island of Niue for sale, when I happened upon their series of “World’s cutest puppies” coins.

The coins are indeed rather cute and in my opinion are some of the best looking coins ever minted, however there is a problem with them… In fact there are at least two problems, I wonder if eagle eyed readers of the blog can spot them in the  picture. 

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: Still on the Track

Kennedy assassination linked to UFOs and CIA

June 24th, 2014

On November 12, 1963, President John Kennedy issued two Presidential memoranda instructing NASA and the CIA to begin cooperating with the USSR on joint space missions including a lunar landing. On the same day, a conversation occurred between Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the importance of sharing information concerning UFOs as they moved forward with joint space missions.
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Unusual parenting behavior by Southeast Asian species of tree frog discovered – via Herp Digest

June 23rd, 2014
May 28, 2014, Source: National Universityof Singapore
Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Science have discovered that a Southeast Asian species of treefrog practices parental care to increase the likelihood of survival of its offspring. Chiromantis hansenae (C. hansenae), is currently the only species in the treefrog family in Southeast Asia that is known to exhibit such behaviour. This discovery was recently published as the cover story in a popular magazine of nature and science, Natural History, in May 2014.
The study investigates parental care in a frog of Southeast Asia, specifically, the small treefrog, C. hansenae, which is found in mainly in the northeastern forests of Thailandand parts of Cambodia. It is the first systematic observational and experimental study that shows the benefits to the offspring as a result of parental care in a Southeast Asian amphibian. Previous reports of parental care in amphibians in the region were purely observational.
The researchers, Assistant Professor David Bickford and Ms Sinlan Poo, a PhD student, from the NUS Department of Biological Sciences, observed that C. hansenae exhibits a form of parental care, known as egg attendance, in which a parent remains with the egg mass at a fixed location. These frogs care for their offspring by covering the egg mass with its body. Occasionally, the females will make trips down to the pond, presumably to soak up more water, and return to secrete the liquid over the egg mass, keeping it moist.
By comparing offspring survival between natural egg masses and egg masses where parent frogs were experimentally removed, the researchers found that although C. hansenae breeds very close to water sources, there is still an extremely high risk of the eggs drying out, a process called egg desiccation. As such, the behaviour of the parent is essential to the survival of their offspring. The researchers made these findings after conducting a total of 1,448 field observations of the 126 egg masses over two years, from July 2011 to October 2012.
While egg attendance is the most common form of parental care in amphibians, C. hansenae has a number of life-history characteristics that deviate from other species with parental care. For example, most frogs with parental care have fewer and larger eggs, breed in more terrestrial habitats, and males care for direct-developing eggs, which are eggs that hatch as frogs directly. In contrast, C. hansenae has lots of tiny eggs, breed above ponds, and females care for non-direct-developing eggs, which are eggs with a free-swimming tadpole stage. The researchers concluded that the unusual parental care in C. hansenae plays a critical role in preventing egg desiccation and is a possible mechanism for buffering environmental pressures for their offspring.
The study is timely as C. hansenae is listed as Data Deficient under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. A recent study by Dr Samuel Howard from the Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Lab at NUS led by Asst Prof Bickford, showed that Data Deficient amphibians are likely to be more threatened than species that are fully assessed. The research also highlights the importance of field research in a region where very little in known about the life history and behavior of most species.
Said Ms Poo, “Our study is the first experimental investigation of parental care in Southeast Asia, a region with over 700 species of amphibians. This highlights the need for more of such natural history studies. Currently, much of the mechanisms, adaptations, and driving forces of egg attendance in C. hansenae require further exploration, through which a more coherent understanding of parental care can be formed.”
Said Asst Prof Bickford, “This research is significant because Sinlan has shown how parental care works in Asian treefrogs, at least in the context of her study system in Thailand. Moreover, the impact for the larger scientific community is that we now know more about how and why parental care evolves, and the forces like evolution and natural selection that enable such behaviors to evolve – even in frogs.”
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NationalUniversity of Singapore. “Unusual parenting behaviour by Southeast Asian species of treefrog discovered.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 May 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140528103030.htm>.

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Kennedy assassination linked to UFOs and CIA

June 23rd, 2014

On November 12, 1963, President John Kennedy issued two Presidential memoranda instructing NASA and the CIA to begin cooperating with the USSR on joint space missions including a lunar landing. On the same day, a conversation occurred between Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the importance of sharing information concerning UFOs as they moved forward with joint space missions.
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Protection of UK’s sealife ‘too slow and lacking ambition’

June 22nd, 2014
MPs’ report questions government’s commitment with less than a quarter of marine conservation zones created after four years
Jessica Aldred

The Guardian, Saturday 21 June 2014
Conservation zones to protect the UK’s marine life are being created too slowly and lack ambition and commitment from the government, according to a committee of MPs.

Four years since the launch of the government project to create a national network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) designed to protect sealife and give fish stocks space to recover, only 27 of the 127 sites recommended by experts and stakeholders in the government’s own consultation have been designated.

Marine Protected Areas, a new report from MPs on the environmental audit committee (EAC), examines the government’s progress to date and says that the pace at which the zones have been designated is “disappointing and suggests a lack of government commitment to this initiative”.

Chair of the committee, Joan Walley MP, said the government must stop trying to “water down” its pledge to protect the UK’s seas and “move much more quickly” to establish further protection zones and ensure they can be enforced.

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Kennedy assassination linked to UFOs and CIA

June 21st, 2014

On November 12, 1963, President John Kennedy issued two Presidential memoranda instructing NASA and the CIA to begin cooperating with the USSR on joint space missions including a lunar landing. On the same day, a conversation occurred between Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the importance of sharing information concerning UFOs as they moved forward with joint space missions.
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UFO flashing lights over Tustin California 4.3.2014

June 20th, 2014

New UFO video showing flashing lights filmed over Tustin California 4.3.2014

Source:
Mufon

I wanted to share this video with you because I can’t exactly explain what happened.
My fiancé and I live in Tustin, near the 55 freeway and directly under the approach path to John Wayne regional airport. As an army aviation veteran I’m right at home around air traffic and often look up to see the
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UFOs, Transparency, and Civil Rights

June 19th, 2014

Introduction I will never hide the truth because it’s uncomfortable. I will deal with Congress and the courts as co-equal branches of government. I will tell the American people what I know and don’t know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why. – President Barack Obama, National [...]
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Kennedy assassination linked to UFOs and CIA

June 19th, 2014

On November 12, 1963, President John Kennedy issued two Presidential memoranda instructing NASA and the CIA to begin cooperating with the USSR on joint space missions including a lunar landing. On the same day, a conversation occurred between Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the importance of sharing information concerning UFOs as they moved forward with joint space missions.
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