August 17, 2015

Miscellany 18

Eagle punches drone out of sky

In the footage from Melbourne Aerial Video (at the link), a Wedge-Tailed Eagle flies up to the drone and hits it directly. The drone sputters and falls to earth. The eagle was unharmed, according to a statement on YouTube. "She was massive, and used talon's to 'punch' the drone out of the sky," the statement said.

So that's why dogs hate cats! Fossils reveal felines drove 40 species of canines to extinction after arriving in North America

The instinct of dogs to chase felines out of their territory might be more reasonable than you think. Fossils have revealed the two species have a rocky past after the introduction of cats to the Americas had a devastating effect on the continent's species of wild dogs. In fact, it is thought that competition from cats caused up to 40 species of dog to become extinct in the region millions of years ago.

The dog family, which includes wolves and coyotes, originated in North America about 40 million years ago. They reached maximum diversity in the continent 22 million years ago when, at their peak, more than 30 species roamed the land mass at the same time.
However, since they were introduced dozens of species have emerged and become extinct over a period of millions of years. 
Only nine species of canid inhabit the continent today, including the domestic dog.

An international team, including scientists from the Universities of Gothenburg, Sweden, São Paulo, Brazil and Lausanne, Switzerland, published the findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.  The team studied 2,000 fossils to reach their conclusions.

San Francisco fighting public urination with PAINT that sprays men back with their own pee

San Francisco's Public Works agency has painted nine urine-soaked walls with a pee-repellant material called Ultra-Ever Dry.

Spanish town brings in compulsory siesta law

The town’s summer siesta tradition is so deep-rooted the mayor has enshrined his citizen’s right to an afternoon snooze in law. Ador could be the first town in Spain to actually make taking a siesta obligatory by law.  Mayor of Ador, Joan Faus Vitòria, has ordered that that town’s inhabitants stay quiet between 2pm and 5pm.  "Everything closes between 2pm and 5pm," a town hall spokesman told The Local. "Bars, shops, the swimming pool, everything."

Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

In 1855, under the direction of then-Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, Congress appropriated $30,000 for "the purchase and importation of camels and dromedaries to be employed for military purposes." Davis believed that camels were key to the country's expansion westward; a transcontinental railroad was still decades away from being built, and he thought the animals could be well suited to haul supplies between remote military outposts. By 1857, after a pair of successful trips to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, the U.S. Army had purchased and imported 75 camels. Within a decade, though, each and every one would be sold at auction

Terra Flamma: Stunning Long-Exposure Photographs of California Wildfires

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The El Portal Fire burns on a hillside in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park on Sunday evening July 27, 2014. Long exposure photograph by Stuart Palley.

These are wonderful. Everyday For 5 Years This Japanese Artist Creates A Fun Miniature Diorama

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