For the first time biologists report ‘irrefutable evidence’ that tiny blackpoll warblers complete a nonstop flight from about 1,410 to 1,721 miles (2,270 to 2,770 km) in just two to three days. For this work the scientists fitted geolocator packs on 20 birds in Vermont and 20 more in Nova Scotia. They were able to recapture three birds from the Vermont group and two from the Nova Scotia group for analyses. —> Read More
In this series, “What the River Knows,” by Basia Irland, the artist and water activist writes from the perspective of each river, using the first person. Installments are published in Water Currents every other week on Mondays. The first post is about the Ping River in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Other posts include the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok; Kamo-gawa River, Kyoto; Siem Reap River, Cambodia; Yaqui River, Mexico, where the eight Yaqui tribal villages do not have water due to agricultural corporations; the superfund site on the Eagle River in Colorado, polluted with heavy metal runoff from a mine; and the Virgin River as it flows through Zion National Park.
Please feel free to add your comments at the end of each post.
Kamo River (鴨川) (Kamo-gawa)
Kyoto, Japan–I have heard that some communities are not very friendly to their rivers, but many friends everyday walk the paths along my shores, ride bikes, have picnics, push baby strollers, and bask in the colors of the nearby trees with cherry blossoms in spring, and red maple leaves in fall. I flow next to the old geisha district of Gion, with women still wearing traditional kimonos. I am certainly not considered a beautiful free-flowing river, but I function as a respite from the pace of urban life in Kyoto, (although nothing compared to downtown Tokyo).
In Japanese I am called Kamo-gawa, (kanji compound 鴨川).
Translated from the kanji my name means “wild duck,” and “gawa” is river. Not only ducks, but also a large variety of birds wade in my shallow waters in search of their next meal. Herons and egrets wait patiently as they stalk their food.
The blackpoll warbler routinely undertakes flights of up to 1,700 miles across open ocean, flying without stopping to rest, eat or drink across the Atlantic, scientists have confirmed. —> Read More
NASA’s Curiosity rover is using a new experiment to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere by analyzing xenon.
New Yorks insects have turned to junk food Researchers find Manhattan insects have developed human like diet
Tests on insects collected from pavements and traffic islands in Manhattan show that their bodies contain the molecular fingerprint of junk food, North Carolina researchers say. —> Read More
Researchers have developed a modeling tool to help local communities better understand their vulnerabilities to large storms stoked by climate change. —> Read More
A better method for predicting the number of hurricanes in an upcoming season has been developed by atmospheric scientists. The team’s new model improves the accuracy of seasonal hurricane forecasts for the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico by 23 percent. —> Read More
Discovering missing body parts of ancient fossils: Waves and storms lifted fossils off the seafloor 550 million years ago
Certain specimens of the fossil Dickinsonia are incomplete because ancient currents lifted them from the sea floor, a team of paleontologists has found. Sand then got deposited beneath the lifted portion, the researchers report, strongly suggesting that Dickinsonia was mobile, easily separated from the sea floor and not attached to the substrate on which it lived. —> Read More
Over-the-counter painkiller may do more harm than good, researchers have warned
The new building in Menlo Park, California, measures 430,000 square feet and apparently has the ‘largest open floor plan in the world’. It was unveiled by founder Mark Zuckerberg on Monday. —> Read More