“The first known globe to include the New World was recently found at a London map fair—an impressive 500 year survival for it being engraved into ostrich eggs.”
Aerial photograph of demonstrators outside the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, June 17.
Will Arnett and Jason Bateman
“Fashion model with llamas, Cusco, Peru”, - photo by Toni Frissell for Harper’s Bazaar, January 1952.
My two favorite things: canvas shoes and llamas.
The whole day I’m just like,
National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, Wisconsin
photo by David Graham, 1984
In case you’re wondering, yes, this place still exists.
Science has shown us that a number of organisms use the stars for navigation: songbirds, harbor seals and, of course, humans. But a new study by a team of Swedish and South African researchers published today in the journal Cell Biology indicates that a rather unexpected creature can be added to this list—the lowly dung beetle.
The beetles are known for creating small balls made of animal feces (i.e. dung) and rolling them in straight lines over long distances. They do this because the dung is their main food source—and other beetles often try to steal the dung once it’s been rolled into a ball. The surest way of retaining the valuable dung once it’s been packed into a ball is to move it away from the original dung pile as quickly as possible.
Researchers, though, have long been mystified by the tiny beetles’ ability to roll the dung balls in straight lines at night. “Even on clear, moonless nights, many dung beetles still manage to orientate along straight paths,” said lead author Marie Dacke of Lund University in Sweden. “This led us to suspect that the beetles exploit the starry sky for orientation—a feat that had, to our knowledge, never before been demonstrated in an insect.” - Continue reading at Smithsonian.com.
Photo courtesy of Current Biology, Dacke et. al.