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Nature yays
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:41:59 PM »
For brief comments and news articles from the natural world.

To start off, check out this benefit scrounging single mother who faked a pregnancy to get more care. Thatcher would never have stood for it:

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 08:05:21 AM »
Another interesting BBC News article, about small marine organisms discovered in the ocean off Tasmania. At the moment they can't readily be placed in any of the identified taxonomic phyla, and the original scientific paper indicates that there is uncertainty about the relationships of some phyla in any case. There also seem to be some similiarities with some of the strange Precambrian creatures that we only know as fossils.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2014, 11:21:59 PM »

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2014, 06:07:34 PM »
Well, so much for the plot of Star Trek IV. :P


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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2014, 01:45:42 PM »
Well, so much for the plot of Star Trek IV. :P
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comrade_general [07|Sep 12:14 AM]:   Someone point out to me in the nature yays thread that in ST: IV the whales were humpbacks and not blues.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2014, 01:49:40 PM »

I really need to get a life.  ;D

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 01:10:45 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29661446

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Scientists believe they have discovered the origin of copulation.

An international team of researchers says a fish called Microbrachius dicki is the first-known animal to stop reproducing by spawning and instead mate by having sex.

The primitive bony fish, which was about 8cm long, lived in ancient lakes about 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland.

Okay, so things to take away from this:
- Sex has evolved multiple times
- The first creatures to have sex had to hold hands while doing it which is kind of adorable
- They called the creature Microbrachius dicki. Can we just take a moment to appreciate that please.
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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 01:22:24 PM »
We had a lecture in about the third week of first year which was 'why have sex?'

It's actually an interesting discussion in terms of evolutionary theory. I do love latin names though, but sometimes they can be a bit silly.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2014, 08:01:58 AM »
So scotland is the birthplace of intimate relations? It won't be easy but I will manage to turn this into a chat up line somehow. Probably not an effective one but who really cares if it works.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2014, 01:46:20 PM »
But then you have to do it square-dance style.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2014, 02:54:53 PM »
People are portugaltards.

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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2014, 03:55:27 PM »
Ooh, that's pretty cool  :)
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Re: Nature yays
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2014, 06:17:37 PM »
The apple is cool, but people are definitely portugaltards.

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