Heinlein Links to Share

I am a-traveling again! I’ll post when I land as a stranger in a strange new land where I will make my next home (hint: it’s not Mars). Until then, please enjoy these links to share…

I already knew bees were smart…after all, I’ve seen them respond quickly and rationally to short term experimental treatments! But bumblebees playing fetch? http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/24/516532358/could-a-bumblebee-learn-to-play-fetch-probably

NASA’s Dawn mission discovered organic material on Ceres: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/dawn-discovers-evidence-for-organic-material-on-ceres

I think I’ve shared links on this beetle that pretends to be an ant’s butt before…but just in case: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/the-beetle-that-pretends-to-be-an-army-ants-butt/516522/

Sad, but true…pollution has worked its way down to literally the farther corners of the Earth and the deepest depths of the ocean: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/13/514997248/pollution-has-worked-its-way-down-to-the-worlds-deepest-waters

Honeybees whoop when they run into each other apparently: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2121275-honeybees-let-out-a-whoop-when-they-bump-into-each-other/
And here’s the open access sciencey article: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0171162

A pretty documentary on European wild bees (no English translation, but still pretty): http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/052375-000-A/les-abeilles-sauvages

Ideas for reducing plastic consumption…I always aim to reduce, though it doesn’t always happen.  Always good to try: http://www.sarahwilson.com/2016/09/8-bits-of-plastic-you-can-quit-right-now/

A very interesting (but nerdy!) article on host-switching in oligolectic bees and its relationship with pollen nutrition (as a bonus these bees both live where I’m moving, so maybe I’ll see them in action): http://www.nature.com/articles/srep43058

Even earwigs have hitchhikers*?? http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php

I feel like this some days:


THIS IS SO ADDICTIVE: https://katatrepsis.com/2017/01/23/help-us-understand-mimicry/

Did you know…that it took almost until the invention of the steam engine for us to realize that insects mediate plant pollination?  http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/full/10.1139/Z10-031#.WKyc77srJpg  (may not be open access)

I used to love reading stories of exploration like this: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-age-discovery-happening-right-now-forests-suriname-180962118/

More animals destroying drones! I don’t know why this makes me happy but it does: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/23/516845664/watch-in-the-war-between-tigers-and-drone-chalk-one-up-for-tigers

Female adventure photographers: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/features/9-female-adventure-photographers/

*That’s a very very old post, haha


4 thoughts on “Heinlein Links to Share

  1. I really enjoyed the link about the bees moving the balls to get the sugar water. Fascinating! And the cartoon. And the video on the tigers and the drone. Wow, drones as the ultimate cat toy! My cats will have to settle for something cheaper.

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