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Bird of the Day: Lesser Flameback (Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala)

November 25, 2014

Lesser Flameback by Brinda Suresh - RAXA Collective

Geckos, A 10th Latitude Lovely

November 25, 2014
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Geckos are in most of our favorite places–Kerala, Costa Rica, Ghana–which share some 10th Latitude commonalities in different continents.  They are one tiny example of the commonalities, but one that most of us love, for reasons we cannot begin to explain. So for us this story is a welcome puzzle solver for mysteries we did not know needed explaining, yet enjoy the answers:

SCIENCETAKE

Climbing a Glass Building? Try a Gecko’s Sticky Pads

By JAMES GORMAN

The lizard and, well, Spider-Man, have ideal tools for scaling slippery surfaces. Engineers have copied the gecko’s clingy foot pads.

Bird of the Day: Long-billed Hermit (Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica)

November 24, 2014

Ethio-jazz And A Goal For 2015

November 24, 2014
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Nichole Sobecki for The New York Times. Mulatu Astatke, seen as the father of Ethio-jazz, performs at African Jazz Village, which opened in late 2013.

As we prepare for a scouting trip to Ethiopia for a possible Raxa Collective collaboration with our Ghana colleagues in 2015, we were happy to see this item in the Sunday Travel section of the New York Times last week and just now remember to post this link:

CULTURED TRAVELER

In Ethiopia’s Capital, a Resurgent Jazz Scene

Solar To Take Prime Position On Cost Basis Soon

November 24, 2014

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Thanks to Bloomberg for the surprising news:

While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar

By Tom Randall

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Bird of the Day: Yellow-crowned Night Heron – juvenile (J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida)

November 23, 2014
photo credit: Stephen Crafts

photo credit: Stephen Crafts

Migrating Wildlife Needs More Than Merely Parks

November 23, 2014

According to an in-depth atlas project being undertaken by the Wyoming Migration Initiative, many species of wild ungulates (hoofed mammals) require more land than what is currently encompassed in wilderness reserves. Certain areas that are under private ownership or designated as mixed use government lands are also key to the survival of species like the bighorn sheep (whose migration routes are to the left), mule deer, elk, and others.

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