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end0skeletal:

Autumn.

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Omfg look at that hedgehog! <33333

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jtotheizzoe:

Great episode from everythingsoundsmedia on how dangerous it is to extend human experiences like loneliness to non-human creatures. 

Maybe you’ve heard of the whale “52 Hz” termed “the loneliest whale in the world”? Its call is unique among whales, and it seems to be a solitary swimmer. Does this mean it is lonely? Can a whale even be lonely? Well, the ocean is a big place, and just listening to a sound doesn’t tell the whole story of what it’s like to be a whale.

That is, even if we can understand what it’s like to be a whale. Listen! This is a great show.

Episode 32: 52 Hz

A mysterious 52 Hertz signal was first heard in the North Pacific in the late 1980’s. It had the characteristics of a whale call, but it was a higher frequency than what is typical for baleen whales. After years of detecting the signal on hydrophone recordings, scientists have still never seen the whale and are unsure whether it’s a hybrid species or a blue or fin whale that has a problem with its sound production. The 52 Hz whale has often been referred to as “The World’s Loneliest Whale,” because people think that other whales couldn’t understand it’s unique call. Learn more about the 52 Hz whale, underwater communication, whale tracking, and why this whale may not be as lonely as previously assumed from Darlene Ketten of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Bruce Mate of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, and Orla O’Brian.

Read William A. Watkins’s 1999 and 2004 papers mentioning 52 Hz or click here to find an online memoriam for this man who helped discover an share the earliest information on 52 Hz.

Bruce Mate will be assisting with the documentary titled, “Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.” The search for 52 Hz will begin next fall.

Music in this episode was composed by Mustafa Shaheen. You can hear the songs on his music page.

Thanks to Rachael McDonald from KLCC for recording assistance with this episode and to Boston Harbor Cruises and the crew of Cetacea.

This production is part of the STEM Story Project, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

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8bitfuture:

Solution for search engine ‘blind spot’.
While Google is good for searching out cat videos or other information which can be cataloged and stored online, some information still eludes it, such as where parking spaces are currently available in a given area.
A new paper seeks to find a solution for this, detailing a way for web searchers to be connected to someone else at a certain physical location to answer their question. That would require smartphone users to install an app which monitored and constantly updated an index of their location so any questions can be routed to them when appropriate.
What the paper doesn’t go into is how a user could be convinced to make themselves available to answer questions and have their location monitored - after all, what’s in it for them? 

8bitfuture:

Solution for search engine ‘blind spot’.

While Google is good for searching out cat videos or other information which can be cataloged and stored online, some information still eludes it, such as where parking spaces are currently available in a given area.

A new paper seeks to find a solution for this, detailing a way for web searchers to be connected to someone else at a certain physical location to answer their question. That would require smartphone users to install an app which monitored and constantly updated an index of their location so any questions can be routed to them when appropriate.

What the paper doesn’t go into is how a user could be convinced to make themselves available to answer questions and have their location monitored - after all, what’s in it for them? 

(via 8bitfuture)

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fuckyeahtattoos:

my first tattoo, done in lisbon 

fuckyeahtattoos:

my first tattoo, done in lisbon 

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fuckyeahtattoos:

My second tattoo, made in Vaihingen/Enz, Germany. (Hautschmiede)

fuckyeahtattoos:

My second tattoo, made in Vaihingen/Enz, Germany. (Hautschmiede)

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explore-blog:

For no other reason than its sublime beauty: “Daydream” by cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima

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jtotheizzoe:

infinity-imagined:

Satellite views of Earth

That’s here. That’s home.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but how about that endless loop of changing seasons, winter/summer/winter/summer and on and on …

What’s your favorite?

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explore-blog:

How polarity makes water behave strangely

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