fishingboatproceeds

fishingboatproceeds:

yer-a-wizard-castiel:

becoming a parent means being the one to get the wasp out of the room and idk if i’m prepared to do that

Strategies I have used to try to avoid getting the wasp out of the room:

"Shouldn’t we let nature take its course? The wasp will eventually die."

"Mom will be…

We bought really tall water glasses that double for wasp-removal devices when I’m alone in the house.

thebrainscoop

thebrainscoop:

There is absolutely no way to determine a species’ identification without collecting a specimen. Our technology is just not that sophisticated; there is a major misconception there that we’ve all got portable, fully-efficient laboratories and equipment that can be hauled into the field, readily available and accessible. We don’t. Nobody does. And there’s absolutely no way to ensure an area will be conserved if it is not determined beforehand and established firmly that there are species in that area which warrant conservation. In order to do that, legislation requires that biologists prove the inherent value of biodiversity in said area. And they aren’t going to set aside acres and hectares of land for conservation on the basis of someone’s field photograph and a vague assumption that there might be a species of concern in that area. That just isn’t how it works.

This is the importance of communicating science so we don’t have a majority that look at stories like this and jump to the conclusion that curators and researchers are maniacally out in the field, blood-thirsty and without regard towards conservation. That’s just not what museums do. In fact, it’s completely against our mission. 

This is also why I felt the need to make our latest video: Where’d you get all those dead animals?

Great work! It’s nice to see scientists and the public communicating honestly with each other, especially since the public often has a partial and inaccurate view of how science and scientists really work.

scishow
chels:

Ethiopia’s blue volcano burns deadly sulphuric gas | New Scientist

"It’s a volcano, but not as we know it. This cerulean eruption takes place in the Danakil Depression, a low-lying plain in Ethiopia. The volcano’s lava is the usual orange-red – the blue comes from flames produced when escaping sulphuric gases burn."

Getting close enough for the photo made the photographer’s skin peel and left his clothes reeking of rotten eggs for weeks, plus it ruined his camera, but he said it was worth it for the shot. I’d say so. 

chels:

Ethiopia’s blue volcano burns deadly sulphuric gas | New Scientist

"It’s a volcano, but not as we know it. This cerulean eruption takes place in the Danakil Depression, a low-lying plain in Ethiopia. The volcano’s lava is the usual orange-red – the blue comes from flames produced when escaping sulphuric gases burn."

Getting close enough for the photo made the photographer’s skin peel and left his clothes reeking of rotten eggs for weeks, plus it ruined his camera, but he said it was worth it for the shot. I’d say so. 

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