Sometimes Nature is just too cool for words

Here’s a wonderful video clip, filmed from a drone, of a blue whale mother and her calf swimming with dolphins off San Diego on June 4th.  I recommend muting the music soundtrack and watching in full-screen mode.  Clearly, the dolphins are treating the blue whale just as they would a ship, and swimming in front of her and her calf in playful mode. All together, now:  Aaaawww! Peter

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Is stress passed on to our children through genetic inheritance?

A fascinating article in the Economist suggests that it might be. THE effects of child abuse can last a lifetime. Neglected or abused children have a higher risk of developing all sorts of ailments as adults, including mental illnesses such as depression but also physical ones like cancer and stroke. In fact, the effects may last even longer. Emerging evidence suggests that the consequences of mistreatment in childhood may persist down the generations, affecting a victim’s children or grand-children, even if they have experienced no abuse themselves. Exactly how this happens is not well understood. Rigorous experiments on human subjects

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Cabin pron

I’ve seen posts on several blogs from time to time offering pictures of picturesque cabins in the woods, in the mountains, at the seashore, etc.  I was reminded of them when I found this image on Gab this morning.  Clickit to biggit. Imagine waking up to that view in summer!  It’d be great.  Winter . . . not so much, I guess.  I imagine it’d be really cold up there! Peter

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Dusty!

Courtesy of The Aviationist, here’s an amazing video clip of a USAF C-5 Galaxy transport – the largest aircraft operated by that force – taking off from the just over 7,000 foot runway at Ilopango Airport in El Salvador.  For an aircraft that large, carrying an unknown cargo but clearly heavily laden, it’s quite an achievement. The wingspan of the C-5 is about 80 feet wider than the runway, hence the clouds of dust raised during the last part of the takeoff run, when the jet exhaust is angled down towards them. I’d call that dusty in anyone’s language! Peter

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Catch-and-release drones?

I was interested to see this video clip about DARPA’s Gremlins program for air-deployable, reusable unmanned aerial vehicles.  The technology appears to be advancing by leaps and bounds. When you consider this in the light of “swarm” UAV technology, it looks even more interesting.  The day may not be too far away when almost all aerial activity over a heavily contested battlefield will be UAV’s, launched, recovered and supported from distant platforms, which may themselves be manned or unmanned. Peter

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A big boy and his (VERY) big toys

I had to laugh at this “little big rig”, which I noticed at IOTWReport.com.  The initial video, in .GIF format, is silent. Intrigued, I looked for more information, and found this video on YouTube.  It’s clearly of the same vehicle. Apparently it was built by Walt Moss Trucking in Wisconsin.  You can read more about the project here.  Mr. Moss has produced several other highly modified vehicles using trucks and truck parts. Fun stuff!  Thanks to Mr. Moss for brightening up my day with his ingenuity. Peter

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Ballsy!

I suspect intelligence agencies all over the world are at present tipping their hats, metaphorically speaking, to Israel’s Mossad.  If published accounts are to be believed (and it’s never that simple), their most recent operation was a masterpiece, the kind of thing that’ll be studied in training academies for decades to come. Israeli spies reportedly broke into an Iranian nuclear archive in southern Tehran last year and hauled out half a tonne of documents in operation completed in a single night. The raid is said to have provided the intelligence behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s public accusation that Iran lied to the

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Just goes to show… you never know what might happen next

A Texas police officer is extremely lucky to be alive after arriving to investigate a SUV that crashed into a house.  Watch what happens as he walks up. It seems the SUV severed a gas line, which blew up the house as the officer walked up.  Here’s a more detailed news report. I bet that officer’s suddenly-increased pulse rate blew out his fitness monitor! Peter

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