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Boris Borcic
in the beginning, animals voted with their genitals, and plants delegated voting to animals
in the beginning, animals voted with their genitals, and plants delegated voting to animals

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I've long wondered on the possibility of approaching time travel to the past as better than a yes/no question. Ask instead about the upper bound of a power to send bits a little backwards in time through a noisy channel without hitting any analogue to the grandfather-killing paradox. Backward time travel functions then as a computational booster. Like quantum computing. Maybe they boil down to the same.
"You can witness the evolution and destruction of humanity; the end of the Earth and Sun; the dissociation of our galaxy; the heat death of the Universe itself. So long as you have enough power in your space ship, you can travel as far into the future as you like."

Have you ever wondered about time travel? Perhaps you have your destination in the far future, and want to see how it all turns out? Maybe you want to return to the past, and alter the future or present by your actions there? Or maybe you want to freeze time altogether? If you want to know whether it's possible, the physics of relativity holds the answer. Special relativity allows us to control our motion through time by manipulating our motion through space. The more we move through space, the less we move through time, allowing us to travel as far as we want into the future, limited only by our energy available for space travel. But going to the past requires some specific solutions to general relativity, which may (or may not) describe our physical Universe.

What's the status of traveling through time? Come get the scientific story (with a brand new podcast) today!

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Sexual selection is a significant driver of animal evolution; it's predicated on the animal ability to move and choose mates. However, the mediation of insects made plants participate to a similar dynamics -- there's the origin of flowers.

And now, we mankind look poised to delegate in turn our sexual selection, like plants did to insects...

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My theory of this nocturnal Madagascar gecko is that it's mimicking vegetation (to predators) during daytime but innocuous diurnal chameleons (to insect preys) by nighttime. It does appear vertically flattened like a chameleon -- and contrary to other geckos, including other species of the same genus, that are horizontally flattened. And the spines above the eyes will give them an outline like (closed) chameleon eyes.

Fun idea, that of a gecko mimicking chameleons that are the epitome of camouflaged animals.

I've posted some of these already, but I am quite fond of the Uroplatus phantasticus, aka the Satanic Gecko

From "10+ Of The Most Metal Animals Ever"

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The Perils of Public Outreach
A culture that normalizes hypercritical peers is a problem for scientists who want to reach beyond academe

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"Newborn humpback whales 'whisper' to their mothers to avoid being overheard by killer whales, researchers have discovered. The recordings were the first obtained from tags directly attached to the whales".

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"Numbers do not exist in all cultures. There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world's largest river tree. Instead of using words for precise quantities, these people rely exclusively on terms analogous to "a few" or "some."
In contrast, our own lives are governed by numbers. As you read this, you are likely aware of what time it is, how old you are, your checking account balance, your weight and so on. The exact (and exacting) numbers we think with impact everything from our schedules to our self-esteem.
But, in a historical sense, numerically fixated people like us are the unusual ones. For the bulk of our species' approximately 200,000-year lifespan, we had no means of precisely representing quantities. What's more, the 7,000 or so languages that exist today vary dramatically in how they utilize numbers.
Speakers of anumeric, or numberless, languages offer a window into how the invention of numbers reshaped the human experience. In a new book, I explore the ways in which humans invented numbers, and how numbers subsequently played a critical role in other milestones, from the advent of agriculture to the genesis of writing".
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