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Summer storm at harvest time in Strohgaeu Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
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Humanlike behaviour of Primates

They shake their head to say 'no', laugh and beg.... see the article to see what else Primates do which remind us of human behaviour

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Bonobos at the Leipzig Zoo were filmed shaking their heads "no" in disapproval in order to get infants to stop playing with their food (instead of eating it) or to keep an infant from straying. In one instance, a mother retrieved her baby bonobo from an attempt to climb a nearby tree. The infant made continual efforts to scale the tree, with Mom bringing her back each time. The final attempt ended with the mama pulling her infant by the leg and shaking her head while looking at the baby.

While the researchers aren't sure whether the bonobos really mean "no" in their head shakes, the results do hint the behavior may be an early precursor to negative head-shaking gestures in humans, according to study researcher Christel Schneider of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

"Perhaps the most humanlike behavior is the laughing by apes when they are being tickled," de Waal told LiveScience. "It is low-pitched compared to human laughter, but the facial expression and the waxing and waning of the laughing sounds are eerily human to the point that those of us familiar with these vocalizations cannot stop ourselves from laughing, too."

Other primates are particularly astute at our gestures. "That's why ape communication often looks incredibly human to us," de Waal said. "They beg for food with an open hand (the way human beggars do in the street), have aggressive gestures that look very human, stroke, and touch and hug just like humans, and so the gestural repertoire looks extremely human to us."

Article Link: http://www.livescience.com/15309-humanlike-behaviors-primates.html

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Hector Goes... Hunting (Scarteen Hunt)
A great episode of "Hector Goes" broadcast this week on irish television, for those interested in foxhunting
"99% of the time the fox goes clean away, healthy"

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Artist of the day, though I'll be damned if I can ever spell his name
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (Polish: Mikołaj Konstanty Czurlanis), also known as M. K. Čiurlionis (22 September [O.S. 10 September] 1875 –10 April [O.S. 28 March] 1911) was a Lithuanian painter and composer. Čiurlionis contributed to symbolism and art nouveau and was representative of the fin de siècle epoch. During his short life he composed about 250 pieces of music and created about 300 paintings. The majority of his paintings are housed in the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania. His works have had a profound influence on modern Lithuanian culture. The asteroid 2420 Čiurlionis is named after him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikalojus_Konstantinas_%C4%8Ciurlionis

With the kindness of +Alex Taller , thank you..:)
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A stunning aerial view of the Elephant Foot Glacier’ in Greenland. The mountains on either side are thousands of feet high, which gives some idea of the gargantuan scale. This kind of feature is best seen from the air.

A near perfect example of the the sheer weight of a thick layer of ice and the fact that even a solid like ice deforms as a "plastic" material when combined with gravity's influence, glaciers flow very slowly. Ice may flow down mountain valleys, fan across plains, or in some locations, spread out to the sea. Movement along the underside of a glacier is slower than movement at the top due to the friction created as it slides along the ground's surface.

Glaciers periodically retreat or advance, depending on the amount of snow accumulation or ablation that occurs. This retreat or advance refers only to the position of the terminus, or snout, of the glacier. Even as it retreats, the glacier still deforms and moves downslope, like a conveyor belt. For most glaciers, retreating and advancing are very slow occurrences, noticeable only over a long time.
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Shinjuku District in Tokyo, Japan
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Strike A Pose!

Underwater model Hannah Fraser takes part in a stunning underwater freediving photo shoot with whale sharks.

Photographers Kristian Schmidt & Shawn Heinrichs spent 4 months preparing this 5-day photoshoot with models diving at 25-feet-deep into the ocean, complete with designer attire, for a one-of-a-kind photo-session posing in the wild with the 18-tonne world's largest fish!

You can take a look at the whole photo gallery here ~ http://goo.gl/fY4Ac
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