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weimerskirch3hr_860 Photo © AURÉLIAN PRUDOR/CEBC CNRS

Who enjoys flying? I do (on planes, of course) and birds certainly do as well (they better because they do a lot of it)!  According to recent study, frigatebirds can drift in the skies for up to two months without landing (I think this makes them the biggest fans of flying, along with albatrosses, another ocean-faring flier). In order to do this, the seabird seeks out routes with strong and upward-moving currents to save energy on its flights across the ocean. By hitching a ride with favorable winds, frigates can fly more than 400 kilometers a day (which is the equivalent of a daily trip from Boston to Philadelphia) and avoid having to flap their wings as much.

For instance, the birds skirt the edge of the doldrums, windless regions near the equator. For this group of birds, that region was in the Indian Ocean. On…

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The Secular Jurist

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the US Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar in the nation’s oceans that could harm whales and other marine life.

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision upholding approval granted in 2012 for the Navy to use low-frequency sonar for training, testing and routine operations.

Continue reading:  Federal appeals court rejects Navy sonar-use rules

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Organikos

A tower of salt, surrounded by sunlight-sensing and -reflecting mirrors. Photo © SolarReserve

Two months ago we posted about non-photovoltaic solar power via a story from Scientific American, and this week they’re exploring the subject again, this time in the desert of Nevada with the first utility-scale “concentrating solar” plant that can provide electricity even at night. Concentrating solar involves storing heat from the sun rather than converting light into electricity, and apparently molten sodium and potassium nitrates can do this very effectively. Knvul Sheikh reports:

Deep in the Nevada desert, halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, a lone white tower stands 195 meters tall, gleaming like a beacon. It is surrounded by more than 10,000 billboard-size mirrors focusing the sun’s rays on its tip. The Crescent Dunes “concentrating solar power” plant looks like some advanced communication device for aliens. But the facility’s innovation lies in the fact…

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Dabancheng wind farm in China’s Xinjiang province (Source: Bob Sacha/Corbis, via Dailytech.com)

Wind power, as we’ve written before, has great potential as an alternative energy source, although there are certain issues to take into account. China is installing the most new wind turbines per year, but has yet to produce the most wind-generated electricity given barriers by the coal industry. Prachi Patel reports for Conservation Magazine:

China is the world’s top wind energy installer. The country’s wind installations have a capacity of generating 145 Gigawatts, twice that of the United States and about a third of the world’s total wind power. Yet the country produces less wind electricity than the US. Last month, researchers from Harvard University and Tsinghua University argued in the journal Nature Energy that this underperformance is due to deliberate favoring of coal over wind by grid operators, delays in connecting new wind farms to the…

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Enchanted Forests

The Splendour of Large  Pink Pendants  is Enchanting and a sight extremely difficult to miss.

Have a look at the Inquisitive Grasshopper in the Featured Image who is mesmerized by THE ANGEL’S TRUMPETS. ( Do check out a previous blog ENORMOUS TRUMPETS to know all the scientific facts). The hyperlink is https://wordpress.com/post/enchantedforests.wordpress.com/12114.

The Lush Green Hillside at Gangtok, Sikkim, India  is Painted Pink by these magnificent Angelic Pink Trumpets.

full of blooms PINK DIVINITY

All the pictures while taken in and around  Sikkim are of the same species but in different locations.

twirls of fun THE TWIRLS OF TRUMPETS

The Shades of Pink  of these Gigantic Blossoms vary much like shades of Lipstick. The Camera virtually looks down the throat of this Baby Pink Angel’s Trumpet.

inside the bloom PEERING INTO THE ANGEL’S TRUMPET

Pollinators must be Enchanted too as they go deep down the tunnel in search for Nectar.

These blossoms are after all

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