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2019-01-06 17:09 nature blog

'Sonic attack' on US embassy in Havana could have been crickets, say scientists | World news | The Guardian

But a fresh analysis of the audio recording has revealed what scientists in the UK and the US now believe is the true source of the piercing din: it is the song of the Indies short-tailed cricket, known formally as Anurogryllus celerinictus.

“The recording is definitively a cricket that belongs to the same group,” said Fernando Montealegre-Zapata, a professor of sensory biology at the University of Lincoln. “The call of this Caribbean species is about 7 kHz, and is delivered at an unusually high rate, which gives humans the sensation of a continuous sharp trill.”

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2017-12-21 21:04 nature blog

How Fungi Saved the World — Feed the data monster

An etching of what a Carboniferous forest may have looked like. The canopy was dominated by lycopod trees such as Lepidodendron (middle ground, left), and the understory by ferns (fore, left) and giant horestails (fore, right), and the middle layers by tree ferns (middle ground, center) and early gymnosperms. The Cordaites (behind the Lepidodendron) in this picture are distant ancestors of pine trees.

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2017-09-19 11:25 nature blog

Scotland's oldest snow patch expected to melt - BBC News

Dr Adam Watson, known as Mr Cairngorms, has researched the snow patch on Braeriach

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2017-09-07 08:53 nature blog

Cape Wrath - Wikipedia

Much of the area has been used for sheep grazing, a use which continues today, and shielings, shelters built for shepherds, can be found across the Cape.[10] The area declined in population in the mid-20th century and is now almost entirely unpopulated, although military and tourism use continues.[2] The Cape Wrath Lighthouse was built in 1828 and the access road from the Kyle of Durness dates from the same period.[3] A Lloyd's of London signal station was built close to the lighthouse at the end of the 19th century to track shipping around the Cape.[12]

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