Why panda sex is so complex
“Will they or won’t they?” has been the classic tantalizing question behind the romantic tensions between TV couples. It’s the same for pandas, except there’s more at stake.
Hopes were high among conservationists that female panda Tian Tian (Sweetie) and male panda Yang Guang (Sunshine) would mate during breeding season at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. It appears they have “hit it off” and are attracted to each other, but so far they haven’t actually had sex, and a successful mating between them has become more unlikely, according to a zoo statement released this week.
Experts had determined, based on hormone testing and behavioral observation, that this was the right time for the two exotic and adorable animals to meet. But, as the zoo stated, it was “close, but no cigar.”
I told them to go with California wine instead of French. The problem is that cheap French wine is in every convenience store in the UK. Of course she wasn’t impressed.
Pandas are an endangered species. There are less than 1,600 in the wild, and climate change threatens their natural habitat. That’s why conservationists are so keen on the production of baby pandas – not just for more cuteness in the world, but to help the survival of the species.
Last summer, Aggie joke Dessler went completely hysterical ranting about the permanent man-made drought in Texas, and basically blamed it on Rick Perry.
Rick Perry calmly replied “the rains will come, they always do.”
Precipitation has been well above normal in Texas this year. Dessler owes Perry, and everyone else an apology for his infantile hysterics.
Sagan was a heavy dope smoker, but I doubt that even crack-cocaine meth addiction could produce thinking as delusional as Science Magazine is experiencing.
Did Melting Antarctic Permafrost Drive Ancient Global Warming? by Richard A. Kerr on 4 April 2012, 5:31 PM
Fifty-five million years ago, the world abruptly warmed by a scorching 5 degrees Celsius, the oceans turned acidic, and life ran a gantlet of extinction. Sound familiar? That was the closest nature ever came to foreshadowing the fossil-fuel-fed warming that is just getting underway now. But for 15 years, climate scientists have puzzled over how that ancient global warming could have happened. Now a group of researchers is offering a new explanation: The needed greenhouse gases could have gushed from thawing permafrost on an ice-free Antarctica.
Sound familiar???? WTF is he talking about?
Satellites show 2012 temperatures below normal, and temperatures on the Antarctic Ice Sheet are -90F. It would have to warm up 122 degrees to start melting.
The climate science community has completely lost the plot of reality. Like a cancer, their sole purpose for existence is to grow and kill everything around them.
Aaargh …. Why am I in the US this year?
Torres could potentially play against Barcelona and Real Madrid this month.
The real Arctic isn’t important to people like Romm, just the imaginary Arctic which resides inside their Zoloft saturated mind.
Arctic ice extent is the highest in nearly a decade, and has again set the record for both the latest peak and the longest winter. Normally it has been melting for almost a month already.
A perfect example of how clueless modern climate scientists are.
By Andrew Freedman
By showing that Arctic climate change is no longer just a problem for the polar bear, a new study may finally dispel the view that what happens in the Arctic, stays in the Arctic.
The study, by Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University and Stephen Vavrus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ties rapid Arctic climate change to high-impact, extreme weather events in the U.S. and Europe.
The study shows that by changing the temperature balance between the Arctic and mid-latitudes, rapid Arctic warming is altering the course of the jet stream, which steers weather systems from west to east around the hemisphere. The Arctic has been warming about twice as fast as the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, due to a combination of human emissions of greenhouse gases and unique feedbacks built into the Arctic climate system.
The jet stream, the study says, is becoming “wavier,” with steeper troughs and higher ridges. Weather systems are progressing more slowly, raising the chances for long-duration extreme events, like droughts, floods, and heat waves.
In 1975, the identical phenomenon was blamed on global cooling.
During the 1970s, drought, floods and a wavy jet stream were associated with increasing ice cover and colder temperatures.
h/t to Marc Morano
Nidal Malik Hasan was planning to get lots of good sex from 50 virgins – by shooting up an army base 2-1/2 years ago. Instead, he is paralysed from the chest down.
For some reason, the commander in chief has yet to put him on trial. I expect that Robert Bales will be on trial long before Hasan.