When a sparrow's nest flooded during high tide in coastal Georgia, a fish jumped at the chance to make a meal of a newly hatched chick, and a scientist's video camera caught a first-ever view of the entire deadly encounter. Footage showed a small fish called a mummichog ( Fundulus heteroclitus ) leaping into a flooded nest and attacking a hatchling seaside sparrow ( Ammospiza maritima ), demonstrating that baby sparrows in this habitat face a threat previously unknown to scientists. Corina Newsome, an ornithologist at the Hunter Lab at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, had placed cameras on the birds' nests to learn about the risks posed by predators. In this case, the predator came from an unexpected place: the water. "A lot of questions were spinning in my mind after seeing that," Newsome told Live Science. Related: Beastly feasts: Amazing photos of animals and their prey Tidal salt marshes in Georgia are home to many types of birds, and … [Read more...] about Video captures unusual death of baby bird gobbled by a fish
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We will continue updating this list as more information about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight becomes available. Most recent change: 5:51 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14. After countless false leads and nearly a week of searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, all we know of its fate is that we don't know much at all. The White House jumped into the already crowded fray on Thursday when it said the search area may extend to the Indian Ocean based on "new information that's not necessarily conclusive." On Friday, Reuters reported that authorities are focusing more on a suspicion of foul play, with two sources saying that the aircraft “appeared to be following a commonly used navigational route” when it was last spotted traveling northwest of Malaysia. "What we can say is we are looking at sabotage, with hijack still on the cards," Reuters ’ source said. See also: Timeline: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 For days now an ever-expanding gap in … [Read more...] about Where Is the Plane? 19 Possible Scenarios
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . you spin me right round baby This new Echo Show is a real head-turner. Jeramy Johnson 24 Feb 2021 0 Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central The smart speaker market has grown quite a bit since Amazon introduced the first Echo in late 2014. However, after introducing the first Echo Show in 2017, the evolution of smart screened devices hasn't progressed nearly so quickly. There have mostly been incremental updates to the devices put out by Amazon, Google, and others like Lenovo, adding bigger screens and (marginally) better speakers, but nothing has really moved the category forward. As it has done several times before, Amazon is poised to usher in the next paradigm shift in smart speaker tech with its latest Echo device, the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). I've had the pleasure of using just about every Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker over the past few years, so I feel … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) review: Move over Nest Hub Max
The electronic “pings” heard by multiple ships that are hunting for missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, have been described as the “ best lead yet ” in the complicated investigation. However, officials have cautioned that the pings, which can be picked up by highly sensitive marine listening devices known as hydrophones — and more advanced tools called “pinger locators” — may not in fact be from the aircraft’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. Instead, they could be from whales or other marine life, officials have said. “False alerts may be experienced from biological sources such as whales or interference from shipping noise,” the Australian Joint Agency Coordination Center said on April 3. See also: Chinese Ship Detects Possible Black Box Signal in Search for Malaysia Airlines Plane But how easy is it for search crews to confuse the manmade ping from acoustic beacons attached to the plane's "black boxes" with the noises of … [Read more...] about Scientists: Search Crews Unlikely to Confuse Black Box ‘Pings’ With Whale Sounds
High in the Himalayas, a four-to-five-day trek from the nearest village, sits an unassuming glacial lake called Roopkund. The spot is beautiful, a dollop of jewel-toned water amid rough gravel and scree, but hardly out of the ordinary for the rugged landscape — except for the hundreds of human bones scattered within and around the lake. These bones, belonging to between 300 and 800 people, have been a mystery since a forest ranger first reported them to the broader world in 1942. Lately, though, the mystery has only deepened. In 2019, a new genetic analysis of the ancient DNA in the bones, detailed in the journal Nature Communications , found that at least 14 of the people who died at the lake probably weren't from South Asia. Instead, their genes match those of modern-day people of the eastern Mediterranean. Related: 11 famous places that are littered with dead bodies What's more, these bones were far newer than most of the others at the lake, which date to … [Read more...] about Hundreds of skeletons fill this remote Himalayan lake. How did they get there?