Oklahomans came face-to-face with popsicle-like alligators — reptiles whose snouts were sticking straight out of the icy water — when the cold snap hit the American South this month. But why were these alligators "snorkeling" in such cold weather? Why weren't they sunning on the banks or hiding in their burrows? And who knew Oklahoma even had alligators? The news of the snorkeling alligators sparked a debate on Facebook over whether alligators ( Alligator mississippiensis ) were a native or introduced species to the state. According to an 1866 description of an alligator written in an Oklahoman man's diary, it appears that they are native, although other alligators have been introduced to wetlands in the state's southeastern corner since then, said Jena Donnell, the Wildlife Diversity Communication Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. As for the alligator's weird snorkeling behavior, it's completely normal, Donnell told Live Science. … [Read more...] about Alligators in Oklahoma turn into ‘popsicles’ sticking out of the frozen water
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It's official: Reptiles can use tools to help them hunt. New research shows that alligators and crocodiles can use small sticks to attract birds looking for nesting materials. If the birds get too close, they become a meal. The behavior has so far been observed among American alligators in Louisiana, as well as mugger crocodiles (also known as marsh crocodiles) in India. Alligators only engaged in this trickery during the nesting season and in areas where birds nested, said Vladimir Dinets, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. During nesting season, there's often a shortage of sticks in marshy areas where these reptiles and birds overlap, and birds sometimes even fight amongst themselves to procure sticks to build nests. The study, which Dinets co-authored and which was published in late November in the journal Ethology Ecology & Evolution, suggests that there is no other explanation for this behavior than as one of tool use. "What's really … [Read more...] about Alligators and Crocodiles Use Tools to Hunt, in a First
It was only the other day that I was wondering whether it would be fun to have a cuckoo clock in my kitchen. more Technically Incorrect The Boeing 737 Max is back? Not everyone is convinced McDonald's customers just got great news. It began as an engineer's bit of fun IT leaders hardly ever get it wrong (say IT leaders) A QR code on your gravestone? It's dead serious An Amazon Alexa-powered cuckoo clock , that is. I concluded that the idea was arrant bonkers, as are most things Alexa-enabled. But we all have our prejudices and many Americans are only too delighted to have Amazon's Echos and Dots strewn about their homes to make their lives easier. Why, Alexa can even buy you your mummy , should you want. Yet perhaps Alexa-lovers should be warned that things may not be as delightful as they seem. Skills? Oh, Everyone's Got Skills. New research from concerned academics at Germany's Ruhr-University Bochum, together with equally concerned … [Read more...] about Why would you ever trust Amazon’s Alexa after this?
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Protect that hole punch Ara Wagoner 28 Jan 2021 Best Galaxy S10 Screen Protectors Android Central 2021 The Galaxy S10 has a great, big, beautiful screen with some fancy tricks inside — like that fancy ultrasonic fingerprint sensor — but those tricks make buying a screen protector all the more important and all the more difficult. See, that in-screen fingerprint sensor can't tolerate any air bubbles or gaps between the screen and the screen protector. Your best bets are plastic film protectors or the Whitestone Dome Glass. Here are the best Galaxy S10 screen protectors. Don't forget to check out the best Galaxy S10 cases as well. Has it all: ZAGG InvisibleShield Visionguard The power of UV: Whitestone Dome Glass Made in the USA: ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Screen Protector Edge-to-edge protection: Skinomi TechSkin (2-Pack) Boost the original glass: Spigen … [Read more...] about Best Galaxy S10 Screen Protectors 2021
Let me guess: You're still carrying a phone you're terrified of dropping. Even though the iPhone 12 passed our scratch and drop test with flying colors, thanks to its ceramic shield screen, Apple still recommends using a case (and the same goes for the not-so-hardy Galaxy S21 ). So you cocoon it in an add-on case , maybe with a finger loop for extra safety, and end up with a package that makes a mockery of your "thin" phone. If so, it's time to consider one of the new breed of rugged phones, which range from slim to attractively chunky. They all have built-in drop-and-dunk resistance, no case needed. And they typically offer a slew of useful features no iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone can replicate. If you think the typical phones have become universally boringly excellent, you're right -- so prepare to be excited all over again. Read more: Best waterproof camera for shooting underwater video in 2020 … [Read more...] about Stop buying breakable phones, and you won’t even need a case anymore