Birds Are Memory Champs

first_imgWe humans lose our keys and often can’t remember the location of half a dozen identical items.  “Maybe it takes a bird brain to find the car keys,” teases Susan Milius in the cover story of the Feb. 14 issue of Science News.1  Ornithologists have been intrigued with how birds remember where they stash their food.  One champ is Clark’s nutcracker, a noisy denizen of western national parks observed and named by the Lewis and Clark expedition.  In a year, each bird buries 22,000 to 33,000 seeds and manages to find two thirds of them 13 months later.  Chickadees and scrub jays are pretty good at this game, too.  Experiments have demonstrated that bird memories are flexible and can even do time travel into the future.    How could such good memories evolve?  The only going theory seems to be that tough times select for better memories.  As evidence, researchers found that Alaskan chickadees outperformed Coloradoans in a seed storage and retrieval contest.  Not all ornithologists are convinced of this theory, however, since the two species differ in many other respects.  “To resolve the question of whether tough times have contributed to the evolution of catching wizardry is ‘currently difficult,’ says [Nicola] Clayton [Cambridge].”  More experiments will be required, but Milius concludes, “What started out as a fidgety search for the operating rules of feathered robots has turned into studies of how thinking works.”1Susan Milius, “Where’d I Put That?” Science News, Vol. 165, No. 7, Feb. 14, 2004, p. 103.The claim that tough times create design is like the Phoenix myth, that a living bird arises from the flames of catastrophe.  No. Fire burns, and stress kills.  Making stress a creative genius is no explanation at all, yet it remains a favorite plot in Darwin stories.  Didn’t an asteroid blast give rise to the zoo of complex and diverse mammals, according to the going myth?  We can enjoy the marvels of birds without the insipid, useless, wasteful, distracting, unsupportable, pseudoscientific bad habit of trying to find evolutionary origins for everything.  Remember that.    Next time in Yellowstone, Yosemite or other western national parks, don’t be annoyed by the squawking of the nutcrackers and jays.  Pay them a little respect.  They’ve got a better memory than you in that little brain of theirs.  Milius began her article by reprimanding, “Should humanity get a little too full of itself and its intellectual prowess, there’s always Clark’s nutcracker to think about.”(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SXSW Interactive Offering Special Vendor Package For Startups

first_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#start Earlier this week, we told you about the thriving startup scene in Austin, TX, which is home to South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the largest events of the year for the startup community. Many startups have used the Interactive portion of SXSW to launch their new product, including Twitter and Foursquare, and now the organizers of the event are offering special package for companies that can help with that process.Announced yesterday, The aptly named “Launch Package” provides companies with floor space at March’s Film and Interactive Trade Show, as well as advertisements in the event program, inclusion at an invite-only press event, and the opportunity to get their “creative swag” in gift bags to be distributed at the event.Priced at $5000, the Launch Package also includes two sponsored posts on both the SXSW Facebook page and on the event’s Twitter account. Combined with the other offers, companies can save over $2000 by purchasing the package.“This turn-key solution includes assets to maximize your footprint at the festival, as wellas outreach through the SXSW social networking channels and direct access to key mediaat a private meet the press event,” says Katie King, who manages sales for SXSW Interactive. Exposure is great for any small business hoping to gain traction and there is no better place to be seen than at SXSW. Last year’s SXSW event saw over 31,000 attendees with over 24,000 visiting the Film and Interactive trade show, making the Launch Package a highly valuable opportunity for startups.Pricing for vendors at SXSW can get fairly expensive depending on the size of the display and when it is ordered. The last chance to save any money on a display was back in November, and now business looking to set up shop on the trade show floor are looking at prices ranging from $1560 for a single stand to $4446 for a large end cap. Bundling the floor display with print advertisements and “swag bag” inserts could be an excellent way to save some money with the event just two months away.Photo by Flickr user Matthew Simantov. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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CANBERRA CITY SWEEP CANBERRA CUP

first_imgCanberra City emerged victorious in all 3 Open divisions of the Canberra Cup contested 3- 5 November 2006 at the Deakin Playing Fields, Makin Place, Deakin.A record 430 touch football players converged on the Australian Capital Territory to fight for the 2006 Canberra Cup crown in three Open and two social divisions. The annual tournament, in its third year in existence, featured local and interstate players competing keenly in all sections of the competition.In a closely contested 2006 Mixed Open division, the Canberra Cup was awarded to Canberra City after a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Tuggeranang Vikings. Ben Nicoll & Kelly Goodwin were standout performers for the Canberra City combination.The Womens’ Open division was also won by Canberra City. 6-4 against the “Old Ducks”.The “Old Ducks” team featuresd a number of Canberra City over 30’s Women’s players who pushed the youthful Canberra City team all the way.The Goodwin sisters, Danielle and Kelly, combined with Shailyn Williams and Courtney Hinchcliffe to platform the Canberra City victory.The Men’s Open Final was always going to be a fast and skillful contest with both teams chockful of talent. Vikings threw everything at the Canberra City Bears before going down gallantly 8 -5 in an exciting final.National Rugby League star Jamie Soward, returned home to guide his old club, Canberra City Bears to their first ever Open Men’s Canberra Cup title.In the Inaugural Social section of the Canberra Cup, Allstars defeted the Dream team 7- 2 in the Men’s social, and Highlanders prevailed 7-3 over the Titans in the Mixed social division. A fantastic time was had by all participants on and off the field of play, and spectators enjoyed a feast of Touch Football action. Tournament organisers will look to build on the growth and success of the Canberra Cup in 2006, with a bigger and brighter event next year.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens basketball announces Top 5 recruiting class for 2014

OSU coach Thad Matta lectures his players during a game against Ohio Nov. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 79-69.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has officially finalized his 2014 recruiting class, and he’s happy with the group set to don the Scarlet and Gray next year.“(I’m) just very, very excited about this class,” Matta said Thursday. “I think the biggest thing with this particular class is we got what we wanted.”Matta announced Thursday the signing of four players, including two from Ohio, to complete yet another class that ranks in the Top 5 of the country.The four players Matta added to his crew for 2014 include guard D’Angelo Russell, forward Keita Bates-Diop, forward Jae’Sean Tate and center David Bell.Matta spoke about Tate, a Pickerington, Ohio native, first Thursday, calling him “a warrior,” and someone who can play multiple positions.“Everybody’s asking me, ‘What position is Jae’Sean?’ And I always answer the same, ‘I don’t know, but I know he’s going to be on the floor,’” Matta said. “He’s got a great first step. He can guard I think all five positions on the floor … You’re getting a great player and you’re getting a guy who is a Buckeye.”Matta called Russell  “another great guard at Ohio State,” even though it may be unclear whether he will play point guard or shooting guard.“Is he a point guard? Is he a two guard? I don’t know. I think we can run him at both,” Matta said. “He’s got the ability to make big time plays with the ball in his hands.”Russell is the complete package, Matta said, because he does all things well.“The first time I ever saw him play, he had six threes in the first half and the second half, he didn’t take a one but he probably had 10 assists,” Matta said. “He’s just got something about him.”Another player who Matta said “wants to be at Ohio State” is Bell, who is from Garfield Heights, Ohio.“I think we’ll bring his skill along, but he runs the floor, he blocks shots, he rebounds out of his area,” Matta said of Bell.Bates-Diop is another player that can do it all because of his athleticism, Matta said.“I think from the standpoint of playing multiple positions, he scores, he passes, he rebounds, he can defend, can handle the basketball,” Matta said of Bates-Diop.Matta said he and the rest of the coaching staff set out on the recruiting trail with mindset that they wanted to replace current senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. — which he said they did.“We feel unequivocally we did that with guys that can do a lot of different things,” Matta said. “I kind of like the position we’re in.”Matta and the Buckeyes are set to travel to Milwaukee for their first road game of the season Saturday, taking on Marquette at 1 p.m. read more

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Courtois explains the pressure at Madrid

first_imgThe Belgian goalkeeper knows that defending the goal of Real Madrid is the most difficult job in the football world.A goalkeeper’s job is very difficult. Not only you are the last line of defense against the rivals, but you are also in constant pressure.This is why Thibaut Courtois feels there’s a lot of pressure when playing for Real Madrid.“Whenever a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it almost always ends up in a goal, so there is always pressure,” he told UEFA.“There’s pressure here at Madrid, but I don’t think that changes whichever club you’re playing for,” he added.“You have to focus at all times.”“When we’re attacking, it is very important to be alert, to play behind the defensive line; if it’s a high defensive line then you need to get further upfield,” he continued.“You need to play in the space and stop those balls getting through; for example against Roma [in the group stage], I had to come out of the area two or three times to stop the counter. That’s when you need to be alert and that’s why you always need to be concentrating.”“Over the last ten years, a lot more has been asked of goalkeepers – to be good with your feet, play in the space – when maybe it was not like this 20 years ago,” he continued.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Even so, when I played at Genk as a child, they asked you to play with your feet from a very young age.”“It also depends on the team you play for, whether they’re only looking to play long balls or to play out from the back,” he explained.“Being a goalkeeper nowadays is much more than making saves on the line – it’s also about playing into space, playing with your feet, and reducing the distance between yourself and the defense. It’s a little of everything.”“It’s the same for every match: I watch videos of the team’s attacking routines, I watch the penalties, I look at the mistakes, I see how the strikers finish,” he said when preparing for matches.“That doesn’t change, whether it’s the Champions League, the Liga, or a cup tie.”“They have a good team with a mix of experience and young talent and I think they play good football. They will come and play open. They won’t defend; that’s their style, they play football,” the goalkeeper concluded talking about Ajax.Great teamwork pays off. Proud of our team for jumping to second place. A big thanks to all our fans in the world for cheering us on #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cqTRiS1GC4— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) February 10, 2019last_img read more

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Turks and Caicos Laws now available online

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Oct 2015 – The Attorney General’s Chambers is modernizing and now the laws of the country are available online. The announcement came this week in the House of Assembly from AG, Rhondalee Knowles who gave kudos to the government’s IT Unit, her own team including Tenecia Williams and the legislative drafters and she recognized the Regional Law Revision Center which assisted with the technicalities of getting all of the laws posted to the Chamber’s website. It was four months ago, in June that the Attorney General’s office told the public the 2014 revised edition of country laws were not only to come into force on June 15th, 2015 but that they would be available in an 11 volume, loose-leaf set and on CD-Rom. Those costs were put at $1,800 and $1,000 respectively. The laws now made available online are free and can be found at www.gov.tc/agc.com. AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Recommended for you Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Related Items:attorney general, online, rhondalee knowles, turks and caicos lawlast_img read more

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Soldotna Residents Save Moose Calf

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A few good Samaritans helped a moose calf that got stuck in a hole on a property in Soldotna, on June 7. Val Ischi, of Soldotna, noticed the calf on her property on June 6, and didn’t think to check on the moose until she noticed it in the same spot the next day. Ischi and two others went down in the hole while being cautious. The moose’s mother was nearby and they made sure to keep an eye on her while assisting the calf. Ischi discovered the moose calf was stuck in a hole and she contacted the Department of Fish and Game who were unable to send any personal out at that time to help the calf. It only took the group five minutes and they were able to help the calf out of the hole and reunite it with its mother.last_img

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