Team Blogs: Some Pretty Cool Science Facts

MasBlogs and PupTheRabbit!
Hi there!
Today is the first day of TeamBlogs with my partner MasBlogs.
I’ve never been any good at science, biology, or chemistry (which is one of the reasons why I went into writing! Haha)
These facts all come from current articles about astronomy, the environment, and animal biology.
I am proud to say I learned a great deal when doing some research for today’s topic!
1) Earth is not the only orb with oceans. In 2005 Cassini, an American spacecraft, saw plumes of water shooting into space from cracks in the icy surface of Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons.  On April 3rd a team led by Luciano Iess of the University of Rome confirmed that the ocean exists, and also showed that, like Earth’s, it is not all-embracing. 
2) Warming temperatures, scientists say, can tip places into drought conditions by increasing evaporation and sapping soil of its moisture. A new study suggests up to a third of the Earth’s land area could be subject to drier conditions because of warmer temperatures, not just changing precipitation patterns, by the end of the century. Issues of future drought, food security and its potential effects on conflict were a focus of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which examined the impacts of global warming that may come to pass if societies don’t adapt and cut their emissions of greenhouse gases.  
3) Research from the University of Bristol has proven scientifically what we have known from experience — that chickens may well be the smartest animals in the barnyard. And surprise! Chickens have emotions, feelings, and personalities! Some are shy, others gregarious. Like dogs, they know their names and they come when called.    In some scientific tests, they outperform human toddlers. That’s right: In multiple tests of cognitive and behavioral sophistication, chickens outperform not just dogs and cats but four-year-old human children. A great reason to stop eating chicken!
4) The scientists found that biting flies, including horseflies and tsetse flies, are the evolutionary driver for zebra stripes. Experimental work had previously shown that such flies tend to avoid black-and-white striped surfaces, but many hypotheses for zebra stripes have been proposed since Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin debated the problem 120 years ago. These include:

  • A form of camouflage
  • Disrupting predatory attack by visually confusing carnivores
  • A mechanism of heat management
  • Having a social function
  • Avoiding ectoparasite attack, such as from biting flies




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