Calls and Cries from the Digital Jungle (Link round-up, 2/4/11 edition)

- Roland Kays, curator of mammals at the New York State Museum, writes about how snow affects field biologists and animals they study in the New York Times. He also describes the magic of camera traps: “[they’re] like a mix of fishing and Christmas. Finding pictures of common things like deer and squirrels is fun, like catching bluegills, but there’s always a chance of catching the big one — for example, a coyote, fisher or other rare species.”

- Primatology.net highlights some of the conflicts that occur when the worlds of wild macaques and urban humans collide. “Aggressive encounters with macaques are common in urban areas…humans [unintentionally] contribute to the problem by leaving garbage for them to raid.”

- President Obama cracked a joke about the complexity of federal fish regulations during his State of the Union address last week (I missed it because I was, well, gutting fish). Is government oversight of salmon as complicated as he’d have you believe? Slate’s Explainer explains.

- I did some explaining myself the other week at mental_floss, and talked about why we have flat and Phillips head screwdrivers and how the Duck Hunt Zapper works.

- Also at mental_floss, my co-blogger Rob provides an in-depth history of Rescue 911. Can’t wait for him to do one on Cops.

- Brian Switek talks about the armor of glyptodonts, the prehistoric, badass cousins of modern armadillos.

- Ed Yong reports on the spread of facepalming gestures in a group of captive mandrills. The pictures alone will make your day.

- The International Year of Chemistry launched the other day here in Philadelphia. David Kroll has a quick rundown of why the IYC is celebrated and where and when the Philly events are, as well as a shout out to the awesome Chemical Heritage Foundation museum.

-Five words: Baby elephant frolics on beach

- Robert Kurzban wonders why there’s a biased sex ratio in a certain spider species. The answer, as it so often is, is that parasites manipulate everything we do.

- Emperor penguins might use a coat of air bubbles to reduce drag and launch themselves out of the water and onto land.

- When it comes to love, it’s not just humans have to settle for what they can get.

- Conjoined tilapia twins give new meaning to “synchronized swimming.”

- Frog leg mustache!

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  1. Ohhhh kolko e sladak i kak bih islkaa da si go vzema, no i pri men ima 2 golemi kotki koito ne znam kak 6te se otnasjat s nego.Dano da se nameri koi da go vzeme.

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