Scientists have demonstrated that genetically modified organisms have no measurable negative impacts on human health. Indeed, they may hold the key to feeding a world impacted by climate change. But does this mean GMOs are completely without risk? Nope.
Here are some good reasons to be concerned…
Almost all cetaceans have a dorsal ﬁn, which acts as a surface to control attitude and prevent roll, yaw, and side-slip.
Among odontocetes, only right whale dolphins, the ﬁnless porpoise and both members of Monodontidae, the beluga or white whale and narwhal, lack a dorsal ﬁn.
Both beluga and narwhal possess, like finless porpoise, an irregular, notched dorsal ridge running along the caudal portion of the back, but the low (4–5 cm high) dorsal ridge of monodontids (also called a cuticular crest) appears insufﬁciently large to act as a suitable hydrodynamic control surface on these 4–5 m long odontocetes.
Researchers suggest that these fat pads, when elevated, form a pair of prominent vertical stabilizers that (perhaps in conjunction with the dorsal ridge) enhance an animal’s ability to control heading and limit roll.
- Reference and photo (Open Access via dropbox): Werth and Ford, 2012. Abdonimal fat pads act as control surfaces in lieu of dorsal fins in the beluga (Delphinapterus) Marine Mammal Science
- Editor’s note: this study, was unfortunately executed in captivity. sorry
Become active in your local communities, at every level you can manage. You’re not too young, you’re not too old, you’re not too unconventional. Join your masjid’s board, no matter how hard headed they seem. Create political education programs and invite the general public to…
I know a beautiful soul when I see one. You can never meet them without being touched. They’re like lights in the middle of darkness. You jump to them for protection, warmth, guidance, love, an honest advice, a sincere deed and you always keep an eye on them wherever you go in life. They’re human too, obviously, and their humanness is the finishing touch to an already fascinating being.
So gentle, so kind, so alive, yet so approachable. I love such people.
Cat lovers have compassion for all cats, no matter where they live. Indoor, outdoor, feral, stray. But they are split on the issue of letting your house cat wander beyond the house! Why do you think they call it a house cat, stupid?!
Recently, new studies claiming that cats massacre more wildlife than previously estimated are ramping up the controversy between the indoor versus outdoor camps.
Scientists with the Smithsonian and US Fish and Wildlife have concluded that free-ranging domestic cats kill up to 3.7 BILLION birds and 20.7 BILLION mammals annually. This report has received a lot of media coverage.
Scampering sparrows, Batman, that’s a lot of feline feathering!
We’re also talking about hundreds of millions of reptiles and amphibians turning into Eye of Newt Super Supper and Frogs Legs Appetizer.
As if the fear of your cat falling into the abyss of the unknown isn’t enough to force you to keep your cats in, the indoor cat lobbyists are correct to call your cat out as a major assault weapon on wildlife. While the country debates gun control, naturalists and cat owners are debating cat control. But now the bird huggers have some serious statistics to back up their claims that cats are more than just an upsetting menace — Kit and Kaboodle are terrorists on a global scale!
This media coverage of cats killing birds has given birders the evidence they need, but has ruffled the feathers of a number of feline friendly groups. The Humane Society‘s Veterinary Association and many cat adoption groups don’t want this coverage to deter future cat adopters, and stress the point that the majority of wildlife is killed by feral or stray cats.
The feral cat is the true Hannibal Lecter of the neighborhood, according to the feline groups. The studies suggest, however, that Fluff and Muff account for 29 percent of bird homicides and about 11 percent of small mammal deaths.
“Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think,” Dawkins tweeted on Tuesday morning.
He had earlier tweeted: “X is bad. Y is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of X, go away and don’t come back until you’ve learned how to think logically.”
Richard Dawkins classified certain types of rape and paedophilia as ‘worse’ than others
He followed it up with: “Mild pedophilia [sic] is bad. Violent pedophilia is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of mild pedophilia, go away and learn how to think.”
Furious reaction ensued, with commenters telling Dawkins to “go away and learn compassion”, sarcastically replying: “So helpful! Maybe he could make a list ranking types of rape from worst to least worst?” and accusing him of being “a danger to women.”
"Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that’s an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think.” — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) July 29, 2014
Dawkins however continued to push his point, replying to one of his supporters with: “It’s obvious to you and me. You’d be amazed, probably shocked at how many people simply don’t get it.”
The 73-year-old also began re-tweeting messages of support from both men and women, praising him for his “perfectly obvious point.”
He then repeated the statement, altering his phrasing slightly: “’Mild date rape is bad. Violent date rape is worse.’ Is it really so hard to understand that that doesn’t constitute endorsement of either?”
"Mild date rape is bad. Violent date rape is worse." Is it really so hard to understand that that doesn’t constitute endorsement of either? — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) July 29, 2014
Dawkins’s statements have been met with incredulity by a charity which delivers services to end violence against women and children.
Jody Woodward, a spokesman for East London Rape Crisis, a service within thecharity NIA, told Huffington Post UK: “Rape itself is a violent act regardless of whether any physical force is used. For survivors there is no hierarchy as to what constitutes ‘better’ or ‘worse’ rape. Rape is rape; there is no such thing as mild rape.
“Around 90% or rapes are committed by men known to the victim/survivor, these worrying myths around ‘real’ rape being committed by strangers at knifepoint can impact on women feeling they can come forward to report the abuse and feeling they will be believed.
“The impacts and consequences of rape for victim/survivors are no lesser because there was no knife involved and to suggest this is the case is discrediting the voices of survivors.”
Dawkins is no stranger to incendiary twitter rants. He has previously declared victory for Osama Bin Laden after a jar of honey he was carrying fell foul of airport security rules.
He vented on Twitter after the “little jar of honey” went to waste because of restrictions on liquids that can be taken on as hand luggage.
Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day. I had a little jar of honey, now thrown away by rule-bound dundridges. STUPID waste — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 3, 2013Blaming “rule-bound dundridges”, and apparently sniffy at the ridicule his rant was met with, Dawkins demanded: “Are you carpers really too thick to see the difference between a matter of general principle and a petty concern with a single jar of honey.”
The comment was directed at HuffPost UK Political Director Mehdi Hassan, then working at the New Statesman, who was challenged by Dawkins in an interview in 2012 to admit he believed the Prophet Muhammed flew to heaven on a winged horse.
Mehdi Hasan admits to believing Muhamed flew to heaven on a winged horse. And New Statesman sees fit to print him as a serious journalist — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 21, 2013
Dawkins later apologised in a blog, writing: “None of those three meanings was well conveyed by my ill-judged words, and I withdraw them with apologies. I’m grateful to the many tweeters who came to my defence and saw no problem with my original formulation. Nevertheless, I cannot deny that my words were carelessly chosen.”
He has also been accused of disguising “bigotry” as atheism after stating: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”
All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though. — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) August 8, 2013
He responded to the barrage of ensuing criticism by telling his followers: “A statement of simple fact is not bigotry. And science by Muslims was great in the distant past.”
He added: “Where would be without alchemy? Dark Age achievements undoubted. But since when?