Originally aired: Sunday 10 June through Sunday 12 August 2007

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    Sven2
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    Wavewatcher, is that the Sun and Earth? A bald man’s head and a fly? What the heck is that? Huh?
    Posting anything from the Net is a blast, as to anyone’s own stuff – beyond my pay grade!

    #6148

    wavewatcher
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    Sven..that is Venus traversing the sun as shot by me from an HD television camera in centerfield at Yankee Stadium. The clouds cleared for about a minute and I zoomed in to the sun and with the help of a great video technician we were able to get this shot. A tape technician in the truck snapped this picture of a monitor which had my shot in it…pretty cool!

    #6149

    skordamou
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    What a beautiful photograph!

    #6150

    wavewatcher
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    So glad that this picture lured Skor out of hiding! Hope all is well! Great to see some life here!

    #6151

    skor
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    I’m here. It was by chance that I checked in , surprised and happy to see you folks here!

    #6152

    SaveJFC Admin
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    Wave,

    That is an amazing image you captured!  I had no idea what I was looking at but now, that’s really impressive!

    Work here, Cass.

    #6153

    Sven2
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    The song below (a better cover of the original by Ben Novak) would’ve been nothing out of the ordinary if not the author of it – a software program that replaces, with a certain degree of success, a human composer/songwriter. In 2005 “Turn Your Car Around”, became a top-10 hit in Europe. 

    Here is the article that explains that machines can BE creative – given the right algorithms and software.
    These news should shake the world of music – and perhaps art as well. 
    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428437/can-creativity-be-automated/?ref=rss

    Lee Ryan – Turn Your Car Around (Colour Version)

    #6154

    Sven2
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    Bowhead Whales Sing Like Birds

    Kate Stafford, an oceanographer with UW’s Applied Physics Lab, set out to find if any endangered bowhead whales passed through the Fram Strait, an inhospitable, ice-covered stretch of sea between Greenland and the northern islands of Norway. Only around 40 sightings of bowhead whales, which were hunted almost to extinction, have been reported there since the 1970s.

    Stafford and colleagues put two hydrophones, or underwater microphones, on moorings attached to the seafloor in Fram Strait, leaving them there for as long as the batteries would last: nearly a year. Since the population of bowhead whales likely to pass through was thought to number in the tens, they didn’t anticipate much interesting data.

    “We hoped to record a few little grunts and moans,” Stafford said. “We were not expecting to get five months of straight singing.”

    Not only did they record singing nearly every hour of the day and night, they picked up more than 60 unique songs. A paper detailing their discoveries appears July 31 as the feature article in Endangered Species Research and is openly accessible online.

    The variety of tunes was so surprising that the researchers compared the whales’ song catalog to that of birds.

    “Whether individual singers display one, multiple or even all call types, the size of the song repertoire for… bowheads in 2008-2009 is remarkable and more closely approaches that of songbirds than other… whales,” they wrote in the report.

    They have yet to learn why the whales sang so consistently last year.

    Scientists believe that bowhead whale song comes from males during mating season. In most other kinds of whales, individuals either sing the same song their whole lives or all members of a population sing the season’s same popular tune. If bowheads are like the former, that would mean more than 60 males were in the Fram Strait. If the population is evenly split between males and females, there could have been more than 100 whales — far more than anyone thought comprised this population.

    With further study, the scientists instead could discover that individual bowhead whales have a repertoire of songs that they sing during a season. That would be equally interesting because it would make the bowheads the only known whales to sing a variety of songs in the same season.

    from Science Daily.com

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120731123248.htm

    #6155

    SaveJFC Admin
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    Bowhead Whales Sing Like Birds

    from Science Daily.com

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120731123248.htm

    This is lovely, Sven!  Thank you for posting this!

    Bowhead whale song 1: http://www.washington.edu/news/files/2012/07/feb09songs_47USE.mp3

    Bowhead whale song 2: http://www.washington.edu/news/files/2012/07/feb09songs_47USE.mp3

    Work here, Cass.

    #6156

    Water Lily
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    Earthflight (Winged Planet) – Condor Flight School (Narrated by David Tennant)

    “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace”

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