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Animal | Vegetable | Mineral


Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

Exploring the Earth and Animal Sciences

Location: #science
Members: 57
Latest Activity: on Monday

Welcome to Animal | Vegetable | Mineral

I never cease to be awed by the splendor of the natural world, by the forces that shape the earth, and by the diversity and ingenuity of the life that populates it.

Animal | Vegetable | Mineral is a group where those who share this fascination can discuss the Earth and animal sciences of geology, volcanology, seismology, ecology, ethology, primatology, entymology—basically all the –ologies of the natural world. 

For general science, chemistry, genetics, or evolution, please post in the Science! group. For posts on animal rights and welfare, please post in Animal Care. For cosmology, please post in The Daily Cosmos. For green living, sustainability, and environmental activism, please post in the Green Atheists group.

Action Alert & Petition Thread
Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature
News Thread: Empathy and Reciprocity in Animals
The AVM Book Thread
The AVM Video Thread
Website Links: Conservation, Protection, and Advocacy


Discussion Forum

Beautiful Photographs of Animals & Nature

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Mar 1, 2015. 850 Replies

New species found in Australia

Started by Neal. Last reply by Neal Nov 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Cockatoos can pick complicated locks!

Started by Michel. Last reply by Neal Jul 11, 2013. 5 Replies

The intelligence of octopuses

Started by Adriana. Last reply by doone Jun 24, 2013. 3 Replies

Darwin's Frogs Are in Steep Decline

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2013. 1 Reply

How Dogs Help Protect Threatened Species

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Neal Jun 15, 2013. 1 Reply

The AVM Video Thread

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Jun 12, 2013. 402 Replies

8 Awesome Octopus Facts for World Oceans Day

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by doone Jun 9, 2013. 1 Reply

Atlantic puffins in peril in US

Started by A Former Member Jun 8, 2013. 0 Replies

Plan lifts Lower 48 wolf protections

Started by A Former Member Jun 8, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Stephen on August 29, 2016 at 10:32pm

Nature, Its red in tooth and claw. It can be very unforgiving.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 29, 2016 at 10:28pm

Yeah, pathetic isn't it?

Not a fan of nature at times.

Comment by Stephen on August 29, 2016 at 10:10pm

And they call something like that an act of gawd.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 29, 2016 at 8:59pm

The tears always come with these stories.

Comment by Stephen on August 29, 2016 at 7:07pm

Freak lightning bolts kill 300 reindeer in Norway 

More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed after they were struck by lightning at a nature park in southern Norway. 

The deaths were linked to a thunderstorm which battered the Hardangervidda region on Friday.

A further five reindeer had to be euthanised, according to the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate.

Gamekeepers said they had already counted the lightning-charred bodies of 323 reindeer, which a spokesman described as an "unusually high" death toll.

Some 323 dead wild reindeers struck by lightning are seen littering a hill side on Hardangervidda


Comment by Chris on August 25, 2016 at 9:55pm

"Food is food, & when hungry, eat what's available....simple!"

We need more farm to table, local food movements.  I'm slowly changing out ornimental plants for edibles.  There is a group here called Plowshares that help people convert lawns to edible food.  That's a great movement. Like during WWII Victory Gardens.

Comment by Chris on August 25, 2016 at 9:38pm

Tomatoes were classified as vegitables because the U.S. wanted to tax imports from Hati.

It suprises me how many people think corn is a vegitable. Corn is a grain.

Comment by Mrs.B on August 24, 2016 at 4:52pm

Food is food, & when hungry, eat what's available....simple!

Comment by Stephen on August 24, 2016 at 4:46pm

Once Upon A Time, The Catholic Church Decided That Beavers Were Fish

From time to time, politicians and other rulers-of-men like to categorize the natural world not according to biology, but rather for convenience or monetary gain. Take, for example, the tomato. The progenitor of ketchup is a seed-bearing structure that grows from the flowering part of a plant. It is, by definition, a fruit. In 1893, however, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of that the tomato was a vegetable, subject to vegetable import tariffs. Even if the tomato is, technically, a fruit, it tends to be treated in American cuisine as a vegetable, wantonly littering our salads with its jelloey gooeyness.

Corn and rice are another good example. The Bible forbids Jewish people from eating - foods made from wheat, barley, spelt, rye, or oats - on Passover. Ashkenazi Jews consider corn, rice, and legumes, a class of foods called kitniyot, as forbidden on Passover as well. It isn't that they're forbidden, per se, but that they're easily confused for the real thing. As I learned in my high school Talmud class, the medieval Rabbis decided to forbid these not-technically-forbidden grains because of a principle called marit ayinexplanationkitniyot, a person might be observed eating them and thought to be eating chametz despite the law, or erroneously conclude that chametz

Still, neither the Supreme Court's reclassification of the tomato is a fruit, nor the medieval Rabbis' designation of corn and rice as forbidden grains, is the most amusing example of non-scientific categorization. The Catholic Church has them all beat.

There were once between 60 and 400 million beavers (Castor canadensis) occupying the rivers and streams of North America, from the great white north to the deserts of northern Mexico. Then the Europeans came. With them came disease along with an insatiable desire for beaver pelts and for beaver castoreum, a urine-like secretion often used in perfume and cologne. Combined with the once-sustainable hunting of beaver by indigenous North Americans for their meat, the beaver population rapidly declined. (The species is now rebounding, thanks to trapping regulations, and now includes some 6 to 12 million individuals)

Read more= read:http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/once-upon-a-t...

Comment by Chris on August 13, 2016 at 5:18am

I worked with a Vietnam vet Marine. He was very skinny. He said even when he held his breath he sank to the bottom of the pool.  I found it unbelievable that he made it through training and was sent out.


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