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Dung Beetles Navigate Via the Milky Way

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:00 PM

The tiny insects can orient themselves to the bright stripe of light generated by our galaxy, and move in a line relative to it, according to recent experiments in South Africa.

“This is a complicated navigational feat—it’s quite impressive for an animal that size,” said study co-author Eric Warrant, a biologist at the University of Lund in Sweden.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

I don't even know where the Milky Way is in the sky, so they must be some smart lil' buggers.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

Luke follow the light.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

I always wondered why headlights and lamposts confuse me at night.  :passifier:


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

That biologist better be careful. Those beetles roll up the stuff his brain is made of.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

This is bullcrap, IMO.

Edited by CRYSiiSx2, 25 January 2013 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

Weve erased the Milky Way from the sky with light pollution in most places. When I was young it was still bright and beautiful in the sky. Just another way we are destroying the natural beauty of our world IMO.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

View PostSkeptic Chicken, on 25 January 2013 - 03:55 PM, said:

I don't even know where the Milky Way is in the sky, so they must be some smart lil' buggers.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry to that statement but we are in the milky-way a section of it.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:53 PM

View PostSkeptic Chicken, on 25 January 2013 - 03:55 PM, said:

I don't even know where the Milky Way is in the sky, so they must be some smart lil' buggers.

Here is a Milky Way-rise. It's spiral core coming in to view.>>>



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

is great to see the poor dung beetle getting a bit of credit..


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:22 AM

"Once the beetles sniff out a steaming pile, males painstakingly craft the dung into balls and roll them as far away from the chaotic mound as possible, often toting a female that they have also picked up."

That's one heck of a first date. Wonder what his pickup line is? Actually, I don't want to know.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

Well they were special to the ancient Egyptians and some theorists say they came from the stars.............but i agree with the others,coincidence or nonsense


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

If you feel this to be true in your heart.. Then I suspect a good ole hearty Interogation with a dung beetle could be a large source of information for our future in spacial exploration


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

EVEN ASPECTRAL LOCATIONS of Beings of sorts or even CLouds Of aspectraled Degrees beyond aquatured understanding.. The Medial BrainSplasm of this Endeavor

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:21 PM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 26 January 2013 - 07:22 AM, said:

"Once the beetles sniff out a steaming pile, males painstakingly craft the dung into balls and roll them as far away from the chaotic mound as possible, often toting a female that they have also picked up."

That's one heck of a first date. Wonder what his pickup line is? Actually, I don't want to know.

Well, one can speculate though. Maybe something long the lines of -"Hey baby, you wanna roll some s*** with me, huh?   :w00t:

I imagine that, amongst dung beetles, is the only environment such a pickup line would carry any weight. ;)

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