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[Science] A thread of good guesses, bad guesses and telling the difference.

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie This is NOT normalRegistered User regular
    edited March 16
    Time for some good (and bad) guesses

    From 'Popular Science'

    "Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why."


    Submit your theories below!

    (Mine is "so long and thanks for all the fish!")

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    If they start actively sinking whaling ships it'd make things easier.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    I'm guessing not selected behavior, since it seems to be a sudden emergence in adults. Possibly smart enough to recognize dangers of being alone and know that visibility protects against things like ship strike.

    A sadder guess (but still kind of happy in a way) is that as populations continue to recover from near extinction we are seeing the effect of lost "culture" - things that used to be taught to young rather than driven by instinct died with generations of heavy whaling and now rebounding populations need to learn how to whale all over again, and won't necessarily learn the same ways.

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  • GoumindongGoumindong Registered User regular
    Hevach wrote: »
    I'm guessing not selected behavior, since it seems to be a sudden emergence in adults. Possibly smart enough to recognize dangers of being alone and know that visibility protects against things like ship strike.

    A sadder guess (but still kind of happy in a way) is that as populations continue to recover from near extinction we are seeing the effect of lost "culture" - things that used to be taught to young rather than driven by instinct died with generations of heavy whaling and now rebounding populations need to learn how to whale all over again, and won't necessarily learn the same ways.

    Alternately we never really knew the culture to begin with, low population numbers meant that small pods were a necessity rather than a choice.

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  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    That is a good point. A lot of what we know about whales from before their populations were devastated comes from the people killing them. Modern science has only gotten to study the leftovers.

  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    One thing that we only just recently discovered was just how connected whale populations were. According to top scientists, whale songs were capable of carrying tremendous amounts of information (like entire libraries of congress) over thousands of miles. There is a layer of the ocean that's at just the right density to carry these songs all over the world. Modern shipping is super noisy and basically destroyed the ability for isolated populations to communicate using this method.

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. Surreal. Immersive. Earth.Registered User regular
    Has to be a group recital of 'So long and thanks for all the fish!' IMO. :P

    Also, maybe plotting how to deal with a bunch of bipedal apes with nukes?

    https://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2017/03/these-recently-declassified-nuclear-test-videos-are-utterly-mesmerizing-terrifying/

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  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    Time for some good (and bad) guesses

    From 'Popular Science'

    "Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why."


    Submit your theories below!

    (Mine is "so long and thanks for all the fish!")

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  • NotoriusBENNotoriusBEN Registered User regular
    More of an elemental, or eframe than mech.
    Still cool.

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  • evilbobevilbob Registered User regular
    SES-10 launch (first reuse of a falcon 9 first stage) currently set for the 29th, 1659–1929 EDT. Was 27th but got bumped by an Atlas V launch.

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  • SyngyneSyngyne Registered User regular
    evilbob wrote: »
    SES-10 launch (first reuse of a falcon 9 first stage) currently set for the 29th, 1659–1929 EDT. Was 27th but got bumped by an Atlas V launch.

    For some reason I am picturing this whole series of events taking place via Outlook meeting notifications

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  • Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. Surreal. Immersive. Earth.Registered User regular

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie This is NOT normalRegistered User regular
    edited 2:43AM
    Dinosaurs!

    It turns out some of the very basic facts we know about them are wrong. Way, way wrong. Recent research is radically changing the way we classify dinosaurs. The Atlantic has a great article about it.

    As they put it, "It's like if someone told you everything you knew about cats and dogs were wrong, and that some things you call 'dogs' are actually cats."

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  • VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    Dinosaurs!

    It turns out some of the very basic facts we know about them are wrong. Way, way wrong. Recent research is radically changing the way we classify dinosaurs. The Atlantic has a great article about it.

    As they put it, "It's like if someone told you everything you knew about cats and dogs were wrong, and that some things you call 'dogs' are actually cats."

    Man, I remember being at a talk Dr. Robert Bakker did in the summer of 1993 where he ended the thing with the fucking mindblowing idea that the great T-Rex could possibly maybe be the long lost ancestor to the Chicken.

    Compared to how Dinosaurs were thought of for the previous 100 years or so, it is rather amazing how quickly science can change things.

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