Phytoplankton social mixers – Tiny ocean plants use turbulence for travel to social gatherings
Tiny ocean plants, or phytoplankton, were long thought to be passive drifters in the sea — unable to defy even the weakest currents, or travel by their own volition. In recent decades, research has shown that many species of these unicellular microorganisms can swim, and do so to optimize light exposure, avoid predators or move closer to others of their kind.
If a human wants to optimize their light exposure, avoid predators or decide to socialize they have to engage a very complex set of neurons. While fascinating, we’re not too amazed to learn that bees have a system of community that relies heavily on communication – some of which involves a hip little dance. We are moved, though not surprised that some birds grieve for their dead, they do have neurons after all. So how are phytoplankton communicating. What cells initiate the communication. How do they know, as in have knowledge their behavior resulting in better outcomes for their survival.
“How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”
Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky.
I’m honestly not sure where the moniker “pro-life” came from. People that describe themselves as such, with a cooperative and unquestioning echo from the media, regularly engage in behavior that results in the opposite of would be pro-life, A Pill Available in Mexico Is a Texas Option for Abortion. As most of us know in North America, if people want a drug badly enough they will get it. So people who want it or similar drugs will get misoprostol. The number of aborted pregnancies will remain the same or increase. Though used without the supervision of a doctor will result in more partial abortions with medical complications and deaths of women.
Sunday is the Day the Corporate Media Help Conservatives Spread Their Propaganda. There has been a tiny bit of improvement over the study MM did last year. It is a sad state of conservative culture that they need this relentless reinforcement of their ideology – with as few dissenting voices as possible. That would denote a lot of insecurity. One of the trademarks of authoritarian nationalism is insecurity, the fear of fair debate. If Sunday conservatives feel they’re starting to lose they can always use the Bill O’Reilly Rule – ‘I yelled the loudest and was the biggest smart-ass so I won.’