By David Rothenberg
In Thousand Mile Song, musician and thinker David Rothenberg makes use of the enigma of whale sounds to discover even if we will really comprehend nonhuman minds. Interviewing students all over the world as they try and decipher underwater song, Rothenberg tells the tale of scientists and artists confronting an unknown as giant because the ocean. alongside the best way, he performs his clarinet dwell with whales of their local habitats, from Russia to Hawaii, making interspecies song that looks at the integrated CD. Richly certain and deeply enjoyable, Thousand Mile Song is an resourceful examine the main exciting creatures of the sea.
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Removal itself can be a built-in seed-dispersal mechanism. Some such seeds are merely sticky, with numerous tiny hairlike prickers, while others sport mini hooks or barbs. Some seeds develop formidable spines, claws, or horns that are visible to the naked eye. In all cases, the aim is to attach and travel. Detaching need not depend on human tugging. An animal, even a persistent dog and some birds, can scratch or bite off a hitchhiking seed. If the host creature moves through vegetation or water, the seed’s grip can gradually loosen as the prickers soften or slowly decay.
Yet the ability to do this had not been with them at the beginning. ” —Maya Angelou, 2011 PREVIOUS Every fall, most maple (Acer) trees send forth twirling, sailing samaras by the hundreds or even thousands. These have an ingenious design. The heavier fruit is encased to keep it safe and dry, but also flanked by aerodynamic wings. With the aid of wind, these wings can take the maple seed far afield; gravity ultimately brings the samara down to earth. Their work done, the wings disintegrate. The seed will break forth and germinate when conditions are right.
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