31 October 2011

Quick post with links - Dragonflies Can "Literally" Be Scared to Death

LiveScience is amazing — follow them for great science stories!

Here's one that caught my eye today: "Dragonflies are Literally Scared to Death of Fish." It picks up on science presented in the November 2011 issue of the journal Ecology: "The deadly effects of 'nonlethal' predators."

Both are drawn from a press release from the University of Toronto as well as an article on Futurity.org with a beautiful (stock) photo of a dragonfly.

I am particularly interested in a line from the Futurity.org article, "The findings could apply to all organisms facing any amount of stress — the experiment could be used as a model for future studies on the lethal effects of stress."

Mostly, this study leaped to my attention because it ties into my theme for this blog, as noted in my first post, "... it also relates to the conflicts inside a person, between fear and beauty, ignorance and acceptance."

This post is a dash-off in between doing several chores & as promised, it's short. I'll come back to expand on the topic soon.

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