Monday, November 24, 2014

Polar Bears & Mimic Octopi & Beefsteak Fungi & the Radio Music Industry

Polar Bears
Polar bears live 25-30 years on average and grow to be up to 1600 pounds. They live in the Arctic, spending most of their time on ice sheets. Polar bears are incredibly strong swimmers, and have webbed feet to help them swim long distances. Some polar bears have been sighted swimming hundreds of miles away from land.

Polar bears depend on their thick layer of fur to keep them insulated in the Arctic climate. Their fur is white to help camouflage them in the snowy environment. However, underneath their fur, polar bears have black skin so they are able to soak up the maximum amount of rays from the sun, helping them to keep warm.

Mimic Octopus

The mimic octopus was discovered recently in 1998 off the coast of Indonesia. They are typically brown and white striped and reach up to 60 cm in length. The mimic octopus is a fascinating creature, and the first known type of octopus discovered to imitate other species. It is evidenced to mimic sole fish, sea snakes, lionfish, and flatfish, but is thought to mimic many more. The mimic octopus is even intelligent enough to discern which species of predator to imitate based off of the current potential predator in the area.

They live predominantly at the bottom of muddy estuaries in the Indo-Pacific, and it is likely that they weren’t discovered until recently because they are so convincing at the art of mimicry.

Fistulina Hepatica
Fistulina hepatica, or beefsteak fungus, is a species of fungus commonly found in Britain, and certain parts of North America and Australia. It was given its name due to its similarity in appearance to a slab of raw meat. It also bleeds a red juice when cut, furthering its resemblance to raw meat. It is often found on oak and sweet chestnut trees in late summer and early fall. The beefsteak fungus often gives the affected wod a reddish-brown stain, creating a attractive and desirable timber type.

Radio Music Industry (CMJ)
CMJ is a company that hosts music events and has online media holdings. Their main event is a music festival that is hosted in NYC annually. Radio stations from across the nation can subscribe to their service for a few hundred dollars each year. CMJ publishes a monthly “Top 30” list of songs sent in by subscribing stations. They used to publish a monthly newsletter and provided their subscribers with a CD featuring 15-24 new songs.

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