The Astonishing Annual Red Crab Migration
Named one of the planet’s most breathtaking migrations, the Christmas Island red crab exodus is a natural phenomenon that continues to astonish.
Making it onto CNN Travel’s recent list of the “10 most spectacular wildlife migrations,” the island’s annual red crab migration is an astounding event that involves the movement of millions of vividly colored crabs as they leave their in-land homes to breed and release eggs into the sea.
An Australian territory, Christmas Island lies some 2,600 kilometers north-west of Perth in the middle of the Indian Ocean. While just 1,500 people live there, it is home to an estimated 120 million crabs.
• 13 June 2013 • 39,730 notes
Vincent Fournier’s follow-up to his wonderful Man Machine and Space Projects is every bit as intriguing as his previous work.
About the project:
At the beginning of XXI century the genetic modification has taken two new paths. On the one hand, synthetic biology, which combines genetic engineering and, secondly, the reprogramming of stem cells leads to the production of new cells, new fabrics and new bodies.
Living species from synthetic biology, integrating new DNA fragments and artificial elements (eg metal or electronics), have new properties to better adapt to new environments (and accompanying events as drought stress, disease, predators) due to climate change.
Living organisms whose cells have been genetically manipulated strains show new opportunities or performance properties: better acuity or vision, increased breathing capacity, longer life expectancy … Also, these neo-beings have characteristics to better adapt to different environments, new scalable.
Post Natural History archives report on these two lines of research pioneered by the very creation of these bodies, synthetics, improved or increased.
• 12 June 2013 • 140 notes