Glass Frog

The creatures invented by science fiction writers can match some the amazing animals that inhabit our plant.  Above we have the Glass Frog, one 30 new species of frogs, along with new species of snakes, recently discovered by a team of American and Ecuadorian scientists working for Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International.

It’s a good thing we have a record of these animals because we may not share are planet with them much longer.  Their home, the Pata de Pajaro rain forest, is under siege from widespread deforestation for cattle grazing to timber harvesting and hunting.

Image Gallery:

http://biodiversityphotography.smugmug.com/Press/Press-Release-1132010/10938870_p9Hpy#764212359_AioMJ

Question:  Extinction is the natural cycle of life on earth.  There is a good chance that every day some species goes extinct somewhere.  However our planet is a collection of interdependent eco-systems.  When one, such as a rain forest, disappears it likely has some effect on all the others.

How concerned do you think we should be about losing habitats like the Pata de Pajaro rain forest?

Researchers from the European Southern Observatory obtained the spectrum of a giant exoplanet that orbits the bright, very young star HR 8799.

Our body of knowledge about distant planets and stars may be growing at a faster pace than any other area of science.  We can now know the chemical makeup of a planet 130 light years away.  Mind blowing!

From the ESO site:

http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1002/

“The system is at about 130 light-years from Earth. The star has 1.5 times the mass of the Sun, and hosts a planetary system that resembles a scaled-up model of our own Solar System. Three giant companion planets were detected in 2008 by another team of researchers, with masses between 7 and 10 times that of Jupiter. They are between 20 and 70 times as far from their host star as the Earth is from the Sun; the system also features two belts of smaller objects, similar to our Solar System’s asteroid and Kuiper belts.”

The last image is by way of the Christian Science Monitor.  It speaks for its self.

Compassion

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