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Rabbit Ears Audio releases Winter Atmospheres sample library

Rabbit Ears Audio Winter Atmospheres

Rabbit Ears Audio has released Winter Atmospheres, a sample library featuring winter ambiances.

This Library is all about cold! The temperatures of these files range from a low of −20°F up to a balmy 35°F. Our Rabbit Ears froze so your ears would not have to.

Winter Atmospheres was culled from some of the coldest forests and wilderness areas in North America. Our frozen locations include: Nemadji State Forest and Superior National Forest in Minnesota, Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and Algonquin Park in Canada.

This library is Rabbit Ears Audio’s first quad (L/R/Ls/Rs) ambience collection. We dragged, hiked, skied, and snowshoed a double ORTF rig into the woods. The collection features airs, winds, tree creaks, ice cracks, and even a few winter birds. Each ambience is between two and nine minutes long, with interesting variations.

The sound library is on sale for $99 USD (regular $115 USD).

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Winter Atmospheres

Short links for October 4th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 4th, 2007:

  • Chilli-based anaesthetic won’t leave you drooling – Clifford Woolf and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of blocking just the pain neurons using capsaicin – the active ingredient in chilli peppers – along with a version of lignocaine that can’t diffuse through cell membranes unassisted.
  • Big Daddy Hands – The bigger version of the soldering tool, useful for holding more than a small circuit board.
  • InfraRecorder – a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
  • Sketch Furniture by FRONT – Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.
  • Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century – A Daily Celebration of The Golden Age of Upper Lip Hair.
  • Ryan McLennan – Beautiful acrylic on paper paintings of wildlife.
  • Mike Leavitt – Action Figures – These are articulating, miniature, interactive sculptures, aka. “action figures” or “toys”, each hand-sculpted with synthetic polymer clay, wood and elastic by Leavitt.

Plastic Bags, ban them!

500 billion is the number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every year (1 million per minute), and 500 is the amount of years it takes for a plastic bag to decay in a landfill.

Spurred by a filmmaker’s documentary, the English town of Modbury became the first in Europe to ban plastic bags outright.

Turtle eating a plastic bag
Turtle eating a plastic bag

From csmonitor.com:

It was watching sea creatures choke on plastic bags in the Pacific Ocean that finally persuaded Rebecca Hosking that enough was enough. The British filmmaker had already recoiled in disgust at deserted Hawaiian beaches piled up with four feet of rubbish, the jetsam of Western consumerism washed up by an ocean teeming with plastic. Now, filming off the coast, she looked on aghast as sea turtles eagerly mistook bobbing translucent shapes in the water for jellyfish

A good reminder to bring my own bag when going shopping and to decline extra bags if I can carry the items (or stick them in the bag I got with something I bought earlier). When doing groceries without a bag, I like to use discarded product boxes (the ones they stock from) which later serve as “old paper” recycling storage boxes in my home.

Eye of the Tiger: two-storey-high photo mosaic of a tiger

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World leaders are urged to end tiger trade at the unveiling of the world’s largest tiger photo mosaic.

Tiger mosiac - zoomed in detail
Tiger mosiac – zoomed in detail

From WWF:

A two-storey-high photo mosaic of a tiger, created from personal photos of nearly 25,000 tiger lovers worldwide, was unveiled in The Hague, Netherlands on 7 June, to urge world leaders to end all trade in tigers. Individuals from more than 140 countries contributed their pictures.

Read more about the “End the Tiger Trade” campaign here. You can still submit your photo to become part of the massive tiger mosaic and call for an end to the tiger trade.

City life speeds up birdsong

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Clive Thompson mentions a study in which Dutch scientists recorded and compared the song of the Great Tit in urban and rural areas.

The report, features in this month’s issue of Current Biology, finds that Cities change the songs of birds.

In the new work, the researchers studied songs of the great tit (Parus major), a successful urban-dwelling species, in the center of ten major European cities, including London, Prague, Paris, and Amsterdam. The researchers then compared these songs to those of great tits in nearby forest sites. The results of the comparison showed that for songs important for mate attractions and territory defense, the urban songs were shorter and sung faster than the forest songs. The urban songs also showed an upshift in frequency that is consistent with the need to compete with low-frequency environmental noise, such as traffic noise.

I enjoyed watching quite a few Great Tits and Blue Tits feeding on nuts and suet on my balcony last summer but I didn’t know their song was different from their friends in the forest.

Great Tits: Feeding the baby
Great Tits on my balcony: Feeding the baby

To read the full paper by Hans Slabbekoorn and Ardie den Boer-Visser you’ll have to pay (ScienceDirect), but you can check out some audio samples of the bird songs for free.

Steve Irwin dies after accident with a stringray

Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, died in an accident while filming an underwater documentary in the Great Barrier Reef.

It is reported that a stingray barb that went through his chest and into his heart, leaving Steve dead on the scene.

When I first saw Steve on the Discovery Channel I thought this guy had a death wish. He was one of the first people I saw on TV taking on crocodiles, spiders and other animals you wouldn’t want to go near. But Steve seemed to have no problem at all getting up close and personal with these animals. “Crikey! A big spider just crawled over me arm!”.

Even though similar shows sprung up after the Crocodile Hunter’s success, Steve and his shows were one of a kind.

Mystery Solved: Why Gorillas Eat Rotting Wood

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Image of a gorilla

From LiveScience.com:

After observing mountain gorillas in Uganda for nearly a year, scientists believe they have discovered why the animals eat decayed wood and lick tree stumps, behaviors that have puzzled primate researchers for decades.

The answer: for the sodium.

What does a flock of more than a million starlings look like?

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Flock of starlings

Earth Science Picture of the Day has some wonderful images of flocks of European starlings (sturnus vulgaris) which appear in Denmark during spring.

I remember BBC’s Springwatch with Bill Oddie had some amazing footage of starlings in last years series.

It is breathtaking to see the way they move. If there is a location near you where starlings appear and you have an opportunity to go out and see them, please do!

For more cool images check Flickr or Google.