AustinNatureFilter: What are the best places in and around Austin, Texas to explore the Natural History of the area? [more inside]
posted by gavia
on Apr 4, 2008 -
Manchester, NH Novice hiking trails nearby a couple of miles or more long, now that the weather is getting better? [more inside]
posted by prodevel
on Apr 4, 2008 -
Women loners, recluses, survivalists, they lived alone and liked it that way. Which books details their lives? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Mar 16, 2008 -
What are some beautiful places in or within an hour of Westchester where a group of 20-30 could rent inexpensive cabin(s) for the night? Big plus if it is beautiful AT night, too. Thanks.
posted by Malad
on Feb 23, 2008 -
JG Ballard said something about our pornography-addicted culture being due to a disconnect with nature, but I don't have an exact quote. So with hat in hand, I appeal to the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by survivorman
on Jan 18, 2008 -
Trying to remember a web site from some time back. Guy had pictures of some of the most beautiful places on the Planet. The pics included himself, back to camera, and bare-assed. Little help?
posted by JABof72
on Oct 13, 2007 -
I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Sep 30, 2007 -
How can it be that there exists not a single example of a working wheel in nature, which after all gave us (among other things) the eyeball?
posted by It ain't over yet
on Sep 23, 2007 -
How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions. [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Sep 13, 2007 -
OMFGFilter: I was cleaning my living room / bedroom / office and underneath my side-laying cable modem I found HORDES of ants swarming around pale little crumbs. Did I just find a nest? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside
on Aug 8, 2007 -
What is that white foamy stuff I saw dripping off all the leaves in a forest in Northern California and then again on some of the plants around Whistler, Canada? My first thought was bird droppings, but it seems a little too insubstantial for that. A few people thought maybe it was sap or pollen. Does anybody know for sure?
posted by willnot
on Jul 12, 2007 -
I am looking for the name of a graphic artist who was featured in DWELL early this year. From the 50's (more or less), very modern and minimal drawings of insects and nature. It is a man, and I am pretty sure he was American. Anyone know this?
posted by tarantula
on Jul 1, 2007 -
How can a Indian software engineer join documentary/photography crew of National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, PBS or other similar production houses? What kind of jobs are available in these organizations? Are there similar jobs (outside of the documentary business) that can take me to such places and pay for it? Low salary not an issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 7, 2007 -
TravelinginFranceFilter: I know there have been loads of questions about France. We're looking for beautiful places in the countryside, great cheap food and reasonable accommodations. I'd love to have the perfect trip that matches my favorite things: [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on May 2, 2007 -
Where are the most awe-inspiring, hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes in France, especially in winter (or that amaze regardless of season)?
posted by shivohum
on Jan 18, 2007 -
I would like to find out about good providers of photography tours and/or travel-based photography workshops abroad. Preferably, the workshops should be pitched at the level of an intermediate photographer. [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Dec 27, 2006 -
I met a cat in the street tonight and didn't have any ears.
I was walking down a quiet street and saw a white cat sitting in the middle of the street, it didn't move as I approached.
I got to abaout 10 ft and stopped, and called to it. It came over and was clearly not afraid.
It did not have any ears, it had holes where ears would be and the holes were clean, no flaps or raggedy bits.
We bonded easy enough, I was able to lift the creature onto my lap, it was purring.
It was skinny and I think under fed, certainly my own cats which are lean, are much fuller in body.
Why might a cat have no ears ?
Is it an act of malice or surgery ?
Disese or cruelty ?
Birth defect ?
It made me very sad.
posted by matholio
on Dec 22, 2006 -
I want to find some art (for my wall) which has a humanist nature. It should capture that feeling you get when you realize some deep truth in physics or math, or when you're contemplating the universe. Know anything that fits the bill? [more inside]
posted by clord
on Dec 19, 2006 -
CatPsychFilter: Should we get our cat a kitten? How soon? We recently (just this week) lost our five month old kitten... [more inside]
posted by verytres
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Cephalopod filter: Do squid and cuttlefish have a sense of direction? It's more perplexing than it might first sound... [more inside]
posted by 8k
on Nov 26, 2006 -
Help me create a playlist contemporary songs that mention / are about plants or animals (and aren't too sappy). [more inside]
posted by gavia
on Oct 1, 2006 -
Why are there no canine equivalents to lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers (etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Sinner
on Aug 29, 2006 -
Am I crazy to spend only 1 day (2 nights) in the Yosemite Park area? We've got a limited budget, and Yosemite is just one stop in our road trip down the PCH. [more inside]
posted by blastrid
on Jul 14, 2006 -
I want my life to be more "sensor-y" exciting. I could get a bunch of great art works (paintings and sculptures, say) but seeing them day in and day out my brain would filter them out. In a sense, I'm trying to make my apartment as much like being outdoors as possible, using technology. [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness
on Jun 2, 2006 -
What experiments have been carried out where animals perform better
than us at particular cognitive tasks? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on May 9, 2006 -
We're going to be in Tucson, AZ for a wedding the weekend of June 3rd. We'd really like to spend the week after the wedding seeing the Southwest (Mesa Verde, the Grand Canyon, and so on). Where should we go and how should we get there? [more inside]
posted by josh
on May 1, 2006 -
I'd like to get a good time/date approximation as to when I can see the Northern Lights. Any experts with the Aurora Borealis? [more inside]
posted by jadanzzy
on Apr 13, 2006 -
POSTED / NO TRESPASSING - Has this always been the norm? When did it become popular for virtually *everyone* to do this to their land? How serious are people, in your experience? Also, is there anywhere where they don't do this (as much)? [more inside]
posted by zhivota
on Apr 2, 2006 -
Pint-size paleontology: Where in WA state (Seattle area), is a good place for an 8-year-old to be able to look for and (probably) find fossils? (And take some home) [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Dec 15, 2005 -
Are there any animals that have evolved a use for radioactivity? If so, what ways is it used? If not, why has this not happened? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Nov 23, 2005 -
Many years ago someone told me the recognised term for the kind of involuntary shudder that commonly affects people at rest. You know the kind that spontaneously rocks you, just for a moment, like you are shaking off the ghoulies, like the cliche says 'someone was walking on your grave'? I have since lost this word to time, and searching the internet has brought only partial results
Does anyone know it?
posted by 0bvious
on Nov 15, 2005 -
My wife was doing some yard work and found these freaky, ant-like insects..
What are they?
posted by cowmix
on Oct 14, 2005 -
I'm looking for literature that reflects some of the different worldviews or perspectives that African Americans have in relation to nature and natural resources. [more inside]
posted by batboy
on Aug 24, 2005 -
Are all animals basically symmetrical? Even a lobster, which has specialized claws, seems to be basically symmetrical. More specifically, are there animals that are clearly not symmetrical?
posted by R. Mutt
on Aug 8, 2005 -