Roxy the Biologist

“I’ve mainly been sharing information, but also doing posts reminding people that we can’t achieve environmental justice without achieving social justice. It’s amazing to see people, myself included, taking the time to learn more, stepping up and seeing what we can do to do better.”

Roxy Furman holds a First Class honors degree in BSc Zoology (INT)[1] with a study abroad year in Australia. She has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Filmmaking[2] from the University of the West of England Bristol, a course run in conjunction with The BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU)[3].

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H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide) Poisoning

Anywhere air circulation is slow there is the need of a mechanical aid to guarantee the health of workers

I was watching “Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch” on Discovery (Season 2 Episode 8 – “Darkness, Danger and Death”) when they encounter H2S in a tunnel that they found. I wanted to do some research on the deadly gas and learn more.

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Zero – the figure or symbol 0, which in the Arabic notation for numbers stands for the absence of quantity

Zero describes nothing, like how much extra money I have. The number zero as we know it arrived in the West circa 1200, most famously delivered by Italian mathematician Fibonacci[1] (aka Leonardo of Pisa), who brought it, along with the rest of the Arabic numerals, back from his travels to North Africa.

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Mariana Trench

How low can you go?

The Mariana Trench is located in the Pacific Ocean, just east of the 14 Mariana Islands (11″21′ North, 142″ 12′ East) near Japan. As you probably already know, it is the deepest part of the earth’s oceans and the deepest location of the earth itself. It was created by ocean-to-ocean subduction, a phenomenon in which a plate topped by oceanic crust is subducted beneath another plate topped by oceanic crust.

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Sicarius Spider: The Assassin

Rarely encountered by humans, which is good considering the venom is the most potent spider venom in the world, even more than the Phoneutria (wandering spiders) or Atrax robusta (Sydney funnel web spider).

Native to South America and Africa is a genus of recluse spider known as Sicarius. They live in deserts and are known for their self-burying behavior. They can grow up to 1 to 2 inches in length and have 6 eyes. Yes, I said six eyes. They can live long periods of time without food or water.

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The popular preprint server, where physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists routinely upload manuscripts to publicly share their findings before peer review, now holds more than 1 million research articles.

ArXiv (pronounced archive) is a public server repository that hosts electronic e-prints of research output primarily from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

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666 – The Meaning

51.23076923076923 x 13 = 666

In the Textus Receptus manuscripts[1] of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation (13: 17–18) cryptically asserts 666 to be “man’s number” or “the number of a man” associated with the Beast, a hostile creature that appears briefly about two-thirds into the apocalyptic vision. 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the devil.

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At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd.
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten.
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes.
She’s just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings.

N, Ndimethyltryptamine or DMT, a powerful psychedelic drug. Its chemical structure is similar to that of serotonin and melatonin, and it is believed to bind to certain serotonin receptors in the brain.

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A U.S. Town Without Wi-Fi, Cellphones, and Microwaves?

The quietest town in America

Yes, it’s true, and not in a third-world country but in West Virginia. The town is Green Bank nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. No, they were not cut off by zombies but just by being too close to the Green Bank Radio Telescope. It sits inside the US National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ), an area of 13,000 square miles with strict limits on radio emissions.

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Spotting the International Space Station

Yes, you can watch the International Space Station fly over your house!

***WARNING[1] ***
March 2022 was a busy month in space that saw two spacewalks, the arrival of three new cosmonauts, and finally the departure of three crewmates officially ending Expedition 66. Three NASA astronauts and one ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut took a well-deserved break following the intense period aboard the orbiting lab.

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