Thursday, January 4, 2018

Yes, QuestX is moving!

 QuestX blog is in the process of moving over to QuestX.net/blog !




We're in the process of updating the website and consolidating the blog on to our web page.
It will take us some time to get this all up to date, I'm hoping by March, 2018!

Please excuse our mess while we get this all sorted through and cleaned up.

A lot has been going on and we'll have loads to share with you later this year...
...stay in touch with us for upcoming events, podcasts, videos, activities, research, outings, news, curiosities, and other science "stuff"!

Currently, QuestX's "drop in" experiment page is at questx.net , "home" page , and "about/staff" page.

oh! ...and for some reason Firefox does not like the current web page set up and does not consistently work for our site, we'll be sorting that out too!  (the other browsers seem to work fine...)



…for more QuestX :
QuestX is also on Google+ / YouTube (QuestX), Facebook(@QuestX.net), & Twitter (@QuestX1)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Badger caches cow...



Wait! ... What?!?

Yep... scientists researching the ecology of scavengers (in other words> studying how animals that feed on dead animal or plant matter interact with each other and their environments) during winter in the Great Basin Desert, Utah, staked out 7 calf carcasses (each with an associated trap camera) and got an unexpected result...
Badgers!
Scientific researchers in Great Basin Desert, Utah, caught American badgers (on trap cameras) caching cows.
While badgers are known scavengers, the researchers hadn't planned on studying any mustelids, including badgers.


Badgers are hard to study since they are generally active underground or are nocturnal (out and about at night), so their behaviors aren't well-known. Last winter (January, 2016) the researchers caught two badgers (images, not the badgers themselves! ; ) caching two of the staked out carcasses. This is the first evidence of a badger caching / burying an animal larger than itself.

Here is a video (from a trap camera) of one of those badgers caching /burying it's find for later:




updating soon...


The original video is on YouTube!

For the research article:
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 Subterranean caching of domestic cow (Bos taurus) carcasses by American badgers (Taxidea taxus) in the Great Basin Desert, Utah




Friday, March 24, 2017

Take action on global climate change, Earth Hour begins...

Join hundreds of millions of people all over the world and make a commitment to take action on global climate change today.

https://www.earthhour.org/

How?

By turning out your lights and participating in events... like Earth Hour  >

Earth Hour starts Saturday, Mach 25, 2017 at 8:30 PM local time (that would be your local time).
The immediate action that can be taken this year is join the movement and participate by turning off your lights for one hour, starting at 8:30 PM, local time.

Their web site has loads of good information: research information, actions to take (large and small) find them on Facebook for live action, where to find events, how to plan an event for next year, and the impact of Earth Hour every year (this is the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour).

Interested in getting involved in other events? In making a positive impact on our home?

World Health Day is April 7. The health of our environments also affects human health and diseases.
Earth Day is April 22! Contact your local city/ county offices, extension offices, or colleges/ universities to find local events. We'll post more here shortly, including projects you can do.
International Dark Sky Week is the last week in April. It's always the week of April's new moon!
Arbor Day, April 28. Plant a tree, help a group plant trees in

Stay tuned...QuestX will have more information on these and other events... and actions you can take to leave a positive footprint on the earth. 










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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ten YEARS, One HOUR, this Saturday ... Earth Hour


...for One Hour, each year, hundreds of millions of people switch off their electricity to show and share their commitment to fighting global climate change.

this is...
         Earth Hour

Earth Hour:
         Earth Hour - 10th Anniversary
         Saturday, March 25
         8:30 PM local time (to you)

To participate "live" in the 10th annual Earth Hour and find out how to take action (if you're looking for ideas), go to the Earth Hour website or facebook page.
...and stay tuned here! :)





Understanding Clouds on World Meteorological Day, 2017



This year's theme for World Meteorological day is *Understanding Clouds*.


https://public.wmo.int/en/WorldMetDay2017

Clouds are created made of small drops of water, clustered together.

For *beginners* there are the 3 basic types of clouds:


  
 
Cumulus - thick, puffy clouds that tend to be white on top and on the edges with a darker, flat bottom. They kinda look like cotton-balls or cauliflower (depending on your preference ;)  ).
  




Cirrus - wispy, transparent / white, icy clouds. They are sheer clouds actually composed of ice crystals!
  



 
Stratus - low hanging clouds in dark/gray layer. These clouds can produce drizzle, ice prisms, and snow.




Understanding these clouds helps to understand weather, and to forecast the weather you can expect!

Here's a more advanced cloud chart from NOAA (and a link to a NOAA .pdf of clouds): 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/cloudchart.pdf
click to view this chart larger!



...for more information about World Meteorological Day

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Water, water, everywhere...




Water, it's everywhere we are.
Why?
Because *we* are 55-70% water.

Everything on earth needs water to survive, clean/ healthy water.
Some things have interesting ways of obtaining it, but *everything* requires water.
And the earth itself needs water.
Water is kinda like the blood of the planet, it carries nutrients and waste products through the system and it ties the entire body of the earth together.

We'll discuss loads more about water in other posts, but for *today*, plan something special... enjoy a glass of water and consider what would happen to our own health and that of the earth without clean/ healthy water.

...and here's a link to the U.N. site for World Water Day... there is loads of info there and ideas for planning and/or participating in events!

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