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2013-02-07 07:12:50 AM
The team recorded almost 600 mousing jumps, performed by 84 foxes at a wide variety of locations and times.

That sounds like a lot, but there's a whole lot more shark jumping at that network.
 
2013-02-07 07:45:07 AM
Does this also apply to American foxes?

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2013-02-07 08:27:15 AM
OK, but what do cougars use to catch prey?
 
2013-02-07 08:37:59 AM

xanadian: OK, but what do cougars use to catch prey?


Desperation?
 
2013-02-07 08:44:13 AM
...and gams that just go on and on, amirite boys?
 
2013-02-07 09:10:33 AM

miss diminutive: xanadian: OK, but what do cougars use to catch prey?

Desperation?


Seem to work for teachers
 
2013-02-07 09:14:37 AM

xanadian: OK, but what do cougars use to catch prey?


Anything, everything.  My recommendation - if a cougar comes a callin', go with it.  Always a life affirming experience, and sometimes a life changing experience.  It's not the things we do that we regret, it's the things we don't do.
 
2013-02-07 09:26:48 AM
Any scientist worth a crap would take some of said foxes, and relocate them to a different geographic location where the relation to the earths magnetic field would be different, and observe if they still pounce in a pattern, and how it relates to the change.

The fact that this thought does not appear to come to anyone in the article suggests that they're idiots and none of what they say should be considered credible.

/yay science
 
2013-02-07 09:49:14 AM

Alonjar: Any scientist worth a crap would take some of said foxes, and relocate them to a different geographic location where the relation to the earths magnetic field would be different, and observe if they still pounce in a pattern, and how it relates to the change.

The fact that this thought does not appear to come to anyone in the article suggests that they're idiots and none of what they say should be considered credible.

/yay science


I guess you'd have to also take their prey and control for all the variables of the environment so that they only thing that changes is magnetic orientation.  I'm sure that kind of funding exists to study foxes.
 
2013-02-07 09:51:08 AM

Mercutio74: Alonjar: Any scientist worth a crap would take some of said foxes, and relocate them to a different geographic location where the relation to the earths magnetic field would be different, and observe if they still pounce in a pattern, and how it relates to the change.

The fact that this thought does not appear to come to anyone in the article suggests that they're idiots and none of what they say should be considered credible.

/yay science

I guess you'd have to also take their prey and control for all the variables of the environment so that they only thing that changes is magnetic orientation.  I'm sure that kind of funding exists to study foxes.


No... if they pounce in a different direction with different prey, then the hypothesis that they always pounce in the same direction due to magnetic field is still disproven.
 
2013-02-07 09:55:04 AM

Alonjar: Mercutio74: Alonjar: Any scientist worth a crap would take some of said foxes, and relocate them to a different geographic location where the relation to the earths magnetic field would be different, and observe if they still pounce in a pattern, and how it relates to the change.

The fact that this thought does not appear to come to anyone in the article suggests that they're idiots and none of what they say should be considered credible.

/yay science

I guess you'd have to also take their prey and control for all the variables of the environment so that they only thing that changes is magnetic orientation.  I'm sure that kind of funding exists to study foxes.

No... if they pounce in a different direction with different prey, then the hypothesis that they always pounce in the same direction due to magnetic field is still disproven.


...and either way, having the funding doesnt matter.  I took offense to the fact that they claimed to have exercised every option and this was the conclusion they were left with.. when they didnt truly attempt verify their claim at all.
 
2013-02-07 09:56:09 AM
So far, this thread dissapoints

/Not a bookmark

//SSIE?
 
2013-02-07 09:56:47 AM

Sybarite: Does this also apply to American foxes?

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Left me nothing to do.
 
2013-02-07 10:05:51 AM

Alonjar: No... if they pounce in a different direction with different prey, then the hypothesis that they always pounce in the same direction due to magnetic field is still disproven.


Unless there's something specific about the audio component is also important.  If different prey makes different noise, perhaps that would also throw off the rangefinding.
 
2013-02-07 10:07:24 AM

booger42: So far, this thread dissapoints

/Not a bookmark

//SSIE?


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Whew!
 
2013-02-07 10:20:54 AM
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2013-02-07 10:21:55 AM

Parthenogenetic: pleasenofurriespleasenofurriespleasenofurries


Funny thing is, if you hadn't posted that, I wouldn't have thought to go looking for this. This is your fault. You did this.

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2013-02-07 10:34:10 AM

Sybarite: Does this also apply to American foxes?

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No, American foxes use their big, American breasts.
 
2013-02-07 11:24:36 AM

ThatGuyGreg: Parthenogenetic: pleasenofurriespleasenofurriespleasenofurries

Funny thing is, if you hadn't posted that, I wouldn't have thought to go looking for this. This is your fault. You did this.

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.......

I'm going back into the colorful underwear thread.
 
2013-02-07 11:24:37 AM
It is really going to suck for them then when the Earth's magnetic poles switch, as they do periodically.
 
2013-02-07 04:26:39 PM
John Philips, who studies magnetic senses at Virginia Tech, says "The challenge (and the fun) for anyone interested is to come up with [another] explanation that can explain the data."

That's easy; "They're f*cking with you"
 
2013-02-07 10:34:13 PM
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... and I've been watching Fox News ever since.
 
2013-02-08 12:26:49 AM
Dammit. I was going to do the Fox News joke!
 
2013-02-08 02:57:02 AM

Unemployedingreenland: xanadian: OK, but what do cougars use to catch prey?

Anything, everything.  My recommendation - if a cougar comes a callin', go with it.  Always a life affirming experience, and sometimes a life changing experience.  It's not the things we do that we regret, it's the things we don't do.


You must have a very unadventurous life if you've never done something you regret.
 
2013-02-08 09:47:27 PM
Sometimes I wish we had celestial navigation like poop beetles, or echo-location like dolphins, but then again, if we could accomplish things without making them using our oversized brains to overcome our natural deficiencies then we wouldn't have made tools, and so on. End result is wouldn't have the internet and pornography.
 
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