Posts Tagged ‘Nature’

British Library Sounds

April 13, 2012

Explore the British Library’s extensive collection of recorded sounds, including music, oral history, wildlfe and dialects.

http://sounds.bl.uk/

 

Volcanoes

November 29, 2011

Volcanoes are both beautiful and terrifying and you can find out all about them as well as watch some awesome videos at this BBC microsite

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/earth/natural_disasters/volcano

 

Chimpanzee Hand Gestures

May 9, 2011

Researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have found that chimpanzees communicate using a series of hand gestures. Here is a report from the BBC with a video clip showing a few of them:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9475000/9475408.stm

ARKive

March 10, 2011

We’ve covered the BBC Wildlife Finder before. Here’s another great site that provides a multimedia guide to animals, plants and fungi.

http://www.arkive.org/

A New Kind of History Book

January 18, 2011

It’s widely known that books are usually made from trees (except for electronic ones, of course). However, it now seems that books actually can be trees. Researchers for the Internet Journal Science have found a very interesting way to trace the rise and fall of civilisations and sudden changes in climate simply by looking at tree rings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12186245

Monkey Day

December 14, 2010

Today is Monkey Day, an unofficial holiday celebrated all over the world to raise awareness of monkeys and their roles in evolution, animal rights and nature. There are various competitions held all over the world such as monkey costumes, knitting and storytelling:

http://www.monkeyday.com/

BBC Wildlife Finder

December 16, 2009

The BBC has launched an amazing archive of wildlife videos, sounds  and stories. The wildlife finder gives you access to an ever growing collection of BBC natural history programmes, with video clips from series such as: Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Life on Earth, Natural World, the Nature of Britain and many more.

TOTD’s favourite video is the Manta Rays which glide through the seas with such elegance and grace.

You’ll find a wealth of information on this wonderful new website from the BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wildlifefinder/

Haiku Crazy…

February 21, 2009

Here in the Library, there has been much interest in the writing of Haikus.

If you don’t know much about this form of poetry but would like to find out more, take a look at the links below: http://www.haikusoc.ndo.co.uk/occpapers.html

http://www.haiku-plus.de/englisch/haiku-e.html

If reading about them has whetted your appetite and you feel you might like to have a go, here’s how they are structured.  http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Haiku-Poem

And if you’d like to see a few examples before putting pen to paper, you can-

http://www.international.ucla.edu/shenzhen/2002ncta/cunningham/Webpage-HaikuPoems.htm

https://www.hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk/hardenhuish/vle/mod/resource/view.php?id=4137

http://home.vicnet.net.au/~poems/ps/html/haiku_examples.html

A Just So Story

December 3, 2008

Here’s something that may have interested Rudyard Kipling from the Canadian Museum of Nature, where researchers have made a discovery that may explain how the turtle got its shell:

http://nature.ca/museum/press/2008/pr08-11-27_wuturtle_e.cfm