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Colour changers

The colour of living animals is created by biochromes, biological pigments that produce colours chemically, by absorbing some light waves and reflecting and transmitting others.

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Shooting stars

One of the many great things about living on Tamborine Mountain is our view of the clear night sky, studded with stars. A stunning sight that is quite frequently seen at night, is a streak of light that we describe as a shooting or falling star. In fact, this phenomenon has nothing to do with stars, but is actually caused by tiny bits of rock and dust called meteoroids entering the Earths atmosphere. As they enter the atmosphere the meteoroids burn up and produce a bright tail of light which is called a meteor. Most meteoroids disintegrate in the atmosphere, but some larger solid particles, composed of strong material, travelling at lower entry speeds may survive the burning and hit the Earth, they are called meteorites.

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Viruses can cause epidemics (infection of a population) such as seasonal influenza, or pandemics (infection spread across continents or even global) such as 1918 Spanish flu.

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The largest marsupial – Diprotodon optatum

Today, the largest marsupial in Australia is the Red Kangaroo; males can grow to 2.7 metres and weigh up to 95 kilos. But for hundreds of thousands of years, the largest marsupial in Australia was far bigger. 

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Slightly Different Frogs

Many human mountain residents may have found the recent rain inconvenient, but the mountain’s frog population has thrived in the wet weather. The wet conditions provide an ideal living and breeding environment for frogs. Frogs have permeable skin, and to survive, must keep their skin moist, consequently they can be more active at night and during rain because there is minimum risk of their skin drying out. Frog choruses are particularly loud and varied on wet evenings because water provides an opportunity to breed, so male frogs call in an effort to attract females, and ward off rivals, and females may call back to males.

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Why does attentiveness to nature matter? In a very fundamental sense, we are what we pay attention to. Paying heed to beauty, grace, and everyday miracles promotes a sense of possibility and coherence that runs deeper and truer than the often illusory commercial, social "realities" advanced by mainstream contemporary culture. ... Our attention is precious, and what we choose to focus it on has enormous consequences. What we choose to look at, and to listen to--these choices change the world. As Thich Nhat Hanh has pointed out, we become the bad television programs that we watch. A society that expends its energies tracking the latest doings of the celebrity couple is fundamentally distinct from one that watches for the first arriving spring migrant birds, or takes a weekend to check out insects in a mountain stream, or looks inside flowers to admire the marvelous ingenuities involved in pollination. The former tends to drag culture down to its lowest commonalities; the latter can lift us up in a sense of unity with all life. The Way of Natural History, edited by Thomas Lowe Fleischner and published by Trinity University Press (Texas)