Originally posted on O Informador:
Fazer previsões é complicado. Fazê-lo e usar a palavra “nunca” é ainda pior. É meio caminho andado para, daí a uns anos, sermos alvos de chacota. Porque quebrar limites e estabelecer novas metas foi, desde sempre, o maior talento da humanidade. Eis 13 previsões que falharam. Redondamente.
Tonic immobility is a natural state of paralysis which animals enter, often called animal hypnosis. Its function is not certain. It may be related to mating in certain animals like sharks. It may also be a way of avoiding or deterring predators (playing dead is called thanatosis).
Tonic immobility has also been used for the paralysis which often immobilizes animals, such as rodents or birds when they feel threatened by a predator. Tonic immobility plays a role in survival if it helps a hunted animal to blend in with its surroundings.
Photograph by Christine Garner, National Geographic Your Shot
A wildfire rages at the Saskatchewan River Crossing in Alberta, Canada. Your Shot member Christine Garner was vacationing in the park when a sharp turn in the road revealed the blaze. “I was so shocked to see a fire of this magnitude,” she writes.
Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic
An underwater paradise in the remote Pacific Ocean that includes the sea around the southern Line Islands (Caroline Island is seen here) will be protected—thanks in part to National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project. Led by Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, the project is an ongoing effort to document and conserve what’s left of the planet’s least spoiled marine environments.
Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic
The Kyrgyz of the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan live at a high altitude where no crops grow. Survival depends on the animals that they milk, butcher, and barter.
Here, Ayeem Khan wears boots borrowed from her father and the red veil of an unmarried Kyrgyz girl, to be traded for a white one when she weds. Twice a day she milks the family’s yaks; some milk curd will be dried for use in winter, when yaks give less.