The Grand Canyon received a bath yesterday. Apparently they do this ever so often. It's a "flood meant to mimic the natural ones that used to nourish the ecosystem by spreading sediment." I had no idea. Very cool though.
I have this theory that everything we write about in fantasy about super powers and the supernatural, really does occur in nature, and more specifically, in animals.. Like animals that see in the dark, bats that really drink blood, birds that fly, lizards that regenerate body parts, etc. And, I think we have so much to learn from our natural world to help us understand science better.
Here's a good example. Gecko lizards can climb up walls and such. So, researchers are using a similar features from the pads of geckos feet to make special adhesive bandages. Cool, huh?
This leads up to an incredible series you need to watch, if you haven't already. It's called Planet Earth and it was produced by the BBC. It took five years to film in 62 countries, and they captured things on film that have NEVER been seen before in nature. It is truly an homage to this incredicle planet we live on. There is a section on mountains, another on caves, another on the ice world, oceans, jungles and so on. And at the end of each section, they show a short clip on how they filmed parts, which is even more interesting! Seriously, you need to see this. It's AMAZING.
On a lighter note, if you have never seen a cat drink water like this, then you're missing out. My mom's cat drinks water from his bowl like that and it cracks me up! Her cat does lots of weird things, this being only one of them.
And, on an even sillier note, if you've never seen a baby doing a falling asleep dance like this, then you're really, really missing out.