When life throws “stuff” in your way, you get creative or else. This video is a great example of Navy creativity and Marine training. With these guys, there a solution to every problem. In this case, for this Marine Corps pilot trying to land his Harrier AV-8B jet on the USS Bataan with its front landing gear not functioning, that solution is a “stool.” But Capt. William Mahoney has to rely on his training, his skill, and his nerves to bring this bird back to the nest safely.
Murmuration - it is something amazing to see.
No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, tens of thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland.
The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called murmurations,
having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter's frigid bite.
Scientists aren't sure how they do it, either.
The starlings' murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants.
As far as I am aware, even complex algorithmic models haven't yet explained the starlings' aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds' quicksilver reaction time of fewer than 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions and predators in the giant flock.
Two young women were out for a late afternoon canoe ride and fortunately one of them remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful murmuration display, caught in this too-short video.
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