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Unpredictable Nature of Life and Man

Most philosophers agreed on the fact that there is nothing in world that is constant; everything is in a state of dynamism. Although some few others disagree with this stand, however, what we witness daily testifies to the acuity of the former stand; life keeps changing.

Change is a natural phenomenon that comes to play anytime. Some changes could be however mediated, while some others could be beyond the control of man. Nevertheless, nature has a way of keeping life balanced; there are many natural checks to this effect. Yet, the efforts make by nature to stabilize things is also brought about due to the constant change of things. Hence, when there is change, especially to the adverse side in nature, the nature changes so as to keep life going on smoothly.

A practical example of this is the body system of human. When there is change in the concentration of body fluid and the concentration of ions in the blood becomes high, the body quickly responds to this through some physiological process and as a result of this, man starts to feel thirsty. This is a sharp response of the body to such change.
However, there could be changes sometimes which would have a serious adverse effect on the nature. This change won’t apparently be for stabilization of nature, but a calamity. Such happens suddenly and without prior notice. Because of these sudden changes, man is usually negatively affect man; it could lead to loss of lives, properties, disruption in the earth structure and many others. Examples of these are earthquake and tsunami; both usually strike without a full and evasive warning.

Just the way unpredictable nature is, so also is man. There is nothing about man that is fully predictable; not his behaviour nor his health. In case of health, although some sicknesses are symptomatic, i.e. give symptoms, however, the time of these symptoms and the portentous disease would strike is virtually unpredictable. Hope we could do something similar to save the other species too.

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The Maka Foundation is a way that you can directly support the programs and projects that you are most concerned about. There are many exciting and important projects underway that can only move forward as finances allow.

Projects such as reintroduction of the black-footed ferret and swift fox and the purchasing of critical habitat for species reintroduction and habitat development restores the balance of the environment. It also provides jobs and economic opportunity for Tribal members and a larger, healthier landbase for all sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. Both Tribal members and visitors alike benefit from this wonderful work.

Our Lakota word for earth, its land, water and animals is “maka”. The Maka Foundation was formed in 2005 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and became fully operational in 2006. The Maka Foundation was created to support species recovery and conservation, to consolidate suitable habitats, restore degraded habitats, and to adequately educate and equip tribal members to become part of the recovery team.

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe had already successfully reintroduced bison, elk, wild turkey and many native plant species to the reservation; however there was more work to be done in making our environment healthier. Thus, the Maka Foundation was created and immediately began raising charitable funds from friends like you who share our concern for the environment, species reintroduction and habitat restoration.

If you would like more information about the programs and projects of the Lower Brule Department of Wildlife, Fish and Recreation, and how you can help, please contact the Maka Foundation.

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Nat’l Zoo Octopus Gets a Name!

The octopus’ new name is Pandora! A blindfolded keeper at the zoo had to help Pandora pick out its new name, since the octopus soundly ignored the clear plastic balls in its tank that held the other names.

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“I’m very excited because they chose my name and it’ll be a good name for this octopus,” said Trinity Kimberly, age 10, from Sterling, Va., in a zoo press release. “They described the octopus as curious and Pandora means curious.”

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Nat’l Zoo Octopus Gets a Name!

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Pigeons Are Brilliant in Math

Pigeons may be ubiquitous, but they’re also brainy, according to a new study that found these birds are on par with primates when it comes to numerical competence.

The study, published in the latest issue of the journal Science, discovered that pigeons can discriminate against different amounts of number-like objects, order pairs, and learn abstract mathematical rules. Aside from humans, only rhesus monkeys have exhibited equivalent skills.

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Pigeons Are Brilliant in Math

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Forget the Nose, ‘Rudolph’ Has Keen Eyes

The reindeer of Christmas myth must meet high expectations this time of year — not just hauling heavy loads of gifts over long distances — but also helping navigate from the tundra to the rest of the world.

And even though most real reindeer never pull sleighs through snowy nights, new research suggests that their eyes would be far better suited to the task than Santa’s are. Unlike people, the study found, reindeer can see ultraviolet light — which probably allows them to detect food and predators in a mostly white environment.

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Forget the Nose, ‘Rudolph’ Has Keen Eyes