Outdoors

Outdoors October-November worst time of year for car-deer collisions October-November worst time of year for car-deer collisions (Photo Gallery)
State police responded to 4 crashes involving wildlife in 4 days as Oregon enters October and November, the worst months for vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane.
Outdoors Oregon State study unlocks secrets of gecko feet Oregon State study unlocks secrets of gecko feet
Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a model that explains how geckos, as well as spiders and some insects, can run up and down walls, cling to ceilings, and seemingly defy gravity with such effortless grace.

This ability, outlined Tuesday in the Journal of Applied Physics, is a remarkable mechanism in the toes of geckos that uses tiny, branched hairs called “seta” that can instantly turn their stickiness on and off, and even “unstick” their feet without using any energy.