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Extinction Countdown

Killifishes Killed Off: 2 Fish Species May Be Extinct in the Wild

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Is it time to add two more species to the list of recent extinctions? New research indicates that two critically endangered fish species may now be extinct in the wild following the destruction of their only habitats. The species in question were both killifishes, an order of thumb-size fishes that live in small bodies of [...]

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Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction

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The conventional wisdom about cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is wrong, according to new discoveries that could have wide-ranging impacts on conservation of the world’s fastest land animal. First of all, the long-held belief that cheetahs had little genetic variation throughout their range appears to be false. A study published January 8 in Molecular Ecology reveals that [...]

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Iranian indifference could doom rare bear to extinction

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A rare subspecies of the Asian black bear may soon disappear from its native Iran, according to reports from the country’s Mehr News Agency. Known as the Baluchistan bear (Ursus thibetanus gedrosianus), the critically endangered subspecies exists only in Iran and Pakistan. The Iranian bear was previously believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered in [...]

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Observations

“Flame” Malware Greatly Expands the Scope of Cyber Warfare

The discovery of a new species of highly sophisticated malware earlier this week adds another puzzle piece to the contemporary cyberwar battleground. Flame, as it’s called, is a whopper of a program—20 megabytes, the size of a video file, and 40 times bigger than the Stuxnet virus that took down Iranium centrifuges back in 2010.  But [...]

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Israel’s Science Minister on Space Technology–for Peaceful and Militaristic Aims

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Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Daniel Hershkowitz, Israel’s minister of science and technology, to talk about his country’s capabilities and ambitions in space. We spoke about Israel’s homegrown platforms for launching satellites into space; the commercial, military and scientific applications of those satellites; and whether the country has plans to [...]

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Plugged In

Wind catchers – an elegant cooling design

Keeping with this month’s “cities” theme, I want to share a rather cool passive building design that has been around for centuries. Long before LEED Platinum ratings and green building programs, ancient persian architects were developing ways to keep cool in crowded cities baking under the sun. Wind catchers – or “barjeels” as they are [...]

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Iran’s Position on Evolution? Not What You Might Expect.

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If you had asked me before yesterday what the official Iranian position on evolution was, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said, “skewed?” As such you can imagine my surprise when I found out that Neil Shubin’s popular book, Your Inner Fish, has been translated into Persian: And here I must admit: I’m more [...]

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