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It cost a little bit more to protect endangered species in 2012 than it did in 2011. If you’re a regular Extinction Countdown reader, that probably doesn’t surprise you.
The Meru GK Prison is a government institution in Kenya’s eastern province in Meru County. Spanning a 15 hectare area, this prison houses more than 1200 inmates and employs approximately 300 staff...
One of my guilty pleasures is sci-fi movies featuring animal behaviour, especially when it’s done terribly. For something different from my usual articles, I decided that for Hallowe’en I’d highlight my top ten favourite good-bad movies that feature animal behaviour as a main theme (even if not intended that way)...
(Happy Halloween! This post originally appeared at En Tequila Es Verdad back in 2011, and I thought you all might enjoy having it reprised here.
Haven’t had enough of ghosts and ghouls yet? Here are some favorites from Anthropology in Practice: Why are we afraid of clowns? Tricksters have a reputation for being bawdy, antisocial, and clever...
This being Hallowe’en, I felt like I should serve you something scary. But what? Verily, we’ve talked about some scary things here: Dangers to life and limb in academic chemistry labs, and the suggestion that lab safety is too expensive...
I’m a fan of scary stories. With a few hours to spare, I’ll gladly spend them with Richard Matheson or Shirley Jackson. If I don’t have a few hours to spare, I’ll pass the time with whatever horror movie I can find playing in the background while I work...
Via This Colossal, Jen-Luc Piquant was thrilled to learn about a nifty new tool called the Pixelstick. The brainchild of Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan of Brookyln-based BitBanger Labs, the Pixelstick lets users create long-exposure light paintings — and yes, they have a Kickstarter campaign...
More to explore: ALMA Reveals Ghostly Shape of ‘Coldest Place in the Universe’ (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan (Scientific American) Earth’s Water Likely Came from Very Early Asteroid Strikes (Space.com) Sun Continues to Emit Solar Flares (NASA) Kepler Spacecraft Finds First-Known Tilted Solar System (Scientific American) And visit the [...]..
The best Halloween stories are true. There is a lake in Tanzania, Lake Natron, that is so hostile to life that only two species, alkaline tilapia and blue-green algae can live in its deadly waters...
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