Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico’s forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States. —> Read More Here
Slick threatens Sundarbans, home to mangroves, dolphins and more —> Read More Here
This week past the NEXT Foundation of New Zealand made the major announcement of start-up funding for a company named ZIP. Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) aims to regenerate our native birdlife by transforming the way invasive predators are managed on mainland New Zealand. On small islands (in the range of 10,000 hectares) we have the amazing ability, and luxury, to be able to remove all of an invasive predator species using targeted eradication methodologies, and then manage reinvasion at near-zero leveraging the strong deterrent of surrounding waters acting as a barrier. On the ‘mainland’, or equivalently very large islands, this is not possible, and true eradication of predators has never been possible as they rapidly re-invade from nearby connected areas in a sort of ‘vacuum effect‘ from the gap left by their predecessors. The ZIP company is an exciting step-forward for conservation in New Zealand, because it will be able to combine many different lines of already active research and development and enhance their overall impacts.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the gray wolf in the Great Lakes region be put back on the endangered list. —> Read More Here
The other day, I wrote about how unreliable eyewitness testimony is, despite the fact that the criminal justice system treats it as solid evidence. However, this is not the only type of evidence that is far less reliable than we perceive it: There are also major shortcomings to almost all forms of “scientific” evidence used in court cases, namely forensic evidence and expert witnesses. Yet the public has been conditioned, thanks in no small part to CSI and other crime shows, to think that forensic science is perfect.
Forensic evidence is important for criminal investigations and subsequent convictions. Americans are fortunate enough not to live in a police state, so there will not always be a cop or a camera around when every crime transpires. However, the depiction on television of forensic experts doing 100% accurate science is about as realistic as their delivering snappy one-liners. Scientific methods have the potential for error, both flawed science and human error (or humans just plain lying). Nevertheless, as in the case of eyewitness testimony, juries are not informed of the shortcomings.
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. —> Read More Here
Balckberry confirms it is working with Boeing on secret ‘blackphone’ that can SELF DESTRUCT if tampered with
The Canadian phone firm is working on the secret handset, which it is believed is already being offered to ‘approved’ purchasers, CEO John Chen (pictured) said. —> Read More Here
Harvard researchers researchers analysed the genomes of more than 160,000 African Americans, Latinos, and European Americans as part of the study. —> Read More Here
A Northwestern University professor has plotted a series of graphs revealing some of Hollywood’s scripting tricks. They include leaving the phrase ‘love you’ until the last possible moment. —> Read More Here
Nasa has revealed the full video of its Orion capsule’s re-entry, recorded from the windows of the capsule as it reached 20,000 mph (32,000 kph) enduring temperatures of 2,200°C (4,000°F). —> Read More Here