Animals

Almost extinct deer species makes astounding comeback due to action by government and conservationists

Huemul Deer, Native to Patagonia

The reemergence of the critically endangered population of Huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) marks a fantastic achievement by local governments and conservationists worldwide. Brought back from the brink of extinction, when populations measured less than 1% of original numbers, the Huemul populations have not only stabilized – but have started increasing, according to a new study. The south Andean deer, as

Environmental Issues, World Problems

Peak oil – reached. Peak water – reached. Next on the list? Peak soil

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Soil is becoming endangered – this is the reality a meeting between experts in Reykjavik has reached. They explain that this has to receive public awareness if we want to feed 9 billion by 2050. Soil degradation is life degradation   The main culprit is the one also responsible for global warming: Carbon. “Keeping and putting carbon in its rightful

Animals, World Problems

Chinese Meat Firm With Terrible Food Safety Record Buys The Largest Pork Producer In The U.S.

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Tho global meat giants with shady food and environmental safety records shook hands as they are planning to become the world’s biggest meat producer. Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the U.S., has been bought by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Limited for $4.7 billion. The global meat industry, which is grasped firmly by a handful of companies will become

Animals, Biology, Great Pics

Giant pink slugs discovered in Australian mountaintop [PHOTOS]

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Researchers have for the first time described an unique snail species that can only be found high on top Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia. The snails exhibit an atypical coloring – fluorescent pink – and can grow as large as eight inches long, true giants by snail standards. Though Triboniophorus aff. graeffei has been reported by locals in

Environmental Issues

Colorado governor claims he drank fracking fluid

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to unusually great lengths to prove that hydraulic fracking is safe and does no environmental damage. The politician told the press that he actually drank a glass of fracking fluid. “You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost rituallike, in a funny way,” he told the Senate Committee on Energy and

Animals, Environmental Issues

The European Union agreed to drastically reform its fishing policy

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50 years ago, if you took a cod from European waters, you’d have to cut it to be able to cook it. Nowadays, cooks easily fit one fish in a frying pan, even with a few vegetables. As unimportant as this fact may seem,it is actually a good reflection of the huge drop in fish numbers. Blame it on the

Animals, Biology, Studies

Sharks worth more money alive in the ocean than in a soup bowl, study finds

An infographic that shows the emergence of the shark ecotourism market. CLICK for magnified view.

Every living being is important, however in a transnational-based society everything has a price label on it, even humans. A recent study, for instance, has assessed the economic value of sharks, both alive and dead. The researchers involved in the study found that shark ecotourism currently generates more than US$314 million annually worldwide and is expected to more than double to

Animals, Biology, Environmental Issues, World Problems

Big-Mouthed Toucans decline reshapes rain forest evolution

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The Brazilian rain forest is a home to a slew of birds of all shapes, sizes and coloring – some 1,700 species to be more precise. One of such bird is the goofy looking  toucan, which can be easily recognized by its extremely long beak which can reach half the size of the bird’s body. Human intervention in the area through

Animals, Biology, Discoveries, Science

How the turtle got its shell: earliest ancestor sheds light

A living South African sideneck turtle next to its 260-million-year-old relative, Eunotosaurus africanus.

Turtles are maybe the most majestic creatures in the reptile world, and have always been a source of inspiration for man. Everybody knows the fable of the turtle and the hare, which teaches how slow, but sturdy and resilient strides can outwit inconsistent sprints. The turtle’s really serious about it, and as evidence it practices what it preaches. You see,

Animals, Technology

World’s tiniest sculpted bunny is the size of a bacteria

This shows two microstructures made with the new material, containing the highest concentration of RDGE. Left: Pre-charring. These pyramid and bunny models did not respond to the preferred method of 3-D shaping, so they were created using an alternative process. Right: Post-charring. Notice that the pyramid and bunny shrink significantly less than those made from the material with a lower concentration of RDGE. Credit: Optical Materials Express

Researchers in Japan made good use of a new, state-of-the-art micro sculpting technique to create objects so small that they are the size of a single bacteria. One of these objects is the smallest bunny in the world, only a few micrometers wide, but the researchers have also demonstrated other shapes as well. Their work has applications in new technology that may