Archive for November, 2016

The grey-winged cotinga (Tijuca condita) is currently listed as vulnerable in the Red List, but should be shifted to critically endangered, the study suggests. Photo by Joao Quental, licensed under CC By 2.0.

Endangered species database ‘outdated’, underestimates risk of extinction: new study

Nearly 200 forest bird species from six of the world’s most biodiverse places are at immediate risk of extinction despite being deemed non-threatened in the IUCN Red List, a new study has found. The grey-winged cotinga (Tijuca condita) is currently listed as vulnerable in the Red List, but should be shifted to critically endangered, the […]

Epic Games chief pays $15M to protect 7,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness

Epic Games chief pays $15M to protect 7,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness

ZZT developer and Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has reportedly paid $15 million to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to permanently protect 7,000 acres of undeveloped land in his home state of North Carolina. This donation, earmarked as a “conservation easement” (which typically require landowners to forfeit the right to develop, subdivide, or otherwise interfere with […]

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Paleoreaction in the Space Age

Outer-space has almost always been the darling of humanists. Civilized man’s exploration of it functions as a symbol of technical optimism, and its grandeur has in many minds inspired the awe once reserved for gods. Note that it is not the contemplation of space that is unique among humanists; the stars have always shaped the […]

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Seven quick facts about river otters

Enhanced coats Due to the frequency otters are in and out of water, their fur needs to withstand wet and dry. Water repellent fur helps keeps them warm and dry. How long can you hold your breath? Otters can stay under water for eight minutes. Expert swimmers As a sometimes aquatic creature, it shouldn’t be […]

Suck it up: thorny dragons use their skin like a straw to drink water

Suck it up: thorny dragons use their skin like a straw to drink water

New research shows spiky reptiles’ mouths cannot lick up water so they shovel damp sand on to their backs and suck moisture through their skin Thorny devil lizards shovel damp sand on to their backs and suck the moisture using their skin, new research has found. The spiky reptiles live in the arid deserts and […]

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New frog species found by university of newcastle biologist

A University of Newcastle biologist has discovered a new frog species near Newcastle Airport. Mahony’s Toadlet (Uperoleia mahonyi), was discovered by Dr Simon Clulow at Oyster Cove in Port Stephens and has a highly restricted distribution, occurring in select coastal sand swamps in Myall Lakes, Port Stephens and on the Central Coast. The name honours […]

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail didn’t cure my depression—but it did change my life

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail didn’t cure my depression—but it did change my life

For five minutes late on a Friday afternoon, I was completely lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I could not see or hear my friend Ruth, who should have been just behind me on the other side of the ridge. Or the ridge before that. I had crossed a lot of such ridges, thinking I […]

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