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Global wildlife populations continue their rapid decline | Public … – PRI

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London says global wildlife populations have declined by almost 60 percent since the 1970s — and the losses continue. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview. PRI.org The two organizations jointly release a biennial Living Planet report that assesses how the natural world is coping with the stress of rising human population. The…

Ruth Page, 95; told radio listeners of nature’s beauty – The Boston Globe

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Before turning to radio commentaries, Mrs. Page had been a print journalist and a weekly newspaper editor. One day when she was 86, Ruth Page put off plans for an afternoon of writing to take “a simple, half-hour’s walk” near her Shelburne, Vt., home. For Mrs. Page, even a casual stroll tended to be brisk, but she contemplated the woods around her with the inquisitive eyes of a scientist, the…

Global wildlife populations continue their rapid decline – PRI

Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London says global wildlife populations have declined by almost 60 percent since the 1970s — and the losses continue. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview. PRI.org The two organizations jointly release a biennial Living Planet report that assesses how the natural world is coping with the stress of rising human population. The…

This Is Why Insects Rule the World – National Geographic

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

Justin Schmidt, author of The Sting of the Wild, writes that the worst insect stings—at least to people—are tarantula hawks, which he describes in his book as “blinding, fierce, shockingly electric, ”and warrior wasps as simply “torture.” (Read “Worst Places to Get Stung? Ask This Guy.”)

Habitat restoration efforts boosting area turtles, woods and wildlife – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

A collaboration between a nonprofit group and forest preserve scientists aims to boost the area turtle population, while also benefiting bats, osprey and riverbank habitats throughout the Chicago region. While projects to help native species have been ongoing for decades, an effort led by Friends of the Chicago River has led to immediate improvements in turtle nesting areas in Cook County’s wetlands and woods. “I’m thrilled out of my mind,” said…

All you need to know about nature deficit disorder – BBC News – BBC News

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Even a flower in a crack in the paving can lift spirits It’s tough to connect with nature at this time of year. Your days are spent under artificial lights in an office, while the last of autumn’s blooms are hidden beneath piles of decaying leaves. NDD, or nature deficit disorder, has become a buzzword of late. Although it’s not a recognised medical condition, concerns…

Stop the wildlife decline – Charleston Post Courier

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Lowcountry knows all too well the challenges that come with growth: congestion, traffic and overcrowded schools. But to the world’s wildlife, human population growth is a matter of life or death. And as things are going now, wildlife is on the losing side. Indeed, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that, unless quick action is taken, vertebrate wildlife, by the end of the…

National park tips: The ugly, brown box with the sweet Teton view – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Jackson Lake Lodge is an ugly, brown box – a bad moment in mid-century design — but you might want to stay in one of its 385 rooms anyway. Set in the middle of Grand Teton National Park, 35 miles north of Jackson, Wy., it looks up at the serrated mountains of the Teton Range.   Get a room facing west, rise before dawn on a summer day — or better…

Nocturnal Animals settles it: noted weirdo Jake Gyllenhaal is the … – The Verge

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fashion designer Tom Ford’s second film, Nocturnal Animals, is fine. It is a semi-convincing gothic about modern America — urban but fatally tied to a rural past, prosperous but insecure, intellectual but campy and incredibly violent. It uses the grotesquery of vintage Southern gothic literature, remixed with Sex and the City platitudes about love and ambition, to make a weird, hyper-specific portrait of what Amy Adams’ character Susan refers to…

As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces ‘Endangered’ List – NPR – NPR

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images On a recent fall morning,…

All you need to know about nature deficit disorder – BBC News

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Even a flower in a crack in the paving can lift spirits It’s tough to connect with nature at this time of year. Your days are spent under artificial lights in an office, while the last of autumn’s blooms are hidden beneath piles of decaying leaves. NDD, or nature deficit disorder, has become a buzzword of late. Although it’s not a recognised medical condition, concerns…

A scientist maps animals’ teeth to figure out what’s on their menu – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

These laser-scanned digital maps of teeth from a cheetah and kangaroo visualize information about changes in elevation. (Silvia Pineda-Munoz/Smithsonian) Silvia Pineda-Munoz looks at a gorilla’s teeth and sees a complicated, rugged landscape: jagged peaks and rolling hills, deep valleys that swerve through the enamel. It reminds her of the Appalachian Mountains. A carnivore’s tooth, on the other hand, is like one of the volcanic islands that make up Hawaii. It…

As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces ‘Endangered’ List – NPR

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016

A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images On a recent fall morning,…

Nocturnal Animals settles it: noted weirdo Jake Gyllenhaal is the best actor alive – The Verge

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

Fashion designer Tom Ford’s second film, Nocturnal Animals, is fine. It is a semi-convincing gothic about modern America — urban but fatally tied to a rural past, prosperous but insecure, intellectual but campy and incredibly violent. It uses the grotesquery of vintage Southern gothic literature, remixed with Sex and the City platitudes about love and ambition, to make a weird, hyper-specific portrait of what Amy Adams’ character Susan refers to…

As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces ‘Endangered’ List – NPR

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images On a recent fall morning,…

Dozens of animals rescued from Georgia house; 2 charged – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

Daniel, 42, was charged with 19 counts of animal care violations, and Gaddy, 20, was charged with five counts of animal care violations and theft of services, police said.

A scientist maps animals’ teeth to figure out what’s on their menu – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

These laser-scanned digital maps of teeth from a cheetah and kangaroo visualize information about changes in elevation. (Silvia Pineda-Munoz/Smithsonian) Silvia Pineda-Munoz looks at a gorilla’s teeth and sees a complicated, rugged landscape: jagged peaks and rolling hills, deep valleys that swerve through the enamel. It reminds her of the Appalachian Mountains. A carnivore’s tooth, on the other hand, is like one of the volcanic islands that make up Hawaii. It…

As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces ‘Endangered’ List – NPR

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images A cruise ship passes Venice’s St. Mark’s Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images On a recent fall morning,…

Stat-checking software stirs up psychology – Nature.com

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

Illustration by The Project Twins Michèle Nuijten and her colleagues found rampant inconsistencies when they unleased statcheck on the psychological literature. The program scans articles for statistical results, redoes the calculations and checks that the numbers match. It went through 30,717 papers to identify 16,695 that tested hypotheses using statistics. In half of those, it found at least one potential error (M. B. Nuijten et al. Behav. Res. Methods 48,…

A scientist maps animals’ teeth to figure out what’s on their menu – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016

These laser-scanned digital maps of teeth from a cheetah and kangaroo visualize information about changes in elevation. (Silvia Pineda-Munoz/Smithsonian) Silvia Pineda-Munoz looks at a gorilla’s teeth and sees a complicated, rugged landscape: jagged peaks and rolling hills, deep valleys that swerve through the enamel. It reminds her of the Appalachian Mountains. A carnivore’s tooth, on the other hand, is like one of the volcanic islands that make up Hawaii. It…