Life Pods

The plan for the enclosed ecosystems of the South Korean National Research Center for Endangered Species is to breed and raise endangered birds for release into the wild. Further biodomes will house centres for other endangered indigenous animal species such as toads, tortoises, and foxes. The domes look intriguing, the planners have high conservationist goals, and they…

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High Winds, Low Tide

One of my favorite diversions is finding strange words and terms that could have a multiplicity of applications, whatever the actual definition might be. ‘Circumglobal teleconnection’ is one I have just added to my list. Circumglobal teleconnection (CGT) seems like it could describe anything from a global spirit séance to a single long line of…

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Big Cat Math

The government of Zambia announced this week that it would be banning the hunting of lions and other endangered  big cats because the estimated $3 million brought in by game hunting is far outweighed by overall tourism revenue (estimated at 2.3% of GDP in 2011, or approximately $412 million). Allowing a decline in the big…

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