Nature Nerd Trivia: Whales

Nature Nerd Trivia: Whales

It’s not that I don’t like trivia (I love it!)Most odontocetes feed on fish and squid, but some, including orcas, prey on marine mammals.© Jakob de Zwart/TNC Photo Contest 2019 What’s the largest species of whale, and how big are they?

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

NIWA hazards analyst Ryan Paulik, who led the assessment, says overall 430,000 people – or nine per cent of the population – live in the zones of which 170,000 are in red and orange zones.

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20 percent.Philip Trathan, also at BAS, said: “The new breeding sites are all in locations where recent model projections suggest emperor penguins will decline.

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

In the Delaware Bay especially, where spawning takes place every May and June, you can’t talk about horseshoe crab breeding – and it is a spectacle – without also talking about the migratory shorebirds, like red knots and ruddy turnstones that depend on the eggs laid by the millions every year.

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

This means that the herd immunity threshold will also be higher than 60 percent in some places and lower in others.“I think the range of R0 consistent with data for Covid-19 is larger than most people give credit to,” said Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University, who has been advising health officials in Massachusetts and abroad.

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok

A clip featuring a group of inmates explaining how they made a bootleg phone charger has been viewed more than 10 million times on the platform.

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

How K-Pop Stans Became an Activist Force to Be Reckoned With

Ria, who is 16, based in the US, and whose favorite K-pop group is the boyband BTS, heard about the plan to prank Trump from other K-pop fans on Twitter, though she was aware that the idea was circling on TikTok, too.

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

“It also means my patient population is at the bottom of the list for access to the technology that’s needed to effectively do telemedicine.”.“When you need telemedicine everywhere, you see a vulnerable population that doesn’t have the means to use it,” Harwell says.

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

And on the flip side, New Orleans, with a population density of 431 people per square kilometer, reports 1,718 cases per 10,000.Or here’s another way to look at it: According to data assembled by the Financial Times, New York City has experienced a 408 percent increase in deaths from all causes since the beginning of the pandemic.

A Trip to the Movies May Soon Feel Like Going to the Airport

A Trip to the Movies May Soon Feel Like Going to the Airport

On Saturday, Santikos opened three locations, where CEO Tim Handren says things will run like a “finely tuned machine with all the protocols that are required.”.As of now, establishments like the ones run by Santikos and EVO are a litmus test for how theaters could operate for the foreseeable future.

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

Plagues don't come explicitly for one tribe or another; they don't smite a population because it's gone astray; they're neither divine punishment nor a sign of the Rapture.

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Due to extra security measures put in place during the global outbreak of Covid-19, she will have to wait a further 14 days before she can travel from prison to a post-correctional treatment facility, just in case she has been exposed to coronavirus while incarcerated.

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

7 New Songs to Help You Feel Less Socially Distant

The best music is built on community, and what truly gives any particular song staying power is how it’s regarded among the masses.

Why the Coronavirus Hit Italy So Hard

Why the Coronavirus Hit Italy So Hard

The reason why Italy is suffering so badly, write University of Oxford researchers in a new paper in the journal Demographic Science, may be twofold: The country has the second-oldest population on earth, and its young tend to mingle more often with the elderly, like their grandparents.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

Essential Gear For Keeping Your Workspace Tidy

Essential Gear For Keeping Your Workspace Tidy

Oxo Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner.If you eat lunch alone at your desk, use it to sweep away the evidence.Olde-timey wire-charged gadgets can be juiced at the same time through an extra USB port on the back of the pad.

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

In the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area Hall and partners, including the Arizona Fish and Game Department, Bureau of Land Management, Cienega Watershed Partnership and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have built a robust Chiricahua leopard frog “metapopulation” — i.e., a group of populations separated by space.

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

These Plastic Bunnies Got Their Own DNA Data Storage. Next up, the World?

The bunnies, and the digital files that described them, remained identical over many months.“This is a very initial foray into one of the more promising applications of DNA data storage: ubiquitous storage,” says Sriram Kosuri, a biochemist at UCLA who was not involved in the work.

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

Watchmen Is Finally Being Called a Hit

To start, people are showing up in big numbers to watch Watchmen .Also, Taylor Swift is (maybe) going to the Sundance Film Festival, and there’s a new Mulan trailer.Taylor Swift Is Going to Sundance.

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Settlers arrived in Iceland and began hunting walrus for the European ivory trade at a time when Iceland’s walrus population was already struggling with a shifting environment and a series of volcanic eruptions.

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Even so, I believe we’ll easily meet our challenges and take better care of the people who inhabit the world of the future, without experiencing sustained shortages of food or other important resources.

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Fish and wildlife recovery can be unpopular, especially when it inconveniences the public.Great white shark predation on seal off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge at the elbow of Cape Cod. Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Is the recolonization of gray seals helping with white shark recovery?

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers will be stationed at boat ramps in the region at various times for the next five months where they will approach recreational fishers and ask them to participate in a research survey about their catch and effort when targeting rock lobsters.

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Generation Z Is Making Music With Anti-Radical Tones

Recently, in the music video for "Keeping Tabs," the 21-year-old Chicano chillwave artist Omar Banos, who performs under the name Cuco, goes on a spiritual, mind-expanding journey.

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

A Password-Exposing Bug Was Purged From LastPass

Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera extension.

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

Recovery: A Future for Wood Turtles

© Jim Harding Especially galling to wood-turtle managers is that after they’ve painstakingly restored habitat and rebuilt populations, these strongholds become prime targets for poachers.

Recovery: Victories in Galápagos National Park

Recovery: Victories in Galápagos National Park

A Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) © Island Conservation Human introductions of pigs, goats, burros, black rats, Norway rats, house mice and house cats to the Galápagos Islands left the unique biodiversity of this World Heritage site in shambles.

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

If there's anything to say about "You Need to Calm Down," it's that the song is more evidence that Taylor Swift is extremely good at her job: being the pop star people deserve, if not the one they say they want.

2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer

2019's Top Contenders for the Song of Summer

What's especially striking about 2019, a year wherein music has never felt more confident and emotionally awake in its thematic divergence, is how this summer seems prime for both traditional ballads ("Sucker," by The Jonas Brothers; "Never Really Over," by Katy Perry) and sneaky pop curios ("Nightmare," by Halsey; Jai Paul's supremely fantastic "Do You Love Her Now").

The Chernobyl Disaster Might Have Also Built a Paradise

The Chernobyl Disaster Might Have Also Built a Paradise

“If you go to the most contaminated areas, like some sites in the Red Forest, on a spring day you can barely hear a single bird singing,” says Anders Møller, an ecologist at the University of Paris-Sud who has been studying Chernobyl since 1991.