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Australian mathematicians say some endangered species "not worth saving"

April 14, 2011

Australian mathematicians say some endangered species “not worth saving”

Some endangered species on the brink of extinction might not be worth saving, according to a new algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide and James Cook University, both in Australia.

Dubbed the SAFE (species’ ability to forestall extinction) index, the formula takes current and minimum viable population sizes into account to determine if it is too costly to save a species from extinction. The research was published online March 30 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Co-author Corey Bradshaw, director of ecological modeling at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, said in a prepared statement that the formula is “the best predictor yet of the vulnerability of mammal species to extinction.”

The study examined 95 mammal species, 20 percent of which are endangered and 10 of which are on what the authors call “the tipping point” where they could be at the “point of no return.” That tipping point, according to the authors, is a species with a population below 5,000 individuals.



Photo: The critically endangered kakapo (Strigops habroptila) by Brent Barrett via Flickr under Creative Commons License


Read entire story at Scientific American


Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa

April 5, 2011

Decorah Eagles, Ustream.TV: The Raptor Resource Project brings you the Decorah Eagles from atop their tree at the fish hatchery in Decorah, Iowa.

Please note*  the audio if buzzing is due to interference from the infrared light, the birds do not see the light.


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Sony HXRMC50U Field Test Humpback Whale Mugging March 10, 2011

April 1, 2011
Testing the Sony HXRMC50U with 2 channel audio external microphone. Humpback Whales approach our boat and swim under in Maui Hawaii.
Production of NKO.ORG, Executive Producer Ellen M. Laura.

RT@sciam Europe Fails to Reach Deal on Cloned Meat

March 29, 2011

Europe Fails to Reach Deal on Cloned Meat

EU bodies at odds over the labelling and sale of products from clones and their descendants.

From Nature magazine


Negotiations over the sale of products from cloned animals in the European Union have broken down and run out of time.

The stalemate means that existing regulations, dating from 1997, remain in place. These state that although authorization is required to market food from clones, the use of their progeny as well as nanomaterials in foods will remain unregulated — meaning that meat from the offspring of cloned animals can go on sale unlabelled.


The European Parliament had sought a ban on meat and derivative products from the descendants of cloned animals as well as from clones. The European Union (EU) Council, which represents EU member states, and the European Commission insisted on limiting the ban to the clones themselves.


Read full story at Scientific American

Pamela Anderson poster for Peta urges vegetarianism, provocative style | UK news | The Guardian

October 22, 2010
Pamela Anderson in Peta campaign Actor Pamela Anderson backs Peta with a pose highlighting the anatomical reality of meat meals. Photograph: PetaIs it art? Is it meat? Is it sexist? Whatever it is, the latest advertisement from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is eye-catching.

The poster girl, the former Baywatch star and committed vegetarian Pamela Anderson, insisted that her decision to wear a bikini and portray her body as collection of cuts of meat, had not been a tough one.

“I decided to do this provocative style because there is so much competition for people’s attention today, so Peta and I wanted to make sure the message couldn’t be ignored,” she said.

Anderson shrugged off the suggestion that some people might gaze at the poster for carnal gratification rather than vegetarian epiphany.

“The butcher diagram is the perfect thing to parody, because it allows you to use your own body as a protest tool,” she explained.

Anderson will launch Peta’s fresh effort to convert the UK to the benefits of vegetarianism, at an event outside the London Transport Museum, in Covent Garden, at 2pm on Sunday.

Peta, in its work for animal rights over 30 years, has drawn attention to procedures in farming, laboratories, circuses and the clothing trade, and to wildlife issues, and cruelty in general. Some of its publicity campaigns have attracted controversy. A poster featuring the face of one of those convicted of killing “Baby  P” and linking cruelty to animals to cruelty to humans, was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Dan Mathews, Peta’s senior vice president, said he had high hopes for the new campaign. “As Peta’s ‘weapon of mass distraction’, Pamela has lured legions of pop culture junkies to Peta’s website and sparked interest in animal issues in a very unique way,” he said.

Bali Bird Park

September 14, 2009

Today our adventure to Bali Bird Park included bird feeding and even saw large array of reptiles including the man-eating near extinct Komodo Dragon. Check in the Twitter feed on your right side of web page soon for videos.

Monkey Forest, Ubud

September 8, 2009

Ellen & I explored the Monkey Forest and fed the wild monkeys bananas.

We hiked down to a small freshwater spring across an old bridge shaped like two dragons.

Bark in the Park

August 15, 2009

Bark in the park is in Kalama Park, Kihei, Maui.

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