The three-part #SpyinTheHuddle series narrated by David Tennant uses animatronic (water-proof!) penguin robots to capture incredible shots! Tune-in on NATURE on PBS on Sept. 24. Here’s a clip: http://youtu.be/k0u67Wk_hJ0
“I cared for a 6-year-old boy and his 3-year-old sister. Their parents and grandmother had died from Ebola. A midwife in their village then took care of the children, but they began to show symptoms of Ebola and were sent to us. Sadly, they came too late. When the boy died, we tried to console and calm his sister, but the PPE made it difficult to touch her, to hold her, even to speak with her. She died the next day. The midwife who had taken care of them also ended up at our center, and she, too, died. Another patient told me he doesn’t remember how many members of his family have died — he thinks about 13. All he knows is that he is now alone.”
Oh Blerg! It’s Monday. Hope you’re a little bit happier than this ring-tailed cat. While you’re waking up, enjoy some facts about this elusive mammal of the American southwest.
Ringtails are nocturnal carnivores and are technically members of the raccoon family — not cats.
The claws of these animals are semi-retractable.
They’re excellent climbers — able to maneuver among cliffs and ledges by bouncing between walls. The animals also “chimney stem,” (press all four feet on one wall and the back against the other) to climb small crevices.
Females choose a den in a rock crevice, boulder pile, or tree hollow to give birth. They nurse the young for 10-12 weeks and eventually allow them to come along and forage for food.
Life expectancy of ringtails is about 7 years in the wild. A female kept in captivity reached the age of 16.
When threatened, the animal will arch its tail over its head and can emit a foul-smelling odor from the anal glands.
Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969, the U.S. government had been spending years developing plans to build an underground moon base. The documents, which date back to the late 1950s, were recently uncovered by The National Security Archive and reflect a covert side of lunar programs.
Astronauts on the International Space Station are taking some killer photographs lately. This shot, which captures Florida to Louisiana just before dawn, was taken from the ISS by NASA’s Reid Wiseman earlier this month. (Image Credit: NASA)
We’re in the process of doing some late-summer cleaning in our newsroom, which means we’re digging up a lot of old stuff. Earlier in the week, someone found an old CD from Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra. I’m not sure what Neil is up to these days, but a quick YouTube search dug up this gem of an interview from 1979, where he talks about arranging Sci-Fi music from many popular movies.
Ira Flatow, public radio host of the popular Science Friday program, and his for-profit corporation, will pay $145,531 to resolve allegations his company misused grant money from the National Science Foundation.
The settlement stems from a 2009 National Science Foundation award of nearly $1 million to Flatow’s privately-owned company, ScienceFriday, Inc., for the purposes of “extending the impact of its weekly radio program to a new and younger audience through the use of cyber-space platforms and interactive tools such as Facebook and Twitter.”
"Beware the Kodak," warned the Hartford Courant. “The sedate citizen can’t indulge in any hilariousness without incurring the risk of being caught in the act and having his photography passed among his Sunday School children.”
Final assembly of blades into a two-way controllable Hamilton propeller for one of America’s combat planes circa 1942. Leo Diana and George O’Meara, pictured above, work in a Hartford, Conn., plant. (June 1942, Andreas Feininger. Library of Congress)
Happy Wednesday! Here are some fast facts about the majestic sperm whale.
They have the largest brain of any creature known to have lived on Earth.
Their heads hold a complex of organs filled with a liquid mixture of fats and waxes called spermaceti. These organs are used to generate clicking sounds used for echolocation and may also help adjust the whale’s buoyancy.
Sperm whales are known to dive as deep as 3,300 feet in search of a meal. They feed on both giant and colossal squid.
Not much is known about their sleeping patterns, but a 2008 study in Current Biology suggested the whales may fall into deep sleep while drifting vertically.
"Where I come from, anything that’s big enough to be round is a planet." David A. Paige describing how the moon, with a diameter almost 30 percent of Earth’s, is our solar system’s largest satellite relative to its planet.