The animals living at Copenhagen zoo are, he argues, fortunate in many ways. "They have a good life," he says of the handful of young male antelopes he puts down every year. "It's not a very long one, but it's good, and in the wild they probably wouldn't live even that long. They have nice surroundings. I think they're happy. And they do not hear the gun go off." … [Read more...] about Animals ‘live a good life’ at Copenhagen zoo, where culling comes naturally
Living in harmony with nature
Over the course of nearly four decades, it appears from the photo of me in bed that I haven’t changed much. I have dedicated my life to studying and talking in awe about evolution. Last year, I recorded my daughter commentating over Blue Planet II, and posted it online; it became a minor internet phenomenon. I know Attenborough saw this video, and I hope he knows that the continuity of his work is transgenerational. In another 40 years, there will be scientists continuing to change the way we understand this living planet. Stare at those pictures, wonder at how those beasts evolved. I have little doubt that one of your daughters will cite Attenborough as her inspiration, too. … [Read more...] about Life on Earth by David Attenborough review – how has science changed in 40 years?
These extinctions came at a key time for the evolution of our own ancestors, the tetrapods - four legged vertebrates. These early tetrapods are fish that evolved to have limbs rather than fins, but still mostly lived in water. … [Read more...] about Erosion of the ozone layer 360 million years ago was responsible for a mass extinction event that wiped out much of the Earth’s plants and freshwater animals
If you read the paper or look at the news online without becoming depressed about the state of humanity – or make it through your social media feeds before your mood lurches to despair – well done you. You are a beautiful anomaly. For everyone else: huddle in. It’s tough out there and it can be easy to get the idea that the world is getting more miserable by the minute, that we’re all becoming more isolationist and that these are bleak times indeed. Because when things are ticking along nicely, there’s very little to report. Negativity bias means that, as human beings, we experience “bad” events more intensely than we do the “good” – and we also remember them more. So we have to work hard to remain hopeful – or we can’t make things better. … [Read more...] about How the world smiles – uncovering the secret to collective happiness
Last months the bikini designer guided viewers through her airy living room, sprawling backyard and spotless kitchen in a video tour for the Watch What Happens Live Instagram. 'This is where the magic happens,' she said. … [Read more...] about RHOBH star Dorit Kemsley, 43, displays her fabulous figure in a plunging swimsuit while in the pool of her new $6.5M mansion