"Eight years, and just two birds. Pathetic, isn't it?" Nigel jokes. "But bringing the birds into captivity just means extinction was never going to be an option for this very special bird - that was the aim." And this, he adds, was always about much more than saving one species. Part of the reason the species was chosen for such particular attention was because the spoon-billed sandpiper "represents" thousands of kilometres of irreplaceable, threatened coastline. … [Read more...] about Extinction: A million species at risk, so what is saved?
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InSight landed on Mars on November 26, 2018, and will study the deep interior of the red planet. It cost £600million to build and will spend two years surveying a small spot on Mars no larger than a pair of ping pong tables. Unlike Curiosity, which landed in 2012 and is still on the move on Mars, InSight is immobile. The probe is mapping Mars' core, crust and mantle by measuring small earthquakes and heat flow below the Martian surface. Three UK-made seismometer instruments are on board the spacecraft, part of a £4million UK Space Agency effort to track "marsquakes" on the planet. Nasa hopes to learn why the rocky planets in our solar system turned out so different compared to Earth, which evolved into a haven for life. InSight is Nasa's - indeed, humanity's - eighth successful landing at Mars since the 1976 Viking probes, and the first in six years. Nasa's Curiosity rover, which arrived in 2012, is still studying the red planet. … [Read more...] about Hundreds of earthquakes on MARS detected – giving hope for presence of alien life
Kaleidoscopic visuals are a given. Two drummers dressed in bright red with matching kits, playing in tight synchronisation, create their own trippy-hypnotic optic. Keyboardist Ambrose Kenny-Smith is liable to break out some exclamatory percussion at any moment, or, as he does on Altered Beast II, some bluesy distorted harmonica. … [Read more...] about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard review – saving the world with psych-rock monsters
First, the labour market is more precarious. It is impossible to overstate the impact this has: I spoke to a number of people, right across the payscale, from delivery drivers to corporate senior managers, who would not even give me anonymous quotes in case their employers could be identified. Next there is what Cole describes as the “pervasiveness of the market-based mentality of the self” – where even your private life and intimate moments are packaged as part of Brand You, and there is a pressure to maximise every minute. And last, “all of that is made possible by mobile phones, mobile technology and email”, says Cole. “It’s a trio of doom.” … [Read more...] about Where did the weekend go? How work stole our Saturdays and Sundays
Optical illusions make a little bit more sense when you learn that our eyes have very little to do with what we see and it is our brains that play the key role in creating images and trying to protect us from the potential threats around us Our brain is constantly trying to make sense of the world at the quickest pace it can despite the world being in 3D and the images on our retinas being in 2D It can be really difficult for your brain to interpret everything at once so it will often take shortcuts and give you a simplified version of what you see so you can have quicker reaction times if the object you're looking at looks dangerous When you look at an object what you're really seeing is the light that bounced off of it and entered your eye, which is converted into electrical impulses that your brain then turns into an image Our brains can warp straight lines if an object in the middle of them looks like it's drawing closer as it wants to emphasize the potential threat Different … [Read more...] about Unbelievable optical illusion ‘breaks your brain’ into thinking cubes are spinning