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  • Open Carry in Lordsburg, NM

    05/21/2015 9:08:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 5/21/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On my way to the NRA annual meeting, I passed through Lordburg, New Mexico on I-10. It is a convenient place to fuel the truck and myself, so I pulled into a truck stop to grab a sandwich. Open carry is protected by the New Mexico Constitution. I was carrying a Glock 17 (9mm for those who have not kept up with Glock nomenclature). The young woman behind the counter had a streak of purple hair, multiple piercings, a sizable tattoo on her right forearm, and was friendly, courteous, helpful, efficient and pleasant to speak with. I could not ask...
  • Clever fish around the coast of Mallorca Island

    05/20/2015 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB)
    To avoid overfishing and aid in sustainable exploitation, the status of the fish stocks has to be monitored regularly. In many cases stock assessment is based on fishery-dependent data generated from fish markets or creel surveys. The assumption is: the lower the catches in a certain unit of time, the smaller the stock of fish should be. The scientists Dr. Josep Alós and Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus from the German Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have now shown that some fish species show enhanced gear-avoidance behaviour in regions with high angling intensity compared...
  • Monster fish pulls anglers' boat mile down Mississippi before being landed

    05/19/2015 4:59:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-15-15 | Dave Orrick
    Taco flavored Doritos And my orange life vest Dad caught a hundred pound sturgeon On twenty-pound test -- Primus, "Fish On (Fisherman's Chronicles, Part II)" Yerhart has caught only one sturgeon in his life. But it was the sturgeon of a lifetime. On Friday night, Yerhart, a 34-year-old truck technician from Brownsdale, Minn., found himself in a Hemingway-esque struggle with a prehistoric monster: a lake sturgeon as long as he is tall, and perhaps twice his age and 10 times the weight for which his rod and reel were designed. Once nearly wiped out by overfishing (caviar is sturgeon...
  • Penn State's Anthony Zettel Tackles a Tree Into Submission

    05/18/2015 11:59:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Ukrainian Chrisis ^ | May 18, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    Penn State teammate Jordan Dudas filmed Zettel's nature-defeating feat and posted the video to Instagram.Anthony Zettel, defensive tackle for Pennsylvania State University, put his football skills to a real-world test when he decided to tackle a tree. Teammate Jordan Dudas posted an Instagram video showing Zettel showing off his skills in the woods by tackling a tree to the ground. Zettel, who boasts the ability to throw a football 75 yards and can drive a golf ball more than 300 yards, can now add football fauna take-downs to his resume
  • Highway traffic jam turns into jam session

    05/18/2015 8:15:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KRON 4 ^ | May 18, 2015 | KRON and WAVY
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (KRON) — A recently formed music group in Virginia Beach seized the opportunity to play in front of a stadium sized audience, and it was all for a great cause.Members of the Hot Gumbo Brass Band decided to perform a mini-concert for frustrated drivers and passengers after traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 264 while police worked to clear the scene of an accident, Saturday night.Many viewers asked 10 On Your Side about a big backup on I-264. Dispatchers told WAVY.com a two-vehicle crash shut down the westbound lanes of the highway at Rosemont Road around...
  • First In Fish: 'Fully Warm-Blooded' Moonfish Prowls The Deep Seas

    05/18/2015 12:38:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 05-15-2015 | Bill Chappell
    Over decades of studying the oceans' fishes, some species have been found to have partial warm-bloodedness. But scientists say the opah, or moonfish, circulates heated blood — and puts it to a competitive advantage. "Nature has a way of surprising us with clever strategies where you least expect them," according to NOAA Fisheries biologist Nicholas Wegner, who works in the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif. In a news release about the finding, Wegner said, "It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out." The opah is not a...
  • New species of marine roly poly pillbug discovered near Port of Los Angeles

    05/18/2015 9:05:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 05/18/2015 | Staff
    A new research paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip—a new species of marine pillbug (Crustacea: Isopoda). While documenting that new species, a second new species of pillbug originally collected 142 years ago by biologists on a wooden sailing ship in Alaska was discovered in a collection room at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) by researchers Adam Wall and Dr. Regina Wetzer. The Los Angeles discovery was made during a Loyola Marymount University field trip for an invertebrate zoology lab course taught by NHM...
  • Bison Gores Taiwanese Teen in Yellowstone

    05/17/2015 11:52:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | May 17, 2015 | Andrew V. Pestano
    A 16-year-old Taiwanese foreign exchange student was gored by a bison as she posed for a picture in Yellowstone National Park Friday. The girl suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. She was visiting Yellowstone with her host family. They were hiking in a trail near the Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming when they stopped by a group of people who were watching bison grazing nearby. "The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her," the National Park Service said in a statement. Park...
  • Extreme Athlete Dean Potter Dies in BASE Jumping Accident

    05/17/2015 8:37:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    A Yosemite National Park spokesman says extreme athlete Dean Potter and another man have died in a BASE jumping accident. The spokesman says Potter and Graham Hunt died late Saturday after attempting a wingsuit flight from a 7,500-foot promontory called Taft Point.
  • Swedish man's roar Sees Off Charging Bear

    05/15/2015 9:48:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 May 2015
    Ralph Persson, a hunter in Jämtland, northern Sweden, scared off a charging bear by roaring at the animal as it attacked him, it has emerged. While out training a new hunting dog, Persson sensed a change in the animal's bark. Seconds later a brown bear came charging at him from the woods. “I screamed as much as I could and made myself very big,” Persson told Sundsvall Tidning newspaper, in an interview which has gone viral over the past week. The bear quickly veered off back into the trees, utterly surprised by Persson’s ferocity. Both Ralph and his wife Lena...
  • Breakup fears for massive (Larsen C) Antarctic ice shelf: study

    05/12/2015 6:08:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/15 | Richard Ingham
    Paris (AFP) - The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists said on Wednesday. The loss of the Larsen C ice shelf could occur within a century but an earlier collapse cannot be ruled out, with major consequences for global sea levels, they said. "We now know that two different processes are causing Larsen C to thin and become less stable," said Paul Holland from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) who led the new research. "If this vast ice shelf... was to collapse, it would allow...
  • Rescued brown bear cubs recover at Alaska Zoo

    05/12/2015 12:11:05 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 6 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | May 11, 2015 | Bill Roth
    Three brown bear cubs rescued earlier this month on Kodiak Island are recuperating at the Alaska Zoo, and enjoying some sibling bonding time before being moved to an outdoor exhibit.
  • Madagascar divers find silver believed part of pirate stash [Captain Kidd]

    05/12/2015 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 08, 2015 | By Martin Vogl
    Divers in Madagascar have found a silver bar weighing about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) that they believe was part of the treasure of pirate Captain Kidd. The bar was presented to Madagascar's president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in a ceremony Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, near the country's northeast coast. The bar was found in a bay off the island, the diving team said. The team was led by Barry Clifford, an American undersea explorer who has been searching for pirate treasure for many decades. Clifford believes there could be more treasure on the bay floor where he found the...
  • Sea Lion Bunks With Sleeping San Diego Sailor

    05/11/2015 8:56:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    A noisy stowaway woke Michael Duffy as he was docked at the San Diego Yacht Club on Saturday. The San Diego sailor woke in the middle of the night to sneezing, but didn’t think much of it and went back to sleep. He woke the next morning at 6 to a curious sea lion asleep on a bunk bed in his sailboat. In adorable video captured by Duffy, you can hear him urging the sea lion, “You gotta go, buddy” as he nudged the animal out of the boat. Once the two got to the dock, Duffy had to nudge...
  • Fire, drone expose scale of prehistoric rock formations ( Montana )

    05/10/2015 10:04:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | KARL PUCKETT
    Cutting-edge archaeological work that included use of a drone and prescribed fire has unearthed previously unknown information about a one-of-a-kind Native American archaeological site in northeastern Montana dating back thousands of years. ... everything you can see archaeologically speaking on the northern plains is contained within 300 acres .. The project also has given archaeologists new information on how prairie fires interact with cultural resources that can be applied to other locations. ... The prehistoric collection of large-scale stone at the Henry Smith archaeological site spans 320 acres in Phillips County. Since the 1960s, it's been known that the site...
  • Brownells Lady 3 Gun Challenge Showcases Shooting's Rising Female Stars

    05/10/2015 9:15:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    nrablog.com ^ | 5/9/2015 | Kyle Jillson
    Last weekend, Brownells held its Lady 3 Gun Pro-Am Challenge West Match in St. George, Utah. The event brought out hundreds of top female shooters to compete in action-packed 3 gun stages for a tournament that is quickly making a name for itself in the shooting world.
  • Nepal Sherpas: ‘We’ve Lost Everything’

    05/09/2015 11:18:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Sunday May 10, 2015
    Mount Everest record holder Apa Sherpa ran for his life when a huge earthquake hit Nepal, and now fears for the future after the disaster cut short the climbing season for the second year in a row. “Everyone here is scared and depressed, we have lost everything,” the climber told AFP by telephone from Thame, deep in the Everest region, one of the villages that is home to the Sherpa ethnic group. The tight-knit community of around 50 families has produced some of the world’s greatest mountaineers, including Sherpa, who is something of a celebrity having reached the top of...
  • Woman Mistaken for Wild Boar Shot Dead by Hunters Near Thirukovilur

    05/08/2015 2:58:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | 07th May 2015 | Karal Marx
    A 55-year-old woman was shot dead by villagers, who mistook her to be a wild boar that they were chasing from a nearby farm at Eravalam Madura Katchikuppam village near Thirukovilur on Tuesday evening. Police booked 16 villagers in connection with the incident and arrested six persons so far, including the man who shot the woman with a country-made gun. Local sources said Parvathy (55), wife of Subramanian of Katchikuppam village was diverting water at her sugarcane farm when a gang of villagers, who were chasing the boar saw it entering Subramanian's farm. The gang surrounded the farm in order...
  • Take a Hike: More Reasons Why People Hike Solo

    05/08/2015 2:52:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    y Tom Paulu(0) Comments Like my co-worker Sarah Grothjan, who wrote the previous Take a Hike blog post, I like to head out into the wilds by myself, though not without some angst. As I’ve gotten older – past 60 -- I’ve found that old hiking friends aren’t available as often as they used to be when we were single and didn’t have weekend house chores and family responsibilities. I often can’t clear a hiking day until a few days in advance, and I don’t have much flexibility about when I can go so hiking clubs aren’t always an option....
  • "It Was a Very Happy Cockpit:" National Guard Pilot on Rescue of Barber, Kids on Camping Trip

    05/08/2015 2:00:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/8 | Lisa Fernanandez, Jodi Hernandez and Stephanie Chuang
    The pilot who rescued a popular barbershop owner and and his family, who were missing for more than two days, said it felt great to hoist up the dad, his kids and a chihuahua to safety late Thursday night in rugged terrain. "It was a very happy cockpit," California National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Brockly, 49, of Folsom told NBC Bay Area on Friday morning. "We were all giving them high-fives." Brockly and his crew were searching in their Blackhawk helicopter for Nick Vlahos, co-owner Temescal Alley Barbershop in Oakland, along with his 5-year-old son Nick Jr., 3-year-old...
  • Great white shark is tracked to the Jersey Shore

    05/08/2015 8:24:33 AM PDT · by Focault's Pendulum · 38 replies
    nj105.5 ^ | May 8, 2015 9:52 AM | Dan Alexander
    A great white shark, tracked to New Jersey, remains off the southern coastline this morning. The non-profit group OCREACH tracked a shark named “Mary Lee” to a location just east of Brigantine on Friday morning. The group gets a ping from Mary Lee every time her dorsal fin surfaces. She has been making her way north since April and traveled nearly 193 miles in the past 72 hours
  • Great FR discussion: NC House Lifts Ban on Sunday Hunting (partially)

    05/08/2015 5:11:18 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 39 replies
    Self | 5-9-2015 | Vanity - discussion invitation
    A few days ago the NC House passed a bill that lifts the ban on Sunday hunting (with a gun, you can already bow hunt on Sundays) on private property. Still a ban within 500 yards of a church, and some other exclusions. Localities can reinstall the ban in the future if their local community wants to. Great discussion of the liberty / social conservative dynamic at play. What say Freep nation?
  • Police Seek Teen Who Spray-Painted Prom Invite On Idaho Cliffside

    05/07/2015 11:39:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 7, 2015
    Authorities are looking for a teen who wanted a date with Destiny and hoped to get it by spray-painting a prom proposal on an Idaho cliffside. The Idaho Statesman reports that the message “Destiny, Prom?” was painted in large pink and blue letters on the side of the Black Cliffs, in a popular rock climbing spot, east of Boise. The Ada County sheriff’s office is searching for the culprit. The person could face a misdemeanor charge of injury by graffiti, which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000
  • Snorkeler Mistakes Fake Skeletons for Real Human Remains, Sends Authorities on Hunt

    05/06/2015 2:14:12 PM PDT · by dware · 5 replies
    GMA via Yahoo! ^ | 05.06.2015 | AVIANNE TAN
    A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border sent authorities on a hunt after he alerted them to what appeared to be "skeletal remains" at the bottom of the river. After he called police in Arizona, authorities launched a search for the remains on Monday, and divers from the Buckskin Fire Department swam down to investigate. To everyone's surprise -- and relief -- the skeletons, seated comfortably in lawn chairs, turned out to be fake, police said. They were even wearing sunglasses and were placed in a way as though they were having a tea...
  • Producing jet fuel compounds from fungus

    05/06/2015 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-05-2015 | Provided by Washington State University
    Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels. Led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-cities, the researchers published their work in the April edition of Fungal Biology. The fungus produced the most...
  • Spiders sprayed with carbon nanotubes spin superstrong webs

    05/06/2015 8:29:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-06-2015 | by Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers working in Italy has found that simply spraying a spider with a carbon nanotube solution can cause the spider to spin stronger webs. In their paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their experiments with both graphene and nanotube solutions and what happened when they sprayed it on ordinary spiders. As the researchers note, while silk production using silkworms has been quite successful, doing the same to harvest silk from spiders has not, (because of their territorial traits, the complex nature of the silk they make and their cannibalistic tendencies) which...
  • CSIRO debuts bushfire prediction tool

    05/05/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews.com.au ^ | May 5, 2015 11:50 AM (AUS) | Brendon Foye
    Spark aimed at saving lives. Australia's peak science and research organisation today released a homegrown software tool to help emergency services predict the severity and spread of destructive bushfires. The CSIRO's Spark tool gathers geospatial data on topography, vegetation, humidity and wind patterns from Landsat satellites, and combines it with data provided by fire authorities to give an accurate prediction of fire behaviour. The organisation expects Spark will not only help emergency services save lives, but also reduce the financial burden of bushfires. Spark should also allow emergency services to better manage infrastructure planning, fire fighting resource allocation and deployment,...
  • Video: Man Wrestling Wild Hog Gets Flipped on His Back

    05/05/2015 11:11:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Outdoorhub ^ | Daniel Xu
    Tusks or no tusks, wild pigs can be dangerous animals. Hunting them can be riskier than many sportsmen bargain for, and trying to wrestle one can be downright foolhardy. This trapper in East Texas found himself a bit out of his element as he tried to wrangle a large sow into a cage. Notice how the pig repeatedly went after his legs. Both male and female hogs use tusks for defense, and if this one had a set, no doubt it would have tried to gore the man. Thankfully, though, the trapper survived the event with little more than possibly...
  • Red Neck, Brown Belly

    05/04/2015 8:35:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4
    A competitor belly flops into a muddy watering hole during the dive competition at the 2015 National RedNeck Games on Saturday in Augusta, US.
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • Newport Beach Could See 15-Foot Waves This Weekend

    05/02/2015 4:58:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    A large storm hundreds of miles to the south, typically not seen until midsummer, is expected to create the potentially dangerous conditions along the coast, according to lifeguard Capt. Jon Mitchell. ... The biggest swells are expected to hit south-facing beaches Sunday and Monday before tapering off Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Snow, cold keep New England skiers, riders stoked into May

    05/02/2015 4:01:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    ap ^ | May 2, 2015 | LYNNE TUOHY
    ''We've had so much snow and the cold to preserve it,'' Vazzano said. ''We had storm after storm after storm.'' At times the snow was so plentiful it was problematic. The blizzard in late January triggered travel warnings and skiers in the Boston area were shoveling rather than skiing. It was followed closely by four successive weekends of winter storms. Vazzano said a cold spell in February helped preserve the snow but discouraged some skiers. ''When you can't get out of your driveway you can't get to the mountain,'
  • Earthquake felt in West MI

    05/02/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 46 replies
    Wood TV ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dan Boers
    (WOOD) An earthquake rattled West Michigan and other parts of the Midwest. The shaking happened around 12:20 p.m. It was felt around the Michigan. The USGS registered it as a 4.0 earthquake centered near Galesburg.
  • Bill Maher Owns Guns For Protection, But Others Have a “Sickness”

    05/01/2015 11:58:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Range365 ^ | April 29, 2015 | Frank Miniter
    Like many publications, Playboy magazine interviews many celebrities, but what’s interesting is the title’s habit of asking them if they own guns. Bill Maher, the comedian who hosts “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, has said before that he has guns. In the May issue of Playboy, the editors asked him why. Maher told Playboy he has “two guns. They’re for protection. We live in a gun country, even Los Angeles. I’m not expecting anything to happen, but I want to be ready for it. So I have a lot of security measures at my house. If somebody gets...
  • Fire season fears

    05/01/2015 12:26:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — At the local level, seasonal winds and high temperatures are always cause for concern when it comes to the potential for an active fire season. “We received a lot of rainfall during the monsoon last year, and we had a lot of moisture during the winter, but the problem that always exists here is that it gets hot, it gets windy and it dries out,” said Fry Fire Chief Bill Miller. The only thing that would calm concerns would be unseasonably early rains in the late spring and early summer timeframe, which could reduce the threat from...
  • Huachuca Canyon reopened after bear put down

    05/01/2015 7:28:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A week after an aggressive bear resulted in the closure of Huachuca Canyon on Fort Huachuca, the popular recreation area has reopened after the animal was put down by authorities. Last Thursday, April 23, a brown bear followed and charged hikers in the canyon and later approached cyclists. Initially, fort officials opted to close the canyon to vehicles, hikers and other visitors in the hope that the bear would move on, as other problem bears have done in the past. However, the ongoing aggressive nature and lack of fear of humans necessitated the bear be put down...
  • Elusive new bird International discovered in China

    05/01/2015 7:07:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by Michigan State University
    A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five mountainous provinces in central China. The discovery, shared in the current issue of Avian Research, notes that the bird shunned the limelight by hiding in grassy, scrubby vegetation over the years. However, its distinctive song eventually gave it away, said Pamela Rasmussen, MSU integrative biologist, assistant curator at the MSU Museum and co-author on the paper. "The Sichuan bush warbler is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its...
  • Calif. Man Says He Punched A Trespassing Bear on Snout

    04/30/2015 9:11:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    A Northern California man says he sucker-punched a trespassing bear on the snout to send the bruin fleeing from his property. Carl Moore tells the Auburn Journal he acted on his boxer instincts when the bear rose up on two legs and turned toward him and his two dogs outside his Meadow Vista home. The 75-year-old says he boxed competitively in his youth
  • Lost in the Jungle: The Search for Cody Dial

    04/29/2015 10:01:39 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | March 2015 | Damon Tabor
    When a college student disappeared in Costa Rica last summer, his father — legendary Alaskan adventurer Roman Dial — went searching in Central America's deadliest wilderness. He's still looking. Early last April, a 27-year-old biology student named Cody Roman Dial set out into the remote jungle of northern Guatemala. Equipped with a crude map and a compass, he planned to traverse the Petén, a lowland rain forest teeming with snakes, illegal gold miners, and cocaine traffickers. His biggest concern, though, was dehydration — save for jeep-track mud puddles, the area lacks ready sources of freshwater. Cody had spent the previous...
  • NH Officials Mulling Options to curb Black Bear Population

    04/27/2015 6:46:10 AM PDT · by woodbutcher1963 · 11 replies
    WMUR ^ | April 27, 2015 | Paula Tracy
    CONCORD, N.H. —New Hampshire officials said the state has too many black bears and is mulling its options on how to curb the population. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the state has 5,700 black bears roaming its wilderness. But officials want to trim that number to 4,700. The Concord Monitor report the state could lengthen seasons for baiting, still hunting and hunting with hounds to help reach this goal. The department introduced a draft 10-year plan that will drive management decisions for deer, black bears, wild turkeys, moose and small game. The plan will not set the...
  • Watch the terrifying moment a HUGE great white shark attacks a film crew standing in a tiny [tr]

    04/27/2015 6:28:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 27, 2015 | Belinda Grant Geary
    Shocking footage has emerged of the terrifying moment two people stood in a tiny dinghy while a six metre great white shark charged them. A film crew shooting the documentary Lair of the Megashark were just off New Zealand's Steward Island when they attempted to put a camera on the dorsal fin of the massive ocean predator who decided to nudge the boat and bite at the thin rope that tethered the dinghy to the main boat. The two men that can be seen on the boat are shark experts Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande. They can be seen panicking...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Unconquered"(1947)

    04/26/2015 11:06:31 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1947 | Cecil B. DeMille
  • Mountain Lions Spotted Eating Deer in Portola Valley, Soquel

    04/24/2015 10:45:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Mountain lions have been spotted roaming around, even eating deer, prompting officials to warn people not to approach the wild animals, especially when they are feeding or with their offspring. On Friday, the San Mateo County Alert System notified residents that a mountain lion was located in a driveway on the 1100 block of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley. Authorities believed the deer was killed by a mountain lion. Earlier this week, a NBC Bay Area viewer captured a mountain lion eating a deer in Soquel on April 18, near the Santa Cruz mountains. Authorities offer a few tips on...
  • Teach children outside to save their vision, say scientists

    04/24/2015 6:40:27 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 23 Apr 2015 | Sarah Knapton
    Science News Teach children outside to save their vision, say scientists By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 5:35PM BST 23 Apr 2015 Children should be allowed to study outside to stop them becoming short-sighted, a new study suggests. Researchers believe that youngsters are spending so long inside for lessons that it is damaging their eyesight. In China, pupils are already being taught in huge translucent boxes to try and halt their vision decline after a study found that 80 per cent of children in Beijing were short-sighted. Around 40 per cent of Britons suffer from myopia, or short-sightedness, with experts warning...
  • A Volcano Just Erupted in Chile, Spewing Ash For Miles

    04/22/2015 7:38:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    RYOT Blog ^ | 4-22-15
    A few hours ago Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years. According to CNN Chile, a Red Alert was issued for the surrounding area. An estimated 1500 people are being asked to evacuate within a six mile radius. “The eruption happened about half an hour ago. There are a lot of people out in the streets, many heading to the gas stations to fill up on gas,” Derek Way, a resident of Puerto Varas, told Reuters.
  • Super Dave grounded due to noise complaints

    04/22/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Chilliwack Progress ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Feinberg
    The roar of Super Dave Mathieson's aerobatic aircraft has been grounded over noise complaints. The full-time air show pilot, who made Chilliwack his home base a few years ago, received notification from Transport Canada earlier this month that he could no longer perform the aerobatics under 2000 feet at Chilliwack Airport, citing proximity to "noise sensitive or livestock" areas.
  • Florida teen recovering after Water moccasin bite to his face

    04/22/2015 8:30:24 AM PDT · by fungoking · 44 replies
    Fox Tampa bay ^ | 4/21/15 | Staff
    <p>A Florida teenager is recovering after being bitten in the face by a water moccasin.</p> <p>The bite happened last Saturday, according to investigators with Florida Fish and Wildlife, two days after Austin Hatfield, 18, captured it in his girlfriend's yard in Wimauma.</p>
  • Mysterious 'supervoid' in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim

    04/20/2015 1:25:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies
    www.telegraph.co.u ^ | 7:09PM BST 20 Apr 2015 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    A supervoid has been discovered in the universe which is too big to fit into current models Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies. The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe but scientists are baffled about what it is and why it is so barren. It sits in a region of space which is much colder than other parts of the universe and although it is not a vacuum, it seems to have around 20 per cent less matter than other...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Rare Breed" (1966)

    04/19/2015 11:12:19 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Andrew V. McLagen
  • Looking for an outdoor nature microphone

    04/19/2015 8:02:12 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 24 replies
    I am trying to set up a system for my bedridden and hard of hearing aunt so that she can hear her beloved chimes in her backyard. The chimes are heavy mothers. Has anyone set up a system in their backyard to hear birds and sounds of nature and piped it into their house? I ordered and tried a product called Nature's Window NW3 monitor. I sent it back as it had a defect and for $350 probably had about $50 worth of electronic parts. On the internet I found lots of microphones and naturist setups geared for recording purposes....