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  • What? Even the panda cams? Government shutdown would hit National Zoo

    01/19/2018 3:07:25 PM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 18, 2018 | Veronica Stracqualursi
    Expect pandemonium. If Congress fails to avert a government shutdown by its Friday deadline, the popular panda cameras at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington will be turned off, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian's lion and elephant cameras will also go dark if the federal government is shut down, the statement read... "A shutdown will not affect the Zoo's commitment to the safety of staff and the standard excellence in animal care," the statement read.
  • Hilarious moment panda cub turns to her dad keeper for comfort after being bullied by her [tr]

    03/07/2017 7:51:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 7, 2017 | Sadie Whitelocks
    Tumbling through the air with her paws outstretched, this little panda cub has had enough of her sibling for one day. Video footage captured at a giant panda breeding centre in Chengdu, southwestern China, shows the youngster named Qi Guo being mauled by her twin sister Qi Yi. Her fur is continually yanked roughly by her overly-playful sibling, causing her to plummet from a wooden climbing frame to the ground.
  • Merkel to accept new pandas from China for Berlin Zoo

    10/30/2015 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | Oct. 29, 2015 | (AP, dpa)
    Berlin's Zoological Gardens looks set to get two new pandas to replace the much-loved Bao Bao, one of the world's oldest male giant pandas, who died in 2012 aged 32. Merkel announced on Thursday that both China and Germany had opened talks to bring two new black and white bears to Germany. She met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as part of her official visit to China. Describing the two countries fondness for the giant bears, she said: "This is a very special piece of China that will please a lot of people in Germany."
  • Pandas and politics, &c.

    05/21/2015 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    For years, the Left in Britain had a taunt: “There are more pandas in Scotland than there are Tory MPs.” Ha ha ha! Yes, there were two pandas in the Edinburgh Zoo and only one Conservative representing a Scottish constituency in parliament. Activists used to dress as pandas to remind David Cameron and the Conservatives of this fact. Well, guess what? There are now more pandas in Scotland than there are Labour MPs. Yup: After its wipeout at the hands of the Scottish National Party, Labour has a single MP representing a Scottish constituency. Just as the Tories (still) have...
  • Yes, You Can Catch Insanity

    04/19/2015 9:59:46 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Nautlus ^ | 4/16/2015 | Andrew Curry
    One day in March 2010, Isak McCune started clearing his throat with a forceful, violent sound. The New Hampshire toddler was 3, with a Beatles mop of blonde hair and a cuddly, loving personality. His parents had no idea where the guttural tic came from. They figured it was springtime allergies. Soon after, Isak began to scream as if in pain and grunt at his parents and peers. When he wasn’t throwing hours-long tantrums, he stared vacantly into space. By the time he was 5, he was plagued by insistent, terrifying thoughts of death. “He would smash his head into...
  • National Zoo's panda Mei Xiang gives birth

    08/23/2013 5:14:29 PM PDT · by Gefn · 5 replies
    The WashingtonPost ^ | August 23, 2013 | Washington Post
    The National Zoo's Giant Panda gave birth to a cub, the zoo said on Friday
  • Giant Pandas Receive Counselling After 7.0 Magnitude Sichuan Earthquake

    05/01/2013 12:05:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook southwest China’s Sichuan province on April 21 traumatized its giant panda population, reported the state-run Xinhua agency. No deaths or injuries of pandas have been reported at the Bifengxia Panda base, located 50 km away from the quake epicenter in Longmen county, Ya’an city, is home to 61 members of the endangered species. Nearly half of them were moved here from the Wolong Natural Reserve five years ago after a 8.0 magnitude quake there. According to video footage, when the quake occurred at 8.02 a.m. Saturday, the pandas were stunned; some later climbed...
  • Panda porn shown in attempt to get two to mate

    03/15/2013 8:09:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 15 Mar 2013 | Harry Alsop
    Researchers at China's breeding and research centre were concerned that five-year-old Ke Lin and her partner Yongyong never seemed to be in the mood. So they played the couple a video of pandas mating in the wild to in an effort to get them to mate.
  • Panda Blood Compound 6x More Powerful Than Current Antibiotics

    01/01/2013 1:54:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    DVICE ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Evan Ackerman
    Panda blood compound 6x more powerful than current antibiotics In what could be either very good news or very bad news for our fluffy black and white friends, it's been discovered that panda blood contains an antibiotic compound that's vastly more powerful than anything we've got right now. Researchers at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China have extracted a compound called cathelicidin-AM from the blood of giant pandas. Cathelicidin-AM is what's called a gene-encoded antimicrobial peptide, a natural antibiotic that's produced by a panda's immune cells. Testing has shown that cathelicidin-AM can kill even drug resistant...
  • Pandaaahs! Un-bear-ably cute cubs snuggle up in their nursery

    09/28/2011 4:33:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    They are a picture of cute that would make anyone say 'aah'. But these Giant Panda cubs, napping peacefully in their nursery, have a far more important role to play. They have been born and raised in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, China, which is attempting to preserve the notoriously sex-shy species.
  • Should We Just Let Pandas Die Off Already?

    09/18/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Fri 16 Sep 2011
    <p>Pandas. Zoos want them, other bears want to be them (maybe?). But are they really worth all the trouble? Let's fight about it: Point: Pandas Are Awesome!</p> <p>Counterpoint: Pandas Are Terrible!</p> <p>I just want to get this straight right off the bat: I really don't hate pandas.* I just love nature. And nature has made it clear in no uncertain terms that pandas need to die. Now.</p>
  • Green Tea With a Hint of Panda Manure

    09/09/2011 4:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    China Daily ^ | 9/5/2011 | Chen Yingqun
    A university teacher has plans to grow green tea using panda manure as fertilizer and sell it at sky-high prices, the West China City Daily reported. An Yanshi, a teacher at southwest China's Sichuan University, learned during a conference that pandas only absorb 30 percent of what they eat, leaving 70 percent of the nutrition in their manure. He then secured a patent to grow tea leaves with panda dung. He expects to sell the tea for 219,865 yuan ($34,422) for half of a kilogram. An's version will be priced 10 times higher than the most expensive tea on the...
  • My mum swears she's a panda, but I'm not sure: Why scientists are dressing up to fool bear cubs

    12/07/2010 8:35:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 1+ views
    It gives a whole new meaning to pandering to the kids. But in this case it’s a matter of survival. Chinese conservationists are dressing up in fluffy panda costumes as they help prepare captive-born cubs to live in the wild.
  • The Enormous Carbon Footprint Of Protecting Pandas

    01/29/2010 11:06:05 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 7 replies · 339+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/29/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The local news in Washington, D.C., is making a big deal about the return of the National Zoo’s panda, Tai Shan, to his native China to, ahem, participate in a breeding program. The departure is “breaking the hearts” of the district’s many panda fans, the Washington Post reported. Zoo officials even plan a major going-away party. But apparently pandas only fly first class, and that requires lots of costly jet fuel, generating plenty of carbon emissions.
  • Should We Let the Pandas Die Off?

    10/07/2009 8:52:11 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 71 replies · 2,461+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Pandas face a difficult future, despite great efforts to preserve them. With their dwindling population, shrinking habitat, and weakening genetic strength, one evolutionist has suggested that these longstanding symbols of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) should be allowed to die out...
  • Endangered Pandas Adapt to Life After Sichuan Earthquake

    05/11/2009 5:09:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 338+ views
    The Times of London ^ | May 12, 2009 | Jane Macartney
    Gambolling in a toy-filled pen, pandas born after the Chinese earthquake chase each other and turn somersaults, oblivious to how many of them are lucky to be alive. The mothers of the eight-month-old cubs were pregnant when the Sichuan earthquake shattered the mountainside reserve that had been home to China’s national symbols. They were traumatised when the ground shook and boulders as big as cars came down the slopes, killing four keepers and one of the pandas. The last six animals were moved out of the Wolong reserve last month to a home in a similar lush gorge. The base...
  • 'Fake Pandas' Joke Not Funny (China, Taiwan to War Over Fake Panda Incident?)

    04/04/2009 9:48:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | April 3, 2009
    A TAIWANESE newspaper's April Fools' Day story that two giant pandas gifted by China were fakes backfired as politicians and zoo officials failed to see the funny side. The English daily Taipei Times ran a story on Wednesday's science section saying that the animals had been exposed as 'Wenzhou brown forest bears that had been dyed' to resemble pandas. It also quoted a fictional zookeeper as saying that she became suspicious when the bears 'began to spend almost all of their waking hours having sex,' as pandas are known for their low sex drive. 'Their behavior caused chaos. Children screamed...
  • National Zoo Washington, D.C.

    11/25/2008 7:50:42 AM PST · by mft112345 · 4 replies · 458+ views
    Smithsonian National Zoological Park Washington, D.C. Short documentary featuring Pandas, primates and more. Thanks for watching.
  • Pandas have one powerful card to play...

    08/22/2008 2:57:54 PM PDT · by Soliton · 1 replies · 85+ views
    Times Online ^ | 08/23/2008 | Simon Barnes
    There is a 15ft anthropomorphic panda in painted concrete by the media village here opposite the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing. There was a cuddly panda in the goody bag. On my desk here as I write, there is a drawing of a cute panda with a lot of children holding flowers. One world, one sickbag. But I'll tell you something to make you cast cynicism aside: there are still some real pandas left. There are actually more than there were 20 years ago: an 1988 census counted 1,110 pandas left in the wild, but in 2004 there were 1,590....
  • Asustek experiments with bamboo computers

    12/15/2007 5:42:35 PM PST · by dayglored · 71 replies · 189+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Fri Dec 14, 2007 | Nick Farrell
    ASUSTEK wants to release an eco-friendly laptop made out of bamboo. The Asus Eco Book has a case made out of laminated bamboo strips. Since there is a lot of bamboo in the world and it grows fast it makes it an ideal renewable resource for making PCs out of, thinks Asustek. The processing does mean a few toxins get into the mix, but generally bamboo makes for an eco-friendly alternative. An early version has been shown to hacks at Reuters and engineers are checking to see if the bamboo can take the heat. Asustek has made a leather computer...