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  • Bear caught on camera trying to break into parked police car

    04/12/2024 11:42:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | APRIL 12, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    April 12 (UPI) -- The Florida Highway Patrol posted security camera footage showing a hungry bear attempting to break into a parked patrol car. The FHP's Troop F, based in the southwest part of the state, posted a video to Instagram showing the furry suspect who is "wanted" for "attempted burglary of [an] FHP state trooper car." The footage shows the bear, apparently on the hunt for snacks, approach the parked vehicle and attempt to use its mouth and paws to work the door handle. The attempted break-in by the bear, nicknamed "Teddy" by the FHP, was ultimately unsuccessful, as...
  • Thousands of Meteorites Are Vanishing in Antarctica. Now Scientists Have Revealed Why [Guess!]

    04/11/2024 5:56:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    The Debrief ^ | APRIL 10, 2024 | CHRISTOPHER PLAIN
    A team of European researchers says that hundreds of thousands of meteorites, which may provide valuable information about the dawn of life on Earth, are disappearing from Antarctica at an alarming rate. Based on their research, the scientists behind the alarming findings say that as many as three-quarters of the approximately 300,000-800,000 meteorites resting on the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet could be lost by 2050. Published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the research says the culprit behind the wholesale disappearance is the steady rise in global temperature. “For every tenth of a degree of increase in global...
  • Exploding deer population in New Jersey

    04/11/2024 4:38:47 AM PDT · by Omnivore-Dan · 91 replies
    local news, internet | 04/11/2024 | me
    People in many states regard N.J. as not much more than a couple exits off of not so scenic I95. But there is a different world just a few miles north and west, and south central N.J. (Pine Barrens). As the suburbs expand and hunting is not permitted in many areas and less hunters in general, we have a ridiculous amount of whitetail deer. Here in Hunterdon County (ironic name) it's swemi-rural with fields, wood, streams, farms and houses on a couple acres or more. Every morning I see at least a half dozen sleeping under our pines and cedars....
  • Was an Extinct Fox Once Man's Best Friend?

    04/10/2024 1:33:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/10 | Helen Briggs
    Our ancestors may have kept foxes as pets long before domestic dogs came on the scene. Archaeological evidence suggests ancient human societies in South America revered foxes to such an extent that they were buried next to them. Scientists were surprised to find a fox buried in a human grave dating back 1,500 years in Patagonia, Argentina. They think the most likely explanation is that the fox was a highly valued companion or pet. DNA analysis shows the animal dined with prehistoric hunter gatherers and was part of the inner circle of the camp. A fox of the same species...
  • Pacific Grove Uses Birds of Prey to Prevent Seagulls From Nesting on Rooftops

    04/09/2024 11:23:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KSBW ^ | Apr 8, 2024
    The city of Pacific Grove began an abatement effort to keep seagulls from public places within the city by using birds of prey. On Sunday, the city said they are using birds of prey to deter birds from "nesting on rooftops, rummaging through trash, littering, and leaving unwanted droppings." This is an effort to minimize inconveniences for locals and tourists, said the city on a social media post. The city says falconers will be on patrol with Harris Hawks and other birds of prey in the coming weeks. The city listed the following benefits for deterring seagulls from rooftops: Keeps...
  • WSU study: Climate change hurts honey bees

    04/09/2024 6:54:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 9, 2024 | By Conrad Swanson, The Seattle Times
    One of nature’s most important keystone species is working itself to death. Colonies of honey bees — crucial pollinators for a wide variety of plants and cash crops — are at risk of collapse because of climate change, a recent study by scientists at Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found. Long and warmer fall months across the Pacific Northwest encourage bees to emerge from their colonies when they should be resting, said Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, a research leader at the USDA’s Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Arizona. “When it’s warm out, they fly and when they...
  • ‘Climate homicide’ architects pitch theory to prosecutors

    04/09/2024 6:20:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    E & E News ^ | April 9, 2024 | By Lesley Clark
    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Lawyers advancing an effort to charge oil companies with homicide over climate-related deaths are ramping up their campaign to hold fossil fuel producers criminally accountable for contributing to climate change. The authors of “Climate Homicide: Prosecuting Big Oil for Climate Death” embarked on a road trip of college campuses this spring, making the case for bringingcriminal charges against oil and gas companies. The push by David Arkush, director of Public Citizen’s climate program, and Donald Braman, an associate professor at George Washington University Law School, aims to bolster support for the theory through presentations at law schools....
  • EU climate service: March 2024 hottest on record; 10th straight record-breaking month

    04/09/2024 6:09:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    UPI ^ | April 9, 2024 | By Paul Godfrey
    April 9 (UPI) -- The European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said Tuesday that at 1.68 degrees Celsius hotter than the "pre-industrial" era, March was the warmest March on record and the tenth straight temperature record-breaking month. The new March high was calculated from an estimate of the average March temperature during the "pre-industrial" reference period, designated as 1850-1900 which also shows a year-round global average temperature from April 2023 to March 2024 period that is 1.58 degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average. The climate group's top scientist called for urgent cuts in the volume of greenhouse gasses being...
  • Earthquake Strikes While Man is Midway Through Vasectomy.....

    04/08/2024 12:41:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Futurism ^ | APR 5, 4:31 PM EDT | SHARON ADARLO
    "I FIGURED [THE SURGEON] WAS MESSING WITH ME, BUT HE HAD TO STOP BECAUSE EVERYTHING WAS SHAKING." Ball Drop When a small earthquake rattled the New York City area and surrounding states on Friday morning, Pennsylvania resident Justin Allen was lying down on an operating table getting a vasectomy. As The Guardian reports, the geological rumbling alarmed his surgeon enough to momentarily pause the procedure. "I thought maybe a train was passing by or it was just something that happens at that office, even when the doctor was like 'I think this is an earthquake,'" Allen told the news outlet....
  • Largest Gold Nugget Ever Found in England Unearthed With Faulty Metal Detector

    04/08/2024 12:06:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    LIVESCIENCE ^ | Jennifer Nalewicki
    A metal detectorist has unearthed a gold nugget that is currently up for auction and expected to sell for over $37,000. The largest gold nugget ever found in England was discovered by a man using a faulty metal detecting device. Metal detectorist Richard Brock unearthed the chunk of gold last May while exploring Shropshire, a county in western England, despite arriving late to a meetup with fellow treasure hunters and using an older detector, The Guardian reported. About 20 minutes into his search, Brock, who has been metal detecting for 35 years, discovered the nugget. The chunk of gold weighs...
  • Lord of the Rings: Rare Display of Vortex Rings over Italy's Mount Etna Dazzles Observers

    04/08/2024 11:37:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    The Debrief ^ | APRIL 8, 2024 | MICAH HANKS
    A rare spectacle appeared in the sky over Sicily’s Mount Etna recently, as huge smoky vortex rings were spotted rising above the massive volcano. The largest volcano currently active in Europe, Mount Etna rises to a height of 10,902 feet (3,323 meters), making it both the tallest volcano on the continent, in addition to being the most active. Visitors to the area recently spotted the volcano producing unusual circles of what appeared to be smoke, known as vortex rings, which are actually the result of condensed gases from deep underground that make their way to the surface. Once they manifest...
  • Top LI doctor killed when she flies out of door of Airstream trailer — still clutching handle — during family road trip

    04/07/2024 5:52:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 7, 2024 | Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
    A prominent Long Island pediatrician was killed when she tumbled out of a moving Airstream trailer — still clutching the door’s handle — and onto an upstate highway during a family road trip over the weekend, according to state police and kin. Dr. Monika Woroniecka — a 58-year-old married mom and children’s allergy and immunology specialist with Stony Brook Medicine — was in the 2024 silver trailer with other family members when she fell through the door shortly after 3 p.m. and onto State Route 12E in Watertown in a freak accident, said police and family. Woroniecka’s husband, Robert, 59,...
  • Rare volcanic vortex rings puff out of Mount Etna

    04/07/2024 2:43:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    STORY: Volcanic vortex rings are natural, near-perfect circles of gas emitted from a volcano under specific conditions and scientists say Mount Etna emits more than any other volcano on earth. It is a relatively rare phenomenon caused by a constant release of vapours and gases. The gaseous mass ascends rapidly through the central part of the conduit, promoting the formation of rings by wrapping the gas upon itself in a vortex motion. Giuseppe Barbagallo, of the South Etna Alpine Guides Group, said the last time this happened at the Etna volcano was last December. The rings have led locals to...
  • They Don't Want You To Carry One, But It's Not Illegal (As Of Now)

    04/07/2024 9:36:13 AM PDT · by deport · 36 replies
    Outdoor Lifestyle ^ | March 30, 2024 | David West
    For years, first responders and rescue teams cherished the TactiStaff's unparalleled versatility. Its exceptional utility and durability made it a staple for professionals, but civilians rarely had access. Thanks to some recent legislative changes, we, the everyday people, can now legally get our hands on this military-grade tool.
  • Man who survived an El Dorado County mountain lion attack is expected to recover

    04/06/2024 7:06:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    An 18-year-old Northern California man who survived a mountain lion attack that killed his older brother is expected to recover, authorities said Sunday. The 21-year-old's death on Saturday in a remote area northeast of Sacramento was the first fatal encounter with a cougar in the state in two decades. SNIP The surviving brother “has undergone multiple surgeries for his injuries and is expected to make a full recovery,” the sheriff's office said Sunday. “The family is grateful for the prayers and condolences from the community however wishes for privacy in order to process this tragic event."
  • 2024 solar eclipse presents some unusual concerns for law enforcement

    04/06/2024 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    ABC News Local | Disney ^ | April 5, 2024 | ByChuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Tom Jones
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The solar eclipse of 2024 brings with it some hidden threats that are being laid out in a new special bulletin from Illinois State Police. According to the alert, the total eclipse of the sun on Monday will draw unchecked crowds in public places that should be considered terror targets. Local authorities also need to be prepared for drug overdoses as eclipse viewers try to enhance their experience. According to the bulletin "Special Event Impact Analysis" dated next Monday and obtained by the I-Team, STIC authorities will track 21 special events considered "soft targets" for violent extremists....
  • U.S. Hyper-sexual "zombie cicadas" that are infected with sexually transmitted fungus expected to emerge this year

    04/05/2024 6:47:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies
    cbs ^ | 4-5-24 | Caitlin O'Kane
    Trillions of cicadas will emerge across several U.S. states this spring in an event one expert dubbed "cicada-geddon." Not only are more cicadas than usual expected this year, but some of them will be "zombie cicadas" that are infected by a sexually transmitted fungus that makes them hyper-sexual. Periodical cicadas spend most of their lives underground and only emerge after 13 or 17 years. This year, two broods of cicadas will emerge: Brood XIX, which comes out every 13 years, will emerge in the Georgia and Southeast, and Brood XIII, which emerges every 17 years, will appear in Illinois. With...
  • Cicada Map Shows States Where Trillions of Bugs Will Emerge

    04/05/2024 11:40:01 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 62 replies
    MSN ^ | 4-5-24
    A map of where two periodical cicada broods have been observed across the eastern U.S. shows the areas in which they are likely to emerge in the next few weeks. Experts are predicting that the two populations, which have been hibernating underground for over a decade, will appear at the same time, carpeting an area from southern Wisconsin to the Carolinas with as many as a hundred trillion bugs.
  • Earliest look at hurricane season is calling for more storms than it’s ever predicted

    04/05/2024 6:34:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | April 4, 2024 | By Ritu Prasad
    CNN - The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season isn’t here yet, but is already shaping up to be one for the books, with more hurricanes and named storms predicted in a pre-season forecast from Colorado State University than ever before. This June through November could see 23 named storms in all, including 11 hurricanes and five Category 3 or higher “major” hurricanes, according to the university’s Atlantic hurricane season forecast, released Thursday. “This is the most active April forecast that we have ever issued,” lead forecaster Phil Klotzbach told CNN. “Our prior highest hurricane forecast in April was 9 hurricanes, which...
  • Climate change impacts terrorist activity

    04/04/2024 6:15:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | April 4, 2024 | By University of Adelaide
    Changing weather patterns induced by climate change are contributing to shifts in the location of terrorist activity, according to new research. An exploratory study led by extremism expert Dr Jared Dmello, from the University of Adelaide's School of Social Sciences, found some climatological variables affected terrorist activity in India. "Suitability analyses indicate that all the climatological variables tested -- temperature, precipitation, and elevation -- relate to shifting patterns of terrorist activity," says Dr Dmello. "Urban centres have increasingly grown in population density, particularly in spaces with favourable climates, and some of the more remote areas once used by extremists have...