The recently formed Ugly Animal Preservation Society (UAPS) is, according to its president Simon Watt, “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children. The panda gets too much attention.” Watt, who is also an evolutionary biologist, and his team definitely did not showcase cute and furry pandas at recent UAPS events held at the Edinburgh Science Fest and Bristol’s Big Green Week. Media attention instead was paid to animals such as the appropriately named blobfish.
Henry Cavill is that latest actor to wear the iconic Superman “S” on his chest. The British actor will don the cape, and violate all kinds of laws of physics, in the new Warner Brothers release “Man of Steel.” He’s next in a line of acting Supermen that stretches back into the late 1940s. Let’s take a look back at Superman, and his friends and enemies, through the years.
Enjoy some of the most inspiring, beautiful and down-right stunning photos from our adventures in space this past week.
Awesome, Henri has a book… Check out some other rather chatty animals who are making waves.
Three Chinese astronauts, led by a veteran of a previous space mission, soared into orbit Tuesday to begin a 15-day voyage to China’s Tiangong 1 space lab, a flight officials say will expand the capabilities of the country’s manned space program.
The 191-foot-tall Long March 2F rocket, powered by 1.4 million pounds of thrust, lifted off at 0938 GMT (5:38 a.m. EDT; 5:38 p.m. Beijing time) from the Jiuquan space base in northwest China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Less than 10 minutes later, after a dazzling launch broadcast on Chinese state television, the 8.5-ton Shenzhou 10 capsule arrived in orbit. A few moments later, the spacecraft extended its two solar array wings to generate electricity.
These images were taken from the official CCTV broadcast of the launch, showing views from cameras from both the ground and on-board the rocket. The images show liftoff, separation of the launcher’s emergency escape tower, jettison of the Long March’s first stage and four liquid-fueled boosters, and deployment of the solar arrays.
Photo credit: CCTV/Spaceflight Now
A new study of long-time adult soccer players has found changes in the brain similar to traumatic brain injury as a result of repeated “headers” of the ball. The study also found an association between players who had repeatedly headed, and slight memory loss. Read more
Some of the world’s busiest oceans are hotspots for shipwrecks, often caused by adverse weather that will only increase with climate change, according to a new study.
The South China Seas and East Indies, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, and the North Sea and British Isles had the most accidents between 1999 and 2011. There were 293 accidents in the South China Seas and East Indies, where more than 70 percent of the world’s corals thrive. The area is known for its marine biodiversity.
Scientists at Southampton Solent University carried out the study for the World Wildlife Fund. Read more…
Happy World Oceans Day!
Hoping to appeal to a generation of kids raised on video games, it looks likes Legos is teaming up with Sony to create a new breed of toys that are both classic and futuristic. Read more…