January 14, 2007

Monster Bunnies Feed the Poor

Monster Bunnies For North Korea
By David Crossland

An east German pensioner who breeds rabbits the size of dogs has been asked by North Korea to help set up a big bunny farm to alleviate food shortages in the communist country. Now journalists and rabbit gourmets from around the world are thumping at his door.

It all started when Karl Szmolinsky won a prize for breeding Germany's largest rabbit, a friendly-looking 10.5 kilogram "German Gray Giant" called Robert, in February 2006.

Images of the chubby monster went around the world and reached the reclusive communist state of North Korea, a country of 23 million which according to the United Nations Food Programme suffers widespread food shortages and where many people "struggle to feed themselves on a diet critically deficient in protein, fats and micronutrients."

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November 20, 2006

High Tech Outhouses

In an effort to handle its nighttime public urination problem, Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is considering installing high-tech urinals that disappear below street level during the day.

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Great Canadian Rivers

Explore the history, ecosystems, culture, recreation and economy of Canadian waterways. Find out more about Canadian river facts and figures, including length and location, natural environment, fish and wildlife, and salmon species, habitat, history, culture and conservation. Learn about Canadian parks, trails and outdoor travel and eco-tourism opportunities for sport fishing, canoeing, whitewater canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, camping, boating and birdwatching. Discover the distinctive First Nations cultures, historical figures and events, heritage and historic sites, museums, festivals and cultural attractions that reflect the spirit and legacy of Canadian rivers from coast to coast.

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April 08, 2006

The Rapid Rise of Bats

An article in SCIAM
Bats are wonderfully weird and diverse mammals. The only ones to have mastered powered flight, they underwent an incredible adaptive radiation--to the point where they now constitute one of every five mammal species. The evolution of the bat wing--a membrane of skin supported by three highly elongated "fingers"--was critical to their success. But exactly how it took shape has long eluded scientists. The problem is, the wings of the earliest bat fossils, which are some 50 million years old, look pretty much like modern ones. Which is to say, paleontologists have yet to unearth fossils transitional between bats and their terrestrial forebears.

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