Zoo in Chile lets the brave tickle a lion's tummy
31 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
Dare ya, double dare ya, to tickle a lion's belly. A zoo in Chile gives thrill seekers a chance to do just that, albeit while comfy and snug in the safety of a cage mounted on a safari truck. Atop it, lured by a slap of fresh red meat, is the mighty heaving feline. Welcome to the Safari zoo in Rancangua in central Chile, where vehicles takes visitors on a drive through a 2-hectare (5 acre) enclosure that is home to six lions.
Sniffer dogs join search for Sri Lanka mudslide victims
31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people. "We are using the sniffer dogs to look for any bodies," said the officer in charge of the sniffer dog unit, without giving his name. Heavy earth-moving machinery was deployed to the site on Thursday and the officer told reporters that more mechanical diggers were expected to join in the search effort. Some 75 children were among those who escaped because they were at school, but a six-year-old girl was lost in the mudslide as she walked to school with her older brother who narrowly escaped, officials said.
Products can protect aging dogs from bumps, spills
29 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One pet owner made a promise when her toy poodle fell ill and its vision started to dim. If her dog lived, she would help it overcome any disabilities and give a paw up to other pooches in the process.
African lion deserves 'endangered species' protection
27 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
Loss of habitat and prey are putting African lions in danger of extinction, and the majestic creatures need protection in order to save their species, the US government said Monday. "Following a review of the best available scientific information, the US Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed listing the African lion as threatened under the Endangered Species Act," the FWS said in a statement. "The agency's analysis found that lions are in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future." Such protection would allow US authorities to toughen enforcement and monitoring of imports and international trade, the FWS said.
On Sleeping Dogs, Wei Shen, and sexually attractive male heroes
23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
One recent stream allowed me to confront a topic I've been wrestling with for almost as long as I've been playing games: the treatment of characters as objects of desire. To be clear — we aren't far into the game, and I can't speak to the rest of Sleeping Dogs as it represents its hero and supporting characters. For about an hour, myself, my streaming partner-in-crime and our chatroom of about 100 folks discussed such subjects as: Wei Shen's physique and the corresponding best fashion choices for him in-game, the representation of Asian men in video games and Kevin Wong's excellent piece on the topic, and the way in which attractiveness is gendered in media, especially in games.
Incredible Photo of Lazing Lions Wins Wildlife Photography Contest
23 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
A stunning black-and-white photo of five lionesses relaxing with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park has taken the top prize at the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, held this week at London's Natural History Museum. The image, snapped by American photographer Michael Nichols, shows the Vumbi pride resting on a kopje, or rocky formation, as the late afternoon sun beams on the expansive plains of the Serengeti.
Rebecca Frankel and War Dogs at Sixth and I Tonight
23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
Rebecca Frankel is an editor at Foreign Policy, a friend of our family, and the author of a great new book called War Dogs. Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post, a man who does not lightly distribute praise, gave it a very positive review in the Post this past Sunday ("exceptionally interesting and surprisingly moving"). The NYTBR wrote about the book here, and you can hear her on the Diane Rehm show here.
Did Mammals Sleep Through Cosmic Impact That Ended Dinosaurs?
22 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
A shrewlike creature in Madagascar that can hibernate for at least nine months of the year without waking may help reveal how mammals survived the cataclysm that ended the age of dinosaurs, researchers suggest. Since the climate in which tenrecs have lived has changed little for millions of years, Lovegrove said equally little seems to have changed regarding how tenrecs respond to environmental factors such as climate, a phenomenon known as phylogenetic inertia.
Killer Whales Caught in Stunning Drone Footage (Video)
22 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
A tiny, flying drone has captured stunning video of a population of killer whales socializing, chasing prey and swimming with dolphins off the coast of Canada. The drone, called Mobly, is helping scientists understand how salmon stocks affect the health of killer whales, and the footage could even help fisheries manage their stocks to help the endangered whale populations thrive. The salmon-eating southern and northern resident killer whales living off the coast of Vancouver, B.C., are considered endangered and threatened, respectively. Scientists had long noticed that more of the whales died in years when Chinook salmon populations plummeted, raising the question of whether malnutrition was causing their deaths.
Watch Dogs for $20, Assassin's Creed IV for $18, and More in GameFly Sale
18 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
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