Humans and wild elephants in Indonesia have come into repeated conflict over habitat - resulting in property losses for humans and deaths of wild elephants. So, locals have developed a squadron of trained “flying elephants” that patrol the perimeter villages and warn their brethren away.
Insects that dive underwater create an “underwater lung” – an air bubble they carry with them as they swim – in order to breathe. Scientists have just figured out how it works.
April 14, 2008: Ninety-six years ago this evening, the temperature in the North Atlantic had just dropped below freezing while the RMS Titanic steamed toward America at 22 knots, racing through the calm cold water, heedless of iceberg warnings.
The Arctic, today.
The captain and crew knew far less about ice and Arctic conditions than we do today. If they had, could this tragedy have been averted?
So many factors contributed to the tragedy: the temptation to set a transatlantic crossing record in calm seas, the lack of binoculars in the crow’s nest, the radio room’s focus on sending passenger messages, the Captain’s preoccupation with running out of coal, the unusual conditions in the North Atlantic and the lack of sunspots – the list of factors goes on and on.
But perhaps the most significant was the news article labeling the RMS Titanic an unsinkable ship.
If the improbable is called impossible, it becomes inevitable!
This video features photography of the ship, news coverage of the tragedy,
the discovery of the wreckage and photos of survivors – and people who
were not as lucky.
And there are other factors – after impact, sinking might have been avoided and more passenger could have been saved – but the poor decision-making continued. This is a story with many lessons to be learned.
Chris Linder, researcher and photographer
from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Chris Linder, researcher and photographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has spent the last year near the Poles and will take you on his Arctic and Antarctic adventures. His images of research expeditions during the International Polar Year will show what we now know about the Poles and how we are learning more.
His story will highlight Arctic changes and their potential effects on global climate change and our ability to avoid the “icebergs” currently in our path. After his presentation, you will experience the Night of the Titanic in immersive full-dome video.
Please join us for this very exciting and thoughtful evening.
As if we don’t have enough weather possible natural disaster to worry about: a magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck south Texas this morning at 4:51 a.m., according to the US Geological Survey. The Chronicle’s SciGuy has more.
Because criminals care about the environment, too. Chemists have developed a test that will detect the presence of ‘green’ (lead-free) ammunition. Check out the link for a great picture of a single gunshot residue particle that has been magnified 200 times.
So now I have to worry whether my Mac thinks I’m having a good hair day? Scientists at Tel Aviv University claim they’ve taught a computer to recognize beauty in women. Researcher Amit Kagian says it’s the next step towards artificial intelligence. I say, where’s the program that evaluates attractiveness for your gender, Mr. Kagian?
I still wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley, but alligators may be our new best friend. Researchers have discovered proteins in alligator blood that may fight “superbugs” that don’t resond to conventional medications – as well as infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns and AIDS.