Gynadromorf oraz ryby Sympterichthys unipennis
W Pensylwanii w Stanach Zjednoczonych znaleziono łuszcza strojnego, ptaka z rodziny kardynałów, który został zidentyfikowany jako gynandromorf, czyli organizm mający jednocześnie męskie i żeńskie cechy płciowe. Ptak ma męskie ubarwienie po prawej stronie ciała, a żeńskie – po lewej. W ramach badań prowadzonych przez Powdermill Avian Research Center odnotowano mniej niż 10 takich dwustronnych gynandromorfów podczas 64 lat obrączkowania ptaków.Badacze z Parku Narodowego Galapagos oraz Fundacji Karola Darwina odnotowali rekordowy wzrost liczby pingwinów oraz kormoranów nielotnych na wyspach Galap...
Zielony Greensburg i największa farma słoneczna świata
W 2007 r. tornado zniszczyło 95% budynków w miejscowości Greensburg w amerykańskim stanie Kansas. Po odbudowie powstało miasteczko o zerowej emisji dwutlenku węgla. 100% energii elektrycznej zużywanej przez mieszkańców pochodzi bowiem z niewielkiej farmy wiatrowej. Systemy ogrzewania i chłodzenia mieszkań oparte są na geotermii. Wszystkie budynki są energooszczędne, a do oświetlenia ulic używa się żarówek LED. Deszczówka jest zbierana i służy do nawadniania. Dzięki specjalnie opracowanym mało spuszczającym toaletom oszczędza się tysiące litrów wody. Mała architektura została zaprojektowana tak...
Anti-Murdoch petition wins record support in Australia
Sydney (AFP) - A petition demanding an inquiry into Rupert Murdoch's dominance of Australian news media has garnered a record 420,000 signatures, overtaking a previous appeal focused on climate change.The online petition was launched on October 12 by former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd, a frequent target of newspapers controlled by Murdoch's News Corp.By Friday, the call for a Royal Commission of inquiry into the impact of the group on media diversity had been signed 420,695 times on the national parliament's e-petition web page.That eclipsed the previous record for an e-petition of 404,538...
Coronavirus crisis in the arts: What if concerts, theater and other live events don't come back in 2021?
SAN DIEGO — Theaters from San Diego to Broadway are closed until at least next fall. Festivals have been pushed back to 2021, including Wonderfront and KAABOO in San Diego and Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio, California. The San Diego Symphony and other orchestras across the nation have been largely silenced. Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed down all but one of its 40-plus worldwide productions.The deadly coronavirus pandemic has led to these and other previously unthinkable situations becoming grim realities — from mass quarantines, plummeting economies and co...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A new push for supervised drug use spaces emerges in Seattle budget talks
SEATTLE — After a stalled push to set up a site where residents can safely use drugs in Seattle, advocates and some City Council members want to move forward with a new approach in 2021 budget talks.This time, there would be no new, brick-and-mortar supervised consumption “site,” also known as a safe-injection site or Community Health Engagement Location, where drug users could smoke or inject with sterile tools, medical supervision and overdose-reversing medication on hand. Instead, drug users could access the same supervision and amenities at existing social service and health care locations...
The Seattle Times
'City So Real' review: A sobering Chicago symphony in five movements, on Hulu and National Geo
CHICAGO — Chicago, you should watch it.Everybody everywhere else, you should watch it, too. Seek out “City So Real” either to confirm your suspicions about how this city functions, or to affirm your idea of Chicago as the brash epitome of American character, from politics on down. Or up.There’s another way to watch it, too: as a gradual realization that Chicago is neither Trump’s idea of Chicago (hell) or the typical thin-skinned civic booster’s idea of Chicago (heaven). The grand, sprawling five-episode docuseries complicates and humanizes your idea of the place.Available Friday on Hulu, “Cit...
Report released by Sen. Maria Cantwell slams Google and Facebook for decimating local news outlets
“Unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices” by tech giants Google and Facebook have suffocated local news outlets, contributing to a critical deficit of trustworthy local journalism, according to a new minority report from the Senate Commerce Committee released by ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.The report, echoing a landmark antitrust suit filed last week against Google by the Justice Department, concludes that Google and Facebook have used their sheer heft to dominate the digital advertising market, to the detriment of local media outlets and an informed public.“These trillion-doll...
The Seattle Times
Japan, U.S., Australia to finance $30 mil. Palau undersea cable
Japan, the United States and Australia said Wednesday they will jointly finance a $30 million project for an undersea fiber optic cable to enhance Palau's digital connectivity and elevate its business environment to attract new investment.The project, the first under the three countries' infrastructure investment partnership in the Indo-Pacific, comes as China is seeking to increase its influence in the Pacific, including through infrastructure funding."Palau needs safe, resilient and reliable communication networks. This project is very important for Palau strategically and geographically," J...
Australia cheers end of Melbourne lockdown but virus ravages Europe, US
Melbourne (AFP) - Champagne corks popped in Australia's second-biggest city as a months-long coronavirus lockdown ended on Wednesday, contrasting with deepening gloom in Europe where France and Germany were set to reintroduce curbs.The pandemic has unleashed vast devastation across the global economy and in the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, countries are being forced to impose widely unpopular Covid-19 restrictions that have sparked violent clashes in Italy.Much of the United States -- the worst-hit nation in the world -- is also bracing for a tough winter, but there was exhilar...
Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China
By William Wang and Holly SnapeHundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for Covid-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people in the past few months, and is now being offered under an emergency use licence to the general public.Around the world, as first waves pass and new waves close in, a coronavirus vaccine has become a focus of hope. For China, quick progress on the vaccine is a matter of both domestic and international politics.In ...
Hong Kong Free Press