Wolves

George Monbiot does nature documentary narrations? How Wolves Change Rivers The most important thing you can take away from that video is that deer are jerks (no but seriously didn’t someone once describe deer as being the pigeons of the wilderness or something?) no but seriously wolves are cool. Curtsy: Vanderleun

Categories: Science and Nature

In Which We Discover the Origins of the Turkish Protests

What. The. Hell: Guardian – The view from Taksim Square: why is Turkey now in turmoil? By Elif Shafak It all started as a peaceful sit-in to save one of the last remaining public parks in a city of almost 14 million people. I mean, really? The government has been adamant about razing the park […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Southern Africa Doing a Bang-Up Job at Animal Conservation

National Post – All of Mozambique’s remaining rhinos killed by poachers Johannesburg – The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers apparently working in cahoots with the game rangers responsible for protecting them. The 15 threatened animals were shot dead for their horns last month in the Mozambican part of Great […]

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The Lykovs of the Khakassian Taiga

This is about the most amazing thing I’ve read in ages; I don’t know WHY the headline points out that they missed WWII when they missed EVERYTHING and that is hardly the most interesting thing about their story (the missing of events, that is). Smithsonian – For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off […]

Categories: History

Lightning!

It’s raining here (finally!) and it looks like it’ll rain all week (and good lord we need it!), so this is kind of timely (even if there isn’t actually any chance of thunder here): Video of a lightning strike, one tenth of a second in real time drawn out to 33 seconds of video. Lightning […]

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Pictures! Old West Pictures!

Brett McS sent these via Twitter. I’d put them in my oft-neglected Tumblr in the sidebar, but they’d never work at that teensy scale: The Atlantic – The American West, 150 Years Ago Click through to see all of them.

Categories: History

Yorkshireman Brendon Grimshaw

Bought an island in the Seychelles in 1962 for £8,000. /is suddenly incredibly dissatisfied with life on a grand scale

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Photos of Iran

I used to think Pakistan was top of my list of Places I’d Go If It Weren’t So Frickin Crazy, and Iran second. But now I think Iran is way up on top. I don’t know who owns these photos but click through because they are awesome.

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In Which Cranes Are Grounded By the FAA

Good lord: AP – Bird plane runs afoul of federal regulators Ten young whooping cranes and the bird-like plane they think is their mother had flown more than halfway to their winter home in Florida when federal regulators stepped in. Now the birds and the plane are grounded in Alabama while the Federal Aviation Administration […]

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A Group of Starlings Is Called A Murmuration

Apparently. Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

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Albertans: All Young and Outdoorsey

Totally. (remember to breathe) – Travel Alberta I love this video. Watch it big.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Your Mother-Nature-Is-Trying-To-Kill-You-In-Ever-Increasingly-Original-Ways Moment of the Day, Golf Course Edition:

Daily Mail – Now that’s what you call a water hazard! Flooding brings killer sharks to golf course At the 14th tee at the Carbrook Golf Club, Brisbane, a dozen man-eating bullsharks are waiting to swallow any lost balls and the sight of their fins poking through the water has even made the place a […]

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River/Sewer

This is very interesting (apologies if an ad starts auto-playing; I’ve taken to preemptively muting my speakers whenever I hit the Daily Mail): Daily Mail – Going underground: Mile after mile of ornate brickwork and labyrinthine tunnels which reveal the beauty of London’s hidden River Fleet In true tabloid fashion, the photos are lifted from […]

Categories: History

The Provincial Avant Garde

Checking in on Japan… The Economist – Japan’s recovery: Who needs leaders? The aftermath of the March 11th disasters shows that Japan’s strengths lie outside Tokyo, in its regions Read the whole thing, but two bits stand out. First the intro, comparing Tokyo at the center of the country with its provinces: THE earthquake, tsunami […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Your Mother-Nature-Is-Trying-To-Kill-You-In-Ever-Increasingly-Original-Ways Moment of the Day:

Waterspouts! Dramatic footage filmed from a helicopter by Australia’s Channel 7 shows a series of powerful waterspouts near the coastal suburb of Terrigal, on Australia’s New South Wales coast. Several powerful columns of swirling air could be seen blasting along the water’s surface near the coastline. Channel 7 claimed the spouts reached heights of up […]

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