Solace for some in the nuclear science

Mar 20, 2011

Solace for some in the nuclear science

The few, seemingly miraculous, stories of survival are passed on from person to person, and some are given as much media coverage as the horrific devastation. The rescue of a 60-year-old man from the roof of his house, washed 15 km out to sea; ...

| Dec 12, 2010

In dangerous waters

As our small boat wended its way up the Wami River in Saadani National Park, Tanzania, we passed a crocodile basking on the bank. Nothing unusual about that, but this croc only had three legs. I asked if one leg had been chopped off ...

| Nov 14, 2010

Mind who you call a 'birdbrain'

Eiichi Izawa of Keio University in Tokyo calls them “feathered primates.” In Japanese folklore they are the origin of the forest demons known as karasu tengu. Scientists classify them as Corvus macrorhynchos. The rest of us know them as jungle crows. Few animals are ...

| Sep 12, 2010

Japan's mighty whale mountain

It’s enough to make members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society choke on their tofu burgers. Stocks of frozen whale meat in Japan have reached 4,000 tons — that’s 4 million kg. Let’s assume that 100 grams is a reasonable meal-size portion. That means ...