March 30, 2012
Tiger

Tiger     Photo: Jeff Kubina/Flickr

Tiger Expert Varty Injured in Attack

Conservationist hospitalized in South Africa

John Varty, a conservationist and filmmaker known for his work with tigers, is recovering after a mauling in South Africa on Wednesday evening. Varty, 61, was reportedly working with a film crew on an experimental reserve he created to raise semi-wild tigers in Africa. Varty's brother reported on Friday that Varty was recovering from multiple puncture wounds and broken ribs and was "progressing well." Varty's work with tigers, which are not native to Africa, has made him a controversial figure among wildlife experts.

Read more at The Guardian

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Apollo 11 launch

Apollo 11 launch     Photo: NASA/Public Domain

Apollo 11 Engines Found in Ocean

Amazon CEO launching recovery mission

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced plans to recover one or more of Apollo 11's engines from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Bezos discovered the engines, which powered Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon and have been underwater for more than 40 years, through a privately funded deep sea sonar mission. He claims the Apollo 11 launch, which occurred when he was 5 years old, sparked his passion for science and exploration. Bezos says he expects to donate the engines to the Smithsonian Institute if he is successful. The engines remain the property of NASA.

Read more at Discovery News

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Bees

Bees     Photo: vagawi/Flickr

Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Decline

Study says toxins hurt bee navigation

A study published on Friday in the journal Science suggests that common low-dose pesticides may be responsible for the rapid decline of bee populations in the United States and Europe. Scientists found that bees consuming pesticides suffered an 85% loss in the number of queens their colony produced and a doubling in the number of bees that failed to return to the nest. It was the first bee-decline study to be conducted in a natural environment. "People had found pretty trivial effects in lab and greenhouse experiments, but we have shown they can translate into really big effects in the field," said Professor David Goulson, one of the lead researchers. Bee pollination is worth as much as $15 billion to the agricultural industry. The number of bees in the U.S. has dropped by around 50 percent in the past 25 years.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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