Authorities on Monday released the name of the fourth climber killed in an avalanche in Scotland over the weekend. Rachel Majumdar and friends Christopher Bell, Una Finnegan, and Tom Chesters, all in their twenties, died on Saturday in a slide on Bidean nam Bian, a 3,773-foot mountain in the Scottish highlands.
A fifth climber is in the hospital with injuries after being rescued by personnel from Glen Coe Mountain Rescue Team, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, and a dog from SARDA Scotland. One ... Read More
Hikers discovered the body of a Long Beach man on California's Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday. Dominic Belletti, 60, left his home early Sunday morning to hike the mountain alone. His body was found in an area called Baldy Bowl, on the mountain's south peak.
Preliminary reports say the cause of death was "an apparent unwitnessed fall." According to the Press-Telegram, trail conditions might have played a role.
The route, known as the Baldy Bowl - Ski Hut Trail, climbs 3,90... Read More
Surely you’re familiar with David Attenborough, the honey-voiced BBC naturalist whom we all wish was our grandpa.
As it turns out, however, David Attenborough doesn’t share those warm feelings for his viewers. In a recent interview with the Radio Times, the 86-year-old expressed some strong feelings about what he thinks is necessary to save the planet:
We are a plague on the Earth. It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it... Read More
A Harvard genetics professor says that he could clone a Neanderthal baby from fossil DNA—assuming he could find a woman willing to carry it to term. George Church told German magazine Der Spiegel that he already had the necessary raw material. "I have already managed to attract enough DNA from fossil bones to reconstruct the DNA of the human species largely extinct. Now I need an adventurous female human," he said.
If you're questioning whether it's really a good idea to revive a specie... Read More
Remember all the fuss over bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical compound used in a wide array of consumer products that was shown to disrupt hormones and cause birth defects? Well, new research by scientists at the University of Texas strongly suggests that the alternative compound designed to replace BPA, bisphenol S (BPS), may have exactly the same effects.
Researchers exposed rats to low levels of BPS, similar to those that humans may encounter, and found that just like with BPA, the compound d... Read More