10 Celestial Events – 2023

"Last year was an excellent one for amateur astronomers. Stargazers in the United States saw two total lunar eclipses, a spectacular “ring of fire” solar eclipse and a rare alignment of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This year promises another amazing set of celestial events ..." Read further ....

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Africa Free of Wild Polio

Africa has been declared free from wild polio, after decades of work by a coalition of international health bodies, national and local governments, community volunteers and survivors. Four years after the last recorded cases of wild polio in northern Nigeria, the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) on Tuesday certified that the continent is now free … Continue reading Africa Free of Wild Polio

Elephant Baby Boom

"Amboseli National Park in Kenya is experiencing something of an elephant baby boom. The park, which sits at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, has reported the birth of more than 170 calves this year and counting. What's more, two sets of twins were born this year, a rare occurrence according to Amboseli Trust For Elephants, a nonprofit … Continue reading Elephant Baby Boom

Rare Rhino Full of Joy

"A rare Javan rhinoceros has been captured on camera gleefully rolling around in the khaki, tropical waters of a national park, on the westernmost tip of Indonesia’s Java island. The video of the critically endangered Javan rhino, one of only 72 left in the wild, was posted on Twitter by Indonesia’s environment minister, Siti Nurbaya … Continue reading Rare Rhino Full of Joy

Is There a New Baby Panda Due

An ultrasound today revealed that the National Zoo’s resident giant panda, Mei Xiang, could be expecting. A signal of hope emitted from the Smithsonian's National Zoo this morning as caretakers discovered that resident giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) may be pregnant. An ultrasound revealed tissues that indicate a baby panda could be growing, though it is too … Continue reading Is There a New Baby Panda Due

Large Blue Butterfly Returns

The biggest reintroduction to date of the large blue has led to the rare butterfly flying on a Cotswold hillside where it has not been seen for 150 years. About 750 butterflies emerged on to Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire this summer after 1,100 larvae were released last autumn following five years of innovative grassland management to create … Continue reading Large Blue Butterfly Returns

Notre-Dame’s Bees Keep Buzzing

"When fire ravaged Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral last year, many presumed that the three colonies of bees living on its sacristy roof had perished. But against all odds, the bees survived the inferno and continued to thrive through the coronavirus lockdown." “There’s nothing wrong with them at all,” reports beekeeper Sibyle Moulin, who looks after some … Continue reading Notre-Dame’s Bees Keep Buzzing

Trick Your Brain into Remembering

Four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis and psychological scientist Julia Shaw explain how to boost your memory skills. "MANY PEOPLE COMPLAIN about having a terrible memory. Shopping lists, friends’ birthdays, statistics for an exam—they just don’t seem to stick in the brain. But memory isn’t as set in stone as you might imagine. With the … Continue reading Trick Your Brain into Remembering

Detectorist Finds Haul of Artefacts

Metal detectorists, it’s fair to say, have had a good lockdown. Last month it emerged that amateur treasure hunters had unearthed dozens of rare finds in their back gardens while restrictions kept them at home. Now a detectorist in the Scottish Borders has uncovered a haul of bronze age artefacts – including a complete horse harness and preserved … Continue reading Detectorist Finds Haul of Artefacts

Breakthrough for Dyslexia

An LED lamp that helps people with dyslexia read “effortlessly” There may not be any current pharmaceutical treatment for dyslexia, but scientists have designed a new type of lamp that could be game-changing for people with learning disabilities. While the cause of dyslexia is still somewhat mysterious, the researchers found that the disorder can be … Continue reading Breakthrough for Dyslexia