All posts by Timothy Chilman

Are you having a picnic above a London plague pit?

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As you enjoy a picnic in a park, you could well be sitting above a London plague pit. The black death – thought to be a combination of bubonic, pneumonic and perhaps septacaemic plague – killed 15 percent of the population of London from 1665 to 1666. When churchyards overflowed, people were buried in plague pits […]

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Now science brings us the Frankenfish

Frankenfish

On November 19 2015, a genetically engineered animal was approved for human consumption for the first time by the US regulator. AquaBounty Technologies will now bring to market its AquAdvantage Salmon. Christened Frankenfish by those who disapprove or have a sense of humour, it could be in the shops within around two years. Just what […]

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Panda Talk Deciphered

Panda talk deciphered

The state-run Xinhua news agency has reported that a five-year study at a conservation centre in Chengdu in China’s southwestern Sichuan province has identified 13 words of panda talk. The beasts were recorded in different situations that included eating, fighting and nursing their young. Panda talk in detail Pandas seeking a mate baa like a […]

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There Could Be No More Hajj Thanks To Climate Change

no more Hajj thanks to climate change

On Monday October 26 2015, US scientists annunciated that, under current trends of climate change, temperatures in the Persian Gulf could be too much for people to cope with by the end of the century. A study published in the journal, Nature, found that severe heat and humidity could force temperatures beyond a “critical threshold,” […]

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Warning! There’s a wallaby on the loose!

wallaby on the loose Gloucestershire

On Saturday September 26 2015, a woman in Dursley in Gloucestershire reported seeing a kangaroo and, as was warranted by such an unusual thing, presented photographic evidence. When police constables found themselves in pursuit, one remarked that it was “not the usual bouncers that we’re interacting with on a Saturday night.” Gloucestershire Police tweeted: “Kangaroo […]

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Plague has come to Yosemite

Plague-Yosemite

It is generally believed that what we knew as the Black Death was actually three forms of plague: bubonic, pneumonic and septacemic, All hail from the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, the difference being the location of the infection: the lymphatic system, the respiratory system or the bloodstream, respectively. Plague has come to Yosemite National Park for […]

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Could You Go Climatarian?

climatarian

Climate change is probably not uppermost in your mind as you stuff your face, but there is now a diet that benefits not only your health but also the planet. Might you consider going climatarian? What it is This diet was devised by Climates, a social networking website for people wishing to strive against climate […]

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30 years ago, France sank the Rainbow Warrior

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30 years back, Pete Willcox was captain of the Rainbow Warrior, which had started out as a trawler but later been converted to Greenpeace’s flagship. At 11:38pm and 11:45pm on July 10 1985, a pair of frenchmen working for French intelligence detonated limpet mines they had attached to the vessel at Marsden Wharf in Auckland […]

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We’ll Have Toxic Mussels Thanks To Climate Change

toxic-mussels

Mussels will become toxic within the next century after climate change raises the temperatures of oceans. A study has revealed that in water that is only 36 degrees Fahrenheit warmer, mussels, oysters and other popular shellfish will be inedible. How it will happen It is foreseen that sea temperatures will rise markedly in this time, […]

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Climate Change Causing Turtles To Produce More Females

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A study published in the journal, Nature Climate Change, has demonstrated that hotter sands, the product of climate change, could cause more turtles to be born female, which will increase their numbers in the short term but ultimately threaten their extinction. The study examined a loggerhead turtle rookery at Cape Verde in the Atlantic ocean […]

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