Mary: An Elephant Story | Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Mary’s Story • The Elephant We’ll Never Forget By Iris Hunt Somewhere roaming the vast wild-lands of Tsavo in Southern Kenya, There’s an Elephant who carries with her part of my heart. I haven’t seen her for many years now, but I think of her often Wondering if there’s any truth about Elephants “never forgetting.” Wondering in particular, if she might remember how it was with us At the perilous start of her life – a chance ill-matched pairing Of a substitute mother and lost waif of a child? I’ll never know… Jomo Kenyatta The year is 1975 Kenya is still a young republic – just 12 years on from its New Age rite of passage to Uhuru – “freedom” – from British colonial rule. Its first President, Jomo Kenyatta, is a figure of immense stature. Only the future would tell how strong this young Nation would prove facing the winds of change that now sweep the continent. We too are oddly unaware of the magnitude of changes and challenges facing us. William Holden and Don Hunt No one speaks. QED!
The Kid Should See This. Rare Vegetarian Spider Discovered In a possible affront to its fierce meat-eating relatives, one jumping spider prefers to dine vegetarian, munching on specialized leaf-tips of acacia shrubs, finds a new study. The eight-legged vegetarian, called Bagheera kiplingi, lives in Central America, and is now considered a rarity among the world's 40,000 or so spider species, most of which are strictly predators, feeding on insects and other animals. B. kiplingi is about the size of a person's pinky nail. "This is really the first spider known to specifically 'hunt' plants; it is also the first known to go after plants as a primary food source," said study researcher Christopher Meehan of Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Essentially, the spider employs hunting strategies to get past guard ants that keep the acacias safe from other herbivores. B. kiplingi spends its entire life on the acacia shrubs, and so must avoid the ants at all times. The strategy seems to be successful.
How To Do Japanese Gift-Wrapping Japanese-style gift-wrapping, called tsutsumi, uses paper and cloth to create simple but elegant wrappings for gifts, presents and packages. Furoshiki refers to using a large piece of cloth for the wrapping. These techniques are perfect for birthdays, holidays, weddings, or even everyday marketing and shopping. They also support and promote recycling and recycled goods. Trying to figure out wrapping paper with these methods gets really easy, as single sheets of paper work well to not only wrap most common items, but that's exactly the sort of paper size that is best for reuse. Gentle colors and contrasting accents are often hallmarks of Asian gift-wrap but there are occasions or styles where you will see bold colors and vibrant patterns. Here is some history, links and videos providing information and tips so you can create these fantastic but simple works of gift-wrapped art for yourself!
Project Nim All Critics (133) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1) This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama. Project Nim nimbly serves up a profoundly sad tale that raises as many thought-provoking questions as it answers. This many-faceted time capsule sheds little light, but buried inside it are vexing questions and the still-beating heart of a special creature. You end up fearing for the humans who contact him. You're left with the impression that, despite not being able to grasp basic human grammar, perhaps Nim was unwittingly conditioned into understanding the concept of love. For the second film in a row, Marsh has created a movie we can't keep our eyes off. This smart doc should prove the perfect summer antidote to most of summer's films that require you to turn your brain off to enjoy them. If there's one thing Marsh knows, it's how to reach your deepest emotions. A tragic chronicle of animal abuse.
Negen YouTube-kanalen waar je slimmer van wordt Slim zijn wil natuurlijk iedereen, maar om dit te worden moet je meestal de boeken in. In het digitale tijdperk waarin we leven kan het gelukkig ook op een andere manier. YouTube heeft namelijk genoeg kanalen om jezelf iedere dag een stukje slimmer en wijzer te laten worden. Check hieronder de top 9 YouTube-kanalen waar je slim van wordt. 1. Veritasium Met meer dan 120 video’s online, is Veritas – dat in het Latijns waarheid betekent – een populair kanaal. 2. Ook dit kanaal is al razend populair. 3. C.G.P. 4. Deze korte maar verhelderende filmpjes van Henry Reich laten tekeningen zien in een time-lapse. 5. Eigenlijk zegt de titel al genoeg. 6. Ook SciShow is weer zo’n populair kanaal waar onze hersens uiteindelijk blij mee zijn. 7. En omdat we dan toch slimmer willen worden, doen we dit natuurlijk het liefst zo snel en leuk mogelijk. 8. Wiskunde en wetenschap, dat zijn de twee kernwoorden van het kanaal. 9. Bijna elke week komen ze met een nieuw filmpje.
10 Lost Pets That Found Their Way Home Keep Hope Alive By Valerie Trumps Pet owners use social media, hang flyers on phone poles, post for help in classifieds, and even go door-to-door in search of their lost furry friends. Sometimes it works and owners find their beloved pets. Bucky the Black Labrador When Mark Wessels had to give up his young dog, Bucky, because his community in South Carolina banned dogs, he left Bucky with his father in Virginia. Holly the Marathon Cat Holly, a 4-year-old domestic tortoiseshell, became separated from her parents, Jacob and Bonnie Richter, while vacationing with them 190 miles from their home. Piko-Chan the Budgie Tweets His Way Home After the previous loss of a pet bird, Fumie Takahashi taught his next bird, a budgie named Piko-Chan, some very useful words — most notably his address. Manuela the Turtle Manuela, a red-footed tortoise owned by the Almeida family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, went missing in 1982. Scribbles the Horse Ginger the Basset Hound Ginger the Cat Buster the Hurricane Survivor
Dying grandmother uses Oculus Rift to walk outside again Roberta Firstenberg had long loved walking outside and caring for her garden. However, a hard battle with cancer had weakened her so that going outside was no longer possible. In a bid to give her one more view of the outside world, Roberta's granddaughter Priscilla, an artist, programmed an Oculus rift to give her grandmother the chance to walk again. As The Rift Arcade reports, Priscilla reached out to Oculus last fall in the hopes of getting a dev kit Roberta could use. Priscilla went on to help work on an experimental build filled with waterfalls and butterflies, but her grandmother's cancer spread before she could finish. Update 5/2 4:00pm: A previous version of this article stated that Priscilla helped develop the program for her grandmother on Oculus.