Speaking of religions, in Christianity alone there are at least 33,000 denominations with Catholicism, Lutheran, Baptist, Mormon and Jehovah Witness being the most well-known. Well, as someone once said, holy smoke!
Do we need gorillas? Do we want them? This campaign is pro keeping gorillas http://t.co/epCEC42IeqBaboons retired from a research program at a pharmaceutical laboratory have a new home at a 75ha sanctuary. EARLY last month, nine baboons aged 13 to 23 that had previously been used for scientific experiments were granted a reprieve and will live out the remainder of their lives at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. The United States is one of the few countries that still allow medical research on a group of mammals whose genetic make-up closely resembles that of humans. Medical research on great apes has been banned in Belgium, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Spain and the Balearic Islands have granted great apes legal rights and Japan, Australia and Britain have laws that severely restrict the use of great apes in research. Scientists have sequenced the genome of the chimpanzee and found that humans are 96 % similar to the great ape species. Physical traits humans share with primates include: hair instead of fur, fingernails instead of claws, opposable thumbs, higher brain-to-body-size ratio, prehensility (ability to grasp with toes and/or fingers), padded digits with fingerprints, binocular vision and reduced sense of smell that makes us more dependent on vision. The animals that made it to the sanctuary were retired from a research program at a US national pharmaceutical laboratory. At the Born Free Sanctuary the newcomers will be able to explore the 75ha facility, where they will socialise and be permitted to explore the world outside a cage for the first time. They will gradually be introduced to the new environment to prevent them from being overwhelmed by their new-found freedom and will learn how to live in a colony. "This is a happy ending for these lucky nine, as it has been for our hundreds of residents at the sanctuary. We are ecstatic that we can give them a life of grass, trees, ponds, exercise, proper food and medical care," said Adam Roberts, executive vice-president of Born Free USA. The United States is the world's largest user of chimpanzees for biomedical research and has 937 individual subjects currently available in US labs. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine stated in a report titled Chimpanzees In Biomedical And Behavioural Research: Assessing The Necessity that with advancements in alternate research tools, the use of chimpanzees is largely unnecessary. "For many years, experiments using chimpanzees have been instrumental in advancing scientific knowledge and have led to new medicines to prevent and...
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Over the past several years, there has been a significant boom in the world of nature documentaries, largely thanks to the advent of high definition, arguably what I think the high definition format was created for, poetically speaking.
Sure, the majority of us grew up watching fuzzy episodes of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom growing up, but even then we were hoping to get up close to the millions of wild species out there, and see them in the most vivid detail available.
Such viewers need wait no longer, with the rise in popularity of the BBC's incredibly prolific division "BBC Earth", more formally known as the BBC Natural History Unit. For the past few decades, this unit has produced some of the most interesting nature documentaries spanning the globe, the most recent of which is Frozen Planet, which explores both wildlife and landscape, on both of our planet's opposite poles.What is Frozen Planet All About?
Well, if you've been watching the last several BBC Earth productions, such as the best-selling Blu-ray Planet Earth, you've probably been briefly introduced to the harsh conditions which exist in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and been made aware of the animal life there, and the dangers they confront in the face of slow global warming.
Frozen Planet goes one step further, and helps viewers learn more about the fauna above and below the ice shelf, through almost uninhabitable terrain, the last untouched regions of our planet.
The first of the seven episodes, "To the Ends of the Earth", takes us on a quick panorama of what lies ahead in later chapters, taking us under the Antarctic ice membrane, as well as way up North, where a variety of land creatures and birds migrate each season.
Narrator David Attenborough, known for his dulcet tones as the voice of most BBC Earth documentaries, makes an on-camera appearance, standing at both geographic poles, dressed warmly and ready to educate. It's a real treat to see the aging host make the effort to appear on site, if only to add to the sense of camaraderie he already shares with the audience.
Note to collectors, this review copy is the original UK version, and not the one recently publicized as being narrated by Alec Baldwin. Nonetheless, the content is pretty much the same, and the high definition images are simply breathtaking.
While I'd recommend this as mandatory viewing for school kids of all...
And speaking of moralists, in 1920 America went legally dry. That's the country outlawed liquor. Indeed, by the 16th of that year all saloons, bars and liquor stores closed. The lawmakers and teetotallers celebrated the sudden victory over vice. However, on the following day—on the 17th of January—bootlegging began and speakeasies began opening their doors. In fact, before Prohibition there were 15,000 bars in New York City. After Prohibition 32,000 speakeasies were doing business day and night. Al Capone, Chicago’s most infamous crime boss, pulled in $60 million a year thanks to the lawmakers creating a nation of lawbreakers. Makes you think, doesn’t it…hmmm, well it should!
When we think about our humanism and Darwin’s theory of evolution, which remains theory by the way, we're amazed at the progress we've made since leaving our “ape-ness.”