Thursday, February 22, 2018


Diamonds: An Early History of the King of Gems
Nonfiction book by Jack Ogden
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
More info at Yale University Press


Max Planck Society, Germany:
"Neanderthals Thought Like We Do"


NPR: "A Mongolian horse that has long been hailed as the last truly wild horse species in existence isn't really all that wild."


Xinhua News Agency: "Two people are missing after a freighter and a passenger ship collided off the coast of south China's Guangdong Province early Thursday, according to authorities."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Long Ago

(Image credit: Manuel Rojo-Guerra/Luis Pascual-Repiso)


Cornell University: "The idea of binding and reshaping a baby's head may make today's parents cringe, but for families in the Andes between 1100-1450, cranial modification was all the rage."

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women 
Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia
Nonfiction book by Alex Perry
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL): "The home of a Russian activist has been burned down in what he suspects was an arson attack in retaliation for his opposition to deforestation in the Altai Republic in southern Siberia."


Voice of America (VOA): "Police in Malawi are hunting for vigilantes who assaulted a BBC film crew this past weekend after accusing the reporters of being vampires."


BBC News:
"Indians Who 'Abused Witches' Arrested by Police"


Call Me American: A Memoir
Nonfiction book by Abdi Nor Iftin
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
More info at Penguin Random House


University of Cambridge, United Kingdom: "A thousand-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the so-called 'Taino,' the first indigenous Americans to feel the full impact of European colonization after Columbus arrived in the New World, still have living descendants in the Caribbean today."

Stolen Thumb

BBC News: "Chinese authorities have demanded 'severe punishment' for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the U.S., Chinese state media report."


"Mount Sinabung volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted Monday, sending columns of ash and smoke more than 5,000 meters into the air and hot clouds down its slopes," Voice of America (VOA) says.


BenarNews: "Polygamy, frowned upon but legal under certain conditions in Indonesia, is increasing alongside the rise of conservative Islam in the Muslim-majority nation, activists say."

Deep Sea Mining

BBC News:
"The Secret on the Ocean Floor"

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wild Animal Attacks

India (Saturday)A sloth bear killed a man in Odisha.

Indonesia (Saturday): A crocodile killed a woman in Jambi.

Kenya (Friday night): A crocodile killed a fisherman in Makueni County.


Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, 
and the Wreck of the SS El Faro
Nonfiction book by George Michelsen Foy
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
More info at Simon & Schuster

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Central Africa

University of Stirling, United Kingdom: "Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins -- one of the world's most endangered animals -- out of Central Africa, a new study has found."


"Suicide Bombers Kill 18 in Nigeria Market"
 Associated Press (AP) on Friday:
"Gunman Shoot Dead 18 in Northwestern Nigeria Over Cattle"

Friday, February 16, 2018


Yale University: "Scientists have identified a mineral signature for sites that are more likely to contain rare fossils that perserve evidence of soft tissue -- essential information to understanding ancient life."

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Max Planck Society, Germany: "Nearly 50 years of conservation efforts have been unable to prevent orangutan numbers on Borneo from plummeting."


The Rainforest Survivors: Adventures 
Among Today's Stone Age Jungle Tribes
Nonfiction book by Paul Raffaele
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
More info at Skyhorse Publishing


NPR: "A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate."

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Associated Press (AP):
"Leaping Elk Crashes Low-Flying Research Helicopter in Utah"


I Love Capitalism!: An American Story
Nonfiction book by Ken Langone
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
More info at Penguin Random House

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Deutsche Welle (DW):
"Keeping the King Alive? Lion Breeding in Zimbabwe"


Wild elephant attacks today:

Nepal: An elephant killed two women.

Thailand: An elephant killed a man.


How Did Lubitsch Do It?
Nonfiction book by Joseph McBride
Available: June 26, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018


Fatal animal attacks today:

In Bihar a trained elephant crushed the head of an inebriated mahout.

In Tamil Nadu a sloth bear killed a man.


BBC News: "A mutant species of all-female crayfish taking over the world is not the latest science fiction film but a real-life environmental thriller."


Germany's University of W├╝rzburg: "Species that produce asexually are rare among vertebrates, making the Amazon molly (Poecilia formosa) the big exception."


I Only Have Eyes for You
By Alice Harris
Introduction by Christian John Wikane
Category: Photography
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
More info at Penguin Random House


University of Oregon (UO): "An old path marked by numerous fossilized tracks in south-central Oregon's Lake County may reveal clues about the family dynamics of ancient Columbian mammoths."

South Africa

Lions ate a suspected poacher.


Associated Press (AP):
"India and China Vie for Influence as Crisis Unfolds in Maldives"

Sunday, February 11, 2018


An 8-year-old boy died in a leopard attack in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.


Voice of America (VOA): "At least 18 people were killed at an illegal gold mine in southern Venezuela during clashes with security forces looking to take control of the area, an official said Sunday."


Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief 
and Hezbollah's War Against America
Nonfiction book by Fred Burton 
and Samuel M. Katz
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
More info at Penguin Random House

Saturday, February 10, 2018


BBC News: "Move over Machiavelli, step aside Sun Tzu. If you want to know how to defeat your enemies and hold onto power, the real playbook should be Bangladeshi politics."

India's Sundarbans

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: "Karuna Mondal clearly remembers the morning seven years ago that her husband, Ajit, ventured out to fish along with a group of other men from her community -- it was the last time she would ever see him."


Blood Papa: Rwanda's New Generation
Nonfiction book by Jean Hatzfeld
Translator: Joshua David Jordan
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
More info at Macmillan Publishers


Monash University, Australia: "New research has found that fish were walking underwater about 400 million years ago, debunking the theory that the ability to walk is something that evolved as vertebrates transitioned from sea to land."

Papua New Guinea

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Violence related to allegations of sorcery is increasingly dividing families and claiming innocent lives across Papua New Guinea, aid workers say. 
Once confined to small pockets of the country, sorcery-related violence is far more widespread with both men and women accused of witchcraft being attacked and killed.


Japan Times: "The U.S. Navy is investigating allegations that sailors from the 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, are involved in an alleged drug ring in Japan."


J.D. Salinger and the Nazis
Nonfiction book by Eberhard Alsen
Shipping Date: April 5, 2018