Friday, January 19, 2018


The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest 
for a New Form of Matter
Nonfiction book by Paul J. Steinhardt
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
More info at Simon & Schuster

Thursday, January 18, 2018


This evening a 40-year-old woman died when she tried to protect her cattle from a leopard near a village in Karnataka.


Voice of America (VOA): "Leaders of the Central American street gang MS-13 have a new problem on their hands: their U.S.-based members are not violent enough."


"Italy Breaks Up Chinese Crime Ring Involved in Drugs, Prostitution"


Rice University: "Scholars from Rice University, University College London and the Field Museum have found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans."


WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society):
An international review led by the University of Queensland and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) says that many native carnivores that live in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate -- spelling bad news for humans who indirectly rely on them for a variety of beneficial services. 
Christopher O'Bryan, the lead author based at UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences said the study revealed examples where native predators, ranging from leopards and bats to scavengers such as vultures, provide critical services including disease regulation, agricultural productivity, and waste disposal. 
"While predators and scavengers are a large source of conflict, such as big cats in Africa and Asia or dingoes in Australia, there are many examples where they provide benefits to humans," O'Bryan said. "Our paper identifies studies that have shown these benefits across a broad spectrum, from mountain lions reducing deer-vehicle collisions and bats saving corn farmers billions per year by reducing crop pests, to vultures saving million in livestock carcass removal.


From TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network: "Smugglers dumped 300 birds into the sea on Tuesday while attempting to escape authorities, drowning most of the animals."


Bruce Lee: A Life
Nonfiction book by Matthew Polly
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
More info at Simon & Schuster

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Amur Leopard

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society): "The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: inflection with canine distemper virus (CDV)." 


Survival International:
"Kenya: Indigenous Person Killed in the Name of Conservation"


University of Washington (UW): "A small group of fishes -- possible the world's cleverest carnivorous grazers -- feeds on the scales of other fish in the tropics."


United States

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence 
on China for Medicine
Nonfiction book by Rosemary Gibson 
and Janardan Prasad Singh
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
More info at Penguin Random House

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines has finalized an agreement with the Zambian government to relaunch Zambia Airways.


University of Manchester, United Kingdom:
"Ancient DNA Results End 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mummy Mystery in Manchester"

United States

RAND Corporation: "Americans' reliance on facts to discuss public issues has declined significantly in the past two decades, leading to political paralysis and collapse of civil discourse, according to a RAND Corporation report."


Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic 
and the One Man Who Lived to Tell About It
Nonfiction book by Brian Murphy with Toula Vlahou
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
More info at Hachette Book Group

Monday, January 15, 2018


Field Museum: "Birds are the last remaining dinosaurs. They're also some of the most vibrantly colored animals on Earth. A new study in Nature Communications reveals that iridescent feathers go way back -- a newly discovered species of dinosaur from 161 million years ago had rainbow coloring."


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL): "Afghan officials say the country's main intelligence agency has arrested a government employee in the western province of Herat for allegedly spying for Iran."


Deutsche Welle (DW): "A 910-carat diamond thought to be the fifth largest in the world has been found in the small southern African nation of Lesotho, diamond mining company Gem Diamonds said on Monday."


Voice of America (VOA): "Police say 75 people were injured Monday when the mezzanine of Jakarta's stock exchange collapsed into the lobby, trapping some people under slabs of concrete."


Lesser Dragons: Minority Peoples of China
Nonfiction book by Michael Dillon
Shipping Date: April 19, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL): "A top Pakistani officials says the country will attempt to privatize its national airline before the parliamentary elections are held later this year."


NPR: "Mexico's southwestern Guerrero state is now the top source of heroin for the American drug epidemic."


Voice of America (VOA): "More than 12 million boxes of French baby milk products are being recalled from 83 countries for suspected salmonella contamination."


Black Market Capital: Urban Politics 
and the Shadow Economy in Mexico City
Nonfiction book by Andrew Konove
Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018


"Philippines Raises Volcano Alert, Warns of Hazardous Eruptions"

Associated Press (AP):
"Glowing Red Lava Rolls Down Slopes of Philippine Volcano"


Gunman kidnapped an oil engineer.


Two weeks ago a hyena killed a 2-year-old boy in Kenya's Garissa County. This week a hyena killed a 3-month-old girl in the county. Villagers blamed the attacks on the scarcity of food in the area.


American Snakes
Nonfiction book by Sean P. Graham
Foreword by Rick Shine
Available Now

Friday, January 12, 2018


On the island of Borneo, orangutans and indigenous people use the same medicinal plant to treat joint and muscle inflammation.


University of Cincinnati: "Snakes can crawl in a straight line."


The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA's Flat-Screen Dreams 
Led to the First LCDs
Nonfiction book by Benjamin Gross
Shipping Date: March 7, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Flowering Plants

San Francisco State University:
"Flowering Plants Owe Their Success to Downsized DNA"


University of Queensland, Australia: "A dinosaur species discovered a decade ago in southeastern Australia is giving fresh insight into the diversity of dinosaurs that inhabited the Australian-Antarctic rift valley."


In Lebanon a land reclamation project that uses vast amounts of garbage extends hundreds of feet into the Mediterranean Sea.

"We are fishing plastic," one fisherman complained.

NPR has the details.


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL): "A drunken man was detained after stealing an armored personnel carrier and crashing it into a supermarket in northwestern Russia on January 10, police said."


University of California, Davis (UCD): "Wildlife species are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, with illegal marijuana farms the most likely source point, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, with the California Academy of Sciences."


A Local History of Global Capital: Jute 
and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta
Nonfiction book by Tariq Omar Ali
Publication Date: May 8, 2018


From Deutsche Welle (DW): "The Greek coast guard has impounded a freighter carrying 410 tons of explosives, allegedly to war-torn Libya."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


U.S. State Department:
"Mexico Travel Advisory"


Deutsche Welle (DW): "Armed robbers have stolen millions of euros in jewelry from the Ritz hotel in Paris. Three of the five suspects have been detained."


Police recovered the jewelry.

New Zealand

(Illustration by Gavin Mouldey)


Princeton University:
"The Ecological Cost of War in Africa"


Voice of America (VOA): "For as long as Indonesia has been a country, it has dreamed of moving its capital."


The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: 
A New History of a Lost World
Nonfiction book by Steve Brusatte
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Deutsche Welle (DW): "German and Italian police have detained scores of people with alleged ties to the 'Ndrangheta mafia."


Voice of America (VOA):
An estimated 80 people have been killed in communal violence in Nigeria since Dec. 31, police and officials said Tuesday. 
The clashes are mostly between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers over the use of land in parts of the Middle Belt — the country's most diverse region.


In Tamil Nadu a wild elephant crushed the head of a 45-year-old woman today.


The Dama Gazelles: Last Members 
of a Critically Endangered Species
Edited by Elizabeth Cary Mungall
Introduction by David Mallon
Foreword by Bonnie C. Yates
Publication Date: April 12, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018


Near a temple in Kerala, a wild elephant trampled a 30-year-old man to death today.

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Japan Times (Kyodo News): "A security firm in a city known as the birthplace of a prominent ninja school is enjoying success by providing guards dressed as medieval warriors and assassins."

Red Sea

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia: "The Red Sea has relatively low amounts of floating plastic debris in its surface waters due to few sources or faster removal."


Colonial Suspects: Suspicion, Imperial Rule, 
and Colonial Society in Interwar French West Africa
Nonfiction book by Kathleen Keller
Publication Date: April 1, 2018


A 45-year-old cowherd died in an elephant attack in Odisha, and a 14-year-old boy died in a leopard attack in Uttar Pradesh. Both attacks happened today.


In Madhya Pradesh today, a young leopard killed a 3-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy in separate attacks.

Papua New Guinea

"500 Flee Surprise Eruption of Remote Papua New Guinea Volcano"

Saturday, January 6, 2018

East China Sea

An oil tanker collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea tonight.


"Burning Iranian Tanker Sinks Off China's Coast"


The Ghosts of Gombe: A True Story of Love 
and Death in an African Wilderness
Nonfiction book by Dale Peterson
Available: April 6, 2018


Emerging from the jungle near a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra, a bear killed a farmer and injured three other farmers this morning. The bear returned to the forest after the attacks.