Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Satellite image of sand and seaweed in the Bahamas

We have NASA’s Landsat programmed to thank for this rare view of the Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas as captured by satellite. The patterns you see are sand and seaweed beds that have been sculpted by ocean currents. That dark spot? It’s called the Tongue of the Ocean. The tongue is a deep, dark trench that separates the islands of Andros and New Providence in the Bahamas and connects to a larger geological feature known as the Great Bahama Canyon. 

The world’s second-largest animal

This year marks the fifth anniversary of this United Nations-backed celebration of the world’s wild animals and plants. And this is the first year that World Wildlife Day is focusing on marine life. Fin whales, like the one in our photo today, are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the conservation status rankings. They’re threatened by climate change, pollution, shipping and other concerns, but they’ve bounced back from the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. It is the second-largest mammal in the world after the blue whale, reaching up to 27 meters (nearly 90 feet) in length when fully grown.

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Bohemian Feline

This young lynx will grow up to be the third largest predator in Europe. (The brown bear and wolf hold the first and second spots, respectively.) With an adult male lynx growing taller than two feet at the shoulder and weighing more than 60 pounds, it’s capable of hunting roe deer and sheep. And while the Eurasian lynx is a ‘least concern’ status species, habitat loss is affecting how widely dispersed they are across Europe, Russia and Central Asia. But protected locations, like the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands in the Czech Republic, where our lynx was photographed, help preserve habitat to keep this vital predator thriving.

A bite of ancient hist

Apples can be traced back to the mountains of Central Asia. In late 4th century BCE, Alexander the Great was busy conquering that region, and while in what is modern-day Kazakhstan he came across wild apples. Alexander’s military machine brought some of the plants back to Europe, and over the centuries, cuttings and seed splices began to produce the fruit as we know it now. The apples ready for harvest in this photo are on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada – a long way from Central Asia.

Fan-throated lizard in Pune, Maharashtra, India

This small but mighty fan-throated lizard is showing off its red, blue and black colors in an attempt to woo a lady friend. The thin flap of skin around its throat, known as a gular appendage, is normally the same shade as the rest of its body, but during mating season, males develop a flashy display of colors. When they're not flaunting their vivid fans, these camouflaged creatures are hard to spot in the arid lands of the Indian subcontinent. They grow no longer than eight inches and most of that length is comprised of its tail.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Demi Lovato deletes Twitter account over 21 Savage backlash

Demi Lovato arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas May 20, 2018. (Jordan Strauss / Invision)

Singer Demi Lovato has deleted her Twitter account following criticism that she was laughing at memes about 21 Savage.

The Grammy-nominated rapper was taken into federal immigration custody in the Atlanta area early Sunday. An official says the rapper is a British citizen who overstayed his visa and is also has a felony conviction.

Lovato had tweeted: "So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl." She later clarified she wasn't laughing "at anyone getting deported."

The rapper Wale tweeted he didn't get the joke and rapper Migos wrote it wasn't funny.

Some users thought it was wrong for others to criticize Lovato, who was hospitalized in July following a drug overdose.

What is Aeterna?

“Aeterna” a cinematic odyssey celebrating human and cultural diversity on the planet today. Directed by Cannes Palme D’or 2017 winner, Cinematographer Fredrik Wenzel and Jesper Kurlandsky, Aeterna is endorsed by the Swedish Film Institute and is a UNESCO Patronage project.