Madagascar's lemurs do a lot of things that at first glance make no sense—performing ballet-like dances across the sand; singing like a whale—but one for which scientists finally have an explanation is their odd diet. All other primates consume fruit whenever they can find it, because fruit is good for you. But on Madagascar, the lemurs have eschewed it for a diet of just leaves—why? A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports explains how the diets of Madagascar's lemurs have evolved to contain almost no fruit at all, a phenomenon that's puzzled ecologists for a long time. The authors theorized that in certain regions, unusually low levels of nitrogen in the soil was yielding fruit correspondingly low in protein, making it too lacking in metabolic value for would-be frugivores like lemurs to bother with. After pulling data from 79 studies spanning Africa, Asia and the Americas, the researchers found that Madagascar's soil contained the least nitrogen. It … [Read more...] about Madagascar’s Lemurs Eat Foods That Make No Sense—Why?
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Maybe it’s my liberal leanings, but all I could think during episodes three and four of Making A Murderer was, “Oh man, this poor kid.” We don’t know at this point whether or not he actually did anything, but we did get multiple brutal, heartbreaking scenes with Brendan Dassey that illustrate exactly how broken the criminal justice system seems to be, and how easily and swiftly it can crush people who have no resources. Advertisement First was the indefensible interview with the learning-disabled 16-year-old, who was essentially force-fed details about the crime until he regurgitated them back. It reminded me of the West Memphis 3 case, in which Jessie Misskelley was clearly also coached. When one of the investigators, after ages trying to get Dassey to say something about shooting the victim, Teresa Hallbach, finally cracks and feeds him the information that she actually had been shot… Awful. Brutal. It’s hard to believe that after watching that … [Read more...] about Collateral damage makes
Email ABC North Qld By Hannah Palmer and Jessica Naunton Posted November 22, 2019 14:27:13 Photo: Bowen resident Anne Smith finds an unusual visitor at her front door. (Supplied: Tracey Bazzo) Related Story: 'He had a lot of fight in him': Turtle rescued from plastic prison Related Story: Freshwater turtles are disappearing and here's why Related Story: Cooktown Indigenous people to help with turtle and dugong rescues Map: Bowen 4805 For the people of Bowen in north Queensland, seeing turtles is not out of the ordinary, but having them arrive on their front doorstep, trying to get into their garage, is something a bit different.That was exactly what happened on Wednesday to Anne Smith of Brisk Bay, as she discovered a flatback turtle at her home — more than 500 metres from the beach. Turtles in nesting season:Do not disturb turtles while they are making their way up the beach to nestKeep dogs away from nestsDo not light fires nearbyTurtles will emerge from … [Read more...] about Flatback turtle in Bowen clambers half a kilometre from sand dunes, knocks at resident’s front door
'Michael Jackson definitely abused Wade': Maid who claims she saw King of Pop shower with Wade Robson when he was EIGHT 'agrees to testify at new lawsuit' Wade Robson, 30, is mounting a civil lawsuit against the dead star's estate claiming he suffered years of abuseRobson, who testified for Jackson and denied former maid Blanca Francia's evidence at his 2005 trial, is now asking her to help him Maid said she saw the pop star with the boy, hired as a dancer for Jackson, in the shower with their underwear on the floorRobson says he hadn't come to terms with the abuse when he spoke at the 2005 trial age 22 Jackson supporters say Robson's claims are lies while his estate brands them 'outrageous and pathetic'By Matt Blake and Helen Pow Published: 10:42 GMT, 20 May 2013 | Updated: 12:46 GMT, 20 May 2013 e-mail View Michael Jackson's former housekeeper has agreed to back in court a choreographer's claim that the pop superstar molested him in the shower when he was a boy, … [Read more...] about ‘Michael Jackson definitely abused Wade’: Maid who claims she saw King of Pop shower with Wade Robson when he was EIGHT ‘agrees to testify at new lawsuit’
The three-point shot is taking over basketball. Don't believe me? Take a look. On Sunday, the Washington Wizards played the Orlando Magic in a typical National Basketball Association (NBA) game. First, the Wizards lost, 125-121. But take a closer look. Washington took 97 shots from the floor during the contest. Forty-one of those shots were three-pointers. Orlando took 87 shots, and 37 of those were from behind the arc. That means that 78 of the 184 shots during the game were three-pointers. That's more than 42 percent. The NBA three-point line is an arc that ranges from 22 feet to 23 feet 9 inches from the basket. So far this season, the Houston Rockets, led by high-scoring James Harden, are launching more than half of their shots from beyond the three-point line. Watch a Women's National Basketball Association game, and it's the same story: lots of three-pointers. The NBA adopted the three-point shot before the beginning of the 1979-1980 season. Two professional leagues had tried it: … [Read more...] about Players count on the 3-point shot – is it time to make it harder?
BACKSTREET boys star Aaron Carter has said he would "punch" the Leaving Neverland accusers. The 31-year-old singer told TMZ he believes Wade Robson and James Safechuck are financially motivated in their accusations made in the bombshell documentary. The Sooner or Later singer was specifically referring to Robson after a tweet purporting to be from him implicated Carter had known about what was going on. Robson's lawyer says this tweet was from a fake account and that his client has been targeted by hackers since the release of Leaving Neverland. But Carter hit back, tweeting: "He's trying to tie my name into this s*** "I'm not that guy. I'm not the one. "You lucky I got something to lose now, because I would punch you in your face — I would. "And then maybe I'd ask you, 'Are you telling the truth?' But I'd punch you in your face first." You lucky I got something to lose now, because I would punch you in your face - I wouldAaron Carter Carter also questioned the timing of … [Read more...] about Backstreet Boys star Aaron Carter reveals he wants to PUNCH Wade Robson and James Safechuck for telling the world his ‘pal’ Michael Jackson abused them