first_imgLe salmétérol utilisé contre l’asthme ne serait pas toujours efficaceSelon des médecins britanniques, le salmétérol, un traitement de fond utilisé contre l’asthme ne serait pas efficace chez un enfant sur sept et pourrait même aggravé les symptômes.L’asthme est une maladie respiratoire qui peut s’avérer très handicapante, en particulier chez les personnes souffrant d’une forme chronique. Pour réduire l’intensité et la fréquence des crises, des traitements de fond peuvent ainsi être administrés. Mais certains ne seraient pas efficaces chez tout le monde, et notamment chez les enfants. C’est ce que révèlent des chercheurs britanniques dans la revue Clinical Science, évoquant le cas du salmétérol. Utilisée dans plusieurs traitements contre l’asthme, cette molécule est un bronchodilatateur qui lutte contre la contraction anormale des muscles de la paroi des bronches. Toutefois, celle-ci ne serait pas efficace chez un enfant sur sept, d’après le professeur Somnath Mukhopadhyay de la Brighton and Sussex Medical School et ses collègues de la Dundee University. Ce “traitement commun ne fonctionne pas dans une proportion significative de la population”, a expliqué le scientifique, soulignant que ceci est bien trop souvent nié par les médecins. Or, lorsque les symptômes ne s’améliorent pas, ces derniers ont tendance à blâmer la mère de l’enfant l’accusant de ne pas donner la salmétérol correctement à leur enfant, plutôt que de conclure que le traitement ne fonctionne pas. Et pourtant, ce n’est pas la première fois que l’inefficacité potentielle de la molécule est évoquée : une précédente étude a suggéré qu’un gène particulier serait capable de bloquer l’action de certains traitements chez les enfants possédant la version concernée.Un traitement inefficace voire aggravant les symptômes À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour savoir ce qu’il en était, le Pr Mukhopadhyay et ses collègues ont décidé de comparer le salmétérol à une autre molécule, le montélukast, également utilisée pour traiter l’asthme. Ils ont pour cela recruter des enfants asthmatiques dont 62 présentaient le gène en question et leur ont administré pendant un an soit le salmétérol, soit le montélukast. Pendant cette même période, ils ont attentivement surveillé leur santé et leur qualité de vie. A l’issue de l’étude, ils ont constaté qu’à une échelle globale, le salmétérol état plus efficace que le montélukast. En revanche, si l’on considérait seuls les enfants porteurs du gène, le constat était l’inverse. Traités au montélukast, les sujets ont montré moins de dépendance au médicament, une meilleure qualité de vie, une respiration moins difficile, moins de toux et ont manqué moins souvent l’école. Au contraire, ceux traités au salmétérol n’ont montré aucune amélioration voire une aggravation de certains symptômes, d’après les médecins. Si le salmétérol reste efficace chez la plupart des enfants, le Pr Mukhopadhyay et ses collègues ont donc tout de même appelé le Department of Health à donner de nouveaux conseils. Outre l’utilisation d’un autre traitement comme le montélukast, ils ont suggéré qu’il serait possible de soumettre les jeunes asthmatiques à un test génétique afin de déterminer s’ils sont ou non porteurs de la version du gène mise en cause. Ceci permettrait alors de choisir un traitement plus adapté. “Je pense que le temps est venu d’aller de l’avant et d’être capable de fournir quelques conseils cliniques aux parents”, a précisé le principal auteur de l’étude.  Le 8 janvier 2013 à 15:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgDes codes-barres génétiques pour ‘trier’ les espèces menacées de grenouillesPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Molecular Ecology Resources, des chercheurs de la Smithsonian Institution utilisent des marqueurs génétiques pour distinguer les différentes espèces – très ressemblantes – de grenouilles détenues dans un centre de sauvegarde et de reproduction des amphibiens menacés, afin d’éviter les hybridations.Les chercheurs du Projet de sauvetage des amphibiens de la Smithsonian Institution élèvent, dans le Centre de conservation d’El Valle, à Panama, pas moins de 11 espèces locales de grenouilles qu’ils espèrent sauver du parasite Batrachochytrium dendrobatidise, qui a déjà décimé des populations d’amphibiens dans le monde entier. Pour cela, ils y mènent un programme de reproduction en vue de réintroduire les amphibiens en milieu naturel. Mais gare aux bévues : ces espèces sont souvent très semblables et difficiles à distinguer.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Si nous choisissons accidentellement pour les faire se reproduire des grenouilles qui ne sont pas de la même espèce, nous risquons d’échouer ou de créer des animaux hybrides mal adaptés à l’environnement d’origine de leurs parents”, explique Andrew J. Crawford, du Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute de Panama. Pour éviter de réaliser ce genre d’erreurs, ce scientifique et ses collègues utilisent une technique originale basée sur la génétique : le “code-barre ADN”.Il s’agit de prélever, à l’aide d’un coton-tige, des échantillons de cellules de peau sur ces animaux, puis d’en séquencer les gènes, ce qui permet d’identifier sans ambigüité les différentes espèces – et de constater combien elles sont liées. Pour faire reproduire les grenouilles, il suffit alors de consulter les résultats obtenus et de s’appliquer à bien choisir deux animaux de la même espèce. Ces nouvelles connaissances sur la génétique des grenouilles contribuent à sauver de l’extinction ces amphibiens, un projet auquel collaborent notamment le Zoo de Houston, le Smithsonian National Zoological Park et le Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Le 13 janvier 2013 à 16:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgOliver Queen, the man who would be draped in green and armed with arrows. Debuting in 1941 thanks to Mortimer Weisinger and George Papp, in More Fun Comics Issue #73. The Star City billionaire took his fashion cues from Robin Hood and the Hulk….just kidding. Not Hulk, obviously.via Comicker GirlBut he did adopt Robin’s knack from archery and helping those less fortunate. His good deeds don’t go unnoticed as hi big heart and bravery win over none other the Black Canary herself. Dinah and Ollie team up to make one of the best duos in comics history.With the popularity of the CW’s Arrow Oliver has found a whole new group of fans to dazzle. Here’s to the man in Green never without his quiver or impeccably groomed facial hair.Feast your eyes on these 15 tributes to the truest aim of all in DC Comics’ long storied history. Happy Birthday to Star City’s emerald son.View as: One Page Slides1. Mandy Wang2. Phil Cho3. Matt Wagner4. Jok5. Lap Pun Cheung6. Dennis Salvatier7. Marcos Martin8. David Mack9. Phil Hester10. Mitch Breitweiser11. Laurie B12. Ryan Ottley13. Mike Mayhew14. Cat Staggs15. Terry Huddlestonlast_img read more


first_imgOnline is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.PizzagateThe Internet is probably the best thing to ever happen to conspiracy theories. In olden times, if you believed something nutty you could only share it with the world through yelling on a street corner or putting up posters on lamp posts. In the modern era, believers can not only promulgate their ideas but also connect with people who share them, rolling up their craziness into a massive Katamari of misinformation and insanity.The greatest example of this sort of crowdsourced mania is a little thing called Pizzagate, which recently jumped off of the Internet and spurred a dummy into taking an assault rifle into a Washington, D.C. restaurant to shoot some computers. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but if this thing keeps rolling it’s only a matter of time.Clip on your tinfoil hat and grab your snorkel, because this might be our scariest dive yet into the Internet Gutter.Leaky LeaksIf you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a quick catch-up. In the summer of 2016, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta got a “password reset” in his email and didn’t look closely at it. It was a phishing expedition from an unknown cyber-criminal, and it wasn’t long until they had access to his entire email account, which they promptly handed over to WikiLeaks.The contents of those emails revealed that the Democratic party establishment was primarily composed of clueless, selfish, venal idiots. You know, like pretty much every politician ever. But for some people desperate to find actual evil, something more sinister lurked just below the surface.Reports of a dinner with performance artist Marina Abramovic was the first point of data. An email about a lost handkerchief with a “pizza-related map” was another. What tipped it over the breaking point was a list of “pedophile code” on 4chan that claimed various food-related words like “pizza” and “walnuts” were substituting for “girl” and “person of color.”Tying these threads together with so much virtual yarn produced “Pizzagate,” roughly summarized as the belief that high-level Democrats run a child slavery and human sacrifice ring out of the basement of a popular D.C. restaurant that doesn’t actually have a basement.Caught up? Let’s go.Absence Of EvidenceSo here’s what you typically need to prove child abuse: a child that has been abused. Pizzagate doesn’t have that, which is why law enforcement agencies aren’t investigating it. But for the true believers, that’s just part of the challenge. Without any actual evidence of a crime being committed, they have to be creative.The focus for Pizzagate quickly coalesced around Comet Ping Pong, a popular D.C. hangout. The owner of that restaurant, James Alefantis, is a gay man who used to be in a relationship with high-level Democratic operative David Brock.Comet Ping Pong not only serves solid pizza, but they also host ping pong tournaments and live music in a variety of genres. The Pizzagate investigative squad seized on the fact that their shows are “all ages” (i.e., not in a bar situation restricted to people 18 and over) and things got weirder from there.Naturally, the majority of this madness took place on Reddit, the fermenting bowl for most of the Internet’s worst ideas. In November, the site closed down the Pizzagate subreddit due to its pathologically high quantity of libel, so the believers migrated to Voat, the site that’s like Reddit but called Voat instead. They populate a bustling discussion forum dedicated to all things pizza and child sex related.How Deep Does This GoSo it wasn’t enough for these bold investigators to confine their activities to a single pizza place/child sex den. Like all good conspiracy theories, Pizzagate grew and grew. Other restaurants and businesses on the same block as Comet Ping Pong came under scrutiny. Posters started claiming that a system of underground tunnels connected them, knitting them together into a classic conspiracy diagram.Eventually, Pizzagate left the confines of Washington to go global. Roberta’s, a popular New York pizza restaurant in trendy Bushwick, became a focus after it was found that the Clintons once ate there. Other pizza places in Austin, Philadelphia and even Hawaii came under the Pizzagate eye as well. The only thing that united these restaurants, aside from pizza, is that sheltered Internet users thought they were “weird.” That was enough to get them to call in death threats and accusations of pedophile orgies.Too RealWith conservative news sites and Facebook posts whipping believers to a fever pitch, one brave soul decided to take action. Salisbury, North Carolina man Edgar Madison Welch had seen Pizzagate videos and set out to “self-investigate” Comet Ping Pong. Unfortunately, instead of using a magnifying glass or whatever, he brought an assault rifle.Walking into the restaurant during business hours, while a birthday party was being held in the back room, Welch walked into the kitchen and started looking for evidence of hidden tunnels or a murder room. Frustrated at not being able to find anything, he fired two shots into an office, hitting a computer. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, and police took him into custody.Within minutes, the Pizzagate community reacted. Did they decry Welch’s violent attack? Nope. Instead, they immediately accused him of being a “false flag,” an actor hired by the evil conspiracy to make them look nuts. Because they really need the help.Real-world manifestations of Pizzagate have continued. One believer decided to interrupt Christmas mass at a Philadelphia church by screaming about it. It’s attracted the best and brightest of the lunatic community under one umbrella.Extra CheeseThe thing about Pizzagate is that it’s attracted some remarkably high-profile supporters. A newscaster at an Atlanta TV station did a segment on it that was obviously heavily edited by lawyers to make sure it didn’t get them sued. Dallas Mavericks player Andrew Bogut tweeted about it, then went on the bench with a knee injury that some thought was caused by the shadowy conspiracy. Worst of all, Michael Flynn Jr, the son of Trump’s national security adviser, is a fervent believer – so dedicated to spreading the rumors that it got his security clearance revoked.The election of Donald Trump has many Pizzagate believers convinced that the end is right around the corner for this hive of pizza-loving pedophiles. Some claim that an ongoing Homeland Security investigation is about to snap the trap shut on these monsters. And we’re sure the comments section below is going to fill up with believers accusing your humble writer of being an enabler, or even a pedophile himself, for daring to suggest that Pizzagate is a load of crap. If there’s anything we’ve learned from this dive into the Internet Gutter, it’s that no one is without sin. Or pizza sauce.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target If you look at the landscape of TV cartoon series today, you’ll notice that something’s missing. There is a distinct lack of samurai rabbits. How long has this oversight been allowed to go on? (OK, the answer is about a year, but still that’s too long!) Well, no more will today’s kids grow up without being taught of Japan’s anthropomorphic Edo period. Stan Sakai’s classic Usagi Yojimbo series of comics is being adapted for TV. Animation studio Gaumont is partnering with Dark Horse Entertainment, Aquaman-director James Wan’s Atomic Monster, Dark Horse Entertainment and Sakai himself to produce the series, according to a press release.The samurai rabbit has appeared on TV before, but this will be the first time Miyamoto Usagi has starred in his own series. If you haven’t read the comics… well, go fix that right now, but you probably recognize the character from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yojimbo has appeared in all three versions of the animated series, most recently in a three-episode arc last summer on the Nickelodeon cartoon. Now, with Usagi Yojimbo being made into its own series, the character can be more than just a cameo in someone else’s story. We’ll get to see the kinds of rich overarching plots featured in the comics with full animation and voices.“Usagi Yojimbo has been much sought after for many years, and we are honored to work with Stan Sakai to translate his multi-generational stories into the first ever TV series,” said Gaumont President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo’s blend of history and mythology, a clever balance between action and comedy, and real-world touchpoints combined with the supernatural, together with the passionate fan base that Stan has already amassed, makes this an incredibly exciting property to develop with our partners Atomic Monster and Dark Horse Entertainment.”AdChoices广告Sakai is also happy to see the series he’s been creating for more than 30 years be adapted for the screen. He also says it’s something his fans have been asking for for a while now. “We get fan mail from readers of all ages across the globe who have been asking to see Usagi Yojimbo in his own TV series,” he said.Now, we’re finally getting it, and this series has some serious potential. Handled right, it could be the next Avatar. (And by that I mean The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, not James Cameron’s blue people.) Structurally, Yojimbo stories are episodic and digestible, but there’s just enough serialization to allow Sakai to tell grandiose, complex stories when he wants to. Set in a fantasy version of 17th century Japan, where everyone is an anthropomorphic animal, Usagi Yojimbo is about a masterless swordsman, er rabbit, who travels between villages and castles, helping anyone in need. It’s heavily influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa, particularly (if you couldn’t guess) Yojimbo. Sakai weaves Japanese history, legend, and fantasy together to tell stories that are, well there’s no better way to describe them than epic. No word on when or where this series will premiere, but we can’t wait to see it. It certainly has a good team behind it. If they pull this off, it could really be a special piece of animation. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img 4 Must-Have New Soundtracks from Waxwork RecordsRaise Some Shell With This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gift Guide last_img read more


first_img Adam Devine Faces Evil Siri-Like Assistant in ‘Jexi’ Movie TrailerBosch Brings Smart Tech to Strollers This image of John Bellingham, the only person to have successfully assassinated a British Prime Minister, doesn’t look that impressive.But behind that blank stare and stodgy smile is powerful technology.The portrait, revealed this week by Queen Mary University of London, was created through forensic reconstruction based on a skull.Known for executing Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in 1812, Bellingham was publicly hanged, and his skull preserved at Queen Mary’s Pathology Museum.Nearly 200 years later, forensic imaging expert Hew Morrison used the bones to digitally reconstruct Bellingham’s face around the time of his death.“This is a novel way to engage the public with a previously one-dimensional ‘specimen,’” Carla Valentine, a technician at Queen Mary’s Pathology Museum, said in a statement. “In this project, we specifically opted to reconstruct a well-known figure in order to reinstate his personality.”John Bellingham’s skull (via Queen Mary University of London)Born in England in 1769, Bellingham’s work as an agent for importers and exporters twice took him oversees to Russia. In the early 1800s, he was accused of a debt and jailed in the foreign country; upon release, he attempted to impeach the Governor-General, and was again imprisoned.When Bellingham finally returned to England in 1809, he unsuccessfully petitioned for compensation over his incarceration. Four years later he renewed his fight. And when a civil servant in the Foreign Office told him he was at liberty to take whatever measures he thought proper, Bellingham purchased two .50 calibre pistols and shot Perceval in the heart.During his trial, Bellingham admitted he would have preferred to shoot the British Ambassador to Russia, but insisted that, as a wronged man, he was justified in killing the representative of his oppressors.As the punishment for murder at the time was to be “hanged and anatomized,” the killer’s skull was consigned to the museum, where it remains the most famous item in the collection.John Bellingham (via Queen Mary University of London)“A skull which has been denuded of its facial features—and therefore its identity—has less of an impact on a museum visitor than being able to see the person’s face,” Valentine said. “The impersonal presentation of a skull can also be seen as creating a ‘spectacle’ out of the person, which is an issue when we work hard to display human remains to the public in an appropriate manner.”So, with Bellingham’s living relative’s permission, Morrison got to work rebuilding the 19th century assassin’s mug.Using a large database of high-resolution photographs of human faces, computer software helped combine and blend everything together to create the completed simulation.“John Bellingham would have had a long, narrow, slightly downturned nose,” Morrison, who created the face of Bronze Age woman ‘Ava,’ explained. “I gave him a neutral expression as I treated this like any other facial reconstruction.”And while hair color, eye color, and skin tone can’t be determined from skeletal remains, Morrison used his expertise to add a suitable hairstyle, as well as period clothes.“Despite committing the crime that he was found guilty of and subsequently executed for,” he said, “I did not feel the need to make him look bad or mean in any way.”More coverage on Geek.com:DNA Facial Prediction May Threaten Personal PrivacyWould You Pay $10K For This AI-Generated Portrait?Infrared Imaging Reveals Hidden Secrets Beneath Picasso Painting Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit “From understanding the proper use of nouns to establishing consent, misreading signs and saying a phrase that may come off as offensive are all problems men and women face,” Charlie Hughes, YouPorn’s VP, said in a press release. “Through the step-by-step lessons, Sexy Lingo eliminates the language barrier and will give men and women an equal opportunity to level the playing field amongst native speakers.”Accessing “Sexy Lingo” is easy: It can be used on a computer or smartphone for quick recommendations and translations. So, you can open the app in a pinch if want to talk with someone on the spot.Users can first start with The Basics, where they’ll learn the proper use of nouns, pronouns, and their designations. Starting a Conversation comes next: Master greetings, as well as adjectives, activities, questions, places and times in other languages. Flirting covers tips on complementing and making the next step, while Intimate ensures that users are reading signs correctly, establishing consent, and acing bedroom talk when they travel.Access YouPorn’s “Sexy Lingo” app here.More on Geek.com:YouPorn Responds to Starbucks Porn Ban by Banning StarbucksTinder Now Has a ‘Spring Break’ Mode for College HookupsWoman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating Appcenter_img Practicing pick-up lines abroad can be tough, but YouPorn is here to help: The adult entertainment platform just debuted “Sexy Lingo,” a new web-based app designed to help you flirt in different languages.YouPorn launched “Sexy Lingo” on Tuesday, which offers lessons in four key communication categories: The Basics, Starting a Conversation, Flirting, and Closing the Deal. Languages on the online application include French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. The 12-step program aims to help users to have safe and successful conversations in a foreign setting.last_img read more


first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow The family of a Tesla owner that was killed when the Model X he was driving with the Autopilot feature engaged crashed into a concrete highway median in California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the carmaker.The lawsuit alleges Tesla’s Autopilot feature was “defective” and caused the death of Apple engineer Walter Huang, according to a press release.BREAKING NEWS: Tesla hit with lawsuit by family of Walter Huang, Apple Engineer who died last year when autopilot in Model X steered him into a traffic barrier Southbound 101 in Mountain View. #ABC7now pic.twitter.com/1cEql1vllc— Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) May 1, 2019Huang, who was 38, died from injuries sustained after his 2017 Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier on U.S. 101 in Mountain View, Calif., on March 23, 2018. The vehicle’s semi-automated system “misread lane lines on the roadway, failed to detect the concrete median, and failed to brake the car, but instead accelerated into the median,” according to the complaint filed in the state court for Santa Clara County on April 26.A week after the crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk published a blog post saying “the driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision.”Tesla is “beta testing its Autopilot software on live drivers,” said Mark Fong, a partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, one of the firms representing Huang’s family. “The Huang family wants to help prevent this tragedy from happening to other drivers using Tesla vehicles or any semi-autonomous vehicles.”Family of Tesla Car Crash Victim Walter Huang Files Lawsuit Against Automaker, State of California (with @WalkupLawFirm) https://t.co/a3xlsahLda— Minami Tamaki LLP (@minamitamaki) May 1, 2019Huang’s family members told reporters that he’d mention how his vehicle would swerve toward the barrier while on Autopilot, and last year his brother said Huang complained to the Tesla dealership about it, according to Engadget.In his blog post, Musk said the reason this crash was so severe is because the crash attenuator, a highway safety barrier which is designed to reduce the impact into a concrete lane divider, had been crushed in a prior accident without being replaced. “We have never seen this level of damage to a Model X in any other crash,” he said.The allegations against Tesla include product liability, defective product design, failure to warn, breach of warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, and false advertising.The lawsuit also names the State of California Department of Transportation as a defendant. Huang’s vehicle impacted a concrete highway median that was missing its crash attenuator guard.More on Geek.com:Tesla’s New Vehicle Modes Protect Pets, CarsWatch: Teslas, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, TooWatch a Tesla Model 3 Get Assembled From Start to Finish Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ A one-year-old Arctic fox has left scientists “speechless” after it made an epic journey from Norway to Canada, covering 2,176 miles in a record-breaking 76 days.The female fox made the journey from Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, located between mainland Norway and the North Pole, to Ellesmere Island, Canada, according to research published in the journal Polar Research.Published this morning: “Arctic fox dispersal from Svalbard to Canada: one female’s long run across sea ice” https://t.co/vUvu4NbPEj This is the first satellite tracking of natal dispersal by an Arctic fox between continents. Authors: Eva Fuglei and Arnaud Tarroux pic.twitter.com/gowSov0OBA— Polar Research (@PolarResearch) June 25, 2019Scientists from Norway’s Polar Institute, which fitted the Arctic fox with a satellite transmitter in 2017, said it undertook one of the longest dispersal events — a movement from the birth place to a potential breeding location — ever recorded for the species, CNN reported.The fox started her journey in March 2018, at just under a year old. She walked nearly 1,000 miles from the archipelago near the North Pole to Greenland. She completed this leg in just 21 days, then began the second part of her trek.The fox then walked about 1,242 miles farther to Canada’s Ellesmere Island. The whole trek took her just 76 days, averaging about 28.4 miles a day. Amazingly, it covered 96.3 miles in just one day as it crossed the Greenland ice sheet.The Arctic fox used sea ice to travel from Norway to Greenland to Canada. (Photo Credit: Regis Vincent / Getty Images)Scientists said this is the fastest rate recorded for this species, 1.4 times faster than the previous known record held by an adult male Arctic fox that was tracked in Alaska.Researcher Eva Fuglei said the team couldn’t believe what they were seeing as they tracked the fox, which may have initially left Norway because of a scarcity of food.“We couldn’t believe our eyes at first,” Fuglei told Norway’s NRK public broadcaster. “We thought perhaps it was dead, or had been carried there on a boat, but there were no boats in the area. We were quite thunderstruck.”Fjellreven vandret via havisen fra #Svalbard i Europa til #Canada i Nord-Amerika i et tempo ingen forskere tidligere har dokumentert. Foto: Elise Stømseng Les mer: https://t.co/Gk3xirq3YE pic.twitter.com/adzOVNFfyx— Norsk Polarinstitutt (@NorskPolar) June 26, 2019Fuglei’s team has been tracking how foxes cope with the dramatic changes of the Arctic seasons.By crossing extensive stretches of sea and ice glacier during her journey, the fox highlighted “the exceptional movement capacity of this small-sized carnivore species,” the report said.Researchers believe the fox curled up in the snow to sit out bad weather, and may have sped up as it crossed the ice sheet due to limited foraging opportunities.The Arctic fox is an incredibly hardy animal that can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees F. (Photo Credit: micheldenijs / Getty Images)The ambitious fox cold have traveled even farther, but its current whereabouts is unknown as the transmitter stopped working on February 6, 2019.According to National Geographic, the Arctic fox is an incredibly hardy animal that can survive frigid Arctic temperatures as low as minus 58 degrees F in the treeless lands where it makes its home.The average Arctic fox lives to be three to six years old in the wild. They eat practically any animal — alive or dead — but rely on populations of rodents, especially lemmings, voles, and other small mammals. They will also eat birds, insects, eggs, berries, reptiles, and amphibians.More on Geek.com:This Tiny Bird Made One of the Longest Migrations Ever — And It Was Wearing a BackpackStrange ‘Cat-Fox’ Found in French Island Could Be New SpeciesPhotographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Wild Videolast_img read more


first_img Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida Stay on target The South Carolina Aquarium is mourning the loss of its “extremely rare” albino alligator Alabaster, who died Friday after showing signs of an infection, which caused a red discoloration in his skin.“Our entire Aquarium family is mourning the loss of Alabaster,” South Carolina Aquarium CEO and President Kevin Mills said. “This is an animal that would never have survived in the wild. For more than a decade he lived here at the Aquarium, captivating the hearts of staff and guests alike and serving as an ambassador for his species. He will be dearly missed.”Alabaster came to the South Carolina Aquarium in 2009. (Photo Credit: Nathan Bell / SCA)The 22-year-old Alabaster began showing signs of infection late last week, namely a red discoloration on his skin. Aquarium husbandry and vet staff administered treatments to help Alabaster’s body fight off the infection, including fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, and nutrient supplementation, according to an Aquarium press release.“Unfortunately, Alabaster wasn’t showing significant signs of improvement. Despite our best efforts, Alabaster passed away [Friday] morning,” the Aquarium said.Alabaster came to the South Carolina Aquarium in 2009. He had albinism, a condition where he lacked melanin (or coloration) in his skin and eyes.After 10 years of bringing smiles to aquarium visitors + staff, Alabaster the albino alligator passed away this morning. It was proven through the staff’s incredible care + the support from visitors that Alabaster was one well-loved gator. // : @SCaquarium pic.twitter.com/8Hn8tfCgBg— CHStoday (@thechstoday) July 19, 2019“[Alabaster] had countless admirers, especially when he flashed his toothy grin,” the Aquarium said. “Some may have only taken note of his stillness, but he was so much more than that. Alabaster served as an incredible ambassador for the American alligator species and was an inspiration for many to care about the natural world.”Albino alligators are extremely rare – it is estimated there are only about 50 in the world. Albino animals have sensitivities to light, poor eyesight and are prone to skin issues. They also cannot camouflage themselves, leaving them exposed to predators. Because of these factors, Alabaster could not have survived in the wild.Alabaster battled signs of infection, which caused a red discoloration on his skin. (Photo Credit: SCA)The American Alligator was on the brink of extinction, but thanks to the Endangered Species Act has made a remarkable recovery,” Mills said. “We have Alabaster to thank for helping inspire a new generation of environmental stewards to care for animals and species at risk.”According to the Aquarium, staff members and vets are still working to determine what infection Alabaster was fighting.“We’re still doing all that we can to determine what Alabaster was fighting, in the hopes that sharing our findings can help others working with this rare and special animal.,” the Aquarium said.More on Geek.com:Tennessee Police Warn of ‘Meth-Gators,’ Urge Users Not to Flush Drugs‘Chance the Snapper’ Alligator Finally Captured in ChicagoWatch: Alligator Rescued After Found With Soccer Ball Lodged in Mouthlast_img read more