# Wednesday, November 17, 2010

According to this article sensors are to be installed in Norfolk in an effort to cut the number of owls being killed by traffic. The Hawk and Owl trust will identify black spots where barn owls have been killed in the past. They will install a type of sensor at these spots that has already been trialled on moose in Sweden and the great grey owl. The sensors work by reacting to car headlights and emitting a noise that deflects wildlife away from the road. It is hoped that the noise will alert owls and other birds of prey as they hunt along the roadside verges and reduce the mortality rate of birds killed on the road.

posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:04:57 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Scientists are planning an operation to save seabirds on the Pitcairn Islands. Henderson petrels are one of four rare birds that are found only on the island. They are under threat because their chicks are being eaten alive by rats with which the island has become infested. Nearly 50 million pellets of rat poison will be dropped on the islands in an effort to save the birds. Other species that are threatened include the Henderson reed-warbler, the Henderson crake, the Henderson fruit-dove and the Henderson lorikeet. The operation will cost around £1.7 million and the whole island will need to be covered with around 98 tonnes of cereal pellets. For it to be successful is would be essential that no single pregnant rat remains alive.

posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 9:47:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 15, 2010

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According to this article Dyson have recently released an attachment that can be used to vacuum your pet. The £40 tool is designed to remove loose hair from your pet quickly before it gets stuck on carpets and furnishings. Unfortunately I don’t think I could use it on my cats, they are terrified of the vacuum cleaner and bolt for the door as soon as I take it out of the cupboard.

posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 11:53:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Scientists have found that Drongos in the Kalahari have developed a way of stealing food from meerkats. The birds follow the animals around until the meerkats have found some food and then fake alarm calls. This causes the meerkats to run for their burrows abandoning the food and leaving it for the birds. The birds do not use their own alarm calls but those of other species changing them frequently. This persuades the meerkat that there is a dangerous predator in the area.

posted on Monday, November 15, 2010 11:49:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 14, 2010

According to this article a new speed camera has been developed that can catch drivers for a number of other offences. Not only can they tell whether a driver is going too fast. They will also be able to tell whether a driver is wearing a seatbelt, measure the distance between cars to tell whether someone is tailgating, look for out of date tax discs, note numbers plates and check whether a driver has insurance. The new cameras have been funded by the European commission and developed by a consortium of European universities and research institutes. They are currently being tested in Finland and so far have been given a cautious welcome by UK motoring organisations. As most traffic offences and accidents are caused by drivers with no tax or insurance I wonder whether this might go some way to taking some of these cars of the road. After all these things are legal requirements if you don’t have them, you shouldn’t be driving in the first place.

posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:22:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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I have always been fascinated by these brightly coloured birds so was pleased to read this article. It suggests that kingfisher numbers are on the rise. In fact the number of kingfishers seen by members of the public has risen 217% between March and September. It seems the rise is because of the increase in water quality which means kingfishers are more able to hunt for their food. It is now estimated that there are between 4,800 and 8,000 breeding pairs across the UK so it might be worth looking out for one next time you are near a stream.

posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:14:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 13, 2010

According to this article Marks and Spencer are currently in talks with the government about signing up for their Green Deal policy. Under the policy home owners are offered an energy efficiency survey to find out where they can make improvements. Measures such as double glazing and solar panels are then paid for by the company offering the Green Deal. The customer will then pay back the cost through their regular fuel bill. It is thought other retailers such as Tesco, B&Q and British Gas are also interested in signing up for the scheme which could create as many as 100,000 new jobs and also slash Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions.

posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:30:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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According to this article a Barack Obama sex doll is on sale in China. The doll features a blue suit and red tie and has his face screen printed onto the head. It was recently exhibited at the 8th Sex Culture Festival in the city of Guangzhou. It is not yet clear how popular the doll have proven to be.

posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:26:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 12, 2010

article-1326166-0BE426D5000005DC-192_224x572According to this article this jumpsuit is currently the latest “must have”. Called the OnePiece some call it the adult babygro. It is a full bodied fleece that zips up from the crotch area to the forehead and comes in a variety of colours. Prices start at £80 for a plain design. It certainly looks nice and warm, I can see how it might be good for really cold winter nights.  

posted on Friday, November 12, 2010 12:33:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 11, 2010

According to this article a New Zealand wine will become the first to display the carbon emissions per glass. Mobius Marlborough sauvignon blanc will show the full environmental impact of each individual glass serving on its label. The information will of course be different depending on where it is sold. Bottles sold in New Zealand are expected to carry a figure of 140g of CO2 whereas bottles shipped to Australia will display something in the region of 190g. Wines shipped to the UK will have a much higher figure. It will certainly be interesting to see the information but I wonder how much it will affect which wines people choose. I would happily buy English wine but it is impossible to find in the supermarket.

posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:55:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 10, 2010

That’s according to this article which suggests taking regular exercise can help to ward off the common cold by boosting the immune system. Whilst it is hard often hard to find the motivation to exercise in the winter it seems it may be the best thing to help ward off winter bugs. The research which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the severity of common cold symptoms fell by 41% in those people that were the fittest. People who were physically active on five or more days a week suffered symptoms for only half the time compared to those who did little exercise. It looks like its time to get the exercise bike out then.

posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:40:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback