# Friday, May 06, 2011

According to this article Nepal’s population of rhinos appears to be growing. the news is encouraging for the species as they have suffered years of decline caused by a civil war and poaching. It is thought the population now stands at 534 animals compared with 435 in 2008. The increase in numbers has been put down to an effective anti-poaching strategy and improved relationships with the communities near to where the animals live.

posted on Friday, May 06, 2011 10:07:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

That’s according to this article which suggests the term “pet” is insulting to animals. Leading academics claim that domestic animals should be referred to “companion animals” whilst their owners should be called “human carers”. The call comes from the editors of the Journal of Animal Ethics which argues that derogatory language about animals can affect the way they are treated. Other terms such as wildlife are also deemed to be insulting instead we should use the the term “free living”. The journal also condemns the use of “critters” and “beasts”.

posted on Friday, May 06, 2011 9:59:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 05, 2011

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This is cute, it’s a new European sport, rabbit show jumping. It was invented in Sweden in the 80’s but is becoming increasingly popular. The rabbits have to jump fences of varying height and length. the more jumps a rabbit clears the higher it’s score. There is also a time element to the competitions. It’s well worth checking out the video to see the rabbits in action.

posted on Thursday, May 05, 2011 10:58:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 04, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests females are drawn to pinks and reds and men to blues and greens. Apparently this is due to our hunter gatherer past meaning women’s brains have become fine-tuned to the purples and reds of ripe fruits and berries. Men, on the other hand have developed a preference for the blue skies that signal it is good weather for hunting. The theory comes from Chinese scientists who asked more than 350 students to study 11 colours and rank them in order of preference. This revealed the women to favour pink, purple and white and the men liked blue and green. Personally I have always hated pink but do have a preference for purple and lilac.

posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:07:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Allotment 1st May

The allotment is gradually progressing. From it’s initial bramble patch a month ago it has really started to take shape. We now have beans and potatoes in the ground and will soon be ready to put the sweet corn in. A couple more weeks and we should have the top part of the plot double dug and ready for more crops. We are leaving the bottom half wild for now, to give us a shaded area to get out of the sun and also to see what sort of crop we get from the damson trees. It’s certainly encouraging to see how far it has already come.

posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:01:54 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 03, 2011

According to this article sprinkling your food with chilli peppers can help to curb your appetite. Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana found that capsaicin in the peppers helps to reduce hunger and also increases energy expenditure burning more calories. It is more effective in those people who don’t regularly eat chillies. The study measured the effects of half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and tested 26 people, 13 who, liked spicy food and 12 who did not. The study found that those who did not regularly eat chillies also experienced a decrease of hunger, especially for fatty, salty and sweet foods. It seems, however, that once people become familiar to the effect that it becomes less effective.

posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 11:27:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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This is interesting it’s the case of a flock of white sheep that have produced only black lambs. The flock of 37 white sheep and 1 white ram have produced a total of 60 black lambs. In sheep the black gene is recessive so in cases where a white ram and a white ewe have both the black and white genes for fleece colour, they have only a 25% chance of producing a black lamb. However, the odds are actually much lower than this as it it a rare occurrence for white sheep to have both the black and white gene. It is thought that the lambs are either the result of a genetic throwback or perhaps a rogue black ram in the area breaking into the field.

posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 11:25:46 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, May 02, 2011
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This interesting looking sculpture has been created by artist Keisuke Yamada who likes to carve faces out of bananas. He uses a toothpick and a spoon to create the faces which take about half an hour to perfect. When he is finished he takes a picture of the completed piece before eating it. So far he has created 11 pieces including skulls and dragons. It will be interesting to see what else he comes up with and indeed whether he starts to get sick of eating bananas and moves onto other fruit.

posted on Monday, May 02, 2011 10:03:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Bumper cars have always been fun, with part of that fun being that you can bump into the other drivers. It seems, however, that with health and safety regulations bumping is no longer allowed. According to this article several Butlin’s resorts have now been instructed to ban people who are found to be bumping into each other. Resorts at Bognar Regis, Minehead and Skegness now have “no bumping signs” by the bumper cars and staff can ban anyone who is found to doing just that. In fact the resorts now call the cars Dodgems rather than bumper cars and say that the fun is in dodging people rather than in bumping into them. The rules appear to have put into place for fear that people may blame injuries on the cars and raise compensation claims.
posted on Monday, May 02, 2011 10:01:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 01, 2011

According to this article there has been a record number of dumped and unwanted pet rabbits this Spring. That’s according to the Blue Cross which last week warned people not to buy their children rabbits for Easter. They have also called upon on rabbit owners to have their pets neutered to stop them producing unwanted litters. It seems owners often get the sex of rabbits wrong and end up with unexpected litters. This coupled with the fact that many people are finding it hard to make ends meet and taking pets into rescue centres has led to a 69% increase in the numbers of unwanted rabbits. I’m not really sure why someone would buy a pet rabbit for Easter, surely taking on a pet requires a little more thought. I think chocolate rabbits are a much more appropriate gift.

posted on Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:36:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

That’s the message from the health experts who say that hand cleaning gels do not kill some dangerous germs. The article looks mainly at petting zoos and the farm germs that are carried by the animals. It seems that many people simply rely on hand cleaning gels to protect them rather than washing their hands properly with soap and water. Whereas hand sanitising gels can be useful, they do not kill germs such as E coli which can be picked up from sheep and goats. I find it laughable that people may not understand the need to properly wash their hands after touching animals. It was drilled into me from a young age, to always wash my hands after touching any animals at petting zoos, and this is something I also apply to my household pets.

posted on Sunday, May 01, 2011 9:33:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 30, 2011

This is an interesting video regarding colour blindness and the impact it can have on video gamers. Personally I aware of the issues as my husband is colour blind, however, it seems many people have trouble distinguishing between different colours on screen. Whilst I can only imagine, how this can affect daily life, with video games opposing terms are often distinguished by using colour. This in many cases can lead to a colour blind gamer shooting his team mates by mistake because he cannot see the difference between the red and green labels for example. Some games appear to be moving to correct the problem by giving their games a colour blind friendly option but it would be good to see this more widely available amongst the popular game titles.

posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:54:33 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

spider-620_1877033cAs someone who is terrified of spiders, for me this is something out of a nightmare. It is the largest ever spider fossil ever found. Thought be around 165 million years old the spider would have had a six inch leg span. The fossil was a Golden Orb Weaver spider named Nephila jurassica and would have lived in the forests of northern China. The spiders still thrive today and it is common for them to reach a length of two inches and a leg span of six inches. Eeek.

posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:48:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 29, 2011

article-0-0BBB6B9200000578-239_634x678Jesus appears in some odd places with one of the more recent being discovered on a sock. James Henderson was surprised to find this image of Jesus on his sock after spilling bleach on it. Naturally he was astonished to find such clear likeness and is now keeping the sock as he feels it would be disrespectful to throw it away.

posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 11:38:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback