Dead Whale Shows Highest Pollutant Level Ever Seen by Scientists in an Animal

© AP Photo/ NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center A dead orca whale that washed up on the shore of a Scottish isle has been revealed to have the highest concentration of dangerous pollutants ever recorded. Following the dead whale’s discovery in January on a small island, researchers with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), a group that according to their website, “collates all data from stranded marine animals around Scotland,” conducted an autopsy that revealed astonishingly high levels of dangerous pollutants, including highly toxic manmade polychlorinated biphenyls (PBCs). Scientists conducting the autopsy said the PCB levels are the highest ever recorded in an animal, according to Ibtimes. The … Continue reading Dead Whale Shows Highest Pollutant Level Ever Seen by Scientists in an Animal

Rules of ascent

image edited by Web Investigator For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better? Paul Sagar is a junior research fellow in politics and international relations at King’s College at the University of Cambridge. When asked in the 1920s why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory notoriously quipped: ‘Because it’s there.’ It was a flippant remark, of course, but also an instance of what Friedrich Nietzsche had called ‘superficiality out of profundity’. For Mallory’s retort conveyed the deep human impulse to attempt challenging, … Continue reading Rules of ascent

France Est Fini

By Jim Kirwan “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’ (in French ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité’) is a tripartite motto in the form of a hendiatris, i.e. a phrase used for emphasis, in which three words are used to express one idea. The motto finds its origins in the French Revolution when it was first used in a speech from Robespierre on 5 December 1790 when dealing with the organisation of the National Guard.” All of that is Dead & Gone now… “France has chosen to go quietly into the cold, dark night. Instead of rising up against the jihad and islamization of France, they … Continue reading France Est Fini