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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova September 25, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking September 25, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow September 25, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • El cisne negro. Nueva edición ampliada y revisada - Nassim Nicholas Taleb September 25, 2017
    ¿Qué es un cisne negro? Para empezar, es un suceso improbable, sus consecuencias son importantes y todas las explicaciones que se puedan ofrecer a posteriori no tienen en cuenta el azar y sólo buscan encajar lo imprevisible en un modelo perfecto. El éxito de Google y You Tube, y hasta ell 11-S, son “cisnes negros”. Para Nassim Nicholas Taleb, los cisnes negr […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku September 25, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day September 25, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach September 25, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein September 25, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking September 25, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • EnCambio - Estanislao Bachrach September 25, 2017
    EnCambio te va a permitir alumbrar los procesos por los cuales te comportás de determinada manera con el fin de dejar atrás aquellos hábitos y conductas que ya no te sirven. El objetivo es que aprendas del potencial que tiene tu cerebro para cambiar y la capacidad que tenés vos para modificarlo. Este año cambio de trabajo, empiezo el gimnasio, bajo esos kili […]
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Canine Nursery Nanny Reports For Tiger Cub Duty At Cincinnati Zoo

Blakely the Australian Shepherd Filling in as Parent to One-Month-Old Tiger Cubs Three rare Malayan tiger cubs, all female, have been cared for by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s nursery staff since they were born on February 3, 2017, and ignored by their mother. Their care team now includes the Zoo’s four-legged, resident nursery companion and former nanny to several Zoo babies, Blakely the Australian shepherd. The six-year-old super dog has been called into action to provide snuggling, comfort and a body to climb.“He’s more than just a large, warm pillow for the cubs. Blakely is the adult in the room. He teaches them proper tiger etiquette by checking them when they’re getting too rough or aggressive,” said Dawn Strasser, head of Cincinnati Zoo’s nursery staff. “This is something that their human surrogates can’t do.” The cubs, named Chira (because she was treated by a chiropractor), Batari (which means goddess) and Izzy (which means promised by God,) would have received similar cues from their mom […]

Caring for a Preemie Baby Hippo – First Weeks with Fiona

by Wendy Rice, Head Keeper, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Africa Department It wasn’t long ago that we shared the news of our ultrasound success with the world. We had made history and captured the first in utero images of a Nile hippo fetus, confirming that one of our zoo’s newest and most charismatic residents, Bibi, was pregnant for the first time in her life. With proof that a little bundle of joy was on the way, our department busily set about finalizing birth plans, baby proofing, and discussing every possible “what if” scenario we might come across. At that point we were roughly 6 months into an 8 month gestational period and we were right on track and prepared for a baby hippo’s arrival sometime in March of 2017. But even the best laid plans do not always prepare us for the curveballs that Mother Nature sometimes throws. Early on Monday, January 23rd, Bibi started exhibiting behaviors that were consistent with signs of labor. She seemed agitated and uncomfortable, and her usual carefree water acrobatics had been replaced with concentrated and methodical laps around the pool. She held her tail at weird angles and kept rolling onto her sides, trying to ease some sort of discomfort she was obviously feeling. […]

Green is the New Orange this Halloween! Cincinnati Zoo helps consumers choose eeek-o-friendly sweets.

Buying certain kinds of candy for the army of sweet-seeking ghouls and boys that might show up at your house this Halloween could save an orangutan’s life! The Sumatran orangutan stands on the edge of extinction in the wild because palm oil plantations have destroyed their rainforest habitat. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, also known as the greenest Zoo in America, has created a handy shopping guide to help consumers choose products made with Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). […]

Building a Backyard Paradise From Plant Cuttings

I’d been wandering around the garden for the past two hours. Hot, thirsty, and running out of time, I was starting to feel like the last place contestant at a scavenger hunt. It was my very first attempt at propagating plants from cuttings and I had been given a small window of time to take my pick of the over seven thousand plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State to propagate and grow in my own back yard paradise. Normally taking cuttings from plants at the arboretum would get you turned in to campus police and kicked out of NC State’s little patch of Eden. But not me, not right then. I was taking a propagation workshop, where I learned to take cuttings from plants and grow them into new plants. Just when I was despairing of ever finding the plants I was looking for, our instructor Chris Glenn appeared to save me. […]

Oaksterdam University Returns To Las Vegas March 11-14 With Horticulture Seminar

Oaksterdam University, the first cannabis college in the United States, will be in Las Vegas March 11 to 14, 2016, to host its renown Cannabis Horticulture Seminar. The entire seminar will be held at The Plaza Hotel and is the most comprehensive and advanced learning opportunity in the country for prospective and existing cannabis growers. […]

‘Ranchers’ Demand Less Protected Lands; Native Tribes Call for More

The first time we saw the Sandhill Cranes, Frank and I felt like we were in heaven. Rounding a corner in a residential neighborhood in Kissimmee, Florida in 1996, we came upon a flock of these elegant, statuesque birds, almost five feet tall, their gray bodies capped with a bright red patch on their head. They were in the median dividing two lanes, leaping up and flapping their wings, displaying and calling to each other in a fascinating mating ritual. We watched in delight from the curb, and wrote rapturously about the experience in the next issue of our environmental newsletter. Thus began our love affair with Sandhill Cranes, and units of the National Wildlife Refuge System where they live in large numbers. We’re wildly anticipating fulfilling our dream this March and seeing the Great Sandhill Crane Migration in Nebraska. Greater Sandhill Cranes in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are almost five feet tall with a six-and-a-half foot wingspan and mate for life. So when I learned that one of our country’s National Wildlife Refuges had been seized by armed militia challenging the federal government to reduce the amount of land it protects, I found the idea shocking and preposterous on multiple levels. It strikes me as a dangerous escalation in a movement that seeks to seize and sell off our publicly owned lands. First, the 630-plus million acres of land that we have in protection belong to the entire American population – not to any one segment or interest group. The wildlife refuges in particular are set aside for the propagation of wildlife species. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge where the siege is underway was established after a wide-scale slaughter of birds in the region was brought to the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt. The President used his executive authority to set aside the area “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” Takeover by an armed militia is definitely inconsistent with that purpose. Secondly, this insurrection disrupts the rhythm of life for the animals in the preserve, and deprives the workforce and visitors of the right to use the facilities that all Americans collectively pay for with our tax dollars. But in a stark demonstration of contrasting values, while this faction of extremist ‘ranchers’ flout our laws and demand that the federal government reduce the land set aside for public use, the original inhabitants of the American landscape are petitioning President Obama to protect MORE land for the benefit of this and future generations. A view of the Bears Ears region in Southeastern Utah that the Coalition is seeking to protect as a National Monument. Salt Lake Tribune photo. Members of the Hopi, Navajo, Utes, Ute Mountain Utes and Zuni and others in the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition are calling on President Obama to use his executive authority to protect their sacred lands in the Bears Ears, Utah, as a national monument. The area includes the ancestral homelands of their forebears going back many millennia, and monument status would protect these lands from continued destruction and save the archeological and cultural records they contain for this and future generations. I can’t help chuckling at what it means when extremist ‘ranchers’ who are relative newcomers to the land want less of it to be saved for the American public, but the Natives to whom all the land originally belonged want more to be protected for posterity. I expected 2016 to be The Year of Public Lands as it marks the much-anticipated Centennial Celebrations of the National Park Service. I felt our forests and national wildlife refuges would get a much needed boost of national attention from the overflow of media attention. I was confident things were on track when the National Parks headlined the Rose Parade in Pasadena New Year’s Day, and the venerated CBS Sunday Morning Show January 3 closed with a salute to the Centennial, its Moment of Nature featuring Yellowstone National Park. “Buffalo Soldier” Ranger Shelton Johnson astride his horse in the Rose Parade New Years Day that featured the National Parks. How could I have known that our wildlife refuges would be topping the national news because of a siege? I am trusting that law enforcement will safely and speedily restore the rule of law and bring those responsible to justice. For the integrity of our protected lands system and the web of life represented by the Sandhill Cranes and other wild creatures in our national parks, refuges and forests, we the people need to step up. Let the media and our elected officials know that we value our protected lands and we want more, not less of our nation’s resources to be conserved for our future. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

The Swazi Elephants: Mercy Mission or Life Sentence?

Three American zoos — the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, and Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska — have applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for permits to import 18 wild-captured African elephants from Swaziland. The elephants currently live in one of three protected parks managed by Big Game Parks (BGP), a non-profit trust, for the government of Swaziland, a tiny southern African nation bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. The organization says the areas are overcrowded with elephants, pushing endangered black rhinos closer to extinction, and has threatened to kill the 18 elephants if permits allowing their exportation are not issued. But look at the facts and it looks less like a mercy mission than a lucrative business deal — and a life sentence for the elephants. Elephants for Sale BGP manages wildlife with little if any government oversight and has conveniently neglected to note that the total national population from which the 18 elephants will be extracted numbers about 35. Not to mention that the elephants occupy only small fenced portions of the reserves, posing no considerable threat to other wildlife. Thus far, BGP has presented no evidence of significant habitat competition between elephants and rhinos. Nor has the organization demonstrated that it has made any effort to move the elephants to protected areas elsewhere in Africa, where they could continue to live free with their families. A recent article detailed various options that would allow the elephants to remain in Africa, including taking down fences, finding more land, or putting them on contraception. One organization has even offered to pay their relocation costs. Conservation or Commerce? But it’s in Big Game Parks’ financial interest to close the deal. Under the agreement, the zoos will pay BGP a total of $450,000 for the elephants over the next five years. In exchange, each zoo will receive six elephants. Big Game Parks will have to win approval for the deal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the treaty that regulates international trade in wildlife. But it should be just a formality. CITES requires its signatories to “designate one or more Management Authorities in charge of administering [the] licensing system and one or more Scientific Authorities to advise them on the effects of trade on the status of the species.” Conveniently, Big Game Parks CEO Ted Reilly serves both as Swaziland’s Scientific Authority and its Management Authority, which means he will review and decide on BGP’s export permit himself — a clear conflict of interest. This is not the first time BGP has used extortion to make money off elephants. In 2003, it sold 11 elephants to San Diego Wild Animal Park in California and Lowry Park Zoo in Florida, making a similar threat to kill the elephants unless the export took place. Despite offers from two reserves in South Africa and one in Mozambique to rehome the elephants, BGP refused to explore those options. In late October 2015, 80 scientists; conservationists; and elephant care, animal welfare, and policy experts from around the world, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), signed a letter opposing the import. “The proposed killing of elephants to maintain small numbers in equally small compounds in Swaziland is not sound conservation, nor is exporting them for display in zoos,” read the letter. “It is possible that the 2003 transaction, approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, created an incentive for Swaziland to persist in its poor conservation approach.” Wanted: Fresh Blood for Zoos Many zoos’ elephant programs are at a crossroads. Elephants are famously ill suited to captivity in zoos. No zoo can provide anything close to the amount of space elephants, who can roam up to thirty miles a day, need. Zoo exhibits are virtually devoid of the stimuli and challenges elephants encounter in a natural environment, partly so visitors can have an unobstructed view of the animals. Elephants in zoos have shorter life expectancy than those in the wild: they spend too much time standing on unyielding surfaces that eventually cause incurable, painful foot and joint problems, arthritis, and osteomyelitis (terminal bone disease), leading zoos to euthanize them, often in their mid-40s. Elephants who live in the wild are considered in their prime at that age. At the same time, zoos’ elephant breeding programs have been notoriously unsuccessful. Elephants reproduce poorly in captivity. Zoos spend large sums of money on repeated artificial insemination attempts that fail as often as not, and the calves who do result have poor survival rates. As a result, the population of elephants in U.S. zoos is dwindling faster than captive breeding programs can replenish it. “Despite proof of the systemic failures of zoo practices and policies affecting elephants, the zoo industry has become more resolute in seeking out nations abroad from which to plunder elephants to restock zoo exhibits,” read the expert letter. “This practice is an unacceptable consequence of the unnatural conditions provided by zoos, and should not be allowed to continue.” Baby Elephants and Ticket Sales In contrast to framing the deal publicly as a rescue mission, the Dallas Zoo’s 1,094-page importation application to the FWS states, “the primary justification for the import is captive propagation [of African elephants].” CITES expressly defines captive breeding programs as “commercial activity” and prohibits the import of African elephants for such purposes. “As a general rule, import or introduction…must have as a priority the long-term protection and recovery of the species in the wild,”the treaty states. “The captive-breeding or artificial propagation program must be part of a program aimed at the recovery of the species in the wild and be undertaken with the support of a country within the species’ native range.” The intended use of the 18 elephants is to bring fresh genes into the captive breeding programs that have proven unsustainable in U.S. zoos, not to bolster the species in the wild. All resulting calves will remain in captivity in the U.S. Sedgwick County Zoo Director Mark Reed told The Wichita Eagle, “It’s not a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when’ we will have young elephant calves born here…That’s going to skyrocket the attendance like nothing ever has here before.” Nonetheless, FWS rejected a petition by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and a coalition of groups to extend the public comment period by 60 days to allow for full examination of the application. On November 23, ALDF joined PETA, Performing Animal Welfare Society, and captive wildlife attorney Deborah Robinson in submitting official comments, urging FWS to deny the Dallas Zoo’s permit application. By rushing through a less-than-transparent permit process, FWS is setting a dangerous precedent. At a time when the U.S. should be helping African nations preserve and defend their embattled wildlife, the government appears to be acting as a broker for questionable business deals. And, perhaps most disturbing, the most important aspect — determining what is in the best interest of the elephants themselves — may figure only nominally in the final decision. Animal Legal Defense Fund will examine all available legal avenues to ensure the elephants’ interests are considered. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]