National Geographic reporter Bryan Christy commissioned two fake elephant tusks embedded with GPS, then planted them to track ivory smuggling routes from the Central African Republic into Sudan.
As with blood diamonds, the ivory is used by armed groups like Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army to buy weapons and medicine. The trackers showed that ivory on this route was hand-carried through the jungle, then likely driven into Sudan, where the ivory was either stored or the GPS devices were disabled.
Ivory's Human Toll is September's National Geographic cover story, and Warlords of Ivory is their in-depth documentary about the slaughter of 30,000 elephants a year.
Watch marine biologist Ocean Ramsey (yes, Ocean is her first name!) swim with a 20-foot great white shark off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. First spotted off Guadalupe in 2014, this animal, nicknamed “Deep Blue,” is thought to be the largest great white in the world. They’re definitely going to need a bigger boat. “We […]
Champ, the lake monster that reportedly lives in Lake Champlain, may soon appear on Vermont license plates. Representative Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Junction) introduced legislation to create the plate to raise money for the state’s clean water fund and raise awareness about water conservation. From WCAX: “For me, it involves thinking out of the box about […]
Science writer Ed Yong has an amazing whodunit at The Atlantic on how genetic science can help stop elephant poaching.
These days, there isn’t much our iPhone camera can’t do – except feel like an actual phone. Despite years of steadily increasing resolution and image sensing technology, we’re still taking shots awkwardly with two hands, fumbling for the shutter button. Leave it to an avid photographer to design Shuttercase, a versatile iPhone case that solves […]
Still determined to keep those New Year’s health resolutions? If you’re going to stick with the exercise plan, it’s enough of a challenge to budget your time. No need for your financial budget to take a hit, too. Here’s a more convenient – and cheaper – alternative to a gym membership or Peloton bike: Two […]
Want a career in web design? It’s true that these days, most anyone can throw up a page or two. But for true workhorse web design, you’ll sometimes need to match the platform to the project. Enter the Complete Front-End Developer Bundle, an educational grand tour around the best tools for the web. For beginners, […]