In Japan, food scientists working in the highly competitive sushi-restaurant industry have for years been searching for ways to attract customers and enhance people’s dining experiences. Recently, a promising method has been to alter the taste and smell of fish used in traditional sushi dishes, which can be achieved by mixing special ingredients into fish […]
Historically, there is a sense that humans and wild elephants have been able to coexist in relative peace whenever and wherever they’ve shared a common space. However in recent decades, human/elephant relations have gravitated towards conflict. On the one hand, elephant numbers are dropping precipitously in most parts of the world due to general habitat loss and […]
Photographs by Christian Ziegler WHAT IS HAL? HAL is short for HumAnimaLab or Human-Animal-Laboratory. And it’s a research group that aims to identify both legal and illegal wildlife trading networks at local and global scales. At the moment, HAL is curious about many things, such as the identity and relationships between network actors, the nature […]
Photographs by Brent Stirton WHAT IS WILDLIFE? The term “wildlife” refers to all fauna and flora. “Fauna” comprises all animals such as mammals, reptiles, birds and fish, while “flora” includes plants such as orchids and trees. WHAT IS THE WILDLIFE TRADE? For centuries, animal and plant life has been the object of trade by humans. […]
“There now appears to be a plausible pathway for reviving species that have been extinct for several decades, centuries, or even millennia. I conducted an ethical analysis of de-extinction of long extinct species. I assessed several possible ethical considerations in favor of pursuing de-extinction: that it is a matter of justice; that it would reestablish […]
“Humans have intricately intertwined their existence with bees for millennia. Interestingly, bee keeping and honey hunting have been largely ignored in the archaeological or ethnographic records, and we have to be satisfied with minor glimpses into such activities. One of the earliest recorded instances of humans interacting with bee products comes from a modest spear point found in a Spanish cave, which was attached to its shaft with the aid of bee’s wax 40,000 years ago.” More here.
“A Metropolitan police officer who has been crawling the London Marathon in a gorilla costume since the race began on [April 23rd] has completed the 26-mile route. […] He has slept at friends’ houses in the evenings after completing
about 10 to 12 hours and 4.5 miles per day and has swapped between
crawling on hands and knees and up on hands and feet to save his
blistered knees. Harrison crossed the finish line on the Mall flanked by his two sons and beating his chest.” Story here.