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Beautiful New Zealand X: New Zealand Ascending

A new time lapse film by Martin Heck of Timestorm Films came out this week. ‘New Zealand Ascending’ It took sixteen weeks of production time and 185,000 photos to make a film of less than seven minutes. The result, as always is beautiful. New’s Zealand’s Māori name is Aotearoa, which means “Land of the Long White Cloud”. That’s particularly appropriate for this... read more

Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Executive Order is Being Used to Recruit Islamist Terrorists

Donald Trump spent his election campaign making statements like this one from a 7 December 2015 press release. Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. There were even calls for a Muslim registry.   Those statements and others like them morphed into the recent executive... read more

Simon’s Cat: Valentine’s Day with Extras

Valentine’s Day was yesterday in New Zealand, and I was going to post these then, but I was having a Bad Day so it didn’t get done. I was having a Bad Day before I even remembered it was Valentine’s Day, but that made it worse of course. I’m quite sure many more people have a Bad Day on 14 February than a good one. I’m equally sure that for many Valentine’s Day is the... read more

Widespread Child Sexual Abuse in Australia’s Catholic Church

The Australian government set up the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2013. There were ongoing revelations in the media of institutions moving alleged abusers moving from school to school rather than reporting them to the police. Further, some people, usually senior church, government, and law enforcement figures, allegedly hadn’t tried to stop further abuse... read more

Cool Spy Animals

As so often, it was reader and science communicator Amy Carparelli (@AmyAmylou1993 on Twitter) who brought this to my attention. John Nolan is making animatronic animals at his studio in London for use as spy animals. They’re for use in the filming of an upcoming documentary series. Spy Pup by John Downer The first is a meerkat pup, which the video says has taken months to design and build. They... read more

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