Roger Williams Park Zoo Welcomes Endangered Tree Kangaroo
Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island has just announced the birth of a Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo, born in October last year. The female joey, named Holly, is the first tree kangaroo birth at the zoo in over 20 years, and one of only one of three born in captivity in the U.S. last year.
The 2-month-old cub at the Toronto Zoo hasn’t quite nailed walking, but he’s definitely got being cute figured out.
Scholars Discover New Poems from Ancient Greek Poetess Sappho
Only a few poems of the Greek poetess Sappho’s work have survived but thanks to a leading scholar’s investigation two new works have just been recovered—and gives experts hope to find more.
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Not a snowstorm, a traffic jam or a daunting six-mile walk through fresh powder could stop an Alabama neurosurgeon from getting to the hospital where he was needed for emergency surgery.
The content of the bottle’s message gave its finders ‘goose bumps.’
Panda cub Bao Bao makes public debut at National Zoo
NBC Washington: 5-month-old panda cub Bao Bao made her public debut at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to a crowd of eager spectators.
The zoo says the panda house will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Visitors will be allowed into the building in small groups to avoid overcrowding.
Bao Bao may be visible inside or outside, depending on the day, curators said. The amount of time she and her mom, Mei Xiang, will be on view will depend on their behavior each day.
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HARTFORD – The Connecticut Insurance Department is directing all health insurance companies operating in the state to provide coverage of mental health counseling, hormone therapy, surgery and other treatments related to a patient’s gender transition.
A big victory for trans rights: A lot of insurance companies refuse to cover gender reassignment surgery, but Connecticut ruled last week that all insurers in the state have to cover both the surgery and other treatments related to gender dysphoria, including hormone therapy and counseling. The determination was based on two existing laws: One banning discrimination based on gender identity, and one requiring insurers to cover mental health treatment. Gender dysphoria is listed as a mental health disorder in the latest DSM; while there are a lot of reasons one could reasonably be upset about this, the upshot is that it gave the Connecticut Insurance Department additional legal justification for bolstering the rights of trans folk in the state.
Water Plume ‘Unequivocally’ Detected at Dwarf Planet Ceres
Astronomers analyzing data from the now defunct Herschel infrared space observatory have made a huge discovery deep inside the asteroid belt. Dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body in the region, is generating plumes of water vapor.
Remains of King Alfred the Great believed to be found
Archaeologists say they may have found the pelvis bone of King Alfred the Great, who ruled England from 871 to 899 AD.
The team who exhumed the unmarked grave at a church in Winchester say they believe the bone is either that of Alfred or his son Edward the Elder.
Photo: The King Alfred statue in Winchester (Chris Ison / PA Wire)
Afghanistan has appointed a 50-year-old mother-of-five as its first female police chief. Col. Jamila Bayaz said her appointment was a sign of progress in the violence-ravaged country.
"This is a chance not just for me, but for the women of Afghanistan," she told NBC News Wednesday. "I will not waste it. I will prove that we can handle this burden."
Despite being one of 2,000 female police officers in the country, Bayaz is the first to be promoted to such a senior rank. She will head up the 1st District of Kabul, one of the most important areas of the Afghan capital.
Fishermen cast their nets over a flooded paddy field on the outskirts of Agartala, the capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura, May 26, 2010. [REUTERS/Jayanta Dey]
Ancient farming seen curbing extinctions of animals, plants
Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants, experts said on Monday.
Turning to traditional farming is seen as a way of limiting what U.N. studies say is the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, driven by a rising human population that is wrecking natural habitats.
U.S. Archives showcase Magna Carta in new gallery
The only original copy of the Magna Carta in the United States is the centerpiece of a new museum gallery at the National Archives, tracing the evolution of rights and freedoms through present day.
On Wednesday, the archives will open its new “Records of Rights” permanent exhibit in an expanded museum space on the National Mall. Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $13.5 million to fund the project, along with funds from Congress. Rubenstein also is loaning the 1297 copy of Magna Carta to the archives.
Magna Carta was the first English charter to directly challenge the monarchy’s authority. It became a precedent for the concept of freedom under law as envisioned by America’s founding fathers.
The historic document will be surrounded with documents and images exploring the evolution of citizenship, equality and free speech. [x]