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Bulgaria activists win case to save UNESCO-listed forest

Environmentalists in Bulgaria scored a victory Wednesday in a long-running court battle to prevent enlargement of a ski resort in the Pirin mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a ruling that cannot be appealed, Bulgaria's supreme administrative court overturned controversial changes made by the government in December 2017 to the management plan for Pirin National Park.
Tags: Science, Unesco, Bulgaria, Unesco World Heritage, Pirin


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless


How will we travel to another star?

Eventually, humanity will want to travel to a new solar system to propagate the human race, explore, and maybe find signs of alien life.But our closest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, is so far away that current methods could take tens of thousands of years.How will we surmount this incredible distance and the other challenges associated with interstellar travel? None Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our own, isn't actually close at all. While light takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Science Fiction, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Proxima Centauri, Daedalus, British Interplanetary Society, Rocket Science, Distance Right, Proxima Centauri NASA


Teen Who Wrote 'I Have a Bomb' on In-Flight Messaging App Deported From New Zealand

Stuffing our bodies into a metal tubes to fly miles above the ground is already a pretty dehumanizing experience. And “jokes” about bombs can make it a lot worse, as a teenager’s lawyer seemed to acknowledge, calling a recent incident in New Zealand the “grossly stupid event of the century.”Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, New Zealand


Climate change is destroying Lebanon's biblical cedar trees

The cedar trees of Lebanon have survived for millennia. King Solomon is said to have used the tall, strong evergreens to build his temple in Jerusalem. The Phoenicians chopped them down to build ships, the ancient Egyptians to make paper. But conservationists are warning the usually resilient trees are now facing the biggest threat to their existence - climate change. Today in the Chouf Biosphere Reserve south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, black branchless trunks jut from the ground where youn...
Tags: Science, Jerusalem, Unesco, Beirut, Lebanon, Mediterranean, Jesus Christ, Solomon, Chouf Biosphere Reserve, Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, Nabil Nemer, Nemer, Jaj Cedar Reserve Forest, Cedrus Libani, Jouzour Lubnan, Jouzour


Bumble bees bearing high-tech backpacks act as a living data collection platform

There’s lots of research going into tiny drones, but one of the many hard parts is keeping them in the air for any real amount of time. Why not hitch a ride on something that already flies all day? That’s the idea behind this project that equips bumble bees with sensor-filled backpacks that charge wirelessly and collect data on the fields they visit. A hive full of these cyber-bees could help monitor the health of a field by checking temperature and humidity, as well as watching for signs of rot...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Internet Of Things, Science, Hardware, Bees, Iot, Biotech, University of Washington, Sawyer Fuller, Shyam Gollakotta, Gollakotta


The Two Best-Performing U.S. Stocks Aren't Getting Analyst Love

TripAdvisor Inc.’s 81 percent gain in 2018 is second only to AMD’s 95 percent rise in the index. While Wall Street has been skeptical on AMD for years, the phenomenon is relatively new for TripAdvisor. Just three of the 27 analysts covering TripAdvisor recommend buying shares now, down from more than a third of analysts four years ago when the stock was trading significantly higher, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Tags: Science, Amd, Tripadvisor, TripAdvisor Inc


Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline

HONOLULU (AP) — Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales’ feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal officials were meeting in Honolulu Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the […]
Tags: Travel, Science, News, Ap, Alaska, Hawaii, Honolulu, Nation & World


Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 November, 2018

A stunning example of the Northern Lights over Iceland. See bottom article this week. Good morning A week until Thanksgiving and, of course, those other two events that many of us are equally thankful for – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Alas, I’m out of the country currently, so will be missing out on both the Thursday and Friday events, but return home in time for the last of the Monday specials. My guess is that Amazon will probably be discounting some of their Alexa devices, Kindle eBook r...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, Science, London, Indonesia, Australia, France, Trains, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, David, Current Affairs, New Zealand


Watch biotech startups pitch at IndieBio’s demo day today

IndieBio, the biotech startup accelerator that’s produced heaps of notable companies (including several that have graced the Startup Battlefield), is holding its twice-annual demo day today at 3PM Pacific Time. An even dozen young companies will be pitching their work, from AI-informed research to artificial meat, and you can watch them present live right here. The IndieBio program is a four-month one that takes companies at the seed stage, often researchers straight out of graduate programs or ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Accelerator, Science, Hardware, Silicon Valley, Biotech, Bio, Indiebio, SOSV, Startup Battlefield, Chronus, Oralta, Quartolio


Open SESAME: Jordan’s particle accelerator breaks down atoms – and barriers

“We come from many countries,” Messaoud Harfouche, an Algerian beamline scientist, says as he checks a monitor. In what is being hailed as a breakthrough in science diplomacy, a particle accelerator in Jordan is breaking down atoms and barriers, offering scientists from across the fragmented Middle East the chance to work together, to better understand their shared past, and to find solutions for their common future. At the UNESCO-supported SESAME, or Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science...
Tags: Science, Unesco, Middle East, Jordan


Wind farm 'predator' effect hits ecosystems: study

Wind farms act as a top "predator" in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday. Close to 17 million hectares -- an area roughly the size of Tunisia -- is currently used for generating wind energy worldwide, and researchers warned that developers had "greatly underestimated" the impact the technology has on wildlife. In new research, an international team of scientists studied the ef...
Tags: Science, India, Unesco, Tunisia


Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 October, 2018

A view of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, part of our second Land cruise itinerary next June (see below). Good morning It has been a wild and crazy week, but have I got a lot to show you for the week that was.  We now have details of our June 2019 UK touring online. I’m using the “land cruise” concept first offered in this year’s Christmas land cruise (still have the cancelled couple’s $500 credit if anyone wants to take advantage of this and join us) again. One of the weaker parts of this y...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Science, London, Australia, Scotland, China, Russia, India, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter


Dig at Italy’s Pompeii volcanic site yields 5 skeletons

MILAN (AP) — The Italian news agency ANSA says new excavations in the ancient buried city of Pompeii have yielded the undisturbed skeletons of people who had taken refuge from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79. The director of the Pompeii archaeological site, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA on Wednesday the skeletons — believed to […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Milan, News, Ap, Italy, Pompeii, Ansa, Mount Vesuvius, Nation & World, Massimo Osanna


How to Buy Weed in Canada Now That It's Legal 

Canada just became the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis on a federal level. Implementing a national cannabis system in a huge country with distinct provincial governments is, at best, an intricate, fraught, high-stakes project—and the resulting rollout has been about as complicated as…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, Weed, Cannabis, Canada, 420, International Travel


Interactive sea level viewer shows what will happen to America's beaches

Gone, obviously. Tom Scocca: Using our advanced technology, it is possible to look up the beaches in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Level Rise Viewer, and to imagine what will happen if we visit them, or try to visit them, in the future—when the sea levels have risen three feet, or six feet, or more, if you want. You can use your pocket phone-computer to watch them move ahead through time below.
Tags: Travel, Post, Science, News, Climate Change, America, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Tom Scocca


APNewsBreak: Another rare fish pulled back from extinction

DENVER (AP) — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to announce Thursday that it will recommend reclassifying the ancient and odd-looking razorback sucker from endangered to threatened, […]
Tags: Travel, Science, News, Ap, Denver, Colorado River, U S Fish and Wildlife Service, Nation & World


2nd elephant in 2 months born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Zoo Safari Park has another big baby to take care of. The park’s 28-year-old African elephant Umngani (OOM-gah-nee) gave birth to a 281-pound (127-kilogram) calf on Wednesday. The unnamed female appears healthy and has been introduced to other elephants. It was the second elephant birth in two months. A […]
Tags: Travel, Science, News, Ap, San Diego, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Nation & World, Umngani OOM


How aerial lidar illuminated a Mayan megalopolis

Archaeology may not be the most likely place to find the latest in technology — AI and robots are of dubious utility in the painstaking fieldwork involved — but lidar has proven transformative. The latest accomplishment using laser-based imaging maps thousands of square kilometers of an ancient Mayan city once millions strong, but the researchers make it clear that there’s no technological substitute for experience and a good eye. The Pacunam Lidar Initiative began two years ago, bringing togeth...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gadgets, Wtf, Texas, Science, History, Cambodia, Houston, Guatemala, Lidar, Belize, Garrison, Tulane, Tulane University, Marcello Canuto


Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Monday ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The order came as Wyoming and Idaho were on the cusp of allowing up […]
Tags: Travel, Science, News, Wyoming, Idaho, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics, Northern Rocky Mountains


US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind. Storms in the western Pacific generally hit with much higher winds and […]
Tags: Travel, Weather, Science, News, Washington, US, Ap, Pacific, Nation & World


Scientists: World’s warming; expect more intense hurricanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more often and thus dumping more rain. Study after study shows […]
Tags: Travel, Weather, Science, News, Washington, Ap, Nation & World


AP Explains: How hurricanes unleash lethal storm surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Behold the awesome power of water. Already the ocean is swallowing beaches, roads and anything else in the way of Hurricane Florence’s monstrous storm surge. Storm surges aren’t walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. Caused by a hurricane’s winds pushing relentlessly on the shore, they are more like domes […]
Tags: Travel, Weather, Science, News, Washington, Ap


New soft coral species discovered in Panama

Another new coral found in Panama's Coiba National Park, a UNESCO National Heritage Site, the location of the Smithsonian's newest research site.
Tags: Science, Unesco, Smithsonian, Panama, Coiba National Park


Pilots fly glider to new heights in Argentina above Andes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pilots from a Nevada glider team have flown to new heights above the Andes Mountains in Argentina using only wind as their engine. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports an experimental sailplane built by a Perlan Project team set an unofficial world altitude record for engineless flight on Sunday, then broke that […]
Tags: Travel, Science, News, Ap, Argentina, Las Vegas, Nevada, Andes Mountains, Andes, Las Vegas Review Journal, Nation & World, Perlan Project


Australia’s Great Barrier Reef showing ‘signs of recovery’

Following dire warnings of reef die-off after massive coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017, Tourism and Events Queensland has issued a “positive update” on the status of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, reporting that some affected areas are showing “substantial signs of recovery.” The nonprofit Reef & Rainforest Research Centre has reported signs of recovery due […]
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Science, News, Australia, Environment, World, Queensland, Nation & World, Reef Rainforest Research Centre


You Don't Even Want to Know the Results of This Airport Germ Study

New research identifies the various ways in which we’re most likely to come into contact with communicable diseases at airports. Turns out that toilets are surprisingly clean, but the same cannot be said for those plastic bins used at airport security, which are absolutely covered in viruses.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, Airports, Public Health, Flu, Influenza, Viruses, Germs, Diseases, Communicable Diseases


WTF Do I Wear on a Cross-Country Flight?

Even though air travel is no longer the elegant, rarified mode of transportation it once was, we still have our mom’s advice ringing in our ears every time we lay our clothes out for the airport: “It’s nice to look nice—and you never know who you might meet.”Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science


Five Things You Need To Pack Like A Boss

Labor Day is, somehow, upon us. While the weather in most places is still screaming IT IS THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER, for most people this long weekend marks summer’s final hurrah. Hopefully you’re getting out of town, maybe hitting the beach, or heading to a pal’s lake house, or maybe one of your more monstrous friends is…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, Packing, 5 Neat Things



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