I’ve been incredibly busy the past couple weeks, but things are settling down now… so… it’s time to post.
A couple of cool articles from the BBC have caught my attention:
First was one on reintroducing “Mega Fauna” into the Great Plains of North America.
The scientists point out that right now, nearly all the big game, elephants, lions, cheetahs, antelope, camels, horses etc. are concentrated on the African continent. In effect, we’re relying on one continent to preserve some of the Earths most magnificient animals.
North America meanwhile has many similar regions that could support these sorts of animals… indeed, before humans arrived on the continent, there were native species including Mammoth, cheetah, and pronghorn.
By introducing the African varieties to North America we give them the opportunity to expand their habitat and grow their numbers… and we regain the top-of-the-foodchain species, both predatory and not, that we lost so many years ago.
Could a cheetah or a lion attack some unsuspecting American or Canadian? Sure… but so can Grizzlies, and Cougars, and even Wolves (though very very rarely)… given the proper education in safety and precautions there is no reason humans and big game can’t live together without harm… Big game could also be a major tourist attraction.
Really, when you think about it, there are very few reasons not to look into this, because if it is done well we would be restoring a little bit of the Ancient America that past away so long ago.
As you might expect, African Conservation officials are sceptical at best, and down right defensive at worst.
Science note #2
And for the second article, the BBC has reported on a new airplane design that creates silent airplane when in flight.
Go check out the article… the picture is cool.. it’s a flying wing like the Stealth Bomber, nothing like any jetliner you’ve been on. You’d sit in “stadium-like” seating and after takeoff, you wouldn’t hear a thing.