Their efforts are documented in the film they made about it, "Lion Ark," which has been winning awards and accolades on the film festival circuit and is now playing in California and New York. It has also benefited from some Hollywood support: actress Jorja Fox of "CSI," an associate producer, helped on the filmmaking side, and animal activist Bob Barker was the biggest single donor, funding the lion's share (literally) of the $1.8 million rescue mission - including food, building a temporary sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and
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- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 8:43 AM ESTTim Phillips with a lion cub in a scene from the 'Lion Ark' documentary.In the spring of 2009, Bolivia banned animals in circuses, but not all circuses complied with the law. In 2011, animals were still being crammed into cages, mistreated, malnourished and neglected. Enter Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips, the married co-founders of Animal Defenders International (ADI), who spent two years investigating circuses undercover before mounting a rescue operation that succeeded in saving 25 lions from a miserable life in captivity.
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:57 AM ESTIs this library book giving you germs?Library copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" tested positive for traces of the herpes virus and cocaine, according to two Belgian professors.
- What is this baby thinking?by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
I often wonder, as I watch my calmly sleeping baby randomly grin while she sleeps. What is she smiling about anyway? A bottle full of her delicious formula? A leisurely nap in the stroller in the afternoon breeze? Or is she perhaps having a terrible nightmare about her older brother sitting on her? Turns out it's probably none of the above.
Herein a little infant sleep primer. People go through five stages when they sleep. Four of these stages belong to non-REM sleep, and one stage is REM sleep - called such because of its characteristic rapid eye movements. As adults, we spend about one quarter of our sleep time in REM sleep - the time when our eyes jerk and bodies twitch. This is also the stage of sleep in which we dream. Infants actually spend much more time in REM sleep - about 50 to 80 percent of their sleep time is spent in this phase. Many people presume that infants do indeed dream during this stage, just as adults do, butRead More »from Do Babies Dream?
- Xena and Jonny, a boy with autismSeveral outstanding people and animals - including a cat that helped a soldier in Afghanistan and a 6-year-old victim of the Newtown shootings - will be honored this week at the ASPCA's Humane Awards.
Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott met Koshka on a military base while serving in Afghanistan. Concerned for the stray cat's safety, Knott moved Koshka into his office, where the two bonded.Read More »from 3 Inspiring Animal Stories You've Got to Read
- by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
Why do people get headaches?Question: I've typed "do I have a brain tumor" into Google for the last time! I spent an hour late last night reading horror stories about headaches. I'm sick of not knowing whether my headache is a sign of some ominous diagnosis or is - just a headache. I get these bad ones all the time, right around my temples, sort of a dull ache that prevents me from functioning. Is there any way I can tell for sure when it's something to actually be worried about?
- Could this trick ease embarrassment?Of all the gestures people make when flooded with embarrassment, burying one's face in the hands may be the most common. It's as if there's an instinctive need to hide; and now, a new study confirms that irresistible desire to "save face" when mortified.
Also see: 8 painfully embarrassing media moments
- The surprising way that yogurt can benefit youWhat do bacteria, yogurt and vitamin A have in common? For most of us, not so much. For Christopher Johnson, though, the not-so-obvious connections could well be the key to preventing 300,000 child deaths in India each year.
A few serendipitous breaks later and Johnson, now a first-year graduate student in bacteriology at UW-Madison, is well on his way to making a dent in the intractable problem of vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.
Not bad for a
- A Voronoi structure design of by Sami Grover, Mother Nature Network
From working guns to a dead king's face, we've seen some pretty weird things created with a 3-D printer. It may seem like science fiction, but it seems almost certain that 3-D printing will play a significant role in many industries of the future. And there's good reason to be optimistic.
3-D printing could greatly reduce the amount of materials needed in manufacturing everyday items, and it would eliminate the need for a complicated, resource-intensive supply chain. (Why ship parts across the world when you can print them at your desk or local shop?)
3-D printing may also make recycling easier and more "hands on" - with one concept allowing homeowners to recycle their plastic bottles into useful household items. But how does a 3-D printer actually work? As someone who has always struggled with the intricacies of science and engineering, I thought it was about time I found out.
Printing in layers
When the UK's IndependentRead More »from How Does a 3-D Printer Actually Work?
- Is doing this better than a cup of joe?
Looking for a way to get your blood pumping in the morning? Want to give your morning yoga routine a boost? Take a cue from Tarzan and Jane, then greet the sun with a salute.
- Kayla visits a nursing home dressed as a three-legged pirate for Halloween — including a very convincing plastic chain.
Dianne DaLee was adjusting to life without her beloved dog Simba.