Don't mess with mother nature (...sound of lightning)
Today in Headlines
By: Zona Sur
Comet Leonard puts on a final, spectacular display with an ion tail in solar wind
All of you comet watchers out there are saying adieu to this once in a lifetime comet. Anyone who studies anthropology will tell you. The presence of a comet this close to our planet is always a signal of things to come. Be ready
Thieves Steal Gallery Owners Multimillion-Dollar NFT Collection: "All My Apes Gone"
As we reported earlier this week, Tinyman, a Algo Dapp and trading protocol also took a three million dollar hit
Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia
In an interesting change of events, the top Tennis champ was given an entry visa and then suddenly the Australian government reversed the decision saying "No one is above the law".
Ghost orchid that grows in the dark among new plants finds
A ghost orchid that grows in complete darkness, an insect-trapping tobacco plant and an “exploding firework” flower are among the new species named by scientists in the last year. The species range from a voodoo lily from Cameroon to a rare tooth fungus unearthed near London, UK.
A new tree from the ylang-ylang family is the first to be named in 2022 and is being named after the actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio. He campaigned to revoke a logging concession which threatened the African tree, which features glossy yellow flowers on its trunk.
The highlighted plants are among the 205 new species named in 2021 by scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and their collaborators around the world. All are vital parts of the planets biodiversity and some may provide food and medicine.
However, several are already extinct in the wild and many threatened by the destruction of forests, expanding palm oil plantations and mining. There are 400,000 named plant species and two in five are threatened with extinction. The scientists said it was a race against time to identify new plants before they disappear forever.
In total, scientists across the world have named about 2,000 new plant species each year for at least a decade. “Its almost bewildering that were still discovering so many,” said Dr Martin Cheek, at RBG Kew. “But now is our last chance to find unknown species, name them and hopefully protect them before they become globally extinct.”
In other news:
Pope Francis criticizes people who choose to have pets instead of children
Those who choose to have pets instead of children are not allowing the catholic church a fresh surplus of children to molest. They like it when they can find children who do not tell their parents. No wonder the criticism. A dog or cat will bite the hell out of the pervert catholic clergy. Francis says those who have pets instead of children are "selfish" and "take away our humanity".