A mechanical engineer designed a prosthetic beak for an injured Bald Eagle nicknamed Beauty, allowing her to drink, eat and preen herself rather than rely on volunteers to help keep her alive. That’s a pretty rad use of science.
Scott’s Last Expedition exhibition currently on at the Natural History Museum is incredible. There are some truly amazing artefacts on display, including some of Edward Wilson’s beautiful sketches of the wildlife in Antarcitca.
In the past fifty years, as factory farming spread from poultry to beef, dairy, and pork producers, the average cost of a new house increased nearly 1,500 percent; new cars climbed more than 1,400 percent; but the price of milk is up only 350 percent, and eggs and chicken and meat haven’t even doubled. Taking inflation into account, animal protein costs less today than at any time in history. (That is, unless one also takes into account the externalised costs - farm subsidies, environmental impact, human disease, and so on - which make the price historically high.)