SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo. The U.S. attorney’s office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species. According to a plea agreement filed Monday, prosecutors say Kasbar broke into the Santa Ana Zoo after hours on July 27, 2018, cut open an enclosure and took a 32-year-old lemur named Isaac. The animal was placed in a container with no ventilation and later abandoned at a Newport Beach hotel with notes identifying it as having been taken from the zoo. Media reported that Isaac wasn’t hurt and was returned home. A telephone listing for Kasbar couldn’t be located. He appears in court May 28. … [Read more...] about Man pleads guilty to taking lemur from California zoo
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire’s governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after traveling thousands of miles since her relocation last June. The state’s Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three of her young offspring in 2017 after repeated problems with them feeding from trash and bird feeders culminated with two bears entering a home in Hanover. But after a public outcry, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu ordered the animals relocated instead. Only the yearlings were moved that year, however, because the mother bear, dubbed “Mink” by locals, had left town to mate. One of the three yearlings was shot and killed by a hunter in Quebec, Canada, about three weeks later. When Mink returned with four new cubs last spring, she was captured and moved about 120 miles (193 kilometers) north to a sparsely populated location near the Canadian border. But last … [Read more...] about After long journey, bear spared by governor returns home
HBO’s beloved soap opera about a bunch of angry, feuding royals living without regular access to water and indoor plumbing came to its climactic finale last night, and the Game of Thrones cast wasted no time in sharing their farewells to the series that first introduced us to so many of them. As Game of Thrones’ series finale aired last night, and in the hours since, the show’s stars have taken to their social media profiles to share a handful candid images and memories as the live-action telling of George R.R. Martin’s series of novels came to a close. Unsurprisingly, everyone led with fond remembrances, not necessarily because of how their characters’ fates played out, but (perhaps) because after all these years, the cast is finally free. With this chapter of Westeros’ history settled, the focus now turns to HBO’s upcoming prequel(s) that’ll explore the events of the history before Game of Thrones that begins filming next year. The new … [Read more...] about The Game of Thrones Cast Bid Their Farewells to the Series
Giz Asks In this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. The notion that we’re headed towards some kind of populational apocalypse—that there exists a line which, once crossed, will lead inexorably to mass starvation, and a whole planet like Penn Station at rush hour—has been used to stoke fear and sell books for more than a century. The discourse surrounding these concerns can be so toxic, that just wading into it can feel pointless, or futile, or worse. But it is, nonetheless, a question worth gaining clarity on. And so for this week’s Giz Asks we reached out to a number of experts—in sustainability, environmental studies, economics, geography, and more—to find out, once and for all, whether the Earth is overpopulated. Jesse H. Ausubel Director, Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University With most animal populations, the niches that encase the … [Read more...] about Is the World Really Overpopulated?
Sony, the company that unseated Bose as the king of noise-canceling headphones, just announced a new set of noise-canceling headphones that are $100 cheaper than its flagship set. They’re called the Sony XB900N. (XB stands for Extra Bass, by the way.) “Uh oh,” is probably what Bose is saying right now. “Whoa,” might be a more appropriate response from the average audio enthusiast. The new $250 Sony XB900N wireless noise-canceling headphones look an awful lot like the $350 Sony WH-1000XM3, and that’s probably intentional. We’ve always been impressed by Sony’s noise-canceling marvel, and now, the company appears to be expanding the reach of its technology. At first glance, the XB900N look exactly like the 1000X. The headband, for instance, looks the same, but there are some meaningful differences in the guts, as the new, cheaper Sonys lack the noise-canceling chip developed for the latest generation of the 1000X line. They also lack the … [Read more...] about Whoa, Sony Made Cheaper Noise-Canceling Headphones