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Lions Dismember Suspected Rhino Poachers In South Africa

On Tuesday night, rangers at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa, stumbled upon the dismembered remains of a human man inside their lion camp.

Scattered nearby were a hunting rifle with a silencer, wire cutters, and a long axe, according to local news agency Herald Live. These items, of a decidedly unfriendly nature no matter what context they’re found in, are particularly suspicious considering that the encompassing Eastern Cape province has been a hotspot of rhino poaching in recent years. So far this year, nine rhinos in the region have been killed. And just last week, a southern white rhino female at the nearby Kragga Kamma Game Park was killed by horn traffickers even though only 1 centimeter of her keratin appendage remained – the rest had been removed as an anti-poaching precaution.

National Geographic reports that 1,028 rhinos were poached across South Africa in 2017, a nation that is home to about 80 percent of the world’s remaining ~29,000 rhinos. All five extant species – two of which are native to the African continent and the other three are found in India and southeast Asia – are classified as either threatened, endangered, or critically endangered. (The northern subspecies of the African white rhino is now functionally extinct, as only two females remain, but a recent advance by reproductive biologists hoping to revive the species through a combined IVF and stem-cell approach could save them from vanishing forever.)

Returning to the scene on Wednesday morning to investigate in daylight and search for other poachers, local police discovered more body parts strewn among the bushes; enough to constitute two or possibly three individuals, per the BBC.

For safety, the six lions who live in the large enclosure were tranquilized by a veterinarian.

Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender was unwilling to state on the record that the mauled remains belonged to wildlife poachers, as the evidence must still be reviewed.

She said: “On Wednesday morning, investigators and specialists combed the scene and managed to retrieve remains which were taken by the department of health for forensic testing.”

 “The identity of the [persons] remains unknown. The firearm has been taken by police and will be sent to the ballistics laboratory to establish if it has been used in any other poaching or crimes.”

On the whole, the ecologically rich nation appears committed to increasingly thorough anti-poaching measures, including the use of drones, trained dogs, and high-tech radar surveillance systems. A government press release from earlier this year stated that 502 alleged poachers were arrested in 2017, though data on the number of convictions is currently unavailable.

Sadly, South Africa has had a historically poor track record of cases against these individuals actually going to trial and/or reaching a verdict, though this seems to be improving.

In this case, however, it appears that the rhino’s savannah neighbors, the lions, stepped up as judge, jury, and executioner – a role they seem well-suited for. Back in February, a pride of lions living adjacent to the famed Kruger National Park mauled a suspected rifle-armed poacher, quickly devouring most of his body but leaving the head.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/lions-dismember-suspected-rhino-poachers-in-south-africa/

Defense for babies available with brand-new innovation

(Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV) < img alt ="( Source: KAIT-TV)"title= "( Source: KAIT-TV)"border=0 src="https://kait.images.worldnow.com/images/17232843_G.jpg?auto=webp&disable=upscale&width=800&lastEditedDate=20180719184123" width =180 > (Source: KAIT-TV) JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Nurses at a regional medical facility are ensuring the newborns they take care of are safe and stay that way.A baby biometric footprinting system that takes high-resolution images of infant footprints was taken into usage at St. Bernards on Thursday.Nursing Director for Labor and Shipment Baby Intensive Care Dana Lands stated its purpose is to keep newborns safe.” We provide about 1,500 babies a year here at St. Bernards,”Lands said. “So far, we have actually not belonged to a kidnapping nor do we ever wish to be. However we acknowledged from this system and exactly what it can provide is with technology now. What we’ve presently been doing is inking footprints. When you ink a footprint it’s at risk of being smeared, it can get wet, it can get lost in medical records. There’s no good way to determine a baby after that print is made. However with Certa Scan, it utilizes a scanning innovation that takes 40 rapid images of the infant’s footprint on the device. Then it stores it in a database.”Lands stated there is no medical information kept in the database,

so the client’s privacy stays secure.The images stay useful because footprints never ever change, they only get larger.Later in life, as the child grows, must something happen like an abduction or a security risk somewhere, you can

go back into the system and search the footprints.The person’s record of who they are will always come up.Lands said a mother’s greatest worry is that something will happen to their child.”That her kid will be drawn from her then you have no other way to recognize a newborn,”Lands said. “They simply do not included recognizing elements always. So, with this, we know

we have actually got that back up plan. That this infant will constantly have the ability to be recognized securely which we can get them back to where they’re expected to be. “Nurse Supervisor Kristi Cheshire stated this is the gold requirement for infant safety and security. “There are just about 30 states that have this system in place,” Cheshire said.”

And we’re only the 2nd in the state of Arkansas to have this. So, we’re excited. It’s been in the works for

a couple of months and has been a passion job for everybody.” Lands stated this form of innovation should help ease the issue of parents. “As parents, as soon as your kid gets a little bit older, you go into locations like the mall and have your kid fingerprinted,

“Lands said.”You hope you never ever need to utilize that, however if you do, it’s there.

It’s in a mom’s mind. You wish to protect your child as best you can. And now, it’s here from birth on. She never ever has to think of it once again. Her child is footprinted and in the system. If anything were to occur, it’s out there.”Cheshire said this system has actually been endorsed by the National Center for Missing Out On and Exploited Children.”Comments, as people are finding out, have been really favorable,”

Cheshire stated.”I’m all set to inform the world about this so that they can all know. And our patients who are going to deliver here at St. Bernards, they’re going to have more peace of mind and understand that they’re getting the best of the very best.”St. Bernards is the only health center in the location to use this innovation, health center authorities stated Thursday.The extremely initially child to be scanned with this system also occurred on Thursday.For more information about St. Bernards, click on this link

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3 more rescued from Thai cave on third day of mission, reports say

An 11th person from the Thai youth soccer team has been rescued from the flooded cave on Tuesday, leaving two more people from the group remaining in the cavern as rescuers work the third day to extract the team before heavy rains halt efforts.

Local Thai media reports stated the 11th person emerged from the cave after two other people were rescued earlier in the day. The conditions of the three people are unclear. A helicopter left the cave site with an unknown amount of people inside, and is expected to land at a hospital.

Rescuers hope to complete their mission Tuesday after rescuing four boys on each of the previous two days.

Chiang Rai Gov.Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday’s intricate and high-risk operation began just after 10 a.m. and involves 19 divers. A medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave will also come out, he said.

This photo tweeted by Elon Musk shows efforts underway to rescue trapped members of a youth soccer team from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.  (Courtesy of Elon Musk via AP)

“We expect that if there is no unusual condition, the four boys, one coach, the doctor, and three SEALs who have been with the boys since the first day will come out today,” he told a news conference to loud cheering, according to the Associated Press.

Reuters reported that there is optimism that the dive team is getting more efficient in their attempts. They successfully extracted the second group of four a full two hours faster than the first, officials said.

THAI CAVE RESCUE TIMELINE: THE DANGEROUS RACE TO BRING TRAPPED SOCCER TEAM HOME

“Two days, eight Boars,” read an earlier Facebook post by the Thai navy SEALS about the operation at the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that began Sunday, more than two weeks after the Wild Boars soccer team became trapped.

SpaceX and Tesla head Elon Musk, who visited the cave, released photos of the situation on Twitter, and said his high-tech submarine was ready to help if needed.

“Just returned from Cave 3. Mini-sub is ready if needed,” Musk tweeted. “It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team. Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future. Thailand is so beautiful.”

But despite his offer to help, the Thai rescue chief said it would be of little use now, according to Sky News.

“Although his technology is good and sophisticated it’s not practical for this mission,” Narongsak said.

The boy’s families were being kept at a distance at a hospital because of fears of infection and the emaciated-looking boys were eating a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said. 

The divers began the third phase of the operation at 10 a.m. Tuseday local time to bring the remaining boys and their 25-year-old coach out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province.

At a news conference on Tuesday morning, officials said the second group of four boys brought out Monday are healthy, and that there are no bats inside the cave so there are no animals that can transit any diseases. Doctors are expecting to keep the boys in the hospital for at least 7 days, and said there are no complications with the boy’s eyesight despite spending multiple days in the dark.

Rescue operations have required two divers to go out with each boy through the cave.

The parents of the first group of boys rescued on Sunday have visited their children through glass windows, as doctors continue to keep them “isolated” as they ensure they are healthy. The group has been vaccinated and vitamin B1 and IV drips, according to officials.

THAILAND CAVE RESCUE OPERATION: 4 MORE BOYS FREED, BRINGING TOTAL TO 8

The chances of monsoon rains raising water in the cave again, endangering their dry refuge and making the escape route too risky, were never far from the minds of everyone involved.

The plight of the boys, aged 11-16, and their coach, has riveted Thailand and much of the world — from the heart-sinking news they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys once they were found by the pair of British divers deep in the sprawling cave.

Rescuers walk toward the entrance to a cave complex where five were still trapped, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Tuesday, July 10, 2018.  (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn’t get too much homework after being rescued and couldn’t wait to eat their favorite foods again.

Thailand’s prime minister said Tuesday that increased security will be introduced at the cave made “world famous” by this week’s heroic rescue operation, Sky News reported.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said: “In future, we have to monitor the entrance and exit to the cave. This cave has become world famous,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. “We have to install more lights inside the cave and put up signs. It’s a dangerous cave.”

All preparations, including replacing the oxygen cylinders positioned along the route out in the cave, take at least 20 hours, he said. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.

Fox News’ Jeff Paul and Melissa Chrise in Chiang Rai, Thailand, and The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/07/10/3-more-rescued-from-thai-cave-on-third-day-mission-reports-say.html

Incredibly Flawed Technology That Shouldn’t Still Be A Thing

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In what is clearly a transparent grab to get you to buy new stuff, companies are constantly rolling out fancy new gadgets and technology. But because of that push we’re surrounded by tech that have been retired by now, or never should have been invented in the first place. Even the most decent product now comes with features that add nothing to its usefulness, or, even more annoyingly, that actually make it worse.

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Someone Finds Old Grow In Water Egg At Goodwill And Puts It In Water, Regrets It 23 Hours Later

Each generation has it’s own variety of bizarre toy creations. You know, the toys that you found so entertaining at the time but now looking back you think WTF? I mean whose grand idea was it to create the never-dying, obnoxious Furby? (David Hampton, Richard C. Levy and Caleb Chung, that’s who).

Well among the list of odd creations is the expandable water toy. Created using superabsorbent polymer technology, originating first in the early 1960’s, these various shapes can grow to around quadruple their original size in water. A Tumblr user came across one of these retro toys at Goodwill, but couldn’t quite figure out what the object inside was supposed to grow into. After 23 hours of observation and some comical ‘scientific’ commentary, they were met with an odd and unexpected result. Scroll down below for the whole story and the big reveal from Bored Panda!

This Tumblr user found something weird at Goodwill

So they decided to put it in water to see what would hatch

People had mixed reactions to the user’s new “child”

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/grow-baby-water-toy/

29 Millennials Share The Biggest Lies They Were Told Growing Up

Part of growing up in this wild technology-driven, social media-infused world we live in is realizing that the advice we might’ve taken at face value as kids, is applicable to a time long since passed.