More dead in Hungarian sludge disaster


This video is called Race to Clean-Up Toxic Spill in Hungary.

From Sky News in Britain:

Seven Dead In Hungary From Red Sludge

7:26pm UK, Friday October 08, 2010

Kat Higgins, Sky News Online

Seven people are now dead following the red sludge spill in Hungary.

The latest two victims were found near Devecser, the town inundated by the toxic substance on Monday.

The disaster is now thought to be equivalent in size to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

New government figures estimate up to 700,000 cubic metres (184 million gallons) of industrial waste has leaked from a collapsed reservoir in the northern town of Ajka.

The BP oil spill amounted to more than 757,000 cubic metres (200 million gallons).

The sludge, a by-product in the manufacture of aluminium, inundated three villages before it reached the Danube on Thursday.

Earlier today, the spill’s fifth victim was announced as a 79-year-old man who died from injuries he sustained when the toxic residue flowed into Devecser.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the crisis was now “under control” – but Greenpeace has warned the waste contained “surprisingly high” levels of arsenic and mercury.

Shell announces bid to begin oil drilling in Beaufort Sea off Alaska: here.

Two goldcrests die, two migrate on


This is a video of a goldcrest feeding its young.

According to Twitter messages by Dutch TV program Vroege Vogels, four goldcrests flew against a window of the editorial building today.

Two females managed to recover and eventually continued their autumn migration. One male and one female goldcrest unfortunately died. These goldcrests will become part of the collection in Naturalis museum in Leiden.

Migratory birds on North Sea ferry boats: here.

Weather, Not Climate, Defines Distributions of Vagile Bird Species: here.

Moths’ North Sea migration: here.

Animal migrations: seven truly amazing wildlife journeys: here.

Ancient Egyptian magic exhibition


This is a video about a new exhibition in the antiquities museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, about magic in ancient Egypt.

See also here.

Ancient Egyptian manual to the afterlife goes on show: here.

Pharaonic inscription found in Saudi Arabia: here.

The discovery of a hieroglyphic engraving in Saudi Arabia suggests that the ancient Egyptian empire extended further than previously recognised, reports Nevine El-Aref: here.

Naukratis, Greek city in ancient Egypt: here.

Ancient Egyptian Priests Names Preserved in Pottery: here.

Bat feeding video


This video from the USA says about itself:

This video discusses recent research completed by S. Santana, B. Dumont, and J. Davis from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on models of bat feeding. They generated models of how the bat jaw functions, especially in relation fo different muscles that bats use to feed on different food items, such as soft or hard prey. This work shows how one can effectively build multi-dimensional models of complex animal behaviors.

This paper will be valuable to a broad range of evolutionary biologists, morphologists, and ecologists.

To access this paper click here.

This is a video about bats in Eelde, the Netherlands.

Traffic noise reduces bats’ ability to locate their prey, say scientists: here.

November 2010. “Bats hibernate at this time of the year and they often use hollow trees like beech trees and ash,” said Robin Moffit, Bat Conservation Trust. “People think that with the breeding season over, that it is safe to cut trees. We are saying please check before you do that – a bat’s life could depend on it”: here.

The endangered lesser horseshoe bat has seen a 10% spike in numbers over the past year at just one site between Brecon and Crickhowell in the Upper Usk Valley: here.

February 2012: The discovery of a lesser horseshoe bats in Cheshire for the first time in more than half a century has been described as ‘extremely exciting’ by the county’s Wildlife Trust: here.

Australia: one woman’s campaign to save rare and endangered micro-bats: here.

Leucistic blackbird, photos


This video is about a leucistic blackbird, with some white feathers.

In Uden in the Netherlands, a leucistic blackbird has been spotted in a garden.

Bathing blackbird photos: here.