Hammerhead shark video

This video from the Bahamas about endangered sharks is about
Great Hammerheads in Bimini.

Roman age medicine discovery

This video says about itself:

Aug 29, 2012

Remembering the great German physicist, ophthalmologist and philosopher, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, on his 191st birthday. He brought unto us, amongst other pearls, the principle of modern ophthalmoscopy.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Monday, January 7, 2013, 21:09

Italian scientists have discovered medicine that is more than 2000 years old. The goo, a lump of hardened eye ointment, was found years ago in a wrecked ship.

Researchers from the University of Pisa say the ophthalmological medicine included zinc, starch, resin, and plant remains.

The medicine was found in the remains of a ship which about 130 years before Christ sank off the coast of Tuscany. Probably it came from Cyprus or Syria. In 1974 the wreck was discovered. In the 1980s and 90s divers already took vases and lamps from the wreck.

Since the 16th century, Basel has been home to a mysterious papyrus. With mirror writing on both sides, it has puzzled generations of researchers. A research team from the University of Basel has now discovered that it is an unknown medical document from late antiquity. The text was likely written by the famous Roman physician Galen: here.

Common nighthawk, United States Bird of the Year

Not just the Netherlands has a Bird of the Year in 2013 (the grey partridge).

The USA has one as well.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Macaulay Library Curator Greg Budney shares a close encounter he had with a Common Nighthawk as it called and produced sizzling wing sounds just over his head.

From 10,000 Birds blog:

The 2013 ABA Bird of the Year has been announced. Congratulations to the Common Nighthawk! It’s a nice bird, though no Green Heron.

It’s well worth clicking over to the ABA Blog and checking out the video announcing the 2013 selection.

Cheetah in the snow, video

This video is called Asiatic Cheetah marking territory in snow – Iranian Cheetah Society.

From Wildlife Extra:

Cheetahs in snow? See the video

Where is the only place on earth where you can see cheetahs in snow?

January 2013. Many people are surprised to learn that there is a population of cheetah in Iran at all. They are the last surviving remnant of the Asiatic cheetah race. Once distributed from the Indian subcontinent across Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Iran to the Arabian Peninsula and Syria, the Asiatic cheetah is now on the verge of extinction and one of the most endangered members of the cat family in the world.

The last survivng cheetahs in Iran mostly live in the semi arid and mountainous northern regions, where there are regular snow falls in winter months.

The last cheetahs in India were shot in 1947. Since then, the Asiatic cheetah has disappeared from most of its former range. In the last 20 years, Iran has been the final stronghold for the Asiatic cheetah, known in Iran as yuz, although there have been occasional reports of cheetahs in Pakistan & Kazakhstan.

According to the latest population surveys in Iran, the cheetah population in Iran does not exceed 70 individuals. There has been some recent controversy in Iran about the cheetah population of Iran, and it has been extensively discussed in the media. On the basis of recent camera trapping efforts ongoing since last winter by the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) in collaboration with Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) and Panthera, the most robust conclusion for the population is fewer than 70.

Namibia: Cheetah Conservation Message Goes to Schools: here.