Earth has very small second moon


This 26 February 2020 video says about itself:

Earth has a new mini-moon, temporarily – See its orbit

The Catalina Sky Survey has discovered a small object, designated 2020 CD3, that may have been temporarily captured by Earth’s gravity.

This small moon is 2-3 meter in size.

Antarctic killer whales’ unique calls


This 19 February 2020 video says about itself:

Calls of Antarctic Type C killer whales in McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea.

Want to hear what Antarctic Type C killer whales sound like?🎶Here is a sneak peek to some vocalising orca in McMurdo Sound recorded by our research team in the 2012 and 2013 season.

Recorded in the Ross Sea, this study will help with management tools of the RossSea MPA. More details on their sounds can be read in our recently published paper in Royal Society Open Science journal. Free to download from here.

From Curtin University in Australia:

New research sheds light on the unique ‘call’ of Ross Sea killer whales

February 26, 2020

New Curtin University-led research has found that the smallest type of killer whale has 28 different complex calls, comprising a combination of burst-pulse sounds and whistles, which they use to communicate with family members about the changing landscape and habitat.

The research, published in Royal Society Open Science, analysed data collected in 2012 and 2013 to better understand the call repertoire of Ross Sea killer whales, also known as Type C, which are found in the McMurdo Sound in Antarctica.

Lead author PhD candidate Rebecca Wellard, from Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST), said the remoteness of the Ross Sea can make it difficult to monitor and record the movements of killer whales, but it is essential to better understand their behaviour and acoustic repertoire.

“In Antarctic waters, there are five different types of killer whales, with Type C being the smallest, growing up to 6.1 metres in comparison to Type A males who can grow up to almost 10 metres long,” Ms Wellard said.

“By using passive acoustic monitoring, our team was able to analyse recordings from nine separate encounters with approximately 392 Type C killer whales, including adults, sub-adults and calves.

“We were able to identify that the calls of the Type C killer whale are multi-component, meaning that many calls transition from burst-pulse sounds to whistles. We also found that 39 per cent of the call types started with a series of ‘broadband pulses’.”

Ms Wellard explained that the most common killer whale behaviours observed in the study were travelling and foraging under the ice and socialising at the surface, which could explain the increase in call rate.

“During the calls, often two of the sounds occurred at the same time, also known as biphonation. These types of calls could be used to locate where other members of the pod may be. Due to the shifting and changing habitat in McMurdo Sound, calves could also be using biophonic calls to communicate with family members about available breathing holes,” Ms Wellard said.

“Our findings provide an initial step towards comparing and distinguishing Type C killer whale acoustics with those of other killer whale populations in the Southern Hemisphere.”

The research was co-authored by researchers from the CMST, Project ORCA, National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon State University.

Pass Over, play on racism in the USA


This June 2018 video from New York City in the USA says about itself:

Antoinette Nwandu, Namir Smallwood & Danya Taymor Discuss Their Play, “Pass Over”

In “Pass Over”, Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking smack, passing the time and hoping that today a miracle will come. A provocative mashup of “Waiting for Godot” and the Exodus saga, the play exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they’ve yet to find. Join playwright Antoinette Nwandu, actor Namir Smallwood and director Danya Taymor as they discuss the premiere of their Lincoln Center performance.

By Mayer Wakefield in England:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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That’s the conclusion to be drawn from Antoinette Nwandu’s blistering assault on US racism, says MAYER WAKEFIELD

Pass Over
Kiln Theatre, London

“IT COULD be worse. We could be dead.”

There is little to cling onto in the world that Moses and Kitch, the central characters in Antoinette Nwandu’s startling diatribe, reside.

Whether the street corner they inhabit is in Chicago, Atlanta or possibly Ferguson, Missouri, is not exactly clear. But Pass Over’s almighty message most definitely is.

Nwandu’s text is a riff on Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in which the two poor and isolated young black men trade barbs and share dreams of getting “off the block”.

Where Moses (Paapa Essiedu) has plans, Kitch (Gershwyn Eustache Jnr) follows. But, with no means to fulfil those dreams, they have little more to do than perform overly elaborate handshake routines and reel off their “promised land top tens” – fantasy lists of consumer products.

Yet every moment of childish playfulness has the looming, omnipresent threat of police brutality hanging over it. Just the night before, Dread Ed “got smoked by the po-po.”

So when Mister (Alexander Eliot) arrives “all turned around” with an all-American picnic hamper and highfalutin “golly gee” expressions they are not sure how to respond to him. Is he a cop or a Mormon?

The exchange that follows is a microcosm for the long history of injustice suffered by black Americans, including a compelling discussion on the use of the n-word, which must be uttered over 200 times during the evening.

When Eliot returns as Ossifer, a cop very much in the mould of those who murdered Michael Brown, Tamir Rice or countless other black men, the logical conclusion seems all too predictable. Luckily, the heavens intervene. But not for eternity.

There is something slightly prosaic about the heavy symbolism – apple pie, guns and WWE wrestling – and biblical references, not least in the heavily referenced title, but Indhu Rubasingham’s production nevertheless packs a brutal punch.

The Kiln’s artistic director gives just the right amount of space to every individual moment, allowing the three performers to flourish without drifting into cliche. Eustache Jnr delivers a particularly astounding performance as Kitch, managing to seamlessly flip between wistful and impulsive.

With distant echoes of Marita Bonner and Gil Scott-Heron sounding through Nwandu’s poetic prose, Pass Over is a righteous cry of anger against the age-old tradition of state-sanctioned violence against black Americans.

Runs until March 21, box office: kilntheatre.com/

Snakes and birds on Ugandan island


This 25 February 2020 video from Uganda says about itself:

There is an island full of deadly venomous snakes in Africa. It is called Musambwa island and it is in Lake Victoria. Living Zoology went to film this very remote place for their upcoming documentary called The Most Venomous Snakes of Africa. How is the life of fishermen among hundreds of forest cobras? Watch this video to find out. The island is also home to huge bird colonies.

Donald Trump’s visit to India criticized


This 25 February 2020 video says about itself:

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming under fire for spending $18 million to host US President Donald Trump. Our collaborator Navodita Kumari brings us the details.

Trump hails Modi as his supporters engulf Delhi in communal violence: here.

As Trump embraces Modi, communal violence convulses India’s capital: here.

INDIA’S WORST SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN DECADES Tuesday was the third consecutive night of deadly communal clashes in the capital between Hindus and minority Muslims over a divisive new citizenship law. More than 30 people have been killed since riots broke out on Sunday, according to a hospital spokesperson. It is the worst sectarian violence Delhi has seen in decades. [CNN]

Amid An Anti-Muslim Pogrom In India, A Search For Any Concern At CPAC. As news stories emerged from New Delhi on Thursday evening, all offering proof of an appalling anti-Muslim pogrom there, 50 or so American conservatives, many in red “Make America Great Again” hats, filed into a windowless hotel conference room in suburban Maryland to watch a panel discussion called “Without Religious Freedom, What’s Left?”: here.

HOW DELHI’S POLICE TURNED AGAINST MUSLIMS More evidence is emerging that the Delhi police, who are under the direct command of Indian president Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and have very few Muslim officers, concertedly moved against Muslims and at times actively helped the Hindu mobs that rampaged in New Delhi in late February, burning down Muslim homes and targeting Muslim families. [New York Times]