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‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Technology
NEW YORK -- Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.New Yorkers free th
Christo, artist known for wrapping landmarks, dies at 84

Christo, artist known for wrapping landmarks, dies at 84

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- Christo, the Bulgarian-born artist best known for wrapping world landmarks, has died of natural causes, according to his office. The 84-year-old artist born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff died Sunday at his home in New York City, read a statement published to his official social media accounts. Advertisement "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it," the statement read. Christo worked with his wife, Jeanne-Claude, creating whimsical larger-than-life artworks and together wrapped the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris and the Reichstag building in Berlin as well as created The Gates in New York's Central Park, which was 23 miles of vinyl gates displayed in the famous park in 2005. "Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork brought ...
Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

Health
The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirusByThe Associated PressApril 30, 2020, 8:35 AM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBANGKOK -- The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country’s eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman said the territory surrounding the capital city Canberra was free of any recorded infection on Thursday for the first time in seven weeks after the last patient recovered. There have been 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canberra and three patients have died. ACT has a population of only 420,000,
Smallest known dinosaur found trapped in 99-million-year-old amber

Smallest known dinosaur found trapped in 99-million-year-old amber

Science
March 12 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have discovered a tiny new species of dinosaur trapped in ancient amber from Myanmar. Scientists estimate the bird-like species is the smallest known dinosaur. The skull of the new species, which scientists estimate is fully formed, was found inside 99-million-year-old amber. Its size suggests the unusual dinosaur species was roughly the size of a bee hummingbird, the smallest bird on Earth. "Amber preservation of vertebrates is rare, and this provides us a window into the world of dinosaurs at the lowest end of the body-size spectrum," Lars Schmitz, associate professor of biology at Claremont McKenna College in California, said in a news release. "Its unique anatomical features point to one of the smallest and most ancient birds ever found." Scientists ...
Malaysia’s last known Sumatran rhino dies

Malaysia’s last known Sumatran rhino dies

Science
The Sumatran rhino is now officially extinct in Malaysia, with the death of the last known specimen.The 25-year-old female named Iman died on Saturday on the island of Borneo, officials say. She had cancer.Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino died in May this year.The Sumatran rhino once roamed across Asia, but has now almost disappeared from the wild, with fewer than 100 animals believed to exist. The species is now critically endangered.Last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia diesIman died at 17:35 local time (09:35 GMT) on Saturday, Malaysia's officials said. "Its death was a natural one, and the immediate cause has been categorised as shock," Sabah State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christine Liew is quoted as saying...