Archive for August, 2002

Why Is Earth’s Girth Bulging?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 7, 2002   View Article

This is heavy.

Something massive is moving on or within the Earth and causing the planet’s gravity field to get wider around the equator and flatter at the poles, according to a pair of scientists studying the field with sensitive satellite instruments.

New Snake Footage Uncoils Mystery of Flying Serpents

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 7, 2002   View Article

Watch out—there’s a snake flying through the air!

No, it’s not a paranoid hallucination. Along the west coast of India and in parts of Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka, some snakes slither through the jungle, bite with venom, and glide from tree to tree.

Save the Scales? – Experts Push for Snake Protection

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 5, 2002   View Article

Snakes—the dry and scaly reptiles who strike fear in the human soul—may be slithering unnoticed toward extinction, warns a team of scientists. The researchers say more funding for basic snake ecology research is imperative if we want to conserve the species.

“Historically, reptiles get the short end of the conservation stick—they aren’t furry or feathery and thus tend to not engender much public sympathy,” said Robert Reed, a research associate at the Savannah River Ecology Lab in Aiken, South Carolina. “Snakes are especially reviled in much of the Western world.”

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