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Fifty years ago 180,000 whales disappeared from the oceans without a trace, and researchers are still trying to make sense of why.
...But it was in this space, between the false numbers and the real ones, that the researchers’ work became engrossing in ways that had little to do with marine biology. In gathering the figures, the researchers had also gathered stories that explained how the figures had come to be—the scientist who had stashed heaps of documents in his potato cellar; the whaling ship captain accused of espionage; elaborate acts of high-seas tactical misdirection and disguise usually reserved for navies in battle. The authors, I realized, were assembling not just a scientific record but also a human history, an account of a remarkable collision between political ideology and the natural world—and a lesson for anyone seeking to protect the fragile ecosystems that exist in the world’s least governed spaces.
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"Humans, over thousands of years, had never been able to deal with Nature's complexity. But we biologists and ecologists had never tackled anything as complex as this.
So rather than reinvent the wheel, I began studying other professions to find out if anybody had. And I found that there were planning techniques that I could take and adapt to our biological need and from those I developed what we call holistic management and planned grazing, a planning process. And that does address all of Nature's complexity *and* our social, environmental, economic complexity..."
Homesteading, the practice, gets its name from the Homestead Act of 1862, when Americans were granted federal land if they promised to build a home, make improvements, and farm it. On the frontier, people had to make their own way.
Newly-discovered food recipes from a 12th century Durham Priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years. The recipes are to be recreated at a Durham University event later in the month.
The Latin manuscript mainly consists of recipes for medical ointments and cures and was compiled and written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. The work was recently been re-examined and found to contain the food recipes, which experts believe are amongst the oldest in the western medieval culinary tradition, preceding the previously known examples from circa 1290. The manuscript is now held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.