Tilapia – the wonder fish

TILAPIA is a Latinised version of a word taken from the African Tswana (Bantu) language, ‘thiape’, meaning fish. How many of us have eaten tilapia, served in various dishes? It is the most frequently eaten variety of fish in the... more »

The death of a dinosaur

IN 1881, the American Humanist Robert Green Ingersoll wrote the following in his publication ‘Some Reasons Why’, “In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – only consequences.” How these words ring true today. Ingersoll was the son of a... more »

Protecting pachyderms

  PACHYDERM is a word derived the Greek meaning thick-skinned and usually refers to hoofed or ungulate quadrupeds, which do not chew the cud. This broadly covers elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotami and, indeed, horses. To see such large mammals in a... more »

Nature’s forces – avalanche hazards

WITH the 2018 Winter Olympics now behind us, I raise my glass to salute the united Korean team. Sport should always be above political differences in opinions. The upper slopes of the Taebaek Mountains and hillsides in Pyeong Chang glistened... more »

Global scientific snippets

ALL these bits of news are directly and indirectly related to our natural world. I’m a true believer that we all need to be updated on recent discoveries, various proposals, plans and scientific research, all in the context of making... more »

Mystical mermaids

  THERE are four species of sea-cow of the order Sirenia, of which three are types of manatee and the fourth is the dugong. The Sirens were the classical mythological mermaids that tempted sailors to their death when their ships... more »
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