Category Archives: Uncategorized

Articles and stories that don’t necessarily fit into a discrete category.

I Love Lucy, But H. naledi Is The New Prize

September 10th, 2015 by

This is a reconstruction of Australopithecus afarensis, an early ancestor of modern humans.

Arguably, the most famous hominid fossil found is that of “Lucy,” who is classified as Australopithecus afarensis. Lucy is the most complete A. afarensis fossil to be found and the oldest (3.2 million years old). While Lucy remains the oldest A. afarensis in record, a new species of hominin has been discovered near Johannesburg, South […]

The Sad Story of Cecil the Lion

August 3rd, 2015 by


It is estimated that less than 20,000 lions exist in the world today. This marks a 40% reduction in population in only two decades. The killing of Zimbabwe’s famed lion, Cecil the Lion, has dealt another blow to conservationist efforts, causing a shockwave of sadness spanning the plains of Zimbabwe to all corners of the […]

Shortage of Gold for Dubai’s “Your Weight In Gold” Campaign

October 30th, 2014 by

An extremely successful "junior" miner, apparently.

According to various sources, the “Your Weight In Gold” program offered by the municipal government of Dubai (United Arab Emirates) has hit a temporary snag: there were so many successful participants this year, the distribution of prizes–in the form of gold coins–will be delayed until December. The government incentive, known in its second year as […]

Markets Rebound On High Volatility: Morning Market Update Oct 21

October 21st, 2014 by

The dollar is seeing some volatility this morning, as the the DXY dollar spot index has been undulating above and below the 85.0 mark. In fact, the markets at large have been characterized by volatility the last several trading days, as the volatility index is at a 13-month high. This comes just three months after […]

South Africa Seeks End to Copper Thefts

October 8th, 2014 by

We’ve all heard of criminals stealing the copper wire from electrical devices (typically air conditioning units) in order to hock the metal as scrap. While this is a somewhat common practice in the States, criminals in South Africa have taken the concept to new heights. Thefts of copper cables have become so frequent in the […]

In Dubai, People Who Lose Weight, Gain Gold

July 9th, 2014 by


The municipal government of Dubai has launched a repeat of its program last summer called “Your Weight in Gold,” but this time, it’s aimed at families. Over the two month weight loss drive, anyone who loses at least two kilos (1 kg = 2.2 lbs) of weight will get one gram of physical gold per […]