A real-life "Octomom" off the coast of California has been declared a champion of parenting -- and patience -- in the animal world. After the deep-sea creature laid a clutch of eggs, she protected her babies until they hatched 4.5 years later, without even leaving to eat. Not only is that four times longer than most shallow-water octopuses even live, but it's also the longest brooding period known of any animal on the planet, elephants and emperor penguins included, according to a new study. The findings, detailed on July 30 in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest octopuses far below the surface might live much longer than their shore-hugging cousins. The case of extreme parenting also illustrates how some animals have evolved grueling strategies to ensure their offspring survive in such a hostile environment as the deep ocean. [See Photos of 'Octomom' Shielding Her Eggs] Meet 'Octomom' Scientists were first introduced to the long-suffering octopus in April 2007 during a spontaneous dive … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Deep-sea “Octomom” guards eggs for record length of time
TOKYO -- The Japanese emperor, in a rare address to the public, signaled Monday his apparent wish to abdicate by expressing concern about his ability to carry out his duties fully. "It was some years ago, after my two surgeries that I began to feel a decline in my fitness level because of my advancing age, and I started to think about the pending future, how I should conduct myself should it become difficult for me to carry out my heavy duties in the way I have been doing, and what would be best for the country, for the people, and also for the Imperial Family members who will follow after me. I am already 80 years old, and fortunately I am now in good health. However, when I consider that my fitness level is gradually declining, I am worried that it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the State with my whole being as I have done until now." he said in a 10-minute pre-recorded speech broadcast on national television. It may be the closest he could come … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Japan’s Emperor Akihito hints at abdication
Tech & Science Antarctica Penguins South Pole Australia Two members of the largest penguin species unwittingly recorded a close and personal video by themselves on a camera left in the Antarctic snow by humans. The pair of Emperor penguins, a species whose colonies are scattered around the South Pole, came to feature in the comical footage by virtue of their own curiosity about the goings on near a large Australian-led research facility. The species is the tallest and heaviest of the 18 surviving kinds of penguin in the Antarctic—a major area of research for conservationists and scientists in the southern hemisphere. Related: Watch this Siberian tiger appear to flee the cave of a sleeping female leopard See all of the best photos of the week in these slideshows The short clip begins with a ground-level shot of the Auster Rookery recorded on a camera left on the ice by Eddie Gault, an expeditioner at Australia’s Mawson research station. A group of penguins wanders … [Read more...] about Emperor penguins find camera in the snow and take hilarious selfie footage
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong (THE CONVERSATION) Mexico’s war on drugs has left 234,966 people dead in the last 11 years. In 2017 alone, the country saw some 29,000 murders, the highest annual tally since such record-keeping began in 1997. For years, incensed Mexicans have demanded that President Enrique Peña Nieto – now in the final stretch of his six-year term – take action. Recently, lawmakers from his Revolutionary Institutional Party proposed a controversial solution: Put Mexico’s military on the streets to fight crime. Despite protests and warnings from human rights advocates, who say the law will actually escalate violence, on Dec. 15, 2017, the Mexican Senate approved the Internal Security Law. Just before Christmas, Peña Nieto signed the legislation into law. In response, activists poured red paint in … [Read more...] about A record 29,000 Mexicans were murdered last year – can soldiers stop the bloodshed?
Central Section boys and girls basketball is rolling toward the finish of the regular season before playoff seedings are set Feb. 16, starting the road to Selland Arena and the Valley high school championships March 2-3. Here is a look at how league races are shaping up: Boys Tri-River Athletic Conference – Clovis West holds a one-game lead over Buchanan and Central with four games remaining. The Golden Eagles host the Bears on Friday. County/Metro Athletic Conference – No. 1 San Joaquin Memorial and Bullard share the top spot at 5-1, but the Panthers recently defeated the Knights 75-67. The two teams will meet again Feb. 13 at Bullard, likely to decide the CMAC title. North Yosemite League – Sunnyside holds a two-game lead over Fresno and Roosevelt. The Wildcats visit the Warriors on Feb. 6 and travel to Roosevelt on Feb. 13. East Yosemite League – Tulare Western is in control with a two-game lead. The Mustangs faced second-place Porterville on Thursday … [Read more...] about Prep league races come into focus, record-setters and Atnaf Harris back at Edison