11 : Returning From The Brink
This raptor is possibly one of the biggest success stories in UK conservation history. Red kites had vanished from England by 1871 and from Scotland by 1879, wiped out by human persecution. By 1903, just a few clung on in Wales. Conservation efforts started in earnest, yet numbers remained low.
11 : Returning from the Brink
European bison reached the brink of extinction in the wild by the 19th century, threatened by hunting and forest destruction, and were hanging on in just a couple of locations. But by the 1920s, both wild herds had become extinct, after the First World War meant that hungry soldiers and civilians turned to these large mammals for food.
This delicate orange-and-brown beauty flew its last flight in England in 1976, a result of the loss of the open, damp woodland rides and clearings on which it depends. In 2016, a host of conservation organisations from the Back from the Brink project banded together to restore it, using individuals from the Ardennes forests of Belgium.
Spix's macaw is the latest species to return from the brink of extinction and be reintroduced into its native Brazil, thanks to a remarkable conservation effort. Its plight was highlighted in the 2011 animated film Rio, which told the story of a caged Spix's macaw named Blue and helped raise awareness of the species on a mass scale.
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Located in the southwestern corner of the Amazon basin and surrounded by moist tropical rainforests, the Bení Savanna ecoregion experiences pronounced wet and dry seasons. The wet season generally extends from December to May, and subjects the savanna, which is relatively flat, to such heavy rains and snowmelt from the nearby Andes Mountains, that it floods.
A nest box program that had been initiated in 2007 for these macaws under the guidance of Laney Rickman was so successful that it was expanded into this region. As of 2021, 105 blue-throated macaw chicks have successfully fledged from nest boxes. According to the most recent reports, there have been 16 nesting attempts in the 100 monitored nest boxes that successfully fledged 8 chicks this year.
Let me remind you that, despite the success of this nest box program, a recent study that I shared with you a few months ago predicted that birds with the most unusual and extreme traits are likely to go extinct first, whereby removing their unique traits and ecological roles from ecosystems (more here). This is a worrying scenario that could easily lead to the extinction of this important parrot.
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I am a Professor of Bioengineering and Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego, where I hold the J. Robert Beyster Endowed Chair in Engineering.. I have been on the faculty at UCSD for the past 18 years. I am also the Founding Director of the Center for Engineered Natural Intelligence, and Associate Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. My research aims to understand what the algorithms are that the brain uses, and how technologies can interface with the brain in order to treat neurological disorders. I am also exploring new forms of machine learning derived from neuroscience. My doctorate and post-doctorate fellowship work were at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, respectively, in neuroscience and neural engineering. Prior to that I was at the University of Toronto where I received double Bachelor degrees in human physiology and biophysics, and a Masters degree in neurophysiology. My contributions to Forbes focus on neuroscience and brain research, and their intersections with technology, engineering, and mathematics.
On the evening of January 17, 1950, employees of the security firm Brinks, Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts, were closing for the day, returning sacks of undelivered cash, checks, and other material to the company safe on the second floor.
As the loot was being placed in bags and stacked between the second and third doors leading to the Prince Street entrance, a buzzer sounded. The robbers removed the adhesive tape from the mouth of one employee and learned that the buzzer signified that someone wanted to enter the vault area. The person ringing the buzzer was a garage attendant. Two of the gang members moved toward the door to capture him; but, seeing the garage attendant walk away apparently unaware that the robbery was being committed, they did not pursue him.
The fiber bags used to conceal the pieces were identified as having been used as containers for beef bones shipped from South America to a gelatin manufacturing company in Massachusetts. Thorough inquiries were made concerning the disposition of the bags after their receipt by the Massachusetts firm. This phase of the investigation was pursued exhaustively. It ultimately proved unproductive.
Each of the five lock cylinders was taken on a separate occasion. The removal of the lock cylinder from the outside door involved the greatest risk of detection. A passerby might notice that it was missing. Accordingly, another lock cylinder was installed until the original one was returned.
In July 1956, another significant turn of events took place. Stanley Gusciora (pictured left), who had been transferred to Massachusetts from Pennsylvania to stand trial, was placed under medical care due to weakness, dizziness, and vomiting. On the afternoon of July 9, he was visited by a clergyman. During this visit, Gusciora got up from his bed, and, in full view of the clergyman, slipped to the floor, striking his head. Two hours later he was dead. Examination revealed the cause of his death to be a brain tumor and acute cerebral edema.
In 2016, candidate Trump promised that if he became president, the country would enjoy so much winning that people would get tired of it. Instead, President Trump led his party and country from one failure to another, until they got sick of losing.
The ramifications of a vengeful Trump returning to the White House for the country and the world may be too hard to fathom at this stage. But some things are clear: It would be a victory for the anti-democratic insurrectionist ultra-right faction that stormed Congress on January 6, 2021. It would be a victory for racism and hate.
Returning from the Brink (起死回生(きしかいせい), kishikaisei?) is the forty-seventh episode of the anime adaptation That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and the twenty-third episode of the second season.
Banks in the United States also responded responsibly by largely reducing risky activity from their operations. US policies and practices require banks to aggressively work through troubled assets. As a result, American banks acted upon the requirements to deal with 90-day-past-due or impaired and troubled assets much more quickly than did banks in Europe and Asia, and that helped banks in the United States to rebound more quickly than their global rivals, putting US banks in a position of strength as recovery accelerated into growth and opportunity.
Those quick actions to respond to weaknesses seen in 2008 and to shore up an economy and put people back to work gave banks in the United States a firm base from which to grow and claw back the advantage that European and Asian banks had gained in the 1990s. Three other forces helped ensure US banks remained an engine for economic opportunity and growth. Corporate-tax-rate reductions gave banks a boost in 2018. Key interest rates have risen from historic lows. And regulators and policymakers have worked to recalibrate the US regulatory framework to retain critical reforms imposed in response to the financial crisis and eliminate unnecessary regulatory burden. 041b061a72