4 Century-old Faeroes tradition causes a cetacean controversy

By: Joshua O. Kiefer (content warning: graphic description ahead) A 4 century-old Faeroes tradition killed 1,428 white-sided dolphins on September 12. This tradition has been around for hundreds of years, but environmental activists say it’s cruel. The tradition involves boats driving dolphins into shallow water, beaching them, using blowhole hooks to pull the dolphins to shore, and then employing a knife to sever the spine … Continue reading 4 Century-old Faeroes tradition causes a cetacean controversy

Perseverance Rover gives first slice of Mars

By: Joshua O. Kiefer The Perseverance Mars rover grabbed its first two samples of Mars, one on September 1 and the second on September 7. The Rover took the samples from a flat rock named Rochette (French for “little rock”) and put them in two airtight tubes. The Perseverance Rover launched July 10, 2020, and landed on February 18, 2021, and has been running a … Continue reading Perseverance Rover gives first slice of Mars