What’s killing killer whales? Orca report covering a decade of necropsies identifies threats — ScienceDaily

Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales stranded over nearly a decade in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that orcas face a variety of mortal threats — many stemming from human interactions.

A study analyzing the reports was published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The study findings indicate that understanding and being aware of each threat is critical for managing and conserving killer whale populations. It also presents a baseline understanding of orca health.

The study was conducted by a team of marine mammal and orca specialists led by the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and coordinated through the SeaDoc Society, a Washington-based program of the University of California, Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. The lead author, Dr Stephen Raverty, and coauthor, Dr John Ford, are adjunct professions at the University of British Columbia Institute of Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology, respectively.

The whales

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‘None is’ or ‘none are’? Singular or plural verb? What’s right?

Viewers like me might’ve cringed last Sunday watching HBO’s “The Undoing” and hearing Nicole Kidman’s character be corrected by her British mother-in-law for saying “none of us are” instead of “none of us is.”

Toward the end of the series’ fifth episode, “Trial by Fury,” I sat up, not because of anything gruesome, like the bludgeoning of Elena Alves (played by Matilda De Angelis) in episode one, but because Janet Fraser (Rosemary Harris) was trying to school Grace Fraser (Kidman) not in forensic science but in grammar. Drama!

Some context is in order: Janet is married to Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant), who’s on trial over Elena’s murder. Jonathan says he didn’t kill Elena, though he admits he did have an affair with her and is the father of her second child.

In the scene in question, Grace, who lives in New York, is Skyping with Janet, who’s in the UK,

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What’s on TV Saturday and Sunday Talk ‘The Call of the Wild’

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.


Earth’s Great Seasons “Winter (Extended)” (N) 8 p.m. BBC America

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet (N) 9 p.m. Animal Planet

History’s Greatest Mysteries Explorer Richard Shackleton led a 1914 expedition to Antarctica but not long after his team arrived, their ship, the Endurance, was destroyed by the encroaching polar ice. Shackleton’s subsequent attempt to lead his 27 men to safety across the frozen tundra became an epic struggle. Laurence Fishburne narrates the new episode “Endurance: The Hunt for Shackleton’s Ice Ship.” 9 p.m. History

Mega Zoo Problems arise when an African wild dog undergoes critical surgery.10 p.m. Animal Planet

The Secret Life of

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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Great Performances’ Lea Salonga on PBS

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.


The Astronauts The kids work together to dislodge a small toy clogging a toilet, leaving only one working bathroom on the spaceship. Back on Earth, tempers flare between the parents in this new episode. Miya Cech, Bryce Gheisar and Ben Daon star. (N) 7 p.m. Nickelodeon

World’s Funniest Animals (N) 8 p.m. CW

Great Performances Lea Salonga performs songs from her Broadway career and hits from “Aladdin” and “Mulan.” With the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, from the Sydney Opera House. 9 p.m. KOCE

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (N) 9 p.m. Food Network

Biggest Little Christmas Showdown (N) 9 p.m. HGTV

20/20 The new episode

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T-ray technology reveals what’s getting under your skin

T-ray technology reveals what’s getting under your skin
A demonstration of how the T-ray equipment can be used to scan an individual’s skin. Credit: University of Warwick

A new method for analyzing the structure of skin using a type of radiation known as T-rays could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer.

Scientists from the University of Warwick and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have shown that using a method that involves analyzing T-rays fired from several different angles, they can build a more detailed picture of the structure of an area of skin and how hydrated it is than current methods allow.

Their method is reported in Advanced Photonics Research and could provide a new tool for scientists and clinicians for characterizing the properties of skin in individuals, to assist in managing and treating skin conditions.

Terahertz (THz) radiation, or T-rays, sit in-between infrared and WiFi

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what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

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Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species.

The funding might seem like a lot—and, truth be told, it is more than most threatened species receive. But the national distribution of koalas is vast, so the funding equates to about A$1.40 to survey a square kilometre. That means the way koalas are counted in the audit must be carefully considered.

Koalas are notoriously difficult to detect, and counts so far have been fairly unreliable. That can make it hard to get an accurate picture of how koalas are faring, and to know where intensive conservation effort is needed—especially after devastating events such as last summer’s bushfires.

Methods for counting koalas range from the traditional—people at ground level looking up into the trees—to the high-tech, such

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It’s Time For Tech To Help Us Understand What’s In The Food We Eat

Just trying to understand food and our food system. Co-Founder of TeakOrigin.

It’s never been easier to find information. Technological advancements have allowed us to quickly dig deep into just about everything we’re interested in, and advances in artificial intelligence and machine language have made information even faster. Yet with all this information available to us, we still can’t answer the most fundamental question of what is actually inside of the food we eat.

Informed Decisions

Data is available for virtually anything we tune our senses to. Apps tell us the names of the songs we can’t get out of our heads, show us the names of the constellations overhead and recognize millions of products just by barcode. Consumers have multitudes of information to help them make the best, most personal choice.

The supply chain has also become smarter with informational tools. Projects like the Organic Cotton Traceability Pilot

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What’s in Trump’s Latest Executive Order Against China?

By Frank Holmes, U.S. Funds

By now you may have heard that President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Americans from investing in a select number of Chinese firms that have ties to China’s military.

Since we invest heavily in the country and other Asian economies, through our China Region Fund (USCOX), I figured it’d be helpful to clarify any concerns investors might have.

Simply put, Trump’s ban will not impact our investment strategy in any way. None of the 31 companies listed in the executive order, many of them involved in construction or technology, was held in USCOX as of September 30.

I don’t believe the directive will affect very many Americans’ portfolios, to be honest. It doesn’t ban new purchases of the companies until November 2021, and it allows investors to continuing holding and liquidating the targeted securities indefinitely.

Plus, President-Elect Joe Biden could very well

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What’s Next For Entertainment Marketing

At the Nashville-based entertainment marketing agency FlyteVu, co-founder Laura Hutfless has a box seat for the shift from physical to digital campaign execution. I recently asked her to share her thoughts on these changes.

Paul Talbot: What sort of significant entertainment marketing innovations has the pandemic triggered?

Laura Hutfless:  Simply put, the pandemic accelerated the industry’s journey to digital and innovative tech solutions. The industry has quickly adopted livestreaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, virtual meet and greets and more. The shift was always inevitable, but Covid has officially transported the industry to a digital-first economy.

Talbot: Can we gauge to what extent the Covid pandemic has put the brakes on entertainment marketing?

Hutfless:  Traditional forms of marketing are not delivering the same results due to shifts in content consumption and the obstacles presented by experiential marketing. Brands are looking for innovative ways to reach consumers. The Covid pandemic has

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What’s the risk of getting COVID-19 at an event in Spokane?

KREM 2 checked the risks in counties in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and part of Montana for three different sized events: 10-person, 50-person and 100-person.

SPOKANE, Wash — Thinking about attending a Thanksgiving dinner this year? In parts of the Inland Northwest, that could be almost like flipping a coin to see if you get the coronavirus, according to a tool built by Georgia Tech.

The university compiles data from the COVID Tracking Project and the New York Times COVID-19 data project to generate risk estimates for every county in the United States. You can use their tool – the Georgia Tech COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool – to get an idea of how likely you might be to catch to coronavirus if you attended an event of different sizes in any county in the country.

For example, in Spokane County, the tool calculates that at a 100-person event,

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