If you think gap years are all about drinking and killing brain cells you might have to rethink your whole understanding of the concept. The truth is that you can learn loads of new skills by taking some time off studying and exploring the world lurking outside the classrooms, a place most of us, sadly enough, don’t dedicate enough time to. But we should.
A virus, mainly affecting dogs, is threatening the remaining, endangered wild populations of tigers worldwide. If left unattended, it poses a serious threat to this species, now risking extinction within 50 years. Any conservation efforts towards tigers must keep Canine Distemper Virus in their sights if we are to help this majestic animal survive as long as possible.
No doubt you’ve thought about who and what you would take with you to survive a post-apocalyptic world teeming with zombies, but have you given a thought to animals? Chances are some animals will possess qualities and abilities that could be very useful to a well-rounded zombie apocalypse team.
Christmas carols are all well and good, but if there’s one thing Christmas can have too much of, it’s cold and gloom. If you’re already tired of your gloves and scarf, head over to a sunnier destination for the holidays. You’ll still have to come back to your good (c)old home, but at least you’ll have a tan!
Magic is overrated… Did you know that some animals have a rare ability to disappear right in front of your eyes? Today we look at the fascinating shape shifters from nature, beings armed with camouflage that makes Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak look lame!
Are you the type who just buy a flight ticket and hit the road without sufficient financial backup? Well, maybe you should consider making some money while you travel. Here are 10 ways to earn some extra cash while you make your way around the world: It’s time to use your creative skills!
Humans are consumers of natural resources, some of which are vital for own survival whilst others seem unnecessary. It is important when taking these resources we do so sustainably, thereby giving back to the environment i.e. loggers replanting trees. Such sustainable practices are needed now more than ever in the face of climate change and wildlife threatened by extinction. We are not talking about just a loss of habitat but an ecosystem that acts as our lifeline.
Today many people go travelling to escape the mania of our technology-driven world. Whether travelling for the culture shock, conservation or simply for a well desired time- out, the urge to switch off the mobile and our constant connection to social media is high. However, many are learning to hold onto their mobiles a little longer as access to the internet isn't such a bad thing after all.
Treat yourself to a Christmas getaway and buy your presents from somewhere different. Pick up a glass of mulled wine, enjoy roasted nuts and festive food bites and take a look at the many stalls booming with handmade gifts. What are you waiting for?
The best natural asset us humans have is arguably our intellect, and it has allowed us to create many tools and objects that have helped our lives significantly. Biomimetics is the study of natural systems and elements with the intention of imitating them to solve our problems. Here are some examples of where nature ‘one-upped’ us, and where we need to pay attention!
Volunteering is seen as a good cause, a way to help those less fortunate than ourselves, but have you ever considered the impact volunteering has on the volunteer? We have decided to find this out on International Volunteer Day 2014. Various studies argue that working to help others is good for our health and happiness – it even reduces mortality risk… So while city high flyers fight to win more money, the real win could be found in acts of selflessness.
Killer whales may have a bad reputation – their name attests to that! – but, in reality, they are highly intelligent and social animals. After the first orca captured for exhibition purposes in 1965, the busines boomed and grew to today's 52 captive orcas worldwide. However, despite reassurances by marine parks, the general public has grown increasingly worried about the unethical and scandalous treatment these animals receive in captivity.