Antiques Roadshow Update: They've Stopped Appraising Ivory!

Last month, I wrote of an effort by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and others to urge the PBS series Antiques Roadshow to stop appraising ivory, given the devastating toll that poaching has on elephant populations. The WCS announced today that the show has agreed to their requests.… » 6/04/14 5:19pm 6/04/14 5:19pm

What the Hunt for IEDs Can Teach Us About Stopping Wildlife Poachers

The World Wildlife Fund is sending Google-financed drones to African national parks to track down illegal poachers. But computer scientist Thomas Snitch believes he can do a better job—by applying a mathematical model he developed for the military to find insurgents making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq. » 4/29/14 5:30pm 4/29/14 5:30pm

Disturbingly beautiful and barely legal items made from whale baleen

Baleen is part of a unique filtration system that allows enormous whales to live off of relatively tiny creatures. Baleen plates are often shed by a whale or released after their death, and harvested for use in art and consumer goods. As you can imagine, baleen harvesting was widespread before the 20th century, but… » 3/14/13 6:40am 3/14/13 6:40am