Posts by Ross Tucker

  • Hunter to 'consider all sides' after spending $350K to kill rare rhino

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    The hunter who placed the winning bid of $350,000 for the right to kill one of Namibia's 1,800 remaining black rhinos has taken to Facebook to let people know he is "considering all sides and concerns involved in this unique situation."

    According to Page Six, Corey Knowlton has asked that people don't rush to judgment after he won an auction for the hunting permit on Saturday at the Dallas Safari Club.

    "I deeply care about all of the inhabitants of this planet and I am looking forward to more educated discussion regarding the ongoing conservation effort for the Black Rhino," says Knowlton at the end of his Facebook post.

    "We do not directly receive money from hunting, we have nothing to do with hunting, and we have not at all been approached in this regard either, so to say that we will be receiving money from a rhino hunt is entirely inaccurate," the message on the home page continues.

  • Homeless former colonel's story illustrates broad problems facing U.S. vets

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    He spent 30 years in the U.S. military, earned three graduate degrees and eventually worked his way to the Pentagon before retiring — but today, former Air Force Col. Robert Freniere, 59, is living out of his van, filling out job applications on public computers in libraries.

    Freniere's story stands in stark contrast to common beliefs about unemployed, homeless veterans being made up of former soldiers from the rank-and-file. But an in-depth profile of Freniere by The Philadelphia Inquirer shows that problems affecting veterans don't discriminate based on chain of command; they go up to the top brass.

    How could this have happened? The answer is complex and representative of what veterans face when they attempt to re-enter civilian life.

    But Freniere isn't giving up.

  • When you order fish, do you really know what you're eating?

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    So you ordered the grilled mahi-mahi special — but are you really sure that's what you ate?

    With seafood sales on the rise in stores across the U.S., research labs like Applied Food Technologies, recently profiled by a Smithsonian blog, are all the more important.

    Applied Food Technologies is one of several labs that look at the DNA of seafood to verify it's been labeled correctly for restaurants, grocery stores, distributors, government agencies and importers. A report from Oceana, a nonprofit that aims to help conserve the Earth's oceans, says that roughly a third of all fish is labeled incorrectly.

    LeeAnn Applewhite, founder and CEO of AFT, told the Smithsonian that mislabeling isn't a new phenomenon.

    And of course, mislabeling is sometimes intentional. Asian catfish will fetch a higher market price if you say it's grouper.

  • Selfies with a splash of serious safety issues

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Talk of distracted driving has largely been centered on talking on the phone or texting. Now, taking selfies while behind the wheel is joining the list. According to a report from the Huffington Post, the number of people taking self-portraits while speeding down the road has exploded. "There are over 3 million posts on Instagram tagged with '#driving,' nearly 50,000 with '#drivinghome,' over 9,000 tagged '#drivingtowork' and more than 3,500 tagged '#drivingselfie,'" reads the report.

    #drivingselfie #zebrastripes pic.twitter.com/L32SjhMUrk

  • Attenborough explains Miley Cyrus' twerk heard round the world

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Is your mind still reeling from Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards? It happened on Aug. 25, so you should have had ample time to recover. But if you haven't, naturalist Sir David Attenborough may offer some help. The editors of Wreck & Salvage — who describe themselves as "three Internet hobos riding the rails of digital refuse, navigating through the brambles, backwoods, and country roads" — have expertly overdubbed footage of Cyrus' now-infamous performance with Robin Thicke with Attenborough's narration of an albatross' elaborate mating ritual.

    Attenborrowed from wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

  • New Jersey $28 billion short on Hurricane Sandy recovery

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    New Jersey has spent the year since Hurricane Sandy trying to recover, but a new study from Rutgers University indicates the state has a long way to go to get back to pre-Sandy status. The Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration found that the state has "an unmet need of $4.85 billion in direct damage costs and an additional $23.5 billion needed for hazard mitigation," according to a report from The Star-Ledger.

  • Hunt a Rare Rhino So You Can Save Rare Rhinos

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Ever wake up feeling in tune with your inner Teddy Roosevelt or Ernest Hemingway and think, "I really need to shoot something rare, something exotic, preferably endangered and it's gotta be huge"? Lucky for you, the Dallas Safari Club has you covered. The group, which bills itself as a "gathering point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts," has secured the right to hunt one of Namibia's 1,800 remaining black rhinos. According to the Dallas Observer, which first reported the hunt , the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also approved the event. The club's claims of aiding conservation may not be as laughable as they appear on first blush. Ben Carter, director of the Dallas Safari Club, told the Observer that the permit is expected to bring in as much as $750,000, all of which will be going back to the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia's Black Rhino. Carter has, as one might expect, received a lot of criticism. "People are talking about 'Why don't you do a photo safari?' or whatever. Well, that's great, but people don't pay for that," he told the Observer. According to Save the Rhino International...

  • Scout Leaders May Face Charges Over Boneheaded Boulder Blunder

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, three Scout leaders who destroyed the formation could face felony charges. The video clearly shows the leaders having an uproarious time altering the natural landscape and ridding the world of a geological artifact.

    Not only are the leaders facing fire from the authorities, but they're violating the basic tenants of the Boy Scouts. "Leave No Trace" is the mantra Scouts are taught as they head into and out of camping areas. There's even a section of the Scouts' "No Trace" practices on "Leave What You Find.""Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts, and any other objects as you found them," says the Scouts guidance on the subject.

  • Thieves Bolt With Bounty of Beloved Bourbon

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Bandits have made off with some 65 cases of cherished 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, a haul valued at $26,000. According to a report from the Courier Journal, the heist looks to have been an inside job. The bottles were stolen from a secure area of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. "This is the mac daddy," Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told the Courier Journal. Only 7,000 cases of Pappy Van Winkle are produced a year. Sheriff Melton added that the bottles could be worth between $300 and $400 on the secondary market. Pappy's 20-year-old has won dozens of awards, including double gold medals for the 2007 and 2008 Sav Francisco World Spirits Competition. In 2010, it won best of show, best whiskey and a double gold medal at the Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition. Upon hearing of the loss, Pappy fans reacted like Obi-Wan Kenobi sensing the destruction of Alderaan. "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened." Terrible indeed. Reaction on Twitter has shown similar alarm.

  • Oreos the Next Target in the War on Drugs

    Ross Tucker at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Those cookie crumbs clinging to the corners of little Timmy's mouth may be the telltale sign of a full-blown addiction -- especially if they're Oreo crumbs. According to a study from students and professors at Connecticut College , lab rats find Oreo cookies to be as addictive as cocaine. "Our reserach supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do," said Joseph Schroeder, associate professor of Neuroscience at Connecticut College. See Also: Top 10 Scariest Food Additives Neuroscience major Jamie Honohan was interested in taking a look at how high-fat, high-sugar foods contributed to the obesity epidemic in low-income areas. And when you're looking for high-fat, high-sugar foods, what could be better than an Oreo? Honohan adds that Oreos are "highly palatable to rats," which means we can all start ditching the cheese in our traps. To test the addictive powers of Oreos, the rats were run through a maze. On one end of the maze, the rats were offered Oreos, on the other, rice cakes. Another test group was given an injection of cocaine or morphine on one side, and a shot of saline on the other. It...