Utah, wildlife corridor, preservation
The author writes, “Last week, Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) released a video of the state’s first wildlife overpass. The project, which allows animals to move across a landscape increasingly covered with roads, appears to be a success. ... Human-made corridors are a popular solution allowing wildlife to travel safely across human-impacted landscapes. In this case, Utah DWR’s video shows a highway’s abandoned overpass converted to a safe walkway for the state’s abundant wildlife.” Photo credit: Bryant Olsen / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Nearly 18,000 Airport Workers Sealed In for COVID Testing ; Microplastics Found at the Top of Mount Everest ; and More Picks 11/25

Nearly 18,000 Airport Workers Sealed In for Testing After 7 COVID Cases Detected (Dana)

The author writes, “Nearly 18,000 workers were sealed into Shanghai’s main airport Sunday and tested for COVID-19 in one night after authorities detected seven cases linked to the cargo unit of the facility. Social media lit up with dramatic smartphone videos showing large crowds of workers pushing against guards in white hazmat suits in the airport’s parking structure. By Monday morning, local authorities grabbed hold of the situation, tweeting out videos of the 17,719 workers in orderly lines waiting to get tested, with calm piano music playing in the background.”

For Boston Police Officers Accused of Crimes, Legal Troubles Tend to Just Melt Away (Reader Steve)

From the Boston Globe: “Boston police officers accused of crimes over the last decade have encountered a kinder, gentler justice system than the one civilians must navigate — a system where justice takes a back seat to protecting officers. Allegations that would likely get anyone else arrested disappear into drawn-out internal affairs investigations that rarely end with criminal charges or firing, even when the department concludes that officers broke the law. Indeed, the Globe found dozens of officers whose legal problems just melted away.”

Azerbaijan’s Drones Owned the Battlefield in Nagorno-Karabakh — and Showed Future of Warfare (Jeff)

The author writes, “The drone’s-eye view over Nagorno-Karabakh defined much of the six-week war in the mountainous enclave within Azerbaijan: The video first showed soldiers below in trenches, then came blasts and smoke, then nothing. Drone strikes — targeting Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh soldiers and destroying tanks, artillery and air defense systems — provided a huge advantage for Azerbaijan in the 44-day war and offered the clearest evidence yet of how battlefields are being transformed by unmanned attack drones rolling off assembly lines around the world.”

Microplastics Found at the Top of Mount Everest (Mili)

The author writes, “Scientists have identified the highest recorded microplastics ever found on Earth – at an altitude of more than 8,000 metres, close to the summit of Mount Everest. Samples collected on the mountain and in the valley below it revealed substantial quantities of polyester, acrylic, nylon, and polypropylene fibres. The materials are increasingly being used to make the high performance outdoor clothing commonly used by climbers, as well as the tents and climbing ropes used in attempts to climb the mountain.”

Rare Yellow Turtle Spotted for Only Second Time Looks Like Melted Cheese (Dana)

The author writes, “Turtles don’t just come in shades of green. They come in yellow too. A rare yellow version of the albino Indian flapshell turtle was just spotted and rescued from a village pond in West Bengal, India. Indian Forest Service officer Debashish Sharma posted photos of the rare yellow turtle (Lissemys punctatais) on Twitter. … The Indian flapshell turtle is commonly found in South Asian countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.”


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