Sunday, October 23, 2011

Panda Baby Boom

"A group of baby pandas in China sunned their sleepy little faces in public for the first time last week. The panda-loving country’s newest celebrities were greeted by snapping cameras and cheers from admirers.

Twelve of the black-and-white snugglers were born over the last three months at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center in Sichuan Province, China. The newborns bring the total number of giant pandas living at the Chengdu Center to 108.


Giant pandas are an endangered species. China is believed to have the world’s largest population of the rare bears. The last census, or official count, of pandas was taken there 10 years ago. At the time, only 1,600 were found to live in the wild, most of them in Sichuan Province.

But scientists are hopeful that pandas are making a comeback. Panda trackers have set out to get a new estimate of how many of the bears are now living in China.

The researchers are conducting the new census by collecting wild-panda droppings for DNA analysis. The panda poop will help zoologists get a reliable estimate of the population and give them a better picture of pandas’ current living conditions.

The natural habitat, or home, of the giant panda has been shrinking due to human activity. For instance, agricultural and urban development have taken over many areas where pandas were living in the wild. The scarce black-and-white bears are also prizes for poachers, or illegal hunters. Baby pandas are precious too. A female panda gives birth to a cub only every two or three years.

(Source: Scholastic News)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

State of Nate

The NBA lockout has prompted an array of new activities and interests among players, including participating in summer leagues, signing contracts to play overseas, procuring new endorsements, attending fashion weeks, and filming their own web-series. Among those that have decided to give fans a look into their everyday lives and routines is Nate Robinson. His new web-series titled "State of Nate" features Nate and his family interacting with one another, supporting each other, having fun, taking care of business,and enjoying each other's company. I particularly like to see Nate on daddy-duty, its the cutest thing :)

Check out the first two webisodes below.