THE INNOVATIVE BODY WORLD FOLKS HAVE BEEN SLICING AND DICING up critters for a radical new exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum, and even if you aren’t anywhere near the U.K. you can check out the innards of giraffes, elephants, and more — nearly a Noah’s ark full — through a photo story at Notcot. For the Animal Inside Out show, the creatures are “plastinated” — their body fluids are replaced with polymers under vaccuum, leaving muscles, bones, blood vessels, and more perfectly preserved. There nearly 100 exhibits, and, the show runs from tomorrow until September 16. Via Notcot.
ASPEN MOUNTAIN WANTS OUT OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE because of the business organization’s policy on climate science. Skico, the mayor of Aspen, and many residents say they want the town to divorce itself from the organization’s continued backing of legislation that’s unfriendly to the environment — and to skiing in particular. Auden Schendler, a V.P. at Skico, says that resorts and ski manufacturers have to scream about these subjects: “I think the next step is to become activists on climate,” Schendler said. “It’s uncomfortable, seems outside the scope of the organizational mission, irritates people, and isn’t all that much fun. But it is essential for the survival of the industry.” Via Real Aspen.
BEATING A 15-FOOT PYTHON TO DEATH WITH A RAKE got a now-former Florida Forest Service ranger in hot water. It was Jean Bernard Tarrete’s last day of his career and he and co-worker came upon the massive non-native Burmese python. The duo wrestled with it by the tail, hacked at the head with a sharp rake used to create fire breaks, and then posted the video to YouTube. The Forest Service wasn’t stoked — a live snake could have been used to train other rangers and service dogs. “We appreciate the efforts of these rangers to capture and kill the python but we absolutely do not condone the way it was handled,” Hill said, saying it was a decidedly inhumane death. Via ABC Action News.
CAN YOU REALLY BLAME INFRASTRUCTURE FOR BIKERS behaving badly? In a column at Grist the author quotes president of the League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, saying, “I can understand why people behave the way they do on a bike, because the system isn’t set up to help them.” True, he also acknowledges that the defensive response of cyclists brings plenty of its own negative connotations, but the story doesn’t go nearly far enough to explain that, though the law may say bikes are entitled to the road, reality says being a jerk to drivers and pedestrians endangers everyone who rides. Via Grist.