The Arctic Monkeys’ performance on Jimmy Kimmel had to be canceled because Kanye West talked for too long.

The Arctic Monkeys’ performance on Jimmy Kimmel had to be canceled because Kanye West talked for too long.

The Arctic Monkeys are an indie rock band from England.

With the charting of their fifth, most recent album, AM, they became the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums.

To support the album, they were scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 9 October 2013, before starting a 100 concert tour in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

They didn’t get to play that show, however, because Kimmel’s guest Kanye West talked for too long.

A week later the band performed the first two singles form the album, "Do I Wanna Know?" and "R U Mine?" on the show’s outdoor stage.

The album was the second fastest selling album of the year, trailing only Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and featured in many end of year lists as one of the best of 2013. It even made it to NME magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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James Franco Tries, Fails to Get Stephen Colbert to Break Character

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Rob Zombie Talks Insane Clowns and Crowdfunding His New Film ’31’

Rob Zombie who has directed movies like Devil’s Rejects and two Halloween films was uncharacteristically uneasy at first with the idea of crowdfunding a movie But that went away once he realized it was a quid-pro-quo tradeoff On Thursday the director launched a campaign to fund his next movie 31…

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Octopus Mother Of The Year Has 8 Arms, Spends More Than Four Years Protecting Her Young

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If someone were to create an award for “mother of the year” in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.

Scientists on Wednesday described how the female of an octopus species that dwells almost a mile below the sea surface spends about 4-1/2 years brooding her eggs, protecting them vigilantly until they hatch while forgoing any food for herself.

It is the longest known egg-brooding period for any animal, they wrote in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The scientists used a remote-controlled submarine to monitor the deep-sea species, called Graneledone boreopacifica, off the coast of central California.

They tracked one female, recognizable by its distinctive scars, that clung to a vertical rock face near the floor of a canyon about 4,600 feet (1,400 meters) under the surface, keeping the roughly 160 translucent eggs free of debris and silt and chasing off predators.

This mother octopus never left the oblong-shaped eggs – which during the brooding period grew from about the size of a blueberry to the size of a grape – and was never seen eating anything. The octopus progressively lost weight and its skin became pale and loose. The researchers monitored the octopus during 18 dives over 53 months from May 2007 to September 2011.

Bruce Robison, a deep sea ecologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, California, said this species exhibits an extremely powerful maternal instinct.

“It’s extraordinary. It’s amazing. We’re still astonished ourselves by what we saw,” Robison said.

Most octopus females lay a single set of eggs in a lifetime and die shortly after their offspring hatch. The newborn of this species are no helpless babies. The long brooding period enables the hatchlings to come out of their eggs uniquely capable of survival, emerging as fully developed miniature adults able to capture small prey.

At this tremendous depth, there is no sunlight – the only light comes from bioluminescent sea creatures – and it is very cold – 37 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). “It may seem nasty to us, but it’s home to them,” Robison said.

During the brooding period, the mother octopus seemed to focus exclusively on the welfare of the eggs.

“She was protecting her eggs from predators, and they are abundant. There are fish and crabs and all sorts of critters that would love to get in there and eat those eggs. So she was pushing them away when they approached her,” Robison said.

“She was also keeping the eggs free from sediment and was ventilating them by pushing water across them for oxygen exchange. She was taking care of them,” Robison added.

This species measures about 16 inches (40 cm) long and is a pale purple color with a mottled skin texture. It eats crabs, shrimp, snails – “pretty near anything they can catch,” Robison said.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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WildAid: The Race for New Chinese Thinking

Photo credit: WildAid Ambassadors Sir Richard Branson and Yao Ming

“When the buying stops, the killing can, too.”

WildAid’s mantra, translated into Chinese, has permeated China’s culture and society – a remarkable achievement in the mission to stamp out the US$10 billion illegal wildlife trade. In this two part interview with Peter Knights, WildAid’s Executive Director, I delve into what it will take to win the race for new Chinese thinking.

WildAid’s mission is to save endangered species that include elephants, rhino and tigers, by ending the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime. It is the only organization with a laser focus on reducing the demand for these animal products, and they do this through public awareness campaigns featuring celebrity activists Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more.

Working on a shoestring budget, WildAid are leveraging well over US$200 million in pro-bono media support, and reaching one billion people every week.

The most recent reports on WildAid’s shark fin campaigns in China show a demand reduction of up to 70% for shark fin soup, the result of appealing to people’s humanity. Did you know that millions of sharks are brutally killed each year for this soup? A third of all shark species are nearly extinct, but we can help save them.

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“The response to poaching crises has been to increase enforcement – to escalate the war while only dealing with symptoms… Demand reduction defunds the war and deals with the root cause. If you hit the demand hard you break the back of the problem and make enforcement more affordable for the future.” — Peter Knights

Ivory carries more social status than shark fin soup, and ironically Buddhist ivory carvings are seen as religious devotion. However a lot of Chinese people still believe tusks are sourced from elephants that die a natural death, while others believe elephants shed their tusks like stags shed their antlers.

Fuelled by the country’s economic boom, China accounts for about 70% of the illegal ivory trade, and there is obviously still a long way to go. But progress is imminent, and Knights is encouraged by the Chinese government being open to their citizens debating environmental issues.

“The big win so far is China carrying out the ivory crush and admitting for the first time publicly that they had a problem. Hong Kong followed and their top three retailers have pulled out of the trade.”

China licenses 35 ivory carving factories and 130 ivory retailers to sell ‘legal’ ivory obtained from the 2008 CITES sanctioned sale of ivory stockpiles from four African countries. However some legal operations have been caught out as fronts for smuggling, and other carving factories are not licensed at all. Calls to shut down the factories and distribution channels are routinely ignored in contradiction to the ongoing confiscated ivory stockpile burns. But the future is unwritten.

“There are a lot of layers to the Chinese government, and the people responsible for the crush are not necessarily the ones dealing with the trade,” explains Knights. “Right now they’re about half way through selling their 70 tonne purchased stockpile, and they’re also about to release another five tonnes of legal ivory into the market. You can never really tell with the Chinese government. Things happen suddenly and nobody knows why, but certainly pressure internally and externally helps steer them in the right direction.”

In the last 12 months China has been making arrests for illegal activities, and the current plan is to continue drip feeding five tonnes of ivory onto the legal market until the legal ivory runs out.

“Mammoth ivory, although a different colour, is reasonably accepted,” Peter Knights tells me when we start discussing alternative materials. “There is no end to carving, from hardwoods to stone, but if the prestige is in the actual ivory itself, well then it’s difficult to replace that. It’s not WildAid’s job to promote consumption of anything, but it would help if other people were proactively selling and marketing viable alternatives. My view is something too similar to ivory might just perpetuate the market for the real thing. Perhaps it is better to move on to something completely different.”

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In recent years, to some extent the market has moved over to Africa, where hundreds of thousands of Chinese expats are continually tempted to smuggle ivory into their home country. On the flipside, some of these expats will also experience the African wilderness, perhaps become emotionally attached to our global iconic species, and take home both photographs and treasured memories.

Why buy an ivory carving, when, for less money, an entire family could experience an unforgettable African safari, with elephants in the wild?

“If China banned ivory sales the economic and cultural impact there would be minuscule, but it would really help Africa – and the boost for China’s image in Africa and globally would be immense,” says Knights. “Right now they are being painted as the bad guys over five tonnes of ivory a year, but they could and should be the heroes. Yao Ming and Jackie Chan are showing that, and the new Administration in China could step up too.”

In Part 2 of this interview, out next week, we tackle rhino farming, corruption, King Pins, and the demise of law enforcement. Connect with the world’s thought leaders @ savingthewild.com.

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Heat Waves, Cold Snaps Kill 2,000 Each Year In U.S.

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer
Published: 07/30/2014 10:43 AM EDT on LiveScience

About 2,000 Americans die each year due to extreme weather conditions, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers looked at all 10,649 weather-related deaths in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010, and found that 63 percent were caused by exposure to excessive cold, and 31 percent were due to heat. The remaining 6 percent were attributed to floods, storms or lightning.

About 70 percent of weather-related deaths were among men, according to the report, which was released today (July 30). [Top 10 Surprising Results of Global Warming]

Although average winter temperatures across the United States have risen since the late 1970s, many areas still experience extremely low temperatures, the researchers said. Previous studies have shown that extreme cold is deadlier than extreme heat.

Still, extremely hot weather can cause hyperthermia, a condition in which the body absorbs more heat than it dissipates. Heat can also worsen existing medical conditions, such as heart and respiratory diseases, and cause death.

The frequency and intensity of extreme weather conditions — such as heat waves, cold snaps, and storms — are expected to increase in the future as a result of climate change, and previous studies in several countries have predicted more people will die because of heat waves in the future.

In the United States, the combined effects of a warming climate, the aging U.S. population and the increasing number of people living in urban areas may result in an increasing number of people at risk of dying from heat, the researchers said.

In the new report, the researchers found that for both heat-related and cold-related deaths, adults’ risk of dying increased with age, and was particularly high for people older than 75.

For infants, the risk of dying from heat was higher than the risk of dying from cold, the researchers found. During the study period, infants died from extreme heat at a rate of 4 deaths per 1 million U.S. infants, compared with 1 cold-related death per 1 million U.S. infants, according to the report.

To prevent heat-related deaths and medical complications during extremely hot summer days, the CDC recommends staying in air-conditioned buildings, staying hydrated and checking twice a day on those who are most at risk.

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“Miracle” Baby Opossums Survive Despite Incredible Odds

Orphaned opossums at WildCare. Photo by Kate LynchThis little brother and sister pair went through an ordeal that should have taken their lives. But somehow they survived.

A WildCare member in West Marin, California stopped her car to check if a dead Virginia Opossum on the side of the road was a female with babies in her marsupium or pouch.

Sometimes the mother’s marsupium will protect her babies, even if she is killed, but the best chance of survival exists if the mother’s body is brought to the Wildlife Hospital very quickly after the collision.

The accident that killed these babies’ mother must have happened more than a day ago, however, so there was little hope of finding any surviving pups.

Imagine WildCare Medical Staff’s surprise to find two bright, healthy, completely unharmed little babies hidden deep in the pouch!

If you see a road-killed Virginia Opossum on the side of the road, WildCare recommends checking to see if it is a female with babies on board (but only if it is safe for you to do so!)

The protective abilities of a marsupial’s pouch are astonishing, and nothing better illustrates that than the survival of this little opossum pair.

The force of the collision probably killed the mother opossum instantly, and the other siblings in the pouch were also killed by the impact. These two babies must have been deeply ensconced in the pouch, and only the protective shield of their mother’s body kept them alive. That they remained alive in the pouch for the day or more after the accident, and that their rescuer knew to stop, check, and ultimately transport the mother’s body to WildCare is truly something of a miracle.

Showing this young opossum's marsupium. Photo by Alison HermanceOpossums are unique to North America– they are our only marsupial mammal. Opossum babies are born incredibly tiny, only the size of a raisin, and very under-developed. Using vestigial arms they climb from the mother’s birth canal up her belly and into the marsupium where they latch onto a nipple. Unlike other mammals, baby marsupials complete much of their development external to the uterus.

Once the babies reach 100 – 125 grams in weight, they start exploring outside the pouch and using their incredibly grippy little paws to climb up on and cling to their mother’s fur as she patrols her territory in search of food. Eventually they lose their grip, ideally once they are at least the size of a softball from nose to base of tail, and they are then on their own. This is the opossum’s dispersal strategy. These babies are at the size where they would be starting to explore outside the pouch, so it was lucky they were inside when their mother was struck.

These two siblings are too small to be on their own, and will remain in Foster Care at WildCare to grow up together until they are big enough to be released back to the wild. Although they still enjoy formula licked from a syringe, it’s nearly time to wean these babies and get them accustomed to solid foods.

What do you offer a weaning baby opossum? A tasty combination of chopped up fish, egg and fruit-flavored yogurt, all mixed together, of course.

Watch this brother and sister pair discover the joys of fish-flavored fruit yogurt in this video below, taken by opossum Foster Care specialist, Kate Lynch.

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This Workout Will Make You Feel Like A Shelter Dog, For The Best Possible Reason

There’s a workout that will show you what it’s like to be a shelter dog. Has there ever been a less appealing come-on? Well, that’s kind of the point.

Roo Yori — you know him as dad to Wallace the pit bull, whose inspiring trajectory from homeless animal to champion athlete was chronicled in a bestselling book — combined his twin interests in fitness and animal welfare in putting together the Workout of the Day for Dogs, an exercise routine designed to mimic the small, nervous movements a kenneled canine can make.

“By putting ourselves in their paws for a short period of time, I hope it gives a different perspective to people,” says Yori. “This workout is tough, but at the end of the 17 minutes, you’re done. Dogs can’t be done with the shelter unless they get adopted.”

The program doubles as a fundraiser. Gyms across the country will be holding Workout of the Day for Dogs events on August 23 — the one-year anniversary of Wallace’s death — to raise money for the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation as well as local animal welfare groups.

“What’s more controversial these days than CrossFit and pit bulls?” says Yori. “Other people have organized CrossFit workouts as fundraisers for different organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Wounded Warrior Project in the past. One of my passions is helping homeless dogs, so I thought why not do a similar thing to help dogs across the country.”

Those who aren’t near one of the participating gyms can do the workout on their own. It consists of five movements: thrusters, kettle bell swings, jumping air squats, something called “bar over burpees,” which looks rather torturous on YouTube, and five meter shuttle runs.

Complete each movement “as many times as you can in one minute with no rest in between each exercise,” says Yori. Rest for one minute, then go through the whole routine twice more.

At the end of all that, Yori is hoping that exercisers will have more muscles and more empathy — which will translate into more shelter pets finding great homes.

“There are some amazing dogs just like Wallace that are waiting to be adopted,” he says. “These dogs aren’t ‘damaged goods’ or ‘there for a reason.’ They’re good dogs who are simply in a bad spot waiting for somebody to give them a better chance.”

Need proof that a better chance can be utterly amazing? Here’s Wallace being spoiled rotten on his 11th birthday, just five months before cancer took his life:

Get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com if you’ve got an animal story to share!

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Scientists Finally Know Why The Moon Is Shaped Like A Lemon

Scientists say they have finally discovered why the moon is shaped a bit like a lemon — somewhat flattened with a bulge on each side. As detailed in a new paper published online in the journal Nature on July 30, 2014, it’s all about tidal and rotational forces.

“Early tides heated the Moon’s crust in different places, and those differences in heating in different areas gave the Moon most of its shape,” lead researcher Ian Garrick-Bethell, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told the Agence France-Presse.

In other words, during the moon’s infancy some 4.4 billion years ago — when it was still super-hot as the result of an impact between Earth and another object — the Earth’s gravitational (tidal) forces molded its shape ever so slightly.

“Later on, those tides warped the outside of the moon while it was cooling, and it froze in that warped shape,” Garrick-Bethell told the Agence France-Presse.

Scientists have known for some time that the moon is not perfectly round. But it’s been difficult to determine exactly how the bulges formed, since deep craters on the lunar surface obscure the moon’s original shape.

So a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which also contributed to the study, created a topographical model that sealed many of the moon’s crevices in order to paint a more complete picture of what the moon looked like billions of years ago.

From that model, Garrick-Bethell and the team were able to determine that the bulges formed gradually in the first 200 million years of the moon’s existence, due to the combination of forces.

“If you imagine spinning a water balloon, it will start to flatten at the poles and bulge at the equator,” Garrick-Bethell said in a written statement. “On top of that you have tides due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, and that creates sort of a lemon shape with the long axis of the lemon pointing at the Earth.”

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