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"Star Trek Beyond" boldly went to the top of the box office in its weekend debut, sending "The Secret Life of Pets" to the doghouse in the number two spot. Paramount's "Star Trek Beyond," the latest installment in the 50-year-old franchise, beamed up $59.6 million in gross receipts, according to estimates released by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations on Sunday. In the epic science-fiction adventure directed by Justin Lin, the crew of the USS Enterprise crash-land on a hostile planet and must find a way to escape from the villain Krall.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Among the many problems Gaza faces, from conflict to homelessness, power cuts and a lack of fresh water, Saeed el-Aer has dedicated himself to an unusual one: stray dogs. "We tour the streets and distribute food for days or a week until they get used to us and then we catch and bring them to the society," said Aer, referring to the organization he helped set up, the Sulala Society for Training and Caring for Animals. At the farm in Zahra, south of Gaza city on the coast, young volunteers feed the dogs by boiling chicken wings and legs in a large pot over a wood-fired stove.
NEW YORK (AP) — After months of prerelease debate, Sony Picture's female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot arrived in theaters as neither a massive success nor the bomb some predicted, as the much-scrutinized film opened with an estimated $46 million in North American theaters, second to the holdover hit "The Secret Life of Pets."
By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team. After all the chatter and the gender politics, "Ghostbusters" debuted this weekend to a solid $46 million from 3,962 locations. Sony hailed the results as evidence that audiences were responding to its new take on the decades-old property.
A specialized drone could be instrumental in saving an endangered species of ferret in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to test out a program that would use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to shoot vaccine-covered candy into the black-footed ferret's habitat in Montana. The goal of this scheme is to help inoculate the animal against sylvatic plague — a disease that can decimate black-footed ferret populations. The vaccination effort is designed to indirectly benefit the ferrets by specifically targeting prairie dog populations, which are also susceptible to the plague. Black-footed ferrets depend on prairie dogs for food and shelter. SEE ALSO: The FAA's new rules for drones are bad news for Amazon Ferrets prey upon prairie dogs, and then occupy their underground burrows for shelter from the weather and safety from predators located above ground. The drones that may be used in this effort would ideally be designed to shoot the candies in three directions at the same time, according to an environmental assessment of the drone program put out by the Fish and Wildlife Service. A report from The Guardian says the vaccine bait would be "M&Ms smeared in vaccine-laden peanut butter." "If the equipment can be developed to deposit 3 SPV [sylvatic plague vaccination] doses simultaneously every second, as we envision is possible, some 200 acres per hour could be treated by a single operator," the Fish and Wildlife Service said. At the moment, there are only about 300 known black-footed ferrets still alive in the United States, and "plague is a primary obstacle to black-footed ferret recovery," the assessment states. The species has been considered endangered since 1967. Kelly Uhing of the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department waits for a black-footed ferret to head into a prairie dog tunnel during a release of 30 black-footed ferrets on Oct. 5, 2015 in Colorado. Image: AP/David Zalubowski Today, people working with the federal government deliver vaccines by hand by walking through prairie dog habitats. In total, one person doing that work is able to treat between 3 and 6 acres per hour, the assessment found, but that isn't necessarily a viable option when trying to save this endangered species. "Operational use of SPV in support of ferret recovery will require annual treatments across many thousands of acres of prairie dog complexes on each of more than a dozen ferret reintroduction sites distributed from Canada to Mexico," the agency said. "The time and labor force required for such treatments by hand on foot would be very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve and sustain over long periods of time." Drone use could be a huge help in getting vaccines to the animals who need them more efficiently. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, delivering the vaccine by drone "is anticipated to eventually be the most efficient, effective, cost-conscious and environmentally friendly method of application." If all goes according to plan, a trial of the program will be launched in September in Montana, with other areas to follow later, The Guardian reported. The federal assessment also concluded that the drone program itself will probably not have a harmful impact on the environment or the prairie dogs being treated. "Like any human presence, UAS overflights may cause prairie dogs to seek shelter and safety in their burrow systems," the USFWS said. "Such behavior would be temporary, if at all, and very short in duration."
Fluffy and Fido may not party it up when you're away, as the spoiled terrier Max in the summer blockbuster "The Secret Life of Pets" would have you think. It's true, most pets sleep a lot when their owners aren't at home, but that's not all they do, one expert told Live Science. Though little research seems to have focused on this "secret life of pets," the studies that have been completed suggest some cats can roam far and wide, checking out all kinds of outdoor spaces.
By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - An international tribunal's ruling that China has caused severe harm to coral reefs and endangered species in the South China Sea will not stop further damage to an already plundered ecoystem, scientists and academics said. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and that it had breached Philippine sovereignty by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects in the energy-rich waters. China claims more than 90 percent of the South China Sea, an area which accounts for more than a tenth of global fisheries production and is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.
As night falls over the lush plains of India's Kaziranga national park, a small group of lightly armed forest guards sets out on foot to protect the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos. A decade ago, India had all but declared victory over poaching in Kaziranga, a 430-square-kilometre (166-square-mile) protected area of forest in the northeastern state of Assam that is home to around 2,500 rhinos. At least a dozen rhinos have been poached in Kaziranga in the first six months of this year, more than twice the number killed in the whole of 2006.
Brent Grimes’ tenure as a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins was an uneventful one as far as his on-field performance, but his wife Miko more than made up for it with run-ins with the law and profane diatribes on Twitter. Now Brent is in Tampa Bay, and Miko is still doing her thing: acting inappropriately online. What started out as a fairly humdrum topic over which to argue on Twitter — Kobe Bryant — quickly veered into Miko’s favorite target for bashing, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill.
Bantu, a 220-kilogram (485-lb) endangered gorilla who lived in the Mexico City zoo, has died after going into cardiac arrest when he was sedated in order to be moved to another zoo to try to mate, city authorities said on Thursday. A western lowland gorilla, Bantu, 24, was born in captivity in Mexico City's Chapultepec zoo, where he was one of the star attractions. Lowland gorillas are critically endangered with fewer than 175,000 left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Mexico City's zoo was in shock Thursday after its beloved male gorilla died as veterinarians prepared to transport him to another city to mate with two females. The 224-kilo (493-pound) western lowland gorilla, who would have turned 25 in September, provided one of the main attractions of the capital's vast Chapultepec zoo. Some 20 doctors and experts from the two zoos were involved in the effort to transport him.
Tim Duncan is leaning heavily towards retirement. The San Antonio Zoo, along with the rest of his Texas fanbase, doesn’t want that, so they’re dangling some rather enticing motivation his way in order to make him stay. Duncan should go and post up on the giraffes, block the shots of polar bears, and pass to the friendly zebras. Duncan should probably retire if the hopes of a sixth championship are all that could keep him around.
Animal rights activists covered themselves in fake blood in Pamplona on Tuesday in protest against bull runs and bullfights ahead of the northern Spanish city's San Fermin festival, which kicks off this week. In the evening, there are bullfights. Dozens of protesters, wearing only underwear and bull horn headbands, poured buckets of fake blood on themselves at the demonstration, which was organized by animal rights organizations AnimaNaturalis and PETA.
A militant conservation group claimed Wednesday that up to 50 pilot whales have been killed in the first traditional whale hunt of the year in the Faroe Islands, but authorities there defended the practice and slammed the activists. A pod of 100-150 pilot whales was spotted off the northeastern island of Svinoy, where several boats had chased them 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) towards the village of Hvannasund, claimed the Sea Shepherd group. "The whales were forced to beach, and slaughtered by locals," the group said in a statement, citing local media reports as saying between 30-50 pilot whales had been killed.