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Bouncing back

Finally, there’s some good news for the world’s humpback whales. Recent research carried out by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a conservation body, has found that the numbers of certain large species have been on the rise. The southern right whale or Eubalaena australis is another species that is increasing in number due to strict protection from indiscriminate commercial whaling. However, the situation isn’t as rosy for a lot of smaller animals. Species like the river dolphin have suffered a decline in number due to harmful human activity. The IUCN also said that it was unable to reach any conclusion about the state of more than half the world’s marine mammals due to insufficient data.

old faithful

Burning bright

A light bulb is making news after it has shone bright for 70 years. The Swan Edison filament bulb was bought by Mo Richardson’s late father-in-law in 1938 during World War II. Sixty-year-old Richardson, who lives in the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, said that the bulb, fondly referred to as ‘Old Faithful’, has survived many changes. She also said that she was emotionally attached to the bulb. A regular light bulb has an average life span of 750 to 1,000 hours. The Old Faithful has been on the job for more than 600,000 hours ever since it was first fitted 70 years ago.

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