‘We may have to live with smaller cod stocks if we want to protect our seals’
FRISCO — Efforts to rebuild commercially important cod stocks off the west coast of Scotland have been hampered by hungry seals, scientists said. The research by marine biologists at the University of Strathclyde suggests that, as fishermen have cut back on their catches by half, predation by seals has rapidly increased.
Engineers pinpoint potential for tide-driven electrical turbines
By Summit Voice
FRISCO —A well-designed and well-sited network of tidal turbines in Scotland’s Pentland Firth could generate 1.9 gigawatts of electricity — enough to supply half of the country’s power demand.
The channel at the northern tip of Scotland has long been studied as a potential source of power because of the strong tidal flows. The latest study by engineers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh offers valuable insights into how to develop and regulate this clean energy resource effectively. Continue reading “Energy: Scotland eyes tidal power”→
FRISCO — Honey bees aren’t just struggling in the U.S. Results of a survey released by researchers in the UK show that 31.3 per cent of managed honey bee colonies in Scotland failed to survive last winter – almost double the previous year’s loss rate of 15.9 per cent.
Biologists eye predator restoration to try and rebalance ecosystems
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Biologists in the UK say they might be able to use some of the lynx science compiled in Colorado and other areas as they plan for a possible reintroduction of Eurasian lynx in Cairngorn National Park.
In a draft report focusing on ecosystem restoration, scientists identified lynx as one of the species that help restore ecological balance in a system that doesn’t have any predators. Without them, deer have been running rampant and degrading forested areas.
The UK’s East Coast train lives up to its name for most of the trip, with views of green fields ending in brown cliffs that drop into the sea. Across the channel, a glimpse of the continent.
A tattooed man with a shaved head sits across the aisle, sharing a table with a young couple wearing cashmere sweaters, his back against the window and his feet on the seat next to him. Three empty tall cans of Carlsberg Lager rattled in a Tesco bag beneath his seat as he opened the fourth with a frothy “chhck.” The conductor stares at a sheet of paper handed over in lieu of a ticket. After a second the man says, “I forgot my ID, they said this’ll do.” The conductor shrugs. “That’s fine.” He wasn’t worth the trouble. The posh couple sitting ignores him and shares a bag of crisps purchased from the lunch cart. Continue reading “Travel: Saying goodbye to the Festival Fringe”→
Garrett Palm takes a break from the Festival Fringe to visit the Edinburgh Book Festival
Story and photos by Garrett Palm
I went to the Book Festival, which is a completely different world than the one I’ve been living in. This festival is in Charlotte Square, a good walk from my usual after-show hangouts in George Square.
The Charlotte Square readings are held in a spiegeltent, an old-fashioned wood-paneled and mirrored tent designed as portable entertainment venue. Instead of raunchy comedians, burlesque shows and loud rock musicals, it is full of intellectuals watching serious authors read from their upcoming works. The hosts and readers are calm and measured, stuttering to find the right words.
It fit in better with the U.K. I experienced 11 years ago when I toured the isles with my professor, a respected British author. We met his friends and colleagues around the country, all of whom gave us copies of their books. I left with a stack of books and the idea that everyone in the U.K. is an author. I thought that, because of the rain, they wrote regional histories, obscure biographies and guides to British gardens to entertain themselves. Continue reading “Travel: Books and bagpipes in Edinburgh”→
“It’s summer. It’s warm out,” our guitarist said when a member of the production team asked him about the cold and rain. While we hand out flyers for our show at the Festival Fringe during the day the Americans wear jackets and some of the Scottish wear t-shirts. The temperature has been in the 50s and 60s, with a dip down to 48.
Everything is wet. We recently survived 36 straight hours of rain. The Foodies festival was delayed due to muddy conditions. It takes a lot of rain to affect the plans of the Scottish. I love how the city looks in the rain, but it makes our jobs difficult. Our flyers warp and go limp and people are less inclined to stop and listen to us. It makes daily life difficult, too: dishtowels at the flat don’t dry off, the skylight leaks and all my clothes are damp.
Even in the height of the international festival, Edinburgh feels a part of the British Isles. It is a stone city clinging to rock surrounded by green on the edge of the island. The rain and wind come right off the channel. Our cast is staying a block past World’s End Close, a tight alleyway, where the old city, and thus the world, used to end.