Latest Simon Goodman Stories

2009-08-12 11:00:00

Disease carrying mosquitoes that are being carried over with tourists are posing a great threat to the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, researchers said on Wednesday. Experts have reason to fear that the spread of the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus) could have the same devastating impact on the ecology of the Galapagos as it did in Hawaii during the late 19th century, when disease killed off many indigenous birds. First noticed in the Galapagos in the mid-1980s, the...

2008-10-06 15:38:44

One of the smallest seals "“ the Caspian - has joined a growing list of mammal species in danger of extinction. Scientists from the University of Leeds together with international partners have documented the disastrous decline of the seal - a species found only in the land-locked waters of the Caspian Sea "“ in a series of surveys which reveal a 90 per cent drop in numbers in the last 100 years. The research findings have prompted the International Union for Conservation of...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).