Weekly Round up-Bears,tigers, and fine wines

The bear is back– it looks as if investors and borrowers may be in for a rough time during the next few months. The long bull market may about to be replaced by a mean old bear, which has been lurking in the corner ever since inflation worries emerged. How long is it going to last? Here’s a nifty little piece from Julia Kollewe and Graeme Wearden in the Guardian.

Global stock markets drop as inflation fears prompt sell-off | Stock markets | The Guardian

You can be an Oxford University Scientist by Monday-staying on the theme of bears, how would you like to be a scientist doing original research for Oxford University, starting next week-and, get this, from the comfort of your own home? Apple News report that Oxford want the public to help them analyse ten years’ worth of photos for behavioural studies. We say; the more data we get, the more chance there is of saving these amazing creatures from extinction.To quote the words of La Belle in their popular song Lady Marmalade “hey Joe- wanna give it a go?”

We thank Mr and Mrs L Charlton of Kent for this lead

Oxford University are looking for armchair citizen scientists for a polar bear research project (inews.co.uk)

Photo by Richard Verbeek on Pexels.com

Tigers-Two steps forward, one back: Humanity can be proud of the stupendous efforts made to conserve the graceful Tiger. India has had particular success. But now its parks and reservations face the same problem that zoos and sancturies have known for decades-inbreeding among tiny populations. Looks like one we’ll have to tackle in the forthcoming decades. Both ESSO and Kellogs do well from tiger branding- how about passing them the old hat? Here’s The Hindu, via Nature Briefings.

Tigers (Panthera tigris) in India could lose their rich genetic diversity as their habitats shrink in size, according to an analysis of the complete genome sequences of 65 tigers. Hemmed into increasingly fragmented protected areas, the tigers might mate only with those in their own population, including their relatives. The analysis found that several individual tigers had low genetic variation, suggesting that inbreeding has already occurred. Some 70% of the world’s tigers live in India.The Hindu | 9 min read
Further reading: India’s tigers seem to be a massive success story — many scientists aren’t sure (Nature | 15 min read, from 2019)

Reference: Molecular Biology and Evolution paper

Finally….how much is a bottle of wine? It could be up to $2.07 million dollars, if you like champagne, although more reasonable prices start around $21 000-$34 000 a bottle. We were amazed when we read this article on the Finance online website. It’s not a question of the rights and wrongs of spending that money. It’s simply a question of why bother?

Top 10 Most Expensive Champagne Bottles In The World In 2021 – Financesonline.com

That’s it for the week. We counsel you all that if you are going to enjoy a tipple with your Saturday Night Supper, you indulge in something that is priced a little more moderately.

#stockmarket #bearmarket #bullmarket #inflation #polarbears #climatechange #tiger #conservation #champagne

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