Readers Digest Australia April 2021

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in this issue

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oceans apart

SO MUCH ABOUT THE WORLD’S network of oceans and seas is a mystery. Part of this mystery stems from its power and beauty. This month we have two very special stories set in ocean waters: one in the Pacific and the other in the rugged northwestern Atlantic. ‘The Seal Nursery’ (page 120) takes a close look at the antics and habits of the families of harp seals that call the Gulf of St Lawrence off the Magdalen Islands in Canada home. The world came to know these cute furry white seals during the 1970s-80s when environmentalists waged a fierce battle to stop them being bludgeoned for their fur. Today, with numbers recovering, the species is battling for survival on another front – the impact of global warming. The intimate underwater photos…

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Thank You, Miss Potter So often it seems that beauty, creativity and resourcefulness are conceived in difficult times. Generations have benefited from Beatrix Potter’s years of loneliness (The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Met, January), and we are all richer for having had Peter Rabbit and his endearing animal friends in our lives. EULALIE HOLMAN Mango Ritual I was born in southern India and in my childhood eating mangoes was no less than a ritual (‘I am Mango’, December). My grandfather had a penchant for mangoes and would prepare for mango season by filling three or four large barrels with rice. He would buy a sizeable quantity of not-completely-ripe mangoes as soon as they hit the market and then bury them in the rice. The warmth from the rice would assist the mangoes to ripen…

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rare dolphins resurface in hong kong waterways

Hong Kong’s rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are reclaiming their habitat as a result of the COVID-19 shutdowns. Thanks to the drop in ferry traffic, this rare species, which can be either pink or white, has reappeared in the usually very busy Pearl River Delta that connects Macau to Hong Kong. Spotted splashing about on the surface, playing, mating and socialising, sightings of the dolphins have increased by 30 per cent since March 2020 when only 52 of the estimated 2000 entered the waterway. Their return has allowed scientists the opportunity to study the marine mammals. According to marine biologist, Lindsay Porter, “Hong Kong dolphins normally live on the edges, they’re stressed, they spend their time eating and resting.” By dropping microphones into the water and listening to their vocalisations, Porter and…

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hero dog to the rescue

Staffordshire bull terrier-bulldog Max recently saved the life of a young boy who was just seconds from drowning at South Australia’s Port Noarlunga. Max’s owner Rob Osborn noticed the distressed child, who was swimming in the estuary, being pulled by a strong tide to a dangerous rocky area at the deepest part of the river. However, before he could jump in and head out from the river bank to save the boy, Max was already on his way. Wearing a life-jacket of his own, the pooch swam out to the rescue. Rob encouraged the boy to call out Max’s name and to hold on to the handle on the life jacket as he swam back to shore. Max was able to successfully guide the child back to dry land completely unaware of…

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smart curtains keep the temperature constant

Concerned that cold winters and hotter summers are increasing demand for electricity, two students in Berlin have designed an ‘intelligent’ curtain that can regulate temperature in the home. Anna Koppmann and Esmeé Willemsen from Berlin’s University of the Arts designed the ‘Plus Minus 25°C’ curtains, which are screenprinted with a unique material called PCM (phase change material). This material will store heat and release it when needed at night to keep room temperatures at a constant 25 degrees Celsius. In summer, the curtain has a cooling effect because it directly extracts heat from the incoming air. “We looked at ways to control the temperature in a more sustainable way, without the use of electricity,” explains Willemsen. The duo hope to attract investment so they can market their prototype product. PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES; PLUS MINUS…