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Lion Dies In Argentine 'Torture Zoo'

Lion Dies In Argentine 'Torture Zoo'

The death of an African lion in Mendoza Zoo in Argentina has revived allegations of the zoo keeping its animals in awful conditions, said Clarínearlier this week.

The lion reportedly died two weeks ago, though the zoo apparently concealed this while they investigated the cause of death. Provincial environmental authorities recently declared it had died of "natural causes," after an autopsy revealed "a tumor in its spleen."

The death followed public anger about the state of another of the zoo's residents, Arturo, described as the last polar bear in Argentina. While activists have called for it to be sent to Canada, several experts decided in February that the trip would be too onerous and Arturo should remain in the zoo.

According to local animal-rights activist Jennifer Ibarra, nobody has seen Arturo since late April and "reliable sources are telling us he is sick."

The singer Cher, also concerned for Arturo, went further, saying Arturo's conditions amounted to "torture" and the government would have Arturo's blood on its hands should he die. Why isn't Argentina crying for Arturo, she asked on her Twitter account?

A map of the zoo in question Photo: gonzalemario

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Life On "Mars": With The Teams Simulating Space Missions Under A Dome

A niche research community plays out what existence might be like on, or en route to, another planet.

Photo of a person in a space suit walking toward the ​Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah

At the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah

Sarah Scoles

In November 2022, Tara Sweeney’s plane landed on Thwaites Glacier, a 74,000-square-mile mass of frozen water in West Antarctica. She arrived with an international research team to study the glacier’s geology and ice fabric, and how its ice melt might contribute to sea level rise. But while near Earth’s southernmost point, Sweeney kept thinking about the moon.

“It felt every bit of what I think it will feel like being a space explorer,” said Sweeney, a former Air Force officer who’s now working on a doctorate in lunar geology at the University of Texas at El Paso. “You have all of these resources, and you get to be the one to go out and do the exploring and do the science. And that was really spectacular.”

That similarity is why space scientists study the physiology and psychology of people living in Antarctic and other remote outposts: For around 25 years, people have played out what existence might be like on, or en route to, another world. Polar explorers are, in a way, analogous to astronauts who land on alien planets. And while Sweeney wasn’t technically on an “analog astronaut” mission — her primary objective being the geological exploration of Earth — her days played out much the same as a space explorer’s might.

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