Radiated Tortoise - Astrochelys radiata

Now listed as Critically Endangered species on the IUCN Red Lit, Astrochelys radiata (Testudinidae), endemic to the spiny forest of southern Madagascar, had virtually never been studied in the wild until the late 1990s.

Recent research projects and surveys have contributed to defining the extent of the decline of the species, and it now appears that A. radiata faces serious extinction risks unless current trends are halted.

This species is heavily harvested for food and for the pet trade. In wild mature females of this species produce up to three clutches per season with only 1–5 eggs per clutch, leading to an estimated average production of two clutches of four eggs each per breeding female.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Bernard Dupont | Locality: Toliara, Madagascar (2013)

VERY excited to announce that we will be co-releasing an amazing 4-way split 7” with the bands Krill, LVL UP, Ovlov and Radiator Hospital on October 14th! Stream Krill’s contribution on NME Magazine.

Preorder the 7” via DDW/EIS:

Krill is also doing a full US tour soon. Here are the dates:
9/29 - Boston MA @ Great Scott
9/30 - Providence RI @ AS220
10/1 - New Brunswick NJ @ house
10/2 - NYC - Shea Stadium
10/3 - Bronx NY - Fordham University
10/4 - Baltimore MD - Fifth Dimension
10/5 - DC @ paperhaus
10/6 - Harrisonburg VA @ mymansion
10/7 - Durham NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
10/8 - Atlanta GA @ the 529
10/9 - Birmingham AL @ The Forge
10/10 - New Orleans LA - Hey! Cafe
10/11 - Austin TX @ Beerland
10/13 - Nashville TN @ house
10/14 - Chicago IL @ Township
10/15 - Bloomington IN @ The Bishop
10/16 - Oberlin College
10/17 - Kenyon College
10/18 - Cornell University
10/19 - Toronto ON @ Cinecycle
10/20 - Montreal QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
10/21 - Burlington VT @ house
10/22 - Holyoke MA @ house
10/23 - Sarah Lawrence College
10/24 - NYC - EIS CMJ Showcase @ Trashbar
10/25 - NYC - EIS Birthday Celebration
10/28 - Boston MA @ Great Scott w/ Purling Hiss, Meat Bodies


Could everybody stop falling into the hoax that the Fukushima power plant has contaminated all of the pacific ocean?

Not only has snopes confirmed that the hoax is false but National Geographic has run two features in the past month that are much more informative and well-researched.

Most of the radiation being leaked into the Pacific Ocean is cesium-134, which has a half-life of only two years. Cesium goes in and out of the body like salt, and has had effect on marine populations near Japanese fisheries, however most of the banned sea food is slowly being made acceptable for public consumption.

The real issue now is that some leaks of strontium-90 have been discovered, which is a radioactive substance that stays in the bones of fish and human beings, however much of what has been leaked is cesium.

Now, I am not saying that Fukushima is not an emergency. It is. In fact, that is what is has been classified as by officials. However, we’re not all going to drop dead in five years from eating a pacific fish yet. The Japanese government is spending lots of money to prevent further leakage of radioactive substance.

But the posts you’ve surely seen going around tumblr telling everybody that we’re going to drop dead from consuming milk, fish, vegetables, etc, are totally false! They are taking what is an existing issue and turning it into a crisis.

Whether most of us want to admit it or not, Tumblr is just as  bad a source of information as Facebook can be! Don’t trust everything you read, and don’t trust second party news sites! There are people out there who just want to scare you, or make a sensation.

The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was a toy produced between 1950 and 1951.  The toy allowed the user to conduct simple experiments with radioactive materials.  Kit included;

  • A Geiger counter
  • An electroscope
  • A Wilson cloud chamber
  • A spinthariscope
  • Four samples of uranium ore
  • Pb-210 lead isotope
  • Polonium
  • Ruthenium
  • Zinc
  • various other accessories

After only a year of production, the toy was pulled from the market for obvious reasons.


20 Day Studio Ghibli Challenge

Day 16 ▶ Saddest Moment: Parting ways with your loved one.