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Ep. 51 Glacier Collapse, Remembering Hawking, and a Newborn Gorilla | Twig Science Reporter

Ep. 51 Glacier Collapse, Remembering Hawking, and a Newborn Gorilla | Twig Science Reporter

On this week’s news update– remembering the life of world-famous
scientist Stephen Hawking, the glacier that collapses
again and again, and rare footage
of a newborn gorilla. First up, people around the world
have been remembering the life of scientist,
Stephen Hawking. Professor Hawking died
on March 14th at the age of 76. The UK scientist wrote books
about the universe, that were read by millions of people. He was also known
for his important theories about black holes in space. Professor Hawking lived
most of his life with a rare condition called motor neurone disease
that affected his brain and nerves. It meant he had to use
a special machine to talk. Despite his illness,
he continued working in physics, writing books
and traveling the world. He also made guest appearances
in popular TV shows and a film was made
about his life. He was once quoted
as saying ‘remember to look up at the stars,
not down at your feet.’ Next up– this is the moment when huge chunks
of ice broke away from a glacier in South America. It happened earlier this month
at the Perito Moreno Glacier, in Argentina. At the tip of the glacier, water flows
underneath the ice creating an arch. Every few years,
the arch collapses making it a popular sight
with tourists. It’s one of the few glaciers
in the world that grows, rather than shrinks. So the ice arch forms again
before collapsing again! And finally, it’s Animal Watch. This rare video shows a newborn
western lowland gorilla being cared for by its mother. The footage was filmed by scientists
in the Republic of the Congo in Africa. Researchers from the
Wildlife Conservation Society have been studying
this gorilla family for years, and are very excited
about the new arrival! Baby gorillas are tiny
and need protection from other animals, so the newborn will be held
in its mother’s arms for the first three months, before traveling around
on her back for the next few years. The rare footage will help
the researchers understand more about how these incredible animals
care for their young. That’s all for this week,
we’ll see you next time!

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