Tate Williams

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TAKEHARA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 24:  Two tourists sit and feed hundreds of rabbits  at Okunoshima Island on February 24, 2014 in Takehara, Japan. Okunoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture. The Island often called Usagi Jima or "Rabbit Island" is famous for it's rabbit population that has taken over the island and become a tourist attraction with many people coming to the feed the animals and enjoy the islands tourist facilities which include a resort, six hole golf course and camping grounds. During World War II the island was used as a poison gas facility. From 1929 to 1945, the Japanese Army produced five types of poison gas on Okunoshima Island. The island was so secret that local residents were told to keep away and it was removed from area maps. Today ruins of the old forts and chemical factories can be found all across the island.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

15 Islands Overrun by Cute Animals

Originally published at Mental Floss, May 15, 2015. Strange things happen in island ecosystems, and occasionally—whether by accident, or design—a population of adorable creatures takes over. They draw tourists, can be a little spooky, and sometimes wreak havoc. But you have [...]

May 22, 2015 Science & Environment

Terminally Ill Simpsons Co-Creator is Saving Animals. By Buying Them.

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, October 24, 2014.  TV legend Sam Simon’s life has taken a tragic, but also heartwarming and kind of fascinating turn. Faced with terminal cancer, he’s giving his money away, in part by buying up captive [...]

November 3, 2014 Science & Environment

The Week in Science Funding: Lions, Coding and Economic Catastrophe

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, five math rock stars, a school with lions in its backyard, and an economic red alert about climate change. I blog about the latest in funding for research, science education, [...]

June 30, 2014 Science & Environment