December 18, 2017

Cayman Islands compete in Lego Competition

The “Brainy Bunch,” a First Lego League (FLL) team of six Kilmer Middle School students, won second place overall in the research category last weekend at the FLL World Invitational Open hosted by the University of South Florida and Legoland. First Lego League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds. It’s a […]

“Jumping the Gun on the Wipeout Gene”

Another story on Oxitec’s  “just to see what happens” release of sterile mosquitos in the Cayman Islands This story appeared on the www.greenerideal.com website and reinforces the comments Georgina Wilcox made in iNews Cayman’s article on the same subject. by Simon and Finn Last November, Scientific American published an article that has Hollywood thriller written […]

‘SUPERMOON’ fills up the Cayman skies

If you thought the moon was looking bigger and brighter than usual this weekend, you were right. Earth’s satellite is as close as it ever gets to us at the moment, making it look up to 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it’s at the far end of its oval […]

Tragedy on Grand Cayman May 3 2008: Blue Anniversary

Peter Harrison (www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com) For the last few years, the 3rd of May has been a sad and angry day for me. This is a quick anniversary piece about a conservation tragedy that occurred on Grand Cayman 4 years ago, one that I find very few people are aware of. Cyclura lewisi, the Blue Iguana, is […]

Cayman Island’s Green Anole

Jonathan Losos reporting for “Anole Annals”   This fella (see pics) was caught a week and a half ago near North Side fire station, Grand Cayman. It’s the first green anole found outside the capital, George Town. The question: what is it? Anolis carolinensis? Anolis porcatus? Something else? In fact, I frequently get asked whether a […]

Solar storm on way

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth around 7 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the federal government’s […]

Great Barrier reef to be visited by Google Earth

Armchair scuba divers will be given the chance to explore the Great Barrier reef when Google Earth delves beneath the waves to offer sea views with a difference. Rarely seen coral reefs, underwater grasslands, forests and craggy drop-offs teaming with marine life are to be photographed and mapped by a pair of unmanned submarine cameras […]

Kids get a real taste of science

The Year Six students of the Sir John A. Cumber Primary School assumed the role of pastry makers this week during a Science lesson. They were given the unique opportunity of working along with the pastry chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman as a part of their unit of inquiry on matter. The students were […]

Solar storm sparks dazzling northern

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A storm from the broiling sun turned the chilly northernmost skies of Earth into an ever-changing and awe-provoking art show of northern lights on Tuesday. Even experienced stargazers were stunned by the intensity of the aurora borealis that swept across the night sky in northern Scandinavia after the biggest solar flare in […]

Prep kids robotics success

Cyber Rays, the Cayman Prep High School robotics club win at Clearwater, FL, qualifier. The  Cyber Rays, a team of five students from year 7 and 8 of Cayman Prep High School, competed in a qualifier First Lego League tournament in Clearwater, Florida. The tournament was the culmination of five months of hard work by […]