Super Mario 3D World

When it comes to rescuing princesses Mario’s credentials are unquestionable, but can he rescue the Wii U from being forgotten amid the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One buzz? Read my review on the Stuff website to find out…
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The Wild City – NYC Cockroaches

The final visit of my US research trip for The Wild City took me to Rockefeller University in New York City, home of the National Cockroach Project. The project has been gathering up American cockroach specimens from around the city (and beyond) and examining their DNA. As well as collecting roaches themselves off the streets and
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The Wild City – Parrot and bug hunts

After the starling hordes of Indianapolis, my hunt for urban wildlife took me to New York to see the parrots that live in Brooklyn. Yes, there are wild parrots in Brooklyn – monk parrots to be precise. Here are some of them hanging out at a electricity sub-station. After some parrot spotting, I took a
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The Wild City – Indianapolis Starlings

On Friday my trip around the US researching my next book, The Wild City, took me to Indianapolis. Each autumn and winter tens of thousands of starlings descend on the city hoping to roost in downtown. They are only just starting to arrive for this year but already you can see huge flocks like this
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The Wild City – Coyote tracking in Chicago

Two nights ago I spent the evening/night with Shane McKenzie, one of the researchers involved in a ongoing study tracking coyote movements in Chicago. The study, masterminded by Dr Stan Gehrt of Ohio State University, has been following urban coyotes for more than 10 years now and every evening the team hit the road to
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