Frederic Briand

Silent Plains … The Fading Sounds of Native Languages

‘All things must pass,’ sang George Harrison. With time, suns turn into ice, civilizations into dust, and species go extinct. And so ‘black dwarfs,’ ‘biodiversity loss,’ not to forget ‘Armageddon,’ have all become part of our daily alphabet. Strange planet… ...

The Name is Bond, James Bond: From Bird Scientist to Spy

His name is Bond. Easy to remember. This week the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth, on film, of the best-known agent on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Some 23 James Bond movies later, we still ignore everything about ...

Species Missing in Action: Rare or Already Extinct?

    If we think for a minute about species driven to extinction during the course of human history, chances are most of us will come up with names of large, terrestrial species like the dodo, the mammoth or the ...