Archive for June, 2012

Elementary my dear Watson

Okay, in the last month or so there have been three new elelments discovered and so in honor of the movie Hunting the Elements over at PBS, I thought I would post these two articles on those very elements.
 
The first one is over at LiveScience and is entitled “2 New Elements on Periodic Table Get Names” by Clara Moskowitz. It’s about two new man-made elements that are the latest addition to the Periodic Chart. Just to warn you though, it’s avery heavy read.
 
The other one is actually about a newly discovered mineral called Panguite and the article is “Scientist Find New Primitive Mineral in Meteorite” and is over Science Daily. Now back to Hunting the Elements.
 
Sincerely-
 
 
 
Green Librarian

Birds of a feather

I my way to the library today I found another feather which reminded me that I need to post today about a show I saw last night on PBS. It was entitled “Saving Songbirds” and seemed appropriate, especially my post In Flight last Tuesday.

Soaring along!

 

Green Librarian

Burning the night

With the wildfires continuing on out west, so do the articles in the press such as this one entitled “Fire Threat Up as Vintage Air Arsenal Shrinks” by Jack Healy and Matthew L. Wald at the New York Times.

Makes you wonder, why are they using vintage aircraft?

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Green Librarian

My backyard

Speaking of ecosystems I would be remiss if I left out “Box Turtles in St. Louis Area Getting Health Checkup” by Blythe Bernhard at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As someone who enjoyhaving pet box turtles in my childhood, I don’t want to leave out a dear friend.  

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Green Librarian

Here kitty kitty

So with Elk back in Missouri now (See my Come On In and As We Welcome posts from early last year), it makes sense that mountain lions are making a comeback as well. Just last week there was this article all around the web just a few days ago including “Mountain Lions Recolonizing Their Historic Range in Midwest, Canada” by Matt McDermott at Treehugger.

What’s next? I’m thinking wolves or maybe buffalo. Time to get our ecosystem back in order.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Garbage in, garbage out

Okay, so not only does the garbage float in the ocean, it also sinks to the bottom. Here are two articles, on for the trash on top and one for what’s below.
 
The first article is “Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten 100 times worse in 40 years” by Jess Zimmerman at the Grist. With so much made out of plastic now, that makes sense.
 
The second article is by Dylan Stableford over at Yahoo! News entitled “’Carpet of Garbage’ covers sea floor in Sydney”. This is the part of the story that I must admit I never thought about.
 
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Green Librarian

Family tree

I saw this article the other day, “Where Humans Split from Sharks” over at Science Daily and then I remembered this article over also over there entitled “Turtles Closer to Birds Than Lizards or Snakes“. Talk about a strange family tree!

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Green Librarian

Shall we dance?

Over the last few years there have been articles about mass deaths of not only bats (as talked about in the previous post), but also of bees and even frogs. Unfortunately, they may be related according to “Bat, Bee, Frog Deaths May Be Linked” by Jennifer Viegas from Discovery News via the Environmental News Network.

Scarry, Scarry stuff!

 

Green Librarian

Batty

I hope that’s a word. Anyway, here’s a nice article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the endangered Indiana bats on the Mississippi river, “Biologists search for endangered Indiana bats on the Mississippi” by Susan Weich at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Green Librarian

Wildfires

Finally, as I continued digging this morning these days, I come across articles that I wanted to post but for some reason never got around to. With all the fires out west, I thought this one on a now former smoke jumper would be a good read. It’s entitled “Now Earthbound, After Years of Fighting Wind and Fire” by William Yardley at the New York Times.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian