Archive for September, 2012

Amazing animals

It really is amazing, to me at least, how animals can adopt. What with all that’s going on around them, some seem to find a way to adjust to their environment and here are a couple of examples of that.

The first example of this comes in the article “Tigers Take the Night Shift to Coexist with People” over at Science Daily. Let’s hope, that with our help, they succeed.

Meanwhile, for those animals that are a tad bit smaller and perhaps not on our radar, we have “Artic Crustaceans Use Deep-Water Migration to Survive Sea Ice Melts” by Nathan over at Planetsave.



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Gimme an E…

Okay, as I wind down “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms” (and yes I know I just mentioned it the other day), Mr. Fortey is sort of retracing our steps over the number of “mass extinction” this planet of ours and it brings me back to the reality of today. Now while he talks about this sort of matter of factly, one doesn’t need to look around much to find articles on the topc such as these two.

The first one is “One-fifth of creepy spineless animals could disappear forever” by Sarah Laskow over at Grist. There’s also a link at the bottom of the page to the source for this article over at the BBC. Funny thing is, well not really funny, these are some of the same animals that Mr. Fortey mentions in his book.

The other article is entitled “100 Most Threatened Species List Released, All Likely to Disappear Within the Next Two Decades” by Nathan over at Planetsave. Talk about depressing news.

Now, back to your regularly schedule program.



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The big C

…as in Conservation. That’s the theme for today.

So first up, comes this article over at Care2 entitled “Urban Conservation: The Key to our Future” courtesy of the Nature Conservancy. It this article, we learn how conservation affects humankind in regard to our relationship with nature.

On the other side of the spectrum we how humankind has affected nature with a commentary at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Jeffrey P. Bonner. This article is entitled “Guest Commentary: Zoo’s Work to Save Endangered Species gets noticed”.

Finally, we have an article from James Gorman at the New York Times entitled “In Tennessee Building a Bat Cave to Battle a Plague“. It is the story of how the aforementioned group, the Nature Conservancy and how they are trying to make a difference. It this case, it’s with the struggle between bats and the white nose syndrome.

I guess the question is, how can we all make a difference?

Thoughtfully Yours-


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Tree of life

So as we continue on the tree theme here, I thought I would include a couple of articles on what is known as the Tree of Life. The book I’m still trying to finish up, Horseshoe Crabs nd Velvet Worms by Richard Fortey, I came across these two articles on the topic of this process.

The first one is entitled “How Organisms Evolve New Functions: Evolution is as Complicated as 1-2-3” over at Science Daily. Now why’ll Mr. Fortey does lose me mulitple times, it’s been quite fascinating to see how the puzzle pieces of the bigger picture relate.

The other article is “Study of Giant Viruses Shakes up Tree of Life” also at Science Daily. Again, this article loses me sometimes but it’s just amazing how science can track these organisms back in time.

Study on!


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When a tree falls…

When I came home tonight from work, I noticed the tree in my neighbors front yard had been taken down. Now while it was probably for the best, it was still a sad sight. So in honor of that tree, here are a few recent articles on trees.

First up is this story about the country of Haiti and it’s trees, or lack of them, comes courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via the Associated Press and is entitled “Haiti Struggles with loss of woodlands” by Trenton Daniel.

Next up is “U.S. Forest mortality declines due to lack of food for mountain pine beetle” by Allison Winter at the Environmental News Network. I guess the drought doesn’t help either.

Finally, there is this “Fossil Forest May Sprout Again as the Artic Warms” by Jeanna Bryner over at LiveScience. So as the climate heats up and the droughts continue, we’ll have more trees? I’m confused.



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Science projects

Having just helped my son with his Cartesian Diver project for science class, both last night and this morning, I find myself in the mood to write about a couple of articles for those budding young scientist or wanna be scientist, regardless of age.

The first on is on the youth and is entitled “Program Shapes the New Faces of Conservation” by Kim Severson at the New York Times. It’s all about creating scientist and engineers. Big kudos to the Nature Conservancy, who helps out with the program.

The other is for those who wish they were scientist and is over at my local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Blythe Bernhard, entitled “Creature Count in Forest Park“. I will definitely keep an eye out for the next BioBlitz.

Dream away!


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