Archive for December, 2013


Tonight I’m just going to do what librarians do best, suggest an article to read and perhaps a book to recommend. Now granted I haven’t read this book yet but like so many others, it’s going on my list. I have to say, all in all, I usually go with my gut instincts and so that’s what I’m going to do.

The article is entitled “The ‘Ghosts’ of Extinct Birds in Modern Ecosystems” by Darren Naish over at Scientific American. The book is entitled “The Ghost of Evolution” by Connie Barlow. Check them out when you get a chance.



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Crocs continued

After writing that post last night, I remembered this morning about another article that I read on crocodile’s entitled “Venezuela’s Fitful Effort to Save a Scaly Predator” by William Neuman over at the New York Times. This one is, according to the article,  on the verge of extinction.  Here’s hoping that will change.



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No, I’m not talking about the shoes (which by the way, my son always seems to wear when he’s over here) but rather the ancient crocodiles. Those amazing animals that have been around for millions of years.

Anyway, they’ve been in the news lately because it appears now that they use tools to hunt. This according to the article “Alligators and Crocodiles Use Tools to Hunt, in a First” by Douglas Main at LiveScience.

I also recently came across this informative article on one particular species of the crocodile in which I was unaware of, the Cuban Crocodile. The article is entitled “Sunday Species Snapshot: Cuban Crocodile” by John R. Platt at the Extinction Countdown blog over at Scientific American. I guess as the old adage goes, you learn something new everyday.



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The weather it is a-changin

I remember when climate change used to be called global warming. Unfortunately, most of the news these days seem to focus on the evidence .

In fact, I came across an article tonight that looked good but unfortunately I don’t have access to it, so I will have to check at work tomorrow and see if I can access it. The article is entitled “The Night: The Heat of the Night is Intensifying” by Nicola Jones at NewScientist.

Then I found another article that looked good on the topic entitled “Orca Invasion: Killer Whales in a Warmer World” by Sharon Oosthoek but it too is unavailable. I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever had this problem before.

So I guess it’s true that the third time is a charm as I found this article entitled “Climate Change Signals a Whale of a Shift in Feeding Patterns” by Rebecca Kessler at the Environmental News Network via Yale 360 where there is more information. Meanwhile, I’ll keep you posted on the other ones.



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Along the beach

I remember as a child, visiting my grandparents in San Diego and how we use to walk along the beach. While we came across sand dollars with some regularity, I always hoped to find a star fish but if my memory serves me correct, we never did.

Now apparently there has been a die-off along that same coast of several species of sea stars or as I learned, star fish. According to the article “Clues Sought for Sea Star Die-off” by Danielle Venton and Nature magazine via the Scientific American website, scientist are looking for clues.

Good luck!


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Looking up at the night

As I was looking up at the beautiful moon tonight, I was reminded of a nice article in my local paper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) on a building somewhat unique and dedicated to the stars and planets up above.

The article is entitled “After Five-Year Break, Planetarium Gets Color Again” by David Hunn. It’s actually connected to another amazing building here in St. Louis, the St. Louis Science Center. So if you’re ever in town, they’re well worth the time.

Twinkle, twinkle little star!


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Two of the three R’s

Okay, it’s during these months that we should take time to remember the things we are fortunate for and two times that I remember well are my trips to Paris, France and Budapest, Hungary with family and friends.

So in the spirit of those times, these two articles are stories that reflect well on two beautiful cities. The first one is in regard to the city of Paris and their recent renovation of a rail station while the second one is an amazing gift giving Christmas tree in the city of Budapest.

The first article is entitled “Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups” by Bridgette Meinhold over at Inhabitat. While I’m reasonably sure that it’s not the one I visited when I was in Paris, it sounds terrific. One of my fondest memories there is of going to get a reservation at a small hotel just after we arrived and then adventuring out to go and find it.

The other article, on the city of Budapest, is all about Christmas. It’s is entitled “Budapest’s Spectacular Christmas Tree made of 365 Sleighs That Will be Donated to Children in Need” by Lidija Grozdanic, also at Inhabitat. Nothing embodies the holiday spirit better than the gift of giving and after having watched my kids sled down our drive way this weekend, that’s what it’s all about.



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Round and round

Okay, maybe I got ahead of myself when I said that the arctic ice stirs the world. Apparently the ice in North Dakota spins too as evident in this story and video. The story is entitled “Amazing Ice Circle Appears On River” by Becky Oskin over at LiveScience.



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The arctic ice stirs the world

So if these two articles are any indication, apparently the arctic is what runs the earths thermometer.  This first article I came across was originally published at the Sun-Sentinel via my local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and is entitled “Arctic Ice May Help Alter Hurricane Paths” by Ken Kaye.

The other article I read today over at Yahoo! is via LiveScience and is entitled “Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Means Scorching US Summers” by Becky Oskin. I have to say though, it’s a little hard to imagine those types of weather when there’s snow on the ground.

Snowy days!


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Books to check out

Now it’s true that this is a list of gift books or books to be given as books, I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest that perhaps you first check our your local library for these wonderful books.

That said, here is the list entitled “Way Good Gift Books: A Few Dangerous Suggestions for Your Consideration” by Richard Louv over at the Children & Nature Network. I’ve read a few of these with others on my list to be read.



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