Archive for December, 2013

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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Self-taught geologist

So  I really didn’t have much write when I first sat down so I went out the the living room and started reading, which that usually helps. Tonight was no exception as I came across an interesting book review in the Science section of the New York Times entitled “Science on His Own Terms” by Michael Pollak. It’s about a scientist that as the article states, is self-taught.

So shortly after I read the article, I requested the book. Stay tune!



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Snow is coming

So the forecast here is for some very cold weather, along with some snow and sleet. Now why I’m not really a fan of sleet, snow is something I do enjoy and it turns out this couldn’t come at a better time.

Over at SciStarter, there is a project that I just learned about (via an e-mail) entitled Snow TweetsSo if it looks like you’re getting any snow this week or maybe you already have some, then head on over and tweet all about it. All you need is your zip code, the internet, a ruler and a twitter account.

See ya!


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So I just recently posted a couple of amazing videos on birds (see the post For the birds) , I also just started a new book and it’s entitled “Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology” by Edward H. Burtt, Jr. and William E. Davis, Jr. Unlike my last book, it’s a little longer of a read.

After reading the first few pages however, I think it’s gonna be good. When I read this sentence, He also established the first network of what today we would call citizen scientists…, I knew I  was on the right track to other good book.

I also came across this story of a bird in Australia that stole a video camera and in turn, filmed footage of his 70 mile journey. The article and some of the video can be found over at the Grist and is entitled “An Eagle Stole a Video Camera and Made This Cinematic Masterpiece” by Holly Richmond.  So how cool is that?!



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Grand Canyon & the Arch

Okay,  when I saw this article (and picture) of the Grand Canyon, I was immediately reminded of a recent picture I took of the Arch. The article is entitled “The Grand Canyon Gets a Rare Visitor: Massive Fog” by Claudine Zap over at Yahoo! Travel.

According to folks over at the Grand Canyon, the weather phenomenon that caused the eye-popping sight is called a temperature inversion. It’s where the canyon looks like a canyon full of fog.  Here’s the picture I took of the Arch a couple of weeks ago:




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