Archive for January, 2014

Whale of a tale

I love whales. I don’t exactly know why but to me their just very majestic. I was reading a book back a while ago and I don’t think I finished it (at least I don’t think I did). Anyway, it was entitled The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century by D. Graham Burnett.

I went ahead and requested it tonight but meanwhile, I’m always on the lookout for articles on whales like this one over at LiveScience. It’s entitled “Whale of a Tale: Rare Marine Fossil Found at School by Stephanie Pappas.

Good Stuff!


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Down the river

For the past couple of weekends, the kids and I have headed over to Emmenegger Nature Park (a local park) and played along the Meramec River. Now while it may not be a well known river outside of St. Louis,  a couple of other rivers, the Jacks Fork and Current rivers are and right now they’re part of a discussion within the National Parks Service.

With all the traffic they get and it’s quite a bit, the question is what does the future hold for what these two rivers and what is known as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways? For the answer and what to do to make your voice heard, check out the article “Doubts About the Future of a National Park in the Ozarks” by Todd C. Frankel over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rollin, Rollin, Rollin!


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Travel plans are for the birds

So despite all the cold, it appears that travel plans for birds, still have a green light. At least for St. Louis, this according to an article over in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Susan Weich entitled, “The Eagles and Swans Have Landed at a Pond or River Near You”.

Now for those of you who have always wondered why birds fly in a v-formation when they travel, well apparently scientist now know why. It’s all explained in this article and video entitled,  “Birds’ V-Formation Explained” over at the BBC News and Environment.

Fly away, flay away, fly away home!


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It’s good to be home on the range

It appears that an old friend is returning home on the range. This article over in the New York Times, “A Symbol of the Range Returns Home” by Kate Yoshida, talks about how Bighorn sheep are being reintroduced into their historic range across the Western United States with the help from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, among others.

At one time there were more than two million bighorns throughout the west but by 1940, fewer that twenty-thousand were now scattered across in isolated enclaves. Surprisingly, it’s been the work of biologist, hunters and fisherman that have helped turn it around. Now, it seems who they are looking to for help is the public. Time will tell.



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No shortage of clouds here

I have to say that whilell I knew that clouds would be affected in climate change, I guess it just never really hit me that we would actually lose clouds. According to this article over at the GristCloud Shortage Will Push Temperatures Higher as Climate Warms” by John Upton, we will indeed start to lose clouds.

Me personally, I’ve always been a big fan of clouds. Especially after reading The Cloud Collectors Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Check out the Cloud Appreciation Society website while you’re at it.



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Upside (and another downside) to winter this year

Okay, so the polar vortex has headed north once again and it appears that parts of United Kingdom, including the place where my family migrated from (Wales),  got hit hard by big waves. This according to the article “Foul Weather in Britain Linked to U.S. ‘Polar Vortex’” is by Scott Neuman at NPR.

On the upside however (maybe), comes the article “Celebrating Deep Freeze, Insect Experts See a Chance to Kill Off Invasive Species” by Lisa W. Foderaro at the New York Times. To know for sure, I guess we’ll just have to wait.



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Let it snow, let it snow

So today we got another inch of snow and then I came across this article, “New Study Shows How Helping Desert Soil Could Save Our Snow” by Sarah Jane Keller over at the High Country News. Needless to say it peaked my interest.

In part because I seem to recall reading a book several years ago on the origins of hurricanes (though for the life of me, I don’t recall the title) and how they frequently begin their journey’s along the coast of Africa.

I was also reminded of another book called Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland. Anyway, when I read this article, I found it timely what with those books and the weather this past week in the Midwest.



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The question is, what’s behind the winds?

Okay, today’s word(s) of the day are “polar vortex”. It’s the terminology that all of our local weather stations are using to describe what caused this sudden dip in temperatures. So being the good research librarian that I am (and since I’m off today), I did a little digging around. First I re-read a  couple of recent articles I posted last month in “The arctic ice stirs the world“.

Then I did some more digging and came upon this article entitled “Melting Arctic Ice May Lead to Severe Weather Changes” at SciTechDaily. It goes into great detail how the weakening polar vortex up in the arctic affects the jet stream which then allows the colder air to dip so far south.



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Howling winds tonight

When I think of the howling wind outside, I’m taken back to the sound of a howling wolf. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a wolf sanctuary somewhere up in southern Indiana with an amazing old friend of mine who passed away several years ago, Bob Yorko. So when saw this article the other day in our local paper, I thought of him.

The article is entitled “Illinois Preps for Possibility of Wolf Population” by Michael Tarm at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. These days I think now of taking my daughter to our local wolf sanctuary here in St. Louis, the Endangered Wolf Center. If you have the same plans buat don’t know where one is, check out this article over at Inhabitat entitled”How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves” by Jill Fehrenbacher.

Sweet Dreams!


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Cats & dogs or dogs & cats

So as soon as I came across this article, “What Dogs can Teach Kids” by Pete Nelson the other day in an old copy of (the now defunct) Wondertime magazine , I was reminded of a couple of other articles.  One was on cats and one was on dogs.

To make the story more complicated, my kids have dogs with their mom and a cat at our house, with talk of getting a second even though I would rather have a dog.  Confused!? Me too!

Since it’s sort of still Christmas around here as  the tree is till up, I thought I would post three articles here (since I have three kids), two on dogs and one on cats. If I do get a dog, it will probably a Newfoundland. They’re great with kids as we had two when I was younger.

The first one is the aforementioned one on what dogs can teach kids. The other two are on the domestication of cats and dogs. They are “Cat Domestication Traced to Chinese Farmers” and “Domestication of Dogs May Have Elaborated on a Pre-Existing Capacity of Wolves to Learn from Humans“, both at Science Daily.

Chow (or meow)!


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