Archive for June, 2014

Meanwhile, a little closer to home

Just the other day, as I was waiting to take the Metrolink to work, I noticed a small bug walking in between sections of the platform and I wished that I had a camera to get a picture. So when I read this article tonight, “A Short Safari In a Small Oak Tree” by Alex Wild over at the Scientific American Compound Eye Blog, I thought hey I need to get my camera out this weekend for all of the small worlds.

Just like in Horton Hears a Who, there are lots of small worlds within ours.



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Off to the west…

When I went outside tonight, I thought not again. When I read this article over at the New York Times entitled “Vast Stretches of Minnesota Are Flooded as Swollen Rivers Overflow” by Julie Bosman, I thought okay, maybe we’re good.


Anyway, we’re headed up north this summer and so we’ll just have to wait and see. If the kids were here tonight, we’d probably be out catching fire flies.  It’s a great night for that.



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Scratching the surface of the earth

When I came across this picture over at the New York Times, in the article “A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges” by Katrin Bennhold, I knew I had to write about it:


Okay, so they’re just tree stumps but they’re tree stumps in Wales, which is where some of my family comes from. What it reminded me of was a picture I took last summer in St. Louis of some other tree stumps:


In addition, the article regarding the tree stumps in Wales talks about how amateur archaeologists (citizen scientist, if you will) can help scientist learn more about places like this.

I also came across another article today, this one at Yahoo! asking for the same help. The article is entitled “Swiss Urge Glacier Hikers to Look for Artifacts” by John Heilprin via the Associated Press.

One possible reason for this, climate change. As the earth warms up, some places that were once buried are now beginning to resurface. So calling all citizen scientist! Your help is needed.



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Evolution in nature with a little help

I seem to be on a roll lately on how humans affect nature. Now today I have two articles, both on how have played and play a role in the evolution of birds.

This first article is over at Scientific American and is entitled “Backyard Feeders Driving Bird Evolution” by Karen Hopkins. It looks at two sub-species of the European Blackcaps and their food source.

The other article looks at how humans can help birds in relation to bird baths. It’s entitled “Stones in Bird Baths are a GOOD Idea! by Laura Simpson at the Environmental News Network via Care2.

Food & water for thought!


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Humans and nature

In a sort of follow up to my post last week entitled Humans vs. Nature,  looking at what we’ve already done and the results of it. I was just talking to a co-worker today abouta small town, I think in Virginia, and how they had no place to recycling their recent deluge of plastic water bottles (due to a chemical leak in their nearby water supply).

Anyway, this first article is sort of well, here’s what happens to all that plastic. The article is entitled “Future Fossils: Plastic Stone” by Rachel Nuwer at the New York Times. Talk about a scary story line!

The second article is about how war affects our planet and it’s entitled “Battlefield Earth – the Geological Legacy of War” by David Bressan over the Scientific American journal. Wow!



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Down, down, down

As I was cleaning out some old papers tonight, I came across this great article on what we as kids we call helicopter seeds. Those seed pods that are found on our old friend, the silver maple early in spring and then by summer, on our driveways and our yards.

Our house here was actually has surrounded by three of them until recently. We lost a large limb from the one in our back yard and unfortunately we had to have the tree taken down. I love trees, as many people know but the limb you see, fell our our house and that was a problem.

Anyway, the article I uncovered is entitled “Secret Found to Flight of ‘Helicopter Seeds‘” over at LiveScience.



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Falling up north

Today, mom, the kids and I were discussing our annual trip up north to and one of the topics that came was “do we want to take any side trips“? Now while it might be a little out of our range, the Devil’s Kettle Falls sound really cool according to this article, The Mystery of Devi’s Kettle Falls by Stacie Boschma at the Mother Nature Network.

Check it out, if you dare!


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Humans vs. Nature

I think this article may help answer this question. The article is entitled “Of Fish, Monsoons and the Future: A Push to Save Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake” by Chris Berdik over at the New York Times.

It’s a great article looking at the role of human activity on nature. As is stated towards the end,”Tonle Sap project is designed to capture those interactions and look for their consequences, often unintended”.

Worth a look!


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Night lights

So I finished The End of Night by Paul Bogard last week and now I’m on to my next book but while I was reading that book, I came across this interesting article in Time magazine.

The article is entitled “Finding God in the Dark” by Elizabeth Dias. Unfortunately this article isn’t available online without a subscription. It is well worth the read.

Sleep tight!


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NASCAR & science

Since my oldest son and I are heading over to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 this weekend over at Gateway Motorsports Park, I thought I would post this article on one of the drivers in NASCAR (but not necessarily the Camping World Truck Series) who is apparently crazy about science, particle physics and quantum mechanics in particular.

The driver is Brian Vickers and the article is entitled “Vickers, Crew Teach Kids about ‘Science of Speed’ by John Zenor at the AP and courtesy of USA Today. How cool is that?!



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