Archive for November, 2014

A pinch of coral too

Actually, probably more than a pinch.  Now the recipe for today’s oceans might be a bit different than the ancient oceans, thanks in large part to human’s and climate change.  This according to a group of scientist who are trying to help out with the revival of oceans through the mass-production of coral colonies.

You can check out their work over in the article “A Quest to Regrow a Coral Reef” by Richard Morin at the New York Times.



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A recipe for the ancient oceans

So even though I love oceans, I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know all the ingredients in the recipe for thems but it turns out that sulfate is one of them. At least for our ancient oceans.

The article is entitled “Life in Earth’s Primordial Sea was Starved for Sulfate” from the University of Faculty of Science British Columbia. You are never too old to learn something new.



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Turtle island

As I have said many times before, the turtle is one of my favorite animals. I had them as pets and over the years I’ve really grown to love sea turtles. My kids can tell you how much I like turtles by pointing to my collection of turtles.

Anyway, when I came across this article, “Origin of the Unique Ventilatory Apparatus of Turtles: How the Tortoise’s ribs got embedded in it’s Shell” at the University of the Witwatersrand, I knew I had to post it.



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Monarchs in the midwest

Yes, I know winter is upon us. We’ve already been fortunate enough to have our first polar vortex of the season (see my earlier post entitled Polar vortex, landcane…) and now we’re getting ready to have a rainy day weekend. Who knew?!

Anyway, every day I walk outside to go to work and the first thing I see is a milkweed plant that my daughter and I planted this summer. According to this article over at the New York Times entitled “For Monarchs, a Long Road Back“, we might have made it worse (but I will have to get back to you on that).

Here’s hoping we did the right thing!


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Comet heaven

So while we apparently have reached out to the heavens and landed on a comet, there is still so much to learn about these mysterious travelers. Ten years from it’s initial launch, the Rosetta mission has officially landed.

You can find out all about the Philae Lander and it’s successful mission over at EarthSky in the article “Rosetta Mission Places Philae Lander On it’s Comet“. You can also learn more about the history of the mission in the article entitled “Philae Lander Nears a Cosmic Touchdown” by Kenneth Chang at the New York Times.

Now of course, there is also a lot to learn a little closer to home. This according to David Freeman over at the Huffington Post in the article Canada’s Vast ‘Sudbury Basin’ Was Created by Comet, Study Says.

Good Night!


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Sort of a david versus goliath out in the oceans

As someone who has always loved turtles and especially sea turtles, I have to say this story was an eye opener. The article (and video) entitled “Sea Turtle’s Strategy Foils Tiger Shark Attackover at the Inquisitr website lets you see first hand what strategy that sea turtles use to escape shark attacks.



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Glaciers & yaks

These are two words I have to say that I didn’t think I would ever see in the same sentence. The article is entitled “Bhutan’s Glaciers and Yak Herds are Shrinking” by Ben Orlove at Earthsky Voices.

What is even more interesting to me is that  the article itself is about  Ed Cook and Paul Krusic, both tree ring scientists, who were there only to take sample cores in the region.

So why’ll there were plenty of trees, unfortunately it seems,  both yaks and glaciers seem to be disappearing from the region.



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Randall Munroe makes science fun

After I read this article, I was ready to go to science class (if I just had a class to go to). In fact, maybe I need to look into finding a science class to take for adults. Hmm…?! Well, I take a look into that tomorrow.

Read this article by Randall Munroe, “He’s Glad You Asked” over in the Science section of the New York Times last Tuesday and see if you don’t agree. I tell you, as a lifetime learner, I was born to work in a library.



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Moon phases

Since my youngest son is tracking the moon phases this month, I thought I would post a couple of articles about the earth’s moon. Both articles can be found over at Earthsky, my go to place for information about our day and night time skies.

This first article,entitled “When is the Next Supermoon“? and written by Bruce McClure & Deborah Byrd, discusses the number of supermoons for 2015. These are times when the moon is either new or full and at it’s closets point to earth in it’s orbit. According the authors, there will be six in all.

The second article is entitled “Waxing Gibbous Moon at Perigee on Night of Novermber 2-3“, also by Bruce McClure. Waxing, Waning, New, Full… It’ s all good.



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Grazing, droving and migration

Had you asked me a few weeks ago about droving, I would say I had never heard the word before but thanks to Robert MacFarlane’s book The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (a podcast  courtesy of the Guardian), I have heard of the word droving.

So I thought I would post this article, “Spanish Shepards Guide 2,000 Sheep Across Madrid”  by Harold Heckle over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the aforementioned topic.

Meandering along-


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