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Big-Eared Bat Rediscovered

The New Guinea big-eared bat (Pharotis imogene; specimen pictured above) was thought to be extinct for the past 120 years. The bat is now considered critically endangered or possibly extinct as this specimen is the only known member of the genus. Since very little is known of this endangered bat, researchers who identified this specimen suggest…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 94 Table of Contents Chapter 96 Chapter 95 Four Mouths, October 4, 2060 Having a baby in the house again was not at all the same as with Anna. This time I was not a curious bystander. I had duties. We took turns getting up at night, but…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 93 Table of Contents Chapter 95 Chapter 94 Andrew, September 21, 2060 Edie woke me from a deep sleep. “Luc. It’s time.” It was 2:45 in the morning. We had planned for several possibilities. I called a cab, then I called our next door neighbour, Bessie Waters, to…

Crickets are the first insect to now be farmed for human consumption in the United States. I’ll admit the thought of snacking on cricket flour-based chips is not exactly appetizing. But the process of farming insects over more traditional livestock seems to be less wasteful. Insect farming is a more efficient way of producing dietary protein as…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 92 Table of Contents Chapter 94 Chapter 93 A New Disaster, September 18, 2060 I was feeling overwhelmed. It seemed like everything was happening at once. Edie was overdue. I was scrambling to revise my letter about EF1 and the UV effect. Group 12 was starting their Greenland…

How do I unsend an email?

How do you unsend an email? Probably you can’t. Outlook had a thing that tried to do that but I don’t think it ever worked. Pretty much once an email goes, you’re done. But if you are using Google Gmail with a web interface you have ten seconds to unsend an email. So if you…

Rare fatty antifreeze

I have heard of some animals using sugars as antifreeze (check out the prior blog on wood frogs that freeze and survive!), but never lipids. Researchers have discovered that larva of the Goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis) shown above survive nearly freezing solid as well, which they hypothesize may be accomplished by accumulating acetylated triacylglycerol,…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 91 Table of Contents Chapter 93 Chapter 92 Ultraviolet, September 4, 2060 I came back from the Arctic to more news of meaningless deaths. While isolated in the North, it is easy to forget the numbing effect the constant drumbeat of tragedy has on a person. It catches…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 90 Table of Contents Chapter 92 Chapter 91 Second Tour, August 30, 2060 The second tour was supposed to be primarily photographic. No stopping for samples meant it would be shorter as well, only four or five weeks. I met my pilot in Churchill again. This time it…

In the video below Gavin Schmidt gives a “TED Talk” on climate models, taking us from an overview of their construction to the resulting emergent processes and their skill at reproducing much more than a global average temperature trend. Gavin is an excellent communicator and a true hero in humanity’s fight against itself over the…