Archives for July, 2011

Birds feared Darwin

Have you been keeping up with my posts at Birdingblogs.com? If Darwin was alive today he would be a bird watcher. But he would do his bird watching differently, using a nice set of binoculars rather than a shotgun. In his autobiography, Darwin reminisces … Read more

In the old days this was easy. The power plants were melting down but no one knew what was going on inside them; Water was being poured in and cooking off as steam, and every now and then the way they were getting the water in or the way they were powering the pumps would…

A robot that flies like a bird

A proposal has been made to remove beloved Archaeopteryx from the bird family tree and push it over to some non-avian dinosaur subtree. This is not the first time that the ancient species has had its position on the tree of bird life threatened, but this time it may be for real. The proposal is…

Atheists are trolls it turns out!!!! Jason has it covered. Hey look, I won an award! Some bad news from the Death from the Skies front: a half dozen meteors all seemed to come from the same spot in the sky, indicating they all had a common origin. … they probably come from a parent…

Where the lion sleeps tonight

You have probably heard about the cougar which was just killed in Connecticut but which is thought to have wandered there from the Dakotas. Well, I have a couple of stories to bookend that story. One of them has to do with the lion in this photograph, and the other with something I saw in…

Speaking of shrews …

Speaking of shrews, some new ones just got discovered. Pics and details here. They are said to be cute. I dunno.

Ruh Roh, a Trojan Asteroid

PASADENA, Calif. – Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission have discovered the first known “Trojan” asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth. Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet near stable points in front of or behind the planet. Because they constantly lead or follow in…

The Origin of Wine

With Julia spending the summer and most of the fall in The Republic of Georgia, I’ve been thinking about various political and historical aspects of that country, and one of the things that is claimed to be true is that wine was first invented there. Recently, someone asked me (always ask the archaeologist esoteric stuff…