Archives for December, 2006
Dogday Harvestfly cicada. Tibicen canicularis Found along the K&P Trail near Snow Road Station in eastern Ontario. Image:
Today, I managed to drag myself out of my apartment where I’ve been hiding for the past four days, so I could pick up my mail from the post office. It turns out that I received several Christmas gifts from my peeps; a one year subscription to one of the top peer-reviewed journals, Science magazine…
Turritella perattenuata fossil, next to a nickel (for scale). Caloosahatchee fm., Brandtley quarry, near Highway 31, Florida. This is a Caloosahatchee fossil, the remarkably elongate and now-extinct Turritella perattenuata. The Caloosahatchee is said to straddle the Plio-Pleistocene boundary, which, according to the Geological Society of America Geological Time Scale, occurs at 1.8 Myr. The Caloosahatchee…
There will be a social event during the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) conference where you can meet me, PZ and John. It will take place in the evening of 6 January, 2007, from 530pm-800pm. For more details and to RSVP, check out the link provided.
Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens. One does not ordinarily think of a soldier fly as a pollinator, but this one, with some green camoflauge, was sipping from a Philadelphia fleabane last year at Anahuac NWR, Texas on 2 April 2005. Image: Biosparite. I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, dear readers, that I am…
. This study, carried out by Cancer Research UK, showed that women who did 16-17 hours of housework per week cut their risk of breast cancer by 20% for postmenopausal women and 30% for premenopausal women. Further, it was housework specifically that has this beneficial effect, not other forms of physical activity;
As was earlier noted, the bears in Spain are in on the global warming hoax, and now it appears that even inanimate objects, glaciers, are in on the hoax, too! I wonder what Michael Crichton has to say about this?
Eastern Dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus. Photographed alive after briefly chilling in a refrigerator. In her warmed-up state, she was more than a little intimidating. Image:
Northern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis, at Mill Pond Conservation Area, near Portland, Ontario. Image: