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Archives for September, 2006

Red-cockaded woodpeckers, by Earl Lincoln Poole, from Harold Bailey’s Birds of Virginia, 1913; via Wikipedia Commons. _________________________________________________________________________________ North Carolina landowners are clearcutting pine forests to make sure those pesky red-cockaded woodpeckers don’t set up shop, according to this depressing, distressing report in today’s Times. BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C., Sept. 23 (AP) — Over the past…

Avian flu outbreaks in spring 2006, Paris to Georgia. From Declan Butler’s new Google Earth time-series maps. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Nature reporter Declan Butler, who has done some of best reporting on avian flu and (separately) the use of the internet as a means of communicating science, has updated his superb Google Earth avian flu maps to…

W.A. Mozart — just another hard-working genius ___________________________________________ A few hours ago I received this email: your article in “new scientist” sept 16-22 06 is pure B S . you should dedicate it to the extreme liberal intelligensia. The writer, one Kenneth Rubin (nice meeting you, Mr. Rubin) refers to a New Scientist feature I…

A Must-See: Mirror Neurons in yo’ face

I opened my feature on mirror neurons for Scientific American Mind by telling how my son Nicholas imitated me sticking out my tongue in his first hour. I regret I can offer you no film of that. Thanks to PLOS Biology, however, I can now offer you videos of a baby macaque monkey essentially doing…