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Like most evolutionary tales, this one could have started on the Galapagos Islands. Instead we find ourselves in an ancient sea, near the end of the Devonian, 360 million years ago.
From the Post Carbon Institute comes a quick video of the history of fossil fuels and the growth of the modern economy over the last 300 years: You might also be interested in this recent post: "Energy source transitions over time - what comes next?"Bonus points for using A Tribe Called Quest.Via Adam Frank at NPR 's excellent 13.7 blog...
There seems to be a profusion of fabulous kids' books these days, including many engaging books on scientific topics. Indeed, there are so many that I wouldn't even know how to boil them down to a top ten list.So, I'm going to just point you towards some of the books my kids have enjoyed, especially in the early grades of elementary school (roughly K-3)...
Just when you thought the U.S. was safe from amoebas . . . it turns out it's not.This summer saw a micro-burst of brain-eating amoeba attacks (well, only three, but that was plenty for the press to get its panties in a bunch over it...
...well, not "we", it's songbirds. But the only things these songbirds had to fear was fear itself! And it made a major impact! Head over to Neurotic Physiology to check it out, and make sure you watch the video on the research!!...
If a writer, why not writeOn whatever comes in sight?So—the Children’s Books; a shortIntermezzo of a sort:When I wrote them, little thinkingAll my years of pen-and-inkingWould be almost lost amongThose four trifles for the young.With those lines, Alan Alexander Milne—or A...
Frankincense—that aromatic staple of the original Christmas story—could soon be "doomed" to near-extinction, according to research published December 21 in the Journal of Applied Ecology .Frankincense is an aromatic resin used in perfumes and incense...
One Sunday morning, while reading Dennis Overbye’s Lonely Heart of the Cosmos , it occurred to me: a Christmas tree is shaped just like CERN’s diagram of the evolution of the universe.
The Sun rising above the Arctic plain (H. D. Nygren, NOAA Corps.) As our spinning globe of rock and metal tracks its steady path around the Sun, we find ourselves crossing once again through the winter solstice, the point at which Earth's northern pole is pointed as far from our fierce stellar parent as it can be (this year at a coordinated universal time of 5.30 am on December the 22nd, almost the same as 5.30 am Greenwich Mean Time)...
As I was editing David Stipp's article " A New Path to Longevity " for the January 2012 issue of Scientific American, Stipp told me about some intriguing research into unusually long-lived mammals...
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