Monthly Archives: October 2012

The travesty of Halloween…

…as viewed by Henri, the French existential cat. (hat tip to Power Wench)

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The unsung heroes of Sandy

While going through the avalanche of Sandy news today — the flooding, the power outages, the destroyed homes, the fires — I only came across three references to a fact that for me had stood out above all others: that … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Remember when aerial views of storms consisted of pixellated radar scans on the local TV channel’s weather forecast? Maybe I’m dating myself here, but I’m still goggled by the kinds of images we routinely get on our computers these days. … Continue reading

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The brain works in mysterious ways

Earlier this week, I was driving down the highway and listening to the radio when the DJ tossed out a morning quiz: Which song were these lyrics from? In a monotone, he read out the words, “It’s gonna take time, … Continue reading

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An ad too far

I’ve been watching the US election cycle with a wary eye, grateful for my distance from it (US elections mean a constant, unrelenting bombardment of TV and radio ads, yard signs, highway billboards, mail flyers — and total misery for … Continue reading

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Fool enough to stand in the rain

We’ve been having torrential rains lately, which is typical of the drought-breaking autumn rains. Yesterday was no exception, but after a morning torrent it seemed to dry out, despite the layer of clouds. I put on my shoes to head … Continue reading

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Headline of the day (hint: it involves beetles and poo)

Wired has a short but charming article on the recent discovery, by researchers at South Africa’s Wits University, that dung beetles have an interesting method of thermoregulation. Those of you who are geeks probably already know that dung beetles got … Continue reading

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One more time: Endeavor’s LA drive

Endeavor’s landing at Los Angeles International Airport wasn’t the end of her final journey. She still had to get to the California Science Center, 20 kilometers away, and there was only one way to do it: driving down the streets … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

This gorgeous Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Milky Way, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks of the Italian Alps, and…airglow. Unlike aurorae powered by collisions with energetic charged particles and seen at high latitudes, airglow is due to … Continue reading

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Kite ballet

This one’s for pure fun: a master kite flyer named Ray Bethell makes not one, not two, but three kites dance a ballet to “The Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé. His control over the kites seems effortless, and the … Continue reading

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