Category Archive: Environment

Jul 21 2014

Unexpected Science: Sixth Grade Edition

Lionfish live in the ocean Little Lauren gets a notion: Might they live in rivers, too? Would they thrive in brackish water? Lauren, ichthyologist’s daughter, Knows just what to do Slowly starts desalination Learns some brand-new information Of which we’re now aware New understanding’s always great So, never underestimate The sixth-grade science fair! Via NPR, …

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Mar 27 2014

“Noah” As A Stealth Climate Change Movie?

Could “Noah” be a metaphor For global climate change? At first, the claim is ludicrous– At second, merely strange The people didn’t listen, And the global waters rose: Replacing “God” with “Scientists”, The story likewise goes. Our sins will lead to flooding, That plot, too, remains the same– A global warming metaphor That dare not …

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Jan 11 2014

Almost Heaven?

My goodness, what they put in the water in West Virginia! But that’s the price of Freedom. Freedom Industries, that is. From the first link: The Freedom Industries president downplayed the chemical’s health effects, saying it has “very, very low toxicity” and poses no danger to the public. Strange… I originally posted the following as …

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Aug 21 2013

This Time, The Apocalypse Is For The Birds

Predictions of apocalypse Are found in some religions This week, for something different, it’s The end of days… of pigeons In Moscow, birds are dying— Ah, but that is not the worst— The pigeons don’t just die; they’ve been Becoming zombies first! They fall to earth as if possessed, Their muscles strangely weak They’re listless, …

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May 10 2013

We’re Number One! (Wait, That’s A Bad Thing…)

Shockingly, rockingly, Scientist monitors Looked at the bullet we’d Hoped we had ducked Argue no longer for Periodicity— Carbon’s new record means Humans are fucked. Yup. Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere are higher they have been in the history of humankind. The highest in over six thousand three million years. The New York Times …

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May 07 2013

Where The Hell Are The Bees?

The forsythia bloomed at the edge of the yard An explosion of yellow and gold; An abundance of nectar—but where were the bees? Disappearing… or so I’ve been told. So, yeah, the first few lawn-mowings of spring used to be a harrowing affair. My yard has a border of forsythia on one side, which used …

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Apr 13 2013

The Dinosaur Told Me…


The dinosaur told me “be careful” The dinosaur told me “beware” The dinosaur told me “it’s happened before, And the universe just doesn’t care” The dinosaur told me “Extinction Is the safest, conservative bet” The dinosaur told me “don’t think you’re immune Just because it has not happened yet.” The dinosaur gave me a warning …

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Jan 18 2013

Disaster Preparation 101

There’s a chance we’ll be demolished by an asteroid from space There’s a chance a wayward comet comes our way There’s a certain probability the dangers that we face Mean tomorrow is our last surviving day There’s the promise of a super-quake that shakes us to the core Or the ultimate volcano of them all …

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Jun 09 2012

We Are All So Screwed

When Bruce Willis nuked an asteroid And saved the human race It was lauded as planet-saving plan But today, the greatest danger Doesn’t come from outer space— No, today the biggest danger comes from Man.

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May 09 2012

Now, This Is An Intelligently Designed Cuttlefish

From the good people at Cuttlefish Country (I’ve written about them and their work before), a LEGO cuttlefish! (pic, and more, after the jump:)

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