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Category Archive: Nature

Jul 03 2014

Tornado Warnings, Now And Then

It was just the other morning When we heard the weather warning And we tried to drag the pets downstairs, for shelter from the storm I remembered, with a chortle, I was young once, and immortal, And defied the nearing twisters, playing Frisbee by the dorm Ah, but real life can be frightening— I’ve since …

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May 19 2014

Unexpected Good News On The Cuttlefish Front

I have written before with bad news from Point Lowly, Spencer Gulf, in South Australia. That was from 2011; in 2012 the news was even worse, and last year things looked grim indeed. Unexpectedly, this year, the numbers are up again! Hundreds of giant Australian cuttlefish have swum into breeding grounds at the top of …

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May 03 2014

I’ll See Your Burrito-Eating Hamster, And Raise You A Dancing Snipe

PZ wants orders us all to cheer up. So, to that end…

Apr 04 2014

“A Greater Fool Than The Atheist”

There’s fools and then, there’s greater fools Like those who went to fancy schools For silly stuff like Kepler’s rules And other science stuff The planetary hows and whys Show God at work—that’s no surprise. You need to back your case with lies? The bible is enough So my aggregator threw a site at me …

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Mar 19 2014

“The Squid’s Embrace…”

Down in the depths Of the salty Atlantic A seaglider measured the signs of the sea– Monotonous work, And it isn’t romantic, At least, I’d be bored if the glider were me Up to the surface And down to the bottom Again and again, that was all that it did No chance for a hickey, …

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Mar 16 2014

That’s not a Tree of Life–THIS is a tree of life.

Tree

Neil deGrasse Tyson, on Cosmos, brings up the “Tree of Life” metaphor. I like mine better. Artist: Mike McRae

Dec 10 2013

Nonhuman Rights On Trial

An octopus solves puzzles; A chimpanzee can add An elephant expresses When it’s happy or it’s sad A finch that’s after grub-worms Uses twigs and thorns as tools We thought them foolish animals They showed us we’re the fools A honeybee has language, and A cunning corvid plans— Though different in important ways From those …

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Sep 28 2013

Clearly, I’m Not Burying The Bodies Deeply Enough

Coyote

Yesterday, vultures. Today, a coyote. My little street is looking more like the wild west every day.

Sep 27 2013

My New Neighbors, The Angels Of Death.

Neighbors

Well… they’ve got wings and they are looking over me, anyway. I discovered this morning that I have new neighbors. I had suspected them earlier, but they keep to themselves. But less than 100 meters from my front door, high in an oak tree, is a family of turkey vultures!           …

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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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