Like a Bad B-Movie

If you’ve followed the news recently you’ve probably heard of efforts worldwide to try to create techno-bees, mechanical/computerized replacements for the real thing. The reason is that, as most people are aware, the bees we use most to pollinate our crops are suffering huge die-offs globally due to a malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder […]

Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory

I despise politics. Always have. Can’t stand talking about it. The power trips, the lies, the manipulation. But if you happen to be someone who cares when good things come under attack by those in public office you’ll sometimes find that you are forced to comment and take sides. And so I will. It didn’t […]

Hot!

Recently “The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015” and declared it the Hottest five-year period on record. But still skepticism is high, especially among those of the conservative Republican persuasion (though that is changing). Click to enlarge. And to a degree, one can understand why denialism persists. Not […]

Rain Trees

There’s a kind of tree known commonly in some parts of the world as “rain trees”. The botanical name for these trees is Albizia saman. According to Wikipedia, “The name ‘rain tree’ was coined in tropical India, especially Bengal. Its origin is the moisture that collects on the ground under the tree, largely the honeydew-like […]

Plant a Tree

We’re almost exactly on the other side of the year from Arbor Day; the next day it falls on is April 28, 2017. But I just thought I’d put in a plug for tree planting anyway. There’s just something uniquely satisfying about watching something you planted with your own hands grow and bloom! There’s a […]

Tribulus terrestris

Also known as Puncture Vine, Devil’s Thorn and other unflattering names. Likely you know the plant as Goatsheads, since it’s thorns, or nutlets, resemble a goat’s head. Native to the Mediterranean but now naturalized to many countries around the world, like numerous other noxious exotics (example: Yellow Star Thistle), it was introduced here in North […]

The Overview Effect

As some of you may know, and as I elaborated in a previous post, those who have travelled to space often recount the sheer awe, and apprehension, they feel when catching sight of the earth from outside. The experience has been described as life altering and, as such, has been under study by a neuroscientist […]

An Ancient Lament

In the long, sordid history of scoundrels and rogues, Gilgamesh would be right up there with the worst of ’em. Gilgamesh, a mythical figure* from the first modern civilization, that in ancient Sumer, a.k.a. the Cradle Of Civilization, a collection of towns along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in what was the Fertile Crescent, was […]

Paradise Lost

The “myth” of a paradisiacal past, or Golden Age, where people once lived in a fertile land/world of beauty, abundance and diversity is pretty well universal around the globe. The topic, though, is much too complicated for me to do it definitive justice, so instead I’m going to take the lazy way out and copy […]

Neanderthalensis

The art of reconstructing our ancient relatives, the Neandertals (commonly, neanderthals) from fossils has gotten pretty amazing. Neanderthals (roughly 350,000 to 35,000 years ago) did not lead to us however, we came from another group once called the Cro-Magnons (now called Early Modern Humans). Eventually the Neanderthals became extinct. But before that happened there is […]