Archive for: December, 2006

Cicada


Dogday Harvestfly cicada. Tibicen canicularis
Found along the K&P Trail near Snow Road Station in eastern Ontario.
Image: Bev Wigney.

I love cicadas because they are so interesting and also because they remind me of Tokyo, Japan, where I first was introduced to them.
Happy Holidays to everyone.
I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, amigos bonitos, and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of these images and the creatures and places depicted. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Another Thanks to my Peeps

Dec 30 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Today, I managed to drag myself out of my apartment where I've been hiding for the past four days, so I could pick up my mail from the post office. It turns out that I received several Christmas gifts from my peeps; a one year subscription to one of the top peer-reviewed journals, Science magazine (YIPPEE!), and another book by Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (New York: Crown; 2006). Already, I am more than halfway through Obama's first book, which is very well-written -- so well-written that Obama could make a living as a writer, in my humble opinion. I plan to review both of Obama's books together soon on my blog.

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Turritella


Turritella perattenuata fossil, next to a nickel (for scale).
Caloosahatchee fm[1]., Brandtley quarry, near Highway 31, Florida.
This is a Caloosahatchee fossil, the remarkably elongate and now-extinct Turritella perattenuata. The Caloosahatchee is said to straddle the Plio-Pleistocene boundary, which, according to the Geological Society of America Geological Time Scale, occurs at 1.8 Myr. The Caloosahatchee fauna is tropical, but the Lower Pleistocene Bermont formation above it in the South Florida section shows temperate elements.
Image: Biosparite.

I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, dear readers, that I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the images and the creatures and places in them. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Social Event During SICB

Dec 29 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

There will be a social event during the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) conference where you can meet me, PZ and John. It will take place in the evening of 6 January, 2007, from 530pm-800pm. For more details and to RSVP, check out the link provided.

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Soldier Fly


Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens.
One does not ordinarily think of a soldier fly as a pollinator, but this one, with some green
camoflauge, was sipping from a Philadelphia fleabane last year at Anahuac NWR, Texas
on 2 April 2005.
Image: Biosparite.

I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, dear readers, that I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the images and the creatures and places in them. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Chimp + Laura = Prozac

Dec 29 2006 Published by under Cultural Observation, Humor, Politics, Satire

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Housework Cuts Breast Cancer Risk?


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This study, carried out by Cancer Research UK, showed that women who did 16-17 hours of housework per week cut their risk of breast cancer by 20% for postmenopausal women and 30% for premenopausal women. Further, it was housework specifically that has this beneficial effect, not other forms of physical activity;

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Even Glaciers are in on the Hoax

Dec 29 2006 Published by under Global Warming

As was earlier noted, the bears in Spain are in on the global warming hoax, and now it appears that even inanimate objects, glaciers, are in on the hoax, too! I wonder what Michael Crichton has to say about this?

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Eastern Dobsonfly


Eastern Dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus.
Photographed alive after briefly chilling in a refrigerator.
In her warmed-up state, she was more than a little intimidating.
Image: Bev Wigney.

Happy Holidays to everyone.
I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, amigos bonitos, and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of these images and the creatures and places depicted. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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Spheres


Northern Ribbon Snake, Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis,
at Mill Pond Conservation Area, near Portland, Ontario.
Image: Bev Wigney.

Happy Holidays to everyone.
I am receiving so many gorgeous nature pictures from you, amigos bonitos, and I am overwhelmed by the beauty of these images and the creatures and places depicted. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you'd like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you'd like it to be credited.
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