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  • “In the end, science as we know it has two basic types of practitioners. One is the educated man who still has a controlled sense of wonder before the universal mystery, whether it hides in a snail’s eye or within the light that impinges on that delicate organ.


    The second kind of observer is the extreme reductionist who is so busy stripping things apart that the tremendous mystery has been reduced to a trifle, to intangibles not worth troubling one’s head about.”


    ~ Loren Eiseley

Liebherr T- 282

What the World’s Largest Dump Truck Can Tell Us About the Physics of the Sun

Behold the mighty Liebherr T 282B dump truck! It is one of the two or three largest dump trucks in production. By many measures, it’s the largest dump truck in the world.  The Leibherr T 282B  is 14.55 metter long (48 feet), 8.7 meters wide (29 feet) and stands 7.4 meters tall—a towering 24 feet! … Continue reading

Lonely Beach

Natural History Books-”The Shark and the Jellyfish” and “Dawn Light”

I have loved and read natural history books since I was a small boy. In my teens, I discovered the natural history writing of the great anthropologist Loren Eiseley.  His writings and outlook made a huge impression on me. You can read some excerpts from his books at my Metta Refuge blog: The Star Thrower Finding … Continue reading

BP Gulf Oil Rig Explosion

The Size and Scale of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Day after day, night after night, the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil well boils out into the Gulf: Click HERE to see the oil discharge live.  The speed and volume of the outflow is truly incredible. Largely due to BP’s unwillingness to share data with outside experts, it’s very hard to determine just … Continue reading

Predator X Crushing Bite

Megalodon Shark Demands Rematch with Predator X and “Moby Dick” Sperm Whale!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! C. megalodon mega-shark demands rematch with old nemesis Predator X.  Says newly discovered “Moby Dick” sperm whale is all tooth and no bite! Extra!  Read all about it! OK, having a little fun here! Yesterday’s post was: Does prehistoric “Moby Dick” sperm whale dethrone the mighty Predator X? In … Continue reading

Prehistoric Moby Dick

Does prehistoric “Moby Dick” sperm whale dethrone the mighty Predator X?

Forget about the satwater crocodile: Forget about Sarcosuchus, the 30 foot long prehistoric SuperCroc: Forget about today’s white sharks: Forget about the prehistoric shark C. megalodon: Forget about the mighty T-Rex: When it comes to the Bad Dude of Bites, no creature that ever lived can match the mighty pliosaur called Predator X: Thought to have … Continue reading

Our Friend - Alcanivorax borkumensis

The BP Gulf Oil Disaster-Send in the Microbes!

As readers of my Extreme Science blog know, I try to bring to people’s attention the environmental disaster Earth’s ocean’s face if humanity doesn’t radically change its relationship to our planet. Here are some past posts on the subject: We’re Killing Our Oceans Global Warming and the Loss of Earth’s Coral Reefs The Moral Math … Continue reading

sunearth

The Solar Dynamics Observatory-A “Hubble Telescope” for the Sun

You won’t want to miss these fantastic solar images from the new Solar Dynamics Observatory.  The movies at the NASA Science News site are simply incredible, and well-worth the download time! At a press conference today in Washington DC, researchers unveiled “First Light” images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a space telescope designed to study … Continue reading

Japanese Tiger Beetle - by Kwon Hye Won

The Creature that Runs So Fast it Goes Blind!

Beetles rule! At least, beetles rule when it comes to the number of species.  Species of beetles constitute about 25% of all known life-forms on Earth. In the insect realm, 40% of all insect species are beetles, numbering about 350,000.  Every year, dozens of new species are discovered, and some believe the number of unclassified … Continue reading

Encounter with Hundreds of Thousands of Ladybugs

LADYBUGS! LOTS of ladybugs! If you love nature and enjoy amazing images from nature, stop by my Berkeley, Naturally! nature blog and take a look at my new post about my discovery of several hundred thousand ladybugs amassed in the Berkeley Hills near my home. The post is called: They are the Lady(bugs) of the … Continue reading

Cheetah Take Off

Drag Race! Cheetah takes on a Ferrari!

Just about everyone knows that on land, no animal can sprint faster than a cheetah. Able to hit top speeds of 70 to 75 mph (112 to 120 km/h) the cheetah is probably the fastest animal that has ever lived on Earth. In the long, amazing history of animals on Earth, it is our privilege … Continue reading

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