We’re Killing Our Oceans

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch may contain over 100 million tons of debris and is nearly the size of the continental United States.

As readers of my blog know, I’m passionate about saving our environment from the effects of human pollution and reckless industrialization. In Global Warming and the Loss of Earth’s Coral Reefs I discussed the scientific evidence for the disastrous effects of ocean warming and increasing CO2 in ocean water on our planets reefs. In The … Continue reading

The Biggest Snake that Ever Lived

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The anaconda is one big snake, as this capture picture shows: Now, imagine an anaconda-like snake that’s 3 times longer, 3 or 4 times bigger in diameter, and 6 to 8  times as heavy! No, this isn’t a fake monster from a bad Hollywood B-Movie! It’s an actual creature that lived in Columbia some 60 … Continue reading

Amazing Creatures-Weird Fish With Transparent Head

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This is the first in a series of posts I’m going to call Amazing Creatures.  And what better way to start off, than with a fish with a transparent head! Pictures of this bizarre fish were first taken in 2004 but not released until 2009.  You can find great pictures and an explanation of the … Continue reading

The Beautiful and Amazing Waterspout

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If you’ve visited my other nature blog, Berkeley, Naturally! you know weather is one of my great passions. In my post “Escape from New England-a weather nut’s confession,” I describe how I looked forward to the big summer push of moisture from Baja, Mexico, that gave us our July and August thunderstorms in Las Vegas. … Continue reading

NOAA-Scientists Discover and Image Explosive Deep-Ocean Volcano

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CLICK: NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Scientists Discover and Image Explosive Deep-Ocean Volcano “Scientists funded by NOAA and the National Science Foundation recorded the deepest erupting volcano yet discovered, describing high-definition video of the undersea eruption as “spectacular.” Eruption of the West Mata volcano, discovered in May, occurred nearly 4,000 feet below … Continue reading

Octopus coconut snatch and run!

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Click to read: BBC News – Octopus snatches coconut and runs: If you think octopuses are interesting animals, wait until you see this video at this BBC news site. I have seen amazing videos of octopuses “walking,” such as this: But this new video is astonishing in terms of the tool-using intelligence the octopuses exhibit: … Continue reading

The Moral Math of Climate Change

Moral Math of Climate Change

Click to listen to: The Moral Math of Climate Change [Speaking of Faith® from American Public Media] “A conversation about climate change and moral imagination with Bill McKibben, a leading environmentalist and writer who has been ahead of the curve on this issue since he wrote The End of Nature in 1989. We explore his … Continue reading

Global warming and the Loss of Earth’s Coral Reefs

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I’ve been studying weather and climate almost my whole life. As a little boy and into my teen years, I was an avid amateur meteorologist and had my own backyard weather station.  Alas, except for hot weather, there wasn’t much extreme weather in Las Vegas, though we did have some exciting flash floods from time … Continue reading

The Largest Animal That’s Ever Lived

Blue Whale Animal Comparison

When comes to largest, heaviest, and biggest—and loudest—the blue whale has no equal in the animal kingdom. In terms of sheer size, nothing on Earth, now or even in the prehistoric past, can match the blue whale. A few dinosaurs may have come close, but so far as we know, the blue whale is the … Continue reading

Discover Interview: Roger Penrose Says Physics Is Wrong, From String Theory to Quantum Mechanics

Blue String Fractal

Click to read: Discover Interview: Roger Penrose Says Physics Is Wrong, From String Theory to Quantum Mechanics One of the greatest thinkers in physics says the human brain—and the universe itself—must function according to some theory we haven’t yet discovered. by Susan Kruglinski; photography by Oliver Chanarin “Roger Penrose could easily be excused for having … Continue reading