Biologist discovers world’s smallest snake, lizard, and frog!

Dwarf Gecko - Sphaerodactylus parthenopion

My article “The Largest Snake that Ever Lived” proved to be my most popular post to date.  It’s not surprising. First of all, snakes can be incredibly beautiful: And a truly big snake is an amazing sight: Big snakes naturally evoke both awe and fear—who knows, maybe we have ancient memories of being their prey: … Continue reading

Meet the Amazing Salp

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The first time I saw a photo of a colony of salp, I thought it was a picture of something from a science fiction movie: As a science and nature writer, I’ve become familiar with many sea creatures over the years. But somehow, I had never come across the salp before. What in the heck … Continue reading

Amazing Oxygen-Key to Planetary Life

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One of the best science books I read in 2009 was Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution by biochemist Nick Lane. Although I think I have a good basic understanding of fundamental biological processes, I didn’t find the book an easy read, frankly. This is no criticism of Lane’s writing. The biological processes … Continue reading

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

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

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot

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Astronomer and scientist Carl Sagan is one of my favorite science writers. I also consider him a hero. Few people have done as much to spark public interest in the wonders of science. Few fought more bravely or openly against the ignorance and bigotry that have hindered the advance of science since its beginnings. I’ll … Continue reading