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Bats

March 4, 2020

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How cool is this?

March 4, 2020

“An imaginative new approach to bridge-building was demonstrated for the first time in Austria last week, where engineers have connected the opposing sides of two rivers with a novel construction method likened to opening an umbrella. These unfolding bridges promise a number of benefits over traditional techniques, saving considerable time, money and impact on the local landscape.”

Engineers at TU Wien have demonstrated a new bridge construction technique likened to unfolding an umbrella

Tu Wien's unfolding bridges offer a number of benefits over traditional techniques, saving considerable time, money and impact on the local landscape

New Atlas

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Happy Dr. Seuss Day

March 2, 2020

Red Vines and Red Wine: We Should All Live By Dr.Seuss Quotes

Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday (born 1904).

 

We visited the Theodore Geisel Library at the University of San Diego when we were last there.  I have some photos:

Some interesting books in the library.

I wanted a photo of the interesting path that leads to the library, but as I was taking the photo I dropped my phone and the screen shattered into a million pieces – sigh.

From Bright Drops: 37 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Live By | A ...

 

The cat in the hat.

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What am I sappy ibex blogging?

February 28, 2020

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Think Spring

February 24, 2020
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What am I sappy zebra blogging?

February 21, 2020

With their striking black-and-white stripes, zebras boast one of the most iconic coats of the animal kingdom. But every now and then, a zebra is born that doesn’t fit the striped mold. At the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, a tour guide and photographer named Antony Tira recently caught sight of an unusual foal, its deep black coat covered with white spots.

“At first I thought it was a zebra that had been captured and painted or marked for purposes of migration,” Tira tells George Sayagie of the Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper. “I was confused when I first saw it.”

The baby zebra, which has been named Tira, in fact has a genetic condition known as “pseudomelanism,” which causes abnormalities in zebra stripe patterns, as Ren Larison, a biologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, explains to Katie Stacey of National Geographic. Zebras are dark skinned animals, and their stripes arise from specialized skin cells called melanocytes, which transfer melanin into some of their hairs; the hairs that have melanin appear black, and those that do not appear white. But on rare occasions, something goes awry and the melanin does not manifest as stripes.

From Smithsonian Magazine

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Happy Thursday!

February 20, 2020

Thanks George.