One cannot miss what one does not know exists. A book by Michelle Nijhuis, Beloved Beasts, Fighting for Life in the Age of Extinction, presents several classic examples of animal species severely affected by human activities. Michelle describes animals which became symbols of conservation. Many such species are still with us, while some can onlyContinue reading “Preserving the unknown”
As a child I remember looking at the sticky yellow tapes handing in people’s houses. Fly traps. Countless flies died on that yellow piece of tape, trying to escape in vain. Back in the 1990s, an upgraded version of a fly trap displayed in countless stores was an electric fly trap, with neon purple long,Continue reading “Insect pain.”
Look up and you will see the full Moon. Today, is one of the few days where all of the Moon’s mountains and craters are exposed, at least on the side of the Moon visible from the Earth. We cannot see the dark side of the Moon, maybe we can leave that to the astronautsContinue reading “Full Moon in the sky”
A seagull admiring the sunset by the Hudson River.
The cognitive abilities of fish seem to be very underestimated. We often do not see fish in the same light as we see other mammals, or birds. This strange outlook has always puzzled me. Maybe part of the story is that the life of fish is very elusive to us. Most people do not diveContinue reading “Not so fishy business.”
Marine Salt Marsh is the largest park in Brooklyn. The Marsh has a unique combination of wetlands and grasslands, an ideal habitat for many species of birds. As you walk the path near the water, the vast grassland stretches for several acres. The entire area is about 800 acres. Multiple small birds find their homeContinue reading “Birds of the Salt Marsh in Brooklyn”
In College, I wanted to be a Chemist, more precisely an Organic Chemist. I was fascinated by the abilities of Carbon to generate different forms and shapes. Versatility of this simple element was the basis of our existence. Carbon was life. As early as elementary school, I learned that diamond is one of the hardestContinue reading “The Queens of Carbon lives on.”
I have been fostering cats and kittens for about 3 years now. Kittens are like premature babies, extremely fragile and very sensitive to the elements. Benz was on my care for a week, she came in very malnourished and weak. Without a few am days she started gaining weight, and be more alert. Only toContinue reading “Fragility”
I picked Nature Fast and Nature Slow, How Life Works from Fractions of a Second to Billions of Years by Nicholas P. Money out of pocket curiosity. How do you write a book about the speed of Nature with range from fraction of a millisecond to billions of years? By no means one can beContinue reading “Speed of life.”
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