If you need some inspiration this morning, consider this new research from University of California-Berkeley conducted in conjunction with the Berkeley Animal Flight Laboratory. Titled: Natural barriers: waterfall transit by small flying animals, the researchers wanted to discover how small flying animals and insects navigate the rushing waters of one of nature's most beautiful gifts, … Continue reading What Can Hummingbirds Teach Us About Navigating Life?
As a television news editor for many years, I became adept at looking for interesting ideas for news stories to cover. My blogs often begin from those same kinds of interesting kernels. Current events become a spark. This morning, it was a Tweet on Twitter. Seton Hall professor Christopher Tienken posted a link to a … Continue reading What Struck a Nerve Today?
I missed the awakening. Every day from when the monarch caterpillar morphed into a chrysalis, I watched the wall on the side of my house. Caterpillar to Chrysalis, August 12, 2020 (Use slide to view) Starting on August 12, I learned the completed metamorphosis would occur anywhere from 9-to-14 days from that moment. (August 20 … Continue reading Where’s the Monarch Butterfly?
An emotional landmine exploded in my garage over the weekend during a heated political discussion. The opposing debater is someone I have known for fifteen years; but I had never seen him so exercised. At one point, I feared he might have a heart attack in front of me. Instead, his unexpected, visceral explosion provided … Continue reading Do ACEs Perpetuate Racism?
Dear Dr. DeMott, If you could Zoom down from heaven right now, you'd be amazed by what has happened since we were last together almost 45 years ago. Oh. Zoom, you ask? It's like a precursor to the USS Starship Enterprise transporter room. People can gather from all over for a meeting. Education supervisors can … Continue reading Ya Say You Want a Revolution?
By now readers have figured out how much I love etymology, the study of word origin. I often start my research explorations by making sure I understand the words surrounding a topic, and today is one of those days. Where did the word "see" come from? And the noun "vision"? And the word eyesight? See … Continue reading How Do Humans See?
Let's start with a recap. Here was the caterpillar on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 7:10 am. Caterpillar getting ready to become a chrysalis. Here was the same caterpillar in its chrysalis an hour later. Day one of chrysalis Here was the chrysalis on Sunday, August 16, 2020. August 16, 2020. The wing formation can … Continue reading Did You Want a Chrysalis Update?
Last week, during the middle of what would eventually turn into a 3-hour Zoom meeting, my left eye got bored and started to wander. Actually, not bored; tired. I witnessed it pack up and leave because, for those of you unfamiliar with Zoom, there is a setting which allows you to see the people on … Continue reading What Should We Know About Vision?
Let's begin by taking the word monomorphic apart. Mono means one; morphic comes from Greek and means form. So essentially, the word monomorphic in biology means one form. Dimorphic, di- meaning two, refers to two forms. The easiest way to understand these two concepts is through birds. If you look out your window and see … Continue reading Are Monarch Butterflies Monomorphic?
Sometimes one just backs into learning due to a life encounter. Such is my case when two monarch caterpillars showed up on a piece of swamp milkweed sitting in a vase in my kitchen. I have written a couple of posts about my visitors. One became a chrysalis this past Wednesday. Chrysalis hanging from the … Continue reading People Can Tag Monarch Butterflies?!