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Pre-holiday felids: bully cats and rocket cats

I can’t embed this, but click on the screenshot below to go to a HuffPo UK video of Cats Bullying D*gs, or The Way It Should Be: And another cat vs. dog video demonstrating felid superiority: Notice in the second video that artificial selection for speedier dogs has given them to a body form similar to the world’s […]

Playing with seal pups

[JAC: It’s almost a holiday—Thanksgiving in the US—so it’s time to ditch the gravitas and have some fun. Here’s the first of two pre-holiday animal videos.] by Matthew Cobb I declare seals, like otters, to be Aquatic Honorary Cats™. In October 2013, Vimeo user ‘SuperJohnnyAdventurepants‘ went diving on the Farne Islands (off Northumberland, on the […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s Monday again, but in the U.S. we have Thanksgiving on Thursday, and either the day before or after that, the galley proofs of The Albatross arrive, so I will a. see the book in near-final form, and b. have more work to do.  Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, today’s Hili dialogue is one of the rare […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Hili gets a theology lesson. I’ll leve it up to the readers to explain! Hili: Why did Cain kill Abel? A: Because carrots weren’t God’s cup of tea. In Polish: Hili: Dlaczego Kain zabił Abla? Ja: Bo Panu Bogu marchewka w zęby wchodziła.  

The answer to a burning question

From Quora (a question-and-answer site), via reader Peter: ~

Another amazingly industrious spider

[JAC: I have to weigh in to express my amazement at this phenomenon. I don’t know if this spider’s behavior is learned or genetically hard-wired—or perhaps some combination of both—but it’s surprising and wonderful. The great thing about being a biologist, or being a layperson who follows biology, is that stuff like this appears on a […]

The incoherence of Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong earns her living by making liberal believers feel Sophisticated, for she writes books and gives lectures about The Real Nature of God. And that is A God Who is Awesome But Can’t Be Described. (Yet Armstrong manages to write and utter thousands of words about that apophatic God!) How she found this out, and how she knows she’s right […]

Bill Nye challenged to debate GMOs

Nine days ago I wrote about a discussion between a reddit questioner and Bill “The Science Guy” Nye about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The questioner asked Nye if he still expressed his doubts about GMOs that he’d previously aired in an “Eyes on Nye” television episode. Here’s that episode if you want to see it: The […]

Proprietor’s beef of the week

It takes several hours to write a science post, for when I’m reporting on a paper like the one about the cat genome yesterday, I read the paper twice, and then go over it again before summarizing it. In toto, that post probably involved four hours of effort, most of it in the evening. About […]

Joni at the BBC

Here’s a bit of music to start the week. Here’s the finest folk rock singer/songwriter of our time (I will brook no dissent), performing at the height of her powers: at the BBC on September 30, 1970. She was 26. Joni plays piano, guitar, and dulcimer. Unlike many acoustic concerts, where it’s simply a display of […]


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