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National Reptile Awareness Day

by Greg Mayer It’s a bit late in the day, but I must announce that today is, at least in the USA, National Reptile Awareness Day. Happy Reptile Day to all! I must admit, as a herpetologist who joined all the major American herpetological societies while still in high school (1975), I had never heard […]

The laws of cartoon physics

To end the week, we have a lovely post that gives the cartoon laws of physics, whose author is, sadly, unknown. But they’re hilarious, and if you’re of a certain age you’ll recognize them all. Here they are; I’ve put my favorites in bold. Cartoon Law I Any body suspended in space will remain in […]

CUNY professor accused of violating Title IX without any mention of sex

I think we learned yesterday—or at least I did—that sexual harassment of women, including physical harassment like groping, is far more prevalent than assumed.  We clearly need to do something about the issue, which means that men themselves must also recognize its prevalence. So besides admiration for the brave women who reported what happened to them, […]


by Greg Mayer Jerry will be posting more CoyneFest pix, but in the meantime here’s a group picture of some of the CoyneFest-ers taken at the Log Castle which was the locus of dinner and festivities on the second day of the symposium. The CoyneFesters are: standing on the hearth (tallest): Jerry Coyne, P.C.C. (University […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we continue (and conclude) Lou Jost’s photographs of orthopterans (grasshoppers, katydids, and crickets), all photographed at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru. His notes are indented: At the Tambopata Research Center we got up around 4:30 am most days, and evenings after dinner there were often talks, so we had little time to explore […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Today is Friday, October 21, 2016, and the temperature in Chicago is beginning its inexorable slide into winter. In the UK, though, it’s Apple Day, so if you’re a Brit, eat one of the good apples available in your land. In the US, it’s an odious food day: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. I cannot recommend this […]

Science Cat!

I don’t follow anyone on Twi**er as I don’t have time, and use this site to convey my thoughts. But I found one site that’s almost worth following: Science Cat! Click on the screenshot to go there: Two of the latest tweets: This fat fool had to be rescued by animal control — Science Cat […]

Rabbits and cat living in harmony

Reader Brigette Zacharczenko, a grad student in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut at Storrs (she has an insect website), sent me some lovely photos (in an email titled “Some fluffy kitty belly for you to enjoy”) of her rabbits and new kitty that I’m posting with her permission. Her description is indented. My […]

Trump says he’ll accept election results—if he wins

My CNN feed tells me that Trump has proven himself dumber than I thought by effectively mocking the democratic process: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says that he will accept the results of the general election next month — if he wins. [JAC: watch the video at the site to see some complete insanity.] “I would like […]

The anti-Semitism of UNESCO

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem contains at once some of the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Besides being the historical site of the Jewish Second Temple (Herod’s Temple) and possibly other temples (confirmed by archaeological evidence), and the Western (“Wailing”) Wall, it’s reputed to contain the stone on which Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac. […]