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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

You thought I’d forgotten Gordon Lightfoot, didn’t you? Well, there are a few good songs left from his superb Lightfoot! album, and this is one. If you’re a bit younger than I, you may remember the 1972 version of this song that became a huge hit for Roberta Flack. But I like Lightfoot’s version better. “The First […]

Google Doodle celebrates (?) Nessie

Today’s Google Doodle, which contains this amusing animation, commemorates the 81st anniversary of a photograph (see below) that was long taken to be “proof” of the Loch Ness Monster. First the animation: As the Torygraph notes: The release of the images coincides with the anniversary of the publication of the renowed “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the […]

Barn owl versus kestrel

by Matthew Cobb This tremendous video from a nestcam set up by Robert E Fuller shows a barn owl and a kestrel fighting over who will occupy the nest site. Hard to know who I want to win – they are both gorgeous birds. Fuller is a wildlife artist based in Yorkshire – you can […]

Sid: gato goleiro!

by Matthew Cobb I just got an order from PCC, who is about to board his ‘plane, to post this rather fabulous video of Sid, ‘gato goleiro’, filmed by  Eberti Inacio playing footie (aka soccerball) with Pedro Henrique (Eberti’s son, who does a mean celebratory dance). Jerry also gave me this instruction: “Say something clever!!!!” I […]

A bizarre deep-sea siphonophore

I originally made a typo in the title, calling this a “deep-see” creature, but in fact that’s what it is! The video and info comes from IFL Science!, and shows a bizarre deep-sea species of siphonophore. Siphonophores are in fact one form of what we normally called “jellyfish,” a group that actually comprises diverse creatures in the phylum Cnidaria.  This form falls […]

The best birthday present ever

Reader Maria writes in, terribly excited by the birthday present she got from her husband: I turned 64 on March 24th, a key age and a key date (see below) and my husband gave me this as a present. He bought it in NY at an antiquarian book fair at the Armory. I am sooooo happy. “Mr. Darwin […]

Extremely kind people save a juvenile squirrel in a pickle

Just like the evening news, we here at WEIT like to end the week on an upnote. So here’s our equivalent of NBC’s “Making A Difference.” It’s the rescue of a juvenile squirrel by the British organization Wildlife Aid, which Wikipedia characterizes as “a charity dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and […]

The lonely life of the reclusive okapi

By Matthew Cobb Okapis (Okapia johnstoni) are the closest living relative of the giraffe (their lineages separated about 16 million years ago). They live in the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in central Africa. Although their bodies are brown, their legs are striped like a zebra’s. They first became known to science […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Let me first call your attention to Matthew’s post on feathered dinosaurs, which he accidentally posted early this morning, and which preceded this Hili dialogue. It’s my last full day in Cambridge, and, sadly, I return to Chicago tomorrow. This afternoon after work I will have drinkers with Pinkers, and then a podcast recording with Sam Harris […]

Feathered dinosaurs

by Matthew Cobb There are a few people out there who seem to doubt that many dinosaurs had feathers (I’m looking at you Steven Spielberg) and that birds are just one kind of feathered dinosaur that survived the end-Cretaceous mass extinction around 65 million years ago. To settle the question once and for all, here […]


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