Ever Heard of a “Tomato Expression Atlas?”
biology / Curiosities / fruit / genetics / Science

Ever Heard of a “Tomato Expression Atlas?”

Hark!  A fruitful new study documents the evolution of the luscious tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) from the inside out.  A collaboration among three leading-edge research institutions delivers imagery and a deeper dive into tomato genetics than your average tomato lover can genuinely absorb, but it sure is fascinating stuff.  You will never have appreciated more the … Continue reading

Desert Exploration / Environment / Flooding / Middle East / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Uncategorized

Rare View: Dry Desert River Floods Back to Life

Some hikers have witnessed dangerous flash floods that can occur in minutes–and lived to tell the tale. I’ve never seen one.  The River Zin in the Negev desert in Israel just offered mother nature’s dramatic example of a river roaring back to life. Of course, it’s particularly remarkable in a desert. The drop off into … Continue reading

American History / Arts & Culture / conservation / Culture / Environment / Literature / News Commentary / Science / Uncategorized

Amidst Chaos: A Call to Civil Conscience

A friend sent me Annie Proulx’s speech upon accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Once mercifully beyond Anne Hathaway’s vacuous attempt at an introduction, Proulx’s speech starts after the 47 minute mark. If only her words could be genuinely cathartic and we could wake up to realize that we’ve been … Continue reading

glacier studies / global warming / photography / Science

Glacial Event 3 Years Ago Equivalent to the Entire Island of Manhattan Disappearing–Except Three Times as High—Warming Continues

Captured glacial calving disaster…..and explanation of perspective.  Thanks, hmmmm. to upworthiest broadcast of the day…. Here’s the striking metric:It took 100 years for this glacier to retreat 8 miles.  It took ten years 2000-2010 to retreat 9 miles. Three years hence, the retreat continues to accelerate. Continue reading

chemical pollution / consumer rights / corporate ethics / dupont / Environment / labeling / teflon

From Agent Orange to GMO, to Cookware and Exposures of Daily Life….

It’s all about chemicals–bringing yes good but also insidiously and lethally bad things to life….DuPont, Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and collaborations thereof, have done much to advance human progress and much to undermine it with a history of production/utility casualties, cat ‘n mouse games and lawsuits marking their decades of product development. Over time, consumer safety guidelines are skirted, regulators are lobbied, … Continue reading

conservation / Environment / Nature / photography / Trees

A Tree is a Tree

I’ve been doing some research for a book review and couldn’t resist posting this remarkable Ronald Reagan quote from a speech he gave in 1966 in which he opposed expansion of Redwood National Park: “A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?” Thank goodness, there are enough right-thinking people across this country … Continue reading

Curiosities / Environment / Film / Innovation / Nature / Outdoor Adventures / Science / Technology

Diving Deep: James Cameron’s 7 Mile Descent

Film Director extraordinaire James Cameron is one of the world’s most intensely curious inhabitants.  He has stretched the boundaries of film, imagination and now too science with his record shattering deep-sea dive 2 years ago, 7 miles into pitch darkness at the bottom of the ocean.  He is one of the newer uber-wealthy who happily for the … Continue reading