As a crowd-pleasing family film, Dolphin Tale takes few risks but will still most likely be enjoyed by its target audience. It tells the "based on true events" story of Winter, a dolphin that lost its tail after getting caught in a crab trap off of the Florida Gulf Coast. After rescue and recovery, Winter learns to swim anew, in part thanks to a first-of-its-kind prosthetic dolphin tail.
Praying Mantis Escapes Death on Windshield, Now Beloved / Endangered Pet
A couple days ago we hopped into our car and pulled out of the driveway. Moments later, I saw an interesting looking insect clinging to our windshield. I thought it looked like a praying mantis, and sure enough Alicia thought it was too.
Farewell to the Creator of the Ant Farm
I will make it no secret. I've been asking my wife for years if we could get a glow-in-the-dark ant farm. Now that our daughter is 3, the moment is imminent when I will probably enjoy our new pets more than she will. So when I saw news today that Milton Levine had died, "the co-creator of ant farms," I felt sad.
The Amazon and Red Pandas [Photos from the National Zoo]
These photos are from one of my family's recent visits to the National Zoo. During the winter, the Zoo's Amazonia building is a warm, humid, and enchanting refuge from the cold outside.
Protein from Jellyfish Might Improve Memory of Alzheimers Patients
A Wisconsin based biotechnology company claims that one of their clinical studies has shown that a protein extracted from a unique species of bioluminescent jellyfish helps improve the memories of Alzheimers patients.
Some Cool Animal Artwork from My Nephew David
I was searching through an old desk drawer earlier this morning and I found a cool photo of artwork from my nephew David. He made this drawing about 4 years ago when he was much younger, but I had luckily scanned it along with some of his other work. I was able to find the files on my computer and I thought I would share them and make some comments.
My Nerdy Attempt to Map U.S. Biodiversity
There have been a number of times when I have wondered which states are the most biodiverse in the nation. I was surprised to discover that this information is not easily found, so I set out to make my own map and resource that would help people to easily obtain this information. And, yes, I [...]
Cool Photos of the Georgia Aquarium
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Georgia Aquarium with my family. I managed to snag some very nice photos (like the saw shark above) that showcase amazing marine environments.
Bird Love Conquers All?
Yesterday afternoon I spotted a pair of birds making a nest. It was in a cute, but potentially dangerous spot: a flower pot on my parents' outdoor deck table. It seemed like a place where their eggs might get stolen, but they did not seem to care, and neither did my wife-- who saw it [...]
Nickelodeon’s “Go Diego Go!” Takes on an Oil Spill
I was happy to see that Go Diego Go! had decided to bring up the issue of how animals are threatened by oil spills. But I also thought it was odd how the show made cleaning up a spill seem so easy. Is this the right message to send kids?