Monthly Archives: April 2012

The scientific tourist #220 — Nautilus pompilius

The largest species of chambered nautilus — another fine specimen from the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate State Park, San Francisco…

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Casual Friday — Here Comes Solar Maximum

Wondering what’s going on with the recent spate of solar flares? Courtesy of NASA Television, here’s an excellent explanation of the solar cycle, and where we are in it…

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Carnivalia — 4/18 – 4/24

The past week’s (somewhat thin) crop of science-related blog carnivals — still plenty of good reading…

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The scientific tourist #219 — Desmatosuchus spurensis

Seen at the Petrified Forest National Park’s visitor’s center in Arizona, it’s Desmatosuchus spurensis — and like all Aetosaurs, it was an odd looking thing: Aetosaurs were an order of reptiles that lived in the Late Triassic, about 200 – … Continue reading

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Casual Friday: Space shuttle Discovery’s last flight

And this time, it was a passenger. As anybody that follows the U.S. space program is likely aware of, the space shuttle Discovery (the shuttle with the most missions under its… belt) was taken on the back of a 747 to its final home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia (suburban Washington, D.C). On the way there, it made a historic flyover above the U.S. Capital…

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Carnivalia — 4/11 – 4/17

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for you…

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The scientific tourist #218 — glass fish

Formally known as Parambassis ranga, the glass fish (or Indian glassy fish) is a freshwater fish native to south Asia, and a popular species in the aquarium trade. A shy little fish, Parambassis ranga unfairly gained a reputation for being … Continue reading

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4/15/1912 – 4/15/2012 — a Titanic century

Given that today’s the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic, I was originally planning on writing a blog post to mark the occasion. But of course the internet is already plastered with other material marking the anniversary — so I thought it’d make more sense to just link to some items of particular note. So here goes…

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Casual Friday — the Transition ® to flying cars

Actually, it’s a driveable airplane, more than a flying car — but either way the Transition ® street-legal airplane is an interesting approach to everybody’s favorite why-can’t-I-buy-one-yet technology…

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Carnivalia — 4/04 – 4/10

The past week’s crop of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals for you…

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