Gleanings of the Week Ending December 22, 2012

The items below were ‘the cream’ of the articles I read this past week. Click on the light green text to look at the article:

National Park Photography - From National Parks Traveler. There are links to the photographers’ sites.

The Birds of Paradise - video from New Guinea forests of these unusual birds

Flood tools - enter an address, find out the risk of flooding

Why Owls Are So Hoot Right Now - 10 fun facts about owls

Insulin's Role in Body and Brain - infographic

The Scientist’s 2012 Geeky Gift Guide - ideas for the scientists in your life….at the last minute

Blood vessels of a healthy mouse retina - it could be abstract art!

Top Ten Weirdest Stories of 2012 - from National geographic

Life Up Close: The Year’s Best Microscope Views of Biology - my favorite is the second place image of red algae

NASA's Night Photos -photos of the Earth from space at night - the black marble

Gleanings of the Week Ending December 1, 2012

The items below were ‘the cream’ of the articles I read this past week. Click on the light green text to look at the article:

Benefits of gratitude -infographic

Lens, retina and optic nerves of a Daddy long-legs - image that bridges science and art

Who (and Where) is Happy? - Richard Watson’s highlighting of a ‘Happiness Planet Index’ graphic originally reported in New Scientist in June

Actin filaments - fancy biological photography

Mesa Verde Park Guide - from National Parks Traveler

Ancient Butterball - domestication of the turkey by the Mayans

Iris of the human eye - photo showing fibers that open and close the pupil

Medical Society Approval for Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing - replacement for amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling?

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #30 - Which is your favorite? Mine is the black-headed heron.

Wildlife with Marvelous Mustaches

Gleanings of the Week Ending October 20, 2012

The items below were ‘the cream’ of the articles I read this past week. Click on the light green text to look at the article:

5 Remarkable Recycled Homes - creative use of a grain silo, shipping container, an old church, bottles, etc.

Demystifying the ENERGY STAR Rating

A false colored scanning electron micrograph of caffeine crystals

Technology Trends - a list from a tech trends debate reported by Richard Watson. The panelists were challenged to come up with trends that were not obvious today and would create explosive growth in about 5 years time.

Mammogram humor from Marlo Thomas

Gabon Expedition: Oil Rigs Are a Haven for Marine Life - a win-win for conservation

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #24 - Which one is your favorite? Mine is the first - the rainbow lorikeet

The Best of the 2012 Labbies - The Scientist’s annual multimedia awards. I like the luna moth antennae taken by a high school teacher from Rochester, New York

Good Milk/Bad Milk - a video about why milk is popular and healthy for some people…and makes others sick. This was one of the Honorable Mention Labbies.

Super-cheap health tests, a blood test made of paper - And why are we not seeing these being rolled out in the US and not just targeted to poor countries of the world?

Gleanings of the Week Ending June 30, 2012

The items below were ‘the cream’ of the articles I read this past week. Click on the light green text to look at the article:

Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature - TED Talk

Put a Cork in It: Research Details Quiet Composite Material - positive results using cork instead of synthetic foam in sandwich structures…250% improvement in dampening performance with no sacrifice of mechanical properties

A Virtual Telescope Turns Back toward Earth - a blog about the WorldWide Telescope software and virtual tour

A smart-phone add-on enables at-home diagnosis of ear infections - remote diagnostics still have a doctor in the loop but no trip to the office

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. - TED Talk (time lapse photography)

Researchers Catalog Your Microbial Zoo - microbial cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1 in our bodies. An NIH study seeks to increase our understanding of them.

The Scientific Case For A Return To The Moon

First fledge from Cornell Great Blue Heron Nest - 6/26/2012 at 9:18 AM EDT…and then the next two about 30 minutes later. A summary slide show up to mid-June has also been posted by Cornell. I made a donation to support the cameras in celebration.

Waterproof butterflies mobile - made with recycled paper and coated with wax. These could work for Christmas ornaments too (or would they be too messy with the potential of wax rubbing off)!

A game that heals: Jane McGonigal at TEDGlobal 2012 - psyching yourself to emotional (and physical) health

Gleanings of the Week Ending June 9, 2012

The items below were ‘the cream’ of the articles I read this past week:

Animals Benefiting From Climate Change - a slide show from Discovery News

Dark Chocolate Could Prevent Heart Problems in High-Risk People - Evidence keeps mounting re the benefits of 60-70% dark chocolate

Things That Go Bump—or Hoot—in the Night: 5 Animals You May Hear While Camping in Your Yard - pictures and recordings of sounds they make

Discover Life - free on-line tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study nature’s wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life

How much energy does the internet use? - about 2%...quite a bit is by huge data centers and the article discusses the methods used/proposed to reduce their consumption

Brainmail Bonanza - Richard Watson’s (accidental futurist) newsletter highlights

Horseshoe Crab are blue bloods - their blood is copper rather than iron based

'Safe' Levels of Arsenic in Drinking Water Found to Compromise Pregnant/Lactating Mothers, Offspring

Top Wind Power Countries per Capita

After three months of trying to contact the Mars rover, NASA is calling it quits - Goodbye to Spirit

Gleanings of the Week Ending April 7, 2012

The items below were ‘the cream’ of the articles I read this past week:

Funny Food (365 fun, healthy, silly, creative breakfasts) - Take a look at this site if you need to spice up  a child’s (or your own) breakfast

Bioluminescence in the ocean - pictures and explanation from National Geographic

The Secret Life of Fish (TED video)

UK Emissions Dropped 7% in 2011 - due to reduced energy demand (warmer weather) and increased low-carbon electricity generation

5 states (US) getting over 10% of electricity from wind power - South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wyoming.  Wind generation has been growing by 36% each year since 2007. States that are getting between 5 and 10% from wind are Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Oregon and Oklahoma. If Texas were a country, it would rank 6th in the world for total wind capacity.

Research on how Giant Gypsum Crystals form - some recent discoveries about the initial stages and how increasing our understanding could benefit industrial production of plaster and help keep pipes clear in desalination plants

Photo of the Day: Rufous Hummingbird

Lean Back - slide show from The Economist re media consumption

12-Mile-High Martian Dust Devil - dust devils form on Mars too (there are two animations accessible via the bottom of this page -

The role of mobile devices and social media in news consumption