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Art Scam Part II: Playing the Shark

When we last left Zick, she was in receipt of a monstrous check of dubious value and origin, in payment for a painting that had yet to be shipped. "Julia Simpson" has made out to me, but for almost twice the amount I was asking. Dear Julia, I have a check here from First Tennessee Bank/ Transnetyx Inc. Show More Summary

You Won’t Think the Platypus Is So Cute if You Feel the Excruciating Pain of Its Venom

Don’t pet the platypus. I know it’s tempting: Given the chance, I’d want to stroke their thick brown fur, tickle those big webbed feet, and pat that funny duck bill. And why not? What harm could come from this cute, egg-laying mammal from eastern Australia? Plenty. Show More Summary

An Unexpected Gift

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Just after 7:30 this morning, strong northeast winds raked Metro Denver, dropping the temperature by ten degrees (F) or more. In the midst of our early summer heatwave, the chilly air is more than welcome.The cause for this sudden change...Show More Summary

Fathers & Sons

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Today Americans celebrate Fathers Day, honoring those who have stayed involved in the care and nurturing of their children. While it is yet another Hallmark Holiday, associated with a host of commercialized events and special retail offers, it highlights the fact that fathers are an endangered member of the family in some segments of society. Show More Summary

A Rich Person Wants to Buy My Painting!

I opened my email this morning and found this note, sent through my website, http://www.juliezickefoose.com Not so long ago, my heart might have skipped a beat. This morning, I got a wry smile instead. Nice try, Dennis. An online visitor left a comment for you on Saturday 20th of June 2015 01:37 AM: Name: Dennis Comments: Hi, My name is Dennis White. Show More Summary

The Prairie Owl

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Burrowing owls are summer residents of the Western U.S., from the High Plains through the Intermountain West; they are also permanent residents of Florida and the Desert Southwest. Come fall, northern residents migrate to the DesertShow More Summary

African Wild Dog Pups Go for a Swim 

For those of you looking for an update on the Cincinnati Zoo's painfully adorable African wild dog pups (which I assume to be everybody with a soul): You're in luck. In addition to remaining cute and awesome (despite somewhat sizeable growth spurts all around), they're also swimming now. Show More Summary

Front Range Heat Wave

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

After six weeks of intermittent rain and heavy thunderstorms, sunny, hot weather is forecast to invade the Front Range over the next five days; afternoon highs are expected to be in the 90s F, with overnight lows in the lower 60s. The...Show More Summary

Popes & Climate Change: Round 2

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Pope Francis' proclamation that global warming is real and that humans are primarily responsible is causing indigestion for Catholic Republican Presidential Candidates. As for myself, I will defer to my post from July of 2008: The Pope and Global Warming.

Illness & Guilt

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Having practiced medicine for almost forty years, I am well aware that persons diagnosed with a serious illness must also deal with guilt. While some of that guilt may arise from the comments of family, friends or health care providers,...Show More Summary

Geology of the Baraboos

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

An elongated ring of hills and ridges rise in south-central Wisconsin. Known as the Baraboos, they represent outcrops of ancient Precambrian quartzite, 1.5 billion years old. Folded downward by tectonic forces and buried by younger Paleozoic...Show More Summary

How Impossible, Actually, Is the Dinosaur DNA Splicing in Jurassic World?

By the time Jurassic World begins, dino-making is yesterday’s news. Brontosaurs? Boring. Triceratops? Over it. The “science” that made all the wonder in the first film possible—extracting DNA from ancient mosquitoes, filling in the gaps with frog genes, and whisking it all together to grow a real live dinosaur—it’s all been done. Show More Summary

Biology Finally Explains Why Honey Badger Don’t Care

It’s official: Honey badger don’t care. This “crazy nastyass” critter—the subject of a National Geographic documentary transformed into a viral meme through satirical overdubbing—“really don’t give a shit.” Not about snarky documentaries,...Show More Summary

A Rim of Storms

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

A dome of high pressure over the Southeastern U.S. is causing two interconnected weather problems. Beneath the dome, air is sinking and heating up, producing hot and humid conditions; afternoon highs have been in the mid to upper 90s F with heat indexes above 100. Show More Summary

Feeding the Bobcat

I was getting so many busted owls and hawks last winter--just giving them a way-station and transfer to the Ohio Wildlife Center via my Owl Angel Lee H., that I asked my neighbors Sherm and Beth to save me their mice when they snap-trapped them. Show More Summary

Genetics, Gender & Sexuality

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

One's gender, from a purely anatomic point of view, is determined at conception; if the mother's egg is fertilized by a sperm with a Y chromosome the fetus is genetically male (XY) while a sperm with an X chromosome will produce a female fetus (XX). Show More Summary

Magpie Invasion

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

Black-billed magpies are common residents along the Colorado Front Range and we often observe pairs or small flocks on our Littleton farm. Yesterday, however, we had a full-fledged magpie invasion, consisting of thirty or more birds....Show More Summary

To Touch a Baby Bobcat

I have so many fond memories of my dad, and one of my favorites is his saying, out of nowhere, "I've always thought a bobcat would make a nice pet. Get him young, tame him down, that'd be a real nice pet." He'd usually go on, "I don't have much use for housecats, but a bobcat seems like a real nice animal." Well. Show More Summary

Woodhouse's Toad

3 months agoHobbies / Nature : Nature's Blog

On my many hikes at South Platte Park, I occasionally run across a Woodhouse's toad, especially during their breeding season of April through June. This medium sized toad inhabits Central and Western regions of North America, from the...Show More Summary

How I fell in love with a fish: Dan Barber on TED.com

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie’s honeymoon he’s enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in [ … ]

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