Monthly Archives: January 2013

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Centuries ago, Spanish explorers expected the mythical land of “California” to be a wild and exotic island.  Perhaps they should be applauded for their prescience, for new research published in Nature Communications confirms that California is slowly separating from the rest … Continue reading

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The Burst

The years 774 and 775 were eventful times in human history.  Charlemagne conquered the Lombards and began his campaigns into Westphalia.  Heizei, a future emperor of Japan, was born, while Byzantine Emperor Constantine V died and was succeeded by his … Continue reading

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Down in the Valley

With blistering days, frigid nights, and parched features, Mercury has long suffered in sun-scorched obscurity.  Ancient astronomers strained to observe the diminutive orb through the sun’s glare.  Their modern counterparts were tempted more by the terrestrial (“rocky”) planets closer to … Continue reading

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The Toxic Sex

Women tend to live longer than men.  We see this trend definitively in birth and death records going back centuries, and the pattern may even stretch into ancient human history.  Of course, the sad fact is that the life expectancy … Continue reading

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Panda-monium

In their hilarious book The Animal Review: the Genius, Mediocrity, and Breathtaking Stupidity that is Nature, authors Jacob Lentz and Steve Nash assign grades to selected members of the animal kingdom. Great white sharks (“Nature’s perfect killing machines”) get an … Continue reading

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