Black Hole Seizes Stars

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Green Tree Ant

Weaver ant from Daintree forest

I saw many of these industrious and co-operative Green tree ants in the Daintree forests. It was another day I had only my iPhone on me! In the picture below you can see them carrying off part of a beetle, or some other insect carapace. I watched two of them having quite a conversation about something. There are spiders that mimic them too. (See Ant Mimics, Alex Wild)

Do you want Green Tree Ants on your pants, or somewhere else?

PS: smarag = emerald (as in Oecophylla smaragdina)


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An Xitement of Xmas Tree Worms

 As I soldier forth on my wordless novel, I could not help but get distracted by Christmas tree worms – as one is.  That whole picture-being-a-1000-words thingie made me take note of how these charismatic creatures, despite some having about a 1000 eyes, still only see shadows. That must be very frustrating. Luckily, I guess, they have very small brains. On an asides, I was also inspired to google as to which commercial camera had the highest MP resolution. Seeing that I have to finalize an Xmas card design in time to order, I have chosen to make it a Christmas tree worm. Here are some messages I thought of:

I have designs on Xmas!
A Vermerry Xmas to you!
Have a crackerjack Christmas! (Actually a fan worm, ’cause it has a plug)
Lekker soos ‘n krêkker!
Worm Wishes!

It should be the perfect pairing for your new iPhone X.

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Of Noses and Neutron Stars

Wake up and smell the science! Can you find the elements of ‘climb’ on the tabula periodica?

I am still reading Robert Sapolsky’s ‘Behave’ :

Ironically, it seems that the genetic program of human brain development has evolved to, as much as possible, free the frontal cortex from genes.

Kind of like after the Big Bang, anti-matter tried to free the universe of  matter, and we luckily ended up with something rather than nothing 😉 Some fears are innate.

I have also tried to read ‘An Essay to Humane Understanding’ -John Locke, but feel a bit fatigued by the language… opted instead for an easy summary. (For now)  He thought of the human baby’s  brain as a ‘tabula rasa’…

How the universe creates gold / Earthsky;
Climbers Crush ‘Unbeatable’ Speed Record on El Capitan / NatGeo

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h/t: Shipworms: Do they float your boat? And when is a boat a ship? Can you wear the hat if it fits?
Maybe he’s referring to kakapo mermaids…


I am happily reading The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, and have just come upon “… make it shipshape.” at loc 335 of 6981: it’s a serendipitous sign, no?

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