Animals, Science

From the Annals of the “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Department

"The road to Hell" as they say, "is paved with good intentions." And so it is. A group of Hungarian scientists, faced with what's clearly a first-world problem--saving from extinction the fish responsible for producing the world's finest caviar--decided to tinker with the piscine gene pool, taking sperm from the American Paddlefish and using it… Continue reading From the Annals of the “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Department

Literature, Science, Technology

Occasional Quote of the Day: Worlds Beyond Earth

“I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night”– Sarah Williams Sarah Williams was a British Victorian poet who is best known for “The Old Astronomer,” written in the person of an elderly astronomer on his deathbed who speaking to his young pupil. Her output is short, as was her life (1837-1868),… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Worlds Beyond Earth

Food and Drink, Science, Technology

Friday Food and Drink Post: Snacks ‘N ‘At

Actually, I probably should have phrased the title of this post “Weird Snacks ‘N ‘At.” The “‘N ‘At” part is an homage to my nearest (and dearest) metropolitan area, the place I go on the rare occasions when I put on grown-up clothes and shoes, do something about my face, hands and hair (starting with, most unusually,… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Snacks ‘N ‘At

Science, Technology

Occasional Quote of the Day: On the Eternal Verities and Squaring the Circle

Our society is changing so rapidly that none of us can know what it is or where it is going. All of us who are mature feel that there are historic principles of behavior and morality, of things that we all believe in that are being lost, not because young people couldn’t believe in them,… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: On the Eternal Verities and Squaring the Circle