A turtle mating spree shut down a runway at NYC’s busy JFK airport recently. Seventy-eight diamond terrapins were removed. In April, a mysterious 60-pounder turned up in the Bronx.
The Gates Foundation is directing some money to low-tech farming in Africa. The foundation has given many times more for the “green revolution” approach that some people have criticized as not moving in a sustainable, lower-tech direction. A Gristmill writer wonders if it’s signaling a new direction for the Gates group.
I received one of those “urgent” e-mails yesterday since I was among the many people in someone’s address book who had to be warned to stop buying Pepsi because of a silly labeling decision. Actually, the whole thing was garbage. I wish people would always go to Snopes.com before alerting everyone about the horrible rumor.
Purple sunsets have been seen due to a volcano in Russia. Here’s gallery of photos. The Marquette, Mich., photo is achingly beautiful to me, with more Superior photos here:
Have some money to toss away? Here’s an electronic ruler. It actually…measures distances.
Shark news: a bite in Miami in an area where we’ve been while visiting my son and a sighting in Delaware where I assume sharks aren’t so common for swimming encounters.
The Eternal Moonwalk. On and on.
When the sun goes down, delicate ripples of white appear over the western horizon. Then, as twilight deepens, the sky turns a lovely shade of “volcanic lavender.” Fine volcanic aerosols in the stratosphere scatter blue light which, when mixed with ordinary sunset red, produce the lavender hue. Other signs to look for include a bright yellow “twilight arch” and long crepuscular rays and shadows.
There goes the rest of your day.
Posted in Ag, Animal World.
– July 12, 2009