What’s In A Scientific Name

What’s In A Scientific Name

From a lone example of a trilobite in Hunan, China named Han Solo to a butterfly pea flower reminiscent of a Georgia O’Keefe painting, called clitoria ternatea, the naming of species offers almost as much in the way of entertainment as it does scientific...
The Great Escapes

The Great Escapes

In 1935, on Long Island, NY, an employee of Frank Buck’s Jungle Camp Animal Park left a plank of wood across the moat surrounding an enclosure of rhesus monkeys. The plank escaped the notice of the worker, but not that of a monkey named Capone. In an arguable...
Bitty Beasty Buddies

Bitty Beasty Buddies

BOOK   “We predict complete societal collapse only within a year or so, linked to catastrophic failure of the food supply chain,” a researcher writes. “Annihilation of most humans and nonmicroscopic life on the planet would follow a prolonged...
Animal Mother

Animal Mother

In the rainforest of South American and the Caribbean, lives a toad, scientific name pipa pipa, that is about the size of your hand.  It is shaped a bit like a hand, as well, since it’s so flat, it looks like it’s been run over by a cartoon steam-roller. The broad...
The Dogs (and inventions) of War

The Dogs (and inventions) of War

3,150 soldiers and 54,000 pigeons made up the United States Army Pigeon Service, from 1917 to 1957, who delivered messages with an astounding 90 percent success rate.  One American pigeon known as G.I. Joe, no joke, even received a medal for gallantry after delivering...