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HOW LEARNING ABOUT BUGS CREATED A SCIENTIST

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in The Tenacious Telomere | 0 comments

I started writing my last blog post (the one about some of my favorite Arizona arachnids) a few days ago, but felt uncomfortable publishing what I’d written. After I pushed the publish button, and the post was on its way, I pondered why I’d hesitated. I was reluctant to post because I thought the topic — bugs I’ve known and been fascinated by — might be considered trivial or silly. I thought wrong. My first science book was a Golden Nature Guide about bugs — a gift from my grandmother. I remember the cover of the book — lemon yellow, with an assortment of crawling and flying creatures pictured on the front. I remember a red-orange butterfly, at least one beetle and a green katydid. Bugs (and I use the term “bug” loosely) became my science gateway drug. The more I learned about them, the more I wanted to know. First I learned the superficial facts about bugs — their common names, where they lived, what they ate and what their body parts were called. Then I learned their scientific names, what the term “species” meant and how the colors and patterns of some species mimicked the colors and patterns of other species. I learned about embryonic development and evolution and extinction. At some...

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From the Tenacious Telomere

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in SLIDER, The Tenacious Telomere | 0 comments

Dear Readers, I haven’t blogged here in a while because for nearly two years I had another blog, The Tenacious Telomere, at the now defunct English-language version of the SciLogs blog network. I’m re-emerging like Rip Van Winkle and will begin posting here again, starting off with posts from my archived SciLogs blog. I’m glad to be back, and hope to provide you with entertaining posts. Thank you for your patience during this transition period....

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Moth Week in Madera Canyon

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, AZ NEWS, FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Beetles almost stole the show until the moths appeared in Madera Canyon recently, just in time to celebrate one of the last days of National Moth Week.

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Check Out Jason Davis’ Documentary “Desert Moon”

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Stunningly beautiful! A fun peek into this little-known aspect of the space race. Check out the trailer and website about the University of Arizona’s early contribution to space exploration–creating a lunar atlas that pointed the way to a safe landing on the Moon. Jason Davis, a University of Arizona journalism graduate (2014), is the filmmaker. http://www.desertmoonfilm.com...

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Bighorn Sheepwatch — 16

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve reported on the bighorn sheep reintroduction project going on in Tucson, Arizona. Read the latest about this controversial project.

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Artist/Horticulturist/Garden Designer Creates Artistic Leafcutter Bee Habitats

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Greg Corman builds artistic habitats for the leafcutter bee and their kin. Learn about these bees and Greg Cornam’s habitats.

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Night-Blooming Cereus at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Tohono Chul Park’s annual Bloom Night blossomed into two nights of synchronously-flowering Queen of the Night cactuses, also known as the night-blooming cereus (Penicereus greggii.)

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Culture Keepers: Conservators Use Science, Ethics to Preserve Treasures

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

They gather evidence, take samples, look for fibers and test for trace elements, but they’re not conducting a crime scene investigation. Conservators of cultural history, our culture keepers, are working behind the scenes to stabilize, preserve or restore cultural property for future generations.

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A Hubble in Your Backyard: Amateur Astronomers Enjoy Southern Arizona’s Night Skies

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

More than half of the world’s telescopes are located within a 150-mile radius of Tucson, Arizona, according to astronomy buff, Chuck Harrell. While it’s hard to prove this statement, there are many astronomy fans in Tucson.

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The Leafcutter Bee–A Stealth Pruner

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, FEATURES, SLIDER, SOUTHWEST CORNER | 0 comments

Every morning there was new damage. Something was demolishing my garden, leaving the foliage in lacy tatters. It was the leafcutter bee.

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The Brain-Training Trend

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, SLIDER | 0 comments

Recently Diane Rehm hosted a show where a variety of brain-training programs were discussed. For a transcript of that show, check out the link in my post.

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Junk Science Alert #2 — Junk Science in the Courtroom

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in 4th HELIX BLOG, JUNK SCIENCE ALERT, SLIDER | 0 comments

A lot of junk science ends up in the courtroom, where people’s lives and liberty can hang in the balance. Read about some examples of junk science in the courtroom, including one case where the defendant was executed after a conviction based largely upon junk science.

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