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Manhattanhenge 2019… USE!!!

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Twice a year the setting sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid,  creating a radiant glow and simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street.   It’s more easily understood with photos,  such  as these.   There has never been enough money to persuade me to live in New York,  and nowadays I won’t even visit,  but I must admit this natural/man made phenomenon is quite impressive.

 

 

 

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July 14, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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Starfleet or barchan?

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Doesn’t this crescent-shaped dune look like the Starfleet logo?   There’s a scientific explanation  for it,  but it’s more fun to imagine that it’s a relic from a Star Trek shoot.   Live long and prosper everywhere!

 

 

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June 17, 2019 at 3:09 pm

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Noctilucent blue clouds…

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If you live in the northern USA,  over the next few weeks you’ll have an unusual opportunity to witness  electric-blue clouds in the night sky.  You’ll need to look about 1 to 2 hours after sunset or before sunrise.  It’s an odd phenomenon,  but it’s worth your time.   If you miss it,  there should be a decent show of them next summer.

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June 13, 2019 at 2:45 pm

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La Brea burps…

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As if Los Angeles weren’t already nearly uninhabitable,  streets near the famous tar pits have begun  oozing tar  and hissing gas of some sort.  This is not uncommon,  but this seepage is apparently more copious than usual,  so residents not only have to fend off the rapacious city and state governments,  but also Mother Nature’s terrors beneath the ground.  Thank Heavens I don’t live there  —  it’s painful enough to read about the impending collapse of the interesting city I once enjoyed visiting.

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June 11, 2019 at 2:42 pm

Life below…

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If you were to go onboard a Chinese manned submersible more than a mile deep in the ocean,  this is  the sort of exotic and strange sea life you might see.

 

 

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June 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Ladybug bloom…

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Ladybugs  do swarm  in hordes,  and not just in California.   I’m not aware of a flight in the South large enough to look like a storm on weather radar,  several hundred got inside a room of my house.     I had to put pantyhose over the mouth of a small handheld vacuum and gently collect the little devils, then release them outdoors.   Don’t get me wrong —  I like ladybugs,  especially the type traditionally found in these parts,  but I don’t want that many to admire at once.

 

 

 

 

 

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June 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

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Counting by smell…

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Elephants can use their  sense of smell  to determine which container holds the larger amount of food.   Researchers apparently think this is unique,  but one of my rescue dogs could do it.   It was easier and faster for BG to use her vision,  but she could do it by odor alone.   I suspect it was the larger concentration of odors because that seems logical to me.  After all,  even we humans with our weak olfactory competence can usually identify the stronger concentration of a particular smell.punny senses.   I think proper testing methods of other species would show that many animals can identify a larger food source by smell alone.

 

 

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June 5, 2019 at 2:37 pm