Category Archives: Animals

1895: Cats meddle in geophysics

Updated slightly to add even more cat goodness! The more I research, the more it becomes clear that cats caused all sorts of mischief in the scientific community in the late 1800s!  The source of this mischief is the feline … Continue reading

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How *do* cats land on their feet when falling, anyway?

This post is an exploration of some ideas I put together for a proposed magazine article.  Will link to the article if and/or when it becomes available! Last year, I wrote a blog post about the history of “cat-turning”: the … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds at home!

I’ve been rather busy with work these past few weeks (months, even) and haven’t had as much time as I’d like to post good optics and history of science posts.  In the meantime, I thought I’d share some recent pictures … Continue reading

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A(nother) visit to the Duke Lemur Center!

One of the best-kept secrets that shouldn’t be a secret at all in North Carolina is the wonderful Duke Lemur Center, situated in Durham, NC.  A research facility for the adorable but sadly endangered prosimians, it has the largest collection … Continue reading

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RIP Milo

I hate to have to do a post like this, but I don’t think I’ll be able to get peace of mind until I do.  Last week, we took in a trio of foster kitties — Trixie, Milo and Bailey … Continue reading

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A Tiny update!

Posting will be light (-er than usual) this week on account of the Thanksgiving holiday!  Before I went silent, however, I wanted to announce a bit of good news: the cat Tiny that my wife and I have been fostering … Continue reading

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Foster kitty Tiny!

I’ve been rather overwhelmed with work, travel, and sick cats lately, so I haven’t had the time or energy to write significant science blog posts — this will change soon!  In the meantime, I thought I’d ask people to spread … Continue reading

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Spiders and the electric light (1887)

(Digging through my archive of historical papers for short topics to blog about while I’m away on business.) In the modern era, we are very conscious of the impact of humanity on nature — even though we are often very … Continue reading

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My day as a shark biologist!

(Alternate title: The old physicist and the sea) One of the wonderful things about being active in science communication is that you get to meet very interesting people who are involved in a variety of fascinating research activities.  If you … Continue reading

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Foster kitten update!

I thought I would do an update on the status of the momma cat and her five kittens that we’ve been fostering!  We’re now at the seventh week of age, and the kittens are really tiny versions of cats at … Continue reading

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