Bird Fact Friday: the Red-winged Blackbird (as seen on BirdGenie!)

This week’s Bird Fact Friday highlights the Red-winged Blackbird, as seen on BirdGenie. Here are some interesting facts about the bird: The Red-winged Blackbird is a conspicuous, wetland-dwelling herald of spring. These birds are abundant … [Read More...]

Insect of the Week: Food Collection for Honey Bees

Adapted from pages 187-191 of The Lives of Bees: We generally think of a honey bee colony as a family of bees living inside a bee hive or a hollow tree. A moment’s reflection will disclose, however, the important fact that during the daytime … [Read More...]

Six Figure Deal for Economist Claudia Goldin, Jill Kneerim, Princeton University Press

In a significant six-figure deal, Joe Jackson, senior editor for economics and finance at Princeton University Press, has acquired world rights for all languages and audio to A LONG ROAD: THE QUEST FOR CAREER AND FAMILY by Harvard economist … [Read More...]

What is Calculus?: The Two Pillars

By Oscar Fernandez This is the third in a series of short articles exploring calculus. The first article explored the origins of calculus, including the three “big problems” that drove calculus’ development. The second article explored limits, the … [Read More...]

Dino Day: Bistahieversor sealeyi

Adapted from page 44: The Bistahieversor sealeyi lived during the late Upper Cretaceous (Campanian, ca. 78–72.1 Ma) in western Laurasia (present-day New Mexico, USA). It was a sturdy carnivore with an appearance similar to tyrannosaurids, … [Read More...]

Bird Fact Friday: the Mallard (as seen on BirdGenie!)

This week’s Bird Fact Friday highlights the Mallard, as seen on BirdGenie. Here are some interesting facts about the bird: The Mallard is a classic dabbling duck found in parks and waterways. These are widespread around North America in … [Read More...]

Insect of the Week: Bee Reproduction

Adapted from pages 156-157 of The Lives of Bees: Although reproductive success by a honey bee colony involves producing both fertile drones and big swarms, the two production processes do not unfold in perfect synchrony. Instead, a colony … [Read More...]

Dino Day: Giganotosaurus carolinii

Adapted from page 38: The Giganotosaurus carolinii ("southern giant lizard of Rubén Carolini")  lived during the late Upper Cretaceous (lower Cenomanian, ca. 100.5–93.9 Ma) in southwestern Gondwana (present-day Argentina). It was one of … [Read More...]

On the Future by Martin Rees