Sunday, July 03, 2016

Coffee and Provocation

The Hole in the Ozone Layer Appears to be Healing

There is strong evidence that the hole in the ozone layer is finally healing, in response to the 1987 Montreal Protocol that banned ozone-gobbling chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Researchers, writing in Science magazine report that since 2000, the hole has shrunk by some 2.5 million square miles.

The Never-ending Voyage
Frigatebirds can fly for months at a time without landing -- same as Albatrosses. How do they do it? It seems they have almost perfect knowledge of regional wind currents.

Fewer Americans Are Armed Than Ever Before
The percentage of American households with guns has been falling steadily, and has declined from 51% in 1978 to 36 percent today. The folks with guns. however, tend to have more than they once did.

Lionfish Have Invaded the Mediterranean
This global killer cannot be stopped.

A Food Truck for Dogs?
Yes, there is such a thing in Washington State.

Rainbow Glass Corn Really Exists
And you can buy seed and grow it yourself.

Wings Trapped in Amber
A large chunk of amber, found in Myanmar (Burma) has preserved a baby bird that got trapped in sap some 99 million years ago. The chick has feathers and shows traces of color in spots and stripes. The wings had sharp little claws, allowing the juvenile birds to clamber about in the trees, much as Hoatzin do today.

Blue Jay feather found yesterday.

1 comment:

Noel said...

That's an amazing fact about gun ownership dropping with the current sales levels.

Of course I understand. I bought one recently, but no longer have it, as I explained to the nice kid that asked me about it on the phone.

Life is often confusing like that.