That Nature Show

Featured, That Nature Show

The Mothers of Baltimore County

6 Written by: | Friday, Jul 24, 2015 12:30pm

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Flag_of_Baltimore_County,_Maryland

In Cambridge, Massachusetts where I am reporting live for the next three weeks, I am hanging out with mothers, like an embedded anthropologist. Read More →

Links, That Nature Show

Flying Reptiles

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 17, 2015 12:00pm

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist's rendering)

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist’s rendering)

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Busy science week, kids. #Pluto!  (See photos. Did you ever think the demoted planet would be such an internet star?) In other space news,  a  Jupiter doppelgänger has been located that hints, CNN says, at a “possible new solar system, similar to Earth’s.” I don’t know about you, but that’s catnip for me, an E.T. geek; I believe that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is not an “if” but a “when” and I hope that that “when” is before I reassume my true nature which is stardust. Read More →

That Nature Show

Your Grandma’s A Neanderthal

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 26, 2015 12:01pm

Portrait of health?

Portrait of health?

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Waaaaay back before even the mists of Avalon in Europe the ancestors of modern humans were getting it on with Neanderthals, so say anthropologists from their study of DNA extracted from a jawbone found in Romania. “Between six percent and nine percent of the Oase individual’s genome is from Neanderthals – an unprecedented amount. By comparison, present-day Europeans have between two percent and four percent.” I’m one of those present-day European-Americans on the higher end of that average. Call me Crug. I have toe hair. Thanks, Neanderthal Grandma. Read More →

That Nature Show

Still Scary After All These Years: Jaws Turns 40 This Summer

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 12, 2015 12:00pm

images

In 1975 wunderkind Steven Spielberg directed the movie that defined the summer blockbuster as an American genre. It was Jaws. “Don’t go in the water…” It’ll make your brain’s newly discovered lymphatic system go haywire. Read More →

That Nature Show

It is Brain Science

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 05, 2015 11:00am

 

Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery. Credit: University of Virginia Health System

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

The news in brain science is out of the University of Virginia; it is a game-changing discovery that links the Brain and the Immune System through the lymphatic system, through “vessels previously thought not to exist.” It is such a stunning advance (see image above) it could affect how we approach neurological diseases from Alzheimer’s to autism.

Read More →

That Nature Show

Fireflies

0 Written by: | Friday, May 29, 2015 12:00pm

fireflies

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

My son, 10, told me what to write about cheetahs. It’s his favorite animal, an animal he loves so much he convinced his grandmother (my mother) to buy him a large cheetah-shaped lamp a la something from Elvis’ Jungle Room. But we don’t have any cheetahs around here, so I’m going to write about fireflies. Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

Read More →

Featured, That Nature Show

Could Food Be a Thing of the Past?

0 Written by: | Friday, May 22, 2015 11:13am

soylent-blendedThis column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

I’m going to Belmont to see if American Pharaoh makes Triple Crown magic. I’m going to wear a gigantic Carmen Miranda-style hat made of fruit because June is the beginning of my favorite season: strawberry and later, stone-fruit season. (Pick-your-own at these local farms.) Read More →

Tags:

That Nature Show

The Pull of the Preakness

0 Written by: | Friday, May 15, 2015 10:10am

 

American Pharoah works out in prepartation for tomorrow's Preakness.  Photo via the Preakness Facebook page.

Kentucky Derby Winner American Pharoah works out. Photo via the Preakness Facebook page.

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

The Preakness is tomorrow! I hope you heard that in the squeaky, excitable fangirl voice in which I wrote it.

Like Jimmy Buffet’s fans are referred to as Parrotheads, I’m a Horsehead.  Though I am allergic, married to a science teacher (therefore not rich), and have never ridden a horse in my life, I love horse racing. It is the sport of kings that a plebeian like myself can catch on network TV while enjoying a cold liquor beverage, the ice for which was purchased outside my home because my home ice maker’s ice smells funny. Read More →

Featured, That Nature Show

Prince and The Power of Music

0 Written by: | Friday, May 08, 2015 11:00am

princenew

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Prince is coming! Prince is coming! He’s like a nature show, no? Remember Raspberry Beret? I, like, wore the aforementioned headgear while singing tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1999 to my dog in 1982.   Read More →

Tags: ,

That Nature Show

Breaking Bread

0 Written by: | Friday, May 01, 2015 12:00pm

Photo via Inhabitat

Photo via Inhabitat

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Baltimore has a trash-collecting water wheel. Antartica has “Blood Falls,” a seep of brine that is Poe-colored. The Washington Post calls the oozing red waterfall “magnificently creepy” and scientists this week discovered that it contains “strange microbial life”…much like my fridge, is what I thought. How long has that three alarm chili been in there? Read More →

Most Comments This Week

6

The Mothers of Baltimore County

Written by Elizabeth Bastos

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 2:06am

2

Krispy Kreme Is Coming Back to the Baltimore Area

Written by Robert OBrien

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 7:08am

1

Teen Sues Hopkins Frat, University Over Alleged Rape

Written by Rachel Monroe

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 11:22am

Recent Comments

Karen
The Mothers of Baltimore County

"I am not one of these moms, but the author nailed it. My sister is one. There could...

planetmom
The Mothers of Baltimore County

"I don't think your commentators have read Wednesday Martin's latest book Primates of Park...

Eleanor Rigby
Amazing Photos of MICA from 1970s Prove That Art Students Have Fun, Look Cool

""... from a bygone era of omnipresent cigarettes and grainy film ..." — and mullets!

Robert OBrien
Ben Carson: “It Depends on Your Definition of a War Hero”

"I have not served in the military. (Though I don't see what that has to do with it.) I do...

Kurt J
The Mothers of Baltimore County

"Sorry, you lost me. I was expecting Cambridge, Maryland when I first glanced at the...