The Great Backyard Bird Count needs your help! It doesn’t matter if you’re a serious birder or just like watching feathered visitors to your backyard feeder. This citizen-science project wants to know what birds you see. The project lasts for 4 days every February. As long as you can count for at least […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s almost time again for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count! This citizen science effort counts birds in specific areas (15-mile diameter circles) between December 14 and January 5 every year. And you can be a part of it. Circles have been established in the US and Canada, as well as Mexico, Central America, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
So… Lots of holiday sites and blogs tell us November is World Sponge Month. But is it really? These sites list the month, but they don’t tell us anything about it. A few offer opinions on things like germy sponges, SpongeBob, and even the Today sponge. But nothing about how the month started […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
So … Today is Virus Appreciation Day. We’re not sure what, exactly, there is to appreciate about viruses, but what the heck. October 3 is a bit light on celebrations, so why not celebrate the virus? Of course, we’re not sure what virus we’re supposed to be celebrating: Those microscopic little bits of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Did you grow up believing Pluto was a planet? I mean a real planet, not this “dwarf planet” status it’s saddled with now. Were you outraged at poor little Pluto’s demotion? If so, prepare to revive your outrage. Today is Pluto Demoted Day—the anniversary the 2006 day when astronomers demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What’s that bright light in the sky? Is it a drone? A fireball? The planet Venus? Or maybe Jupiter? Nope, it’s aliens come to celebrate World UFO Day with the people of earth. Ok, maybe not. But July 2 is still World UFO Day, and whether or not aliens join us, it’s a perfectly valid […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Happy Chimborazo Day! What’s a Chimborazo you ask? It’s an inactive volcano, we say. And why are we celebrating a volcano? And an inactive one at that? (which pretty much makes it just a mountain … Especially since it hasn’t erupted since, oh, about 550 AD). Boring! Except … Chimborazo’s peak is the point farthest […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
DNA Day celebrates DNA and all the advances that understanding its structure has made possible. We celebrate on April 25 because it was on that date in 1953 that James Watson, Frances Crick, and their colleagues published the structure of DNA in the journal Nature. (PDF) In April 2003 the Human Genome Project was declared […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Did you use a Bunsen burner in school? If you took Chemistry–which you probably did–odds are good that you used this simple tool for heating your chemical concoctions. You may also have used it to sterilize an inoculation loop (you might call it a smear loop, microloop, spreader or something similar) in Microbiology class. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today we say happy birthday to Charles Darwin. He was born on February 12, 1809, and Darwin Day celebrates the anniversary of that day. You probably learned about Darwin in school. He was the English naturalist who proposed the principle of natural selection to explain evolution. He published his famous book, On the Origin […]Continue Reading... No Comments.