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Mercury and Birds

A story I’ve been working on since April came out this week. It’s about the effects of mercury pollution on bird songs. It appeared on the websites of both Environmental Health News and National Geographic. It also got a nice … Continue reading

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From Dry to Wet

Today for The Last Word on Nothing I wrote about coming home from Saudi Arabia. I still can’t get over trees. Big old deciduous trees, pulling water out of the ground like it’s no big deal. You keep doing your … Continue reading

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Bug on my Train Window

On Monday I went for a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, a railway that was originally for transporting slate down from the mountains to the Welsh coast. Now it mostly carries tourists the other way, from Porthmadog up to Blaenau … Continue reading

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Bug on my Bridge

Last night I was out for a walk and came across this impressive spider. It was on the side of a footbridge across the Saône river in Lyon, France. As I walked along, I saw more and more–dozens, probably. Many … Continue reading

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Reindeer in the Arctic

I’ve always wanted to go to Svalbard, a Norwegian territory in the High Arctic. Even before I read The Golden Compass, which takes place in a parallel universe in which Svalbard is the kingdom of the armored bears. If you … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

About a year ago, a friend and I stopped by Leadville on the way back to Denver from a wedding in the western part of Colorado. We chose Leadville in part because it’s at 10,152 feet and it’s not every … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Zeppelin Museum, again

This year I visited dozens of museums. The Zeppelin Museum, in Friedrichshaven, Germany, was one of my favorites. If this sounds familiar, that’s because I wrote about it in March. Its centerpiece is a full-sized mock-up of a section of … Continue reading

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Eating Whale Meat in Norway

Today at Last Word on Nothing I have a little essay about eating whale meat. This spring while I was living in Sweden I had a lovely visit with my friend Veronica and her family in northern Norway. I took … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Slovak National Museum

In the spring of 2011, I managed to hit up three natural history museums in about two weeks: Prague, Vienna, and Slovakia. Prague’s was a delightful old hulk of a building, filled with rows and rows of cases and labels … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Musée national du Moyen Âge

Usually I write about museums with some kind of science component. But let me tell you about the Musée national du Moyen Âge – the museum of the Middle Ages in Paris. You know those tapestries with the lady and the … Continue reading

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