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Climate Change on the Best Vacation Ever

I have a new post up at LWON today. It’s about the signs of climate change that appeared on my recent vacation, a walk through southwestern England. My friend Kate and I started at a farm outside of Gloucester and … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Polar Museum

Tromsø is really far north. It’s a beautiful city centered on an island in northern Norway, about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Polar Museum in Tromsø, run by the University of Tromsø, has its focus even farther … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Jane Austen Centre

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath brought out my inner Scrooge. It seemed like a good idea to visit. Jane Austen wrote multiple books set in Bath, and the exhibit is about her time there. But I was disgruntled. I … Continue reading

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Bug on my Friend’s Skylight

Earlier this month I spent a week with a friend and fellow science writer in London. I was staying in her office on the top floor, with a nice skylight. One day this bug worked its way in there and … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Polaria

Polaria in Tromsø, Norway, is the world’s northernmost aquarium. When you spend time in northern Norway, you see a lot of world’s northernmost things. The world’s northernmost brewery is around there somewhere. In Svalbard this April I took cash out … Continue reading

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Bug on my Flower

I know, I know. The Bug on my Window series is supposed to be about bugs on windows. I’ve been straying. But it’s my blog and I’ll stray if I want to. Earlier this month I spent six days walking … Continue reading

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New Bird in a City

Mostly I think new animal species are discovered in deep, dark jungles and whatnot. Not the Cambodian tailorbird; it was unknown to science until last year, when it was identified hanging out in Phnom Penh. Yes, that’s right, the Phnom … Continue reading

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Bugs on my Hair

Here’s something you may or may not have known about the Arctic: It’s a big place for mosquitoes. Really big. How big? This evening I took a brisk walk, swinging my arms as one does, and I kept hitting mosquitoes … Continue reading

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Airport Polar Bear

After my wolverine posts, I’m considering a new series on taxidermy in transportation buildings. This polar bear welcomes visitors to Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, in the Norwegian High Arctic. So in addition to “walking on belt is prohibited” … Continue reading

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Monetize Your Dog Walks

Look–some clever person in Kiruna, Sweden, found out a way to turn walking the dog into income. I saw this in the train station. Genius, right? You have to walk the dog anyway–why not make money while you’re at it? … Continue reading

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