What the heck is this? Last week, we asked you about this curiosity found in the Connecticut River. Today, the jury is back. Eric Schultz, an associate professor of ecology and biology at the University of Connecticut, says it’s a bryozoan.
Likely called pectinatella magnifica, this colonial organism (made up of individual animals called zooids), can either attach itself to other river objects or float freely. Very cool animal and a great photo. Thanks for the submission!
Herman Richir (1866-1942) ~ La Madone Huile Sur Toile
So the 9:00 hour on Thursday morning is looking like Handel, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, R. Strauss, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, and Donaudy. Should be fun except for the 9:00 part.
Also, the term collaborative pianist is making me more angry every time I hear it — as frilly non-functional jargon generally does.
Is that seriously a politically correct way to say “accompanist”?
Renata Kolarova, Czech Republic
Inside a Changing Autumn Leaf
One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’ sap. This depiction of the inner-workings of a maple leaf shows the process in action.
Source: SciAm Blog Network
bigbrotherbirdiswatching for nature journal….