Never Joke About Military Flying Snake Research

by meanlouise January 30, 2014 science!

“Aerodynamics of the flying snake Chrysopelea paradisi: how a bluff body cross-sectional shape contributes to gliding performance.” This research was partially supported by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant W911NF1010040 to J.J.S. and P.P.V. I guess it turns out it wasn’t a secret. —– Holden, Daniel, John J. Socha, Nicholas D. Cardwell, and Pavlos […]

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CNN: “Note to homeowners: when ridding property of snakes, don’t set them ablaze”

by meanlouise April 15, 2013 seriously?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Fire crews respond to 911 call Wednesday evening They find Texas homes on fire Blaze apparently results from snake set afire

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Downton Abbey + new ways to terrorize Guam

by meanlouise February 22, 2013 pop culture

The drafts keep piling up, as every post I’ve written lately has tried to turn itself into a manifesto and I keep running out of time, patience, and/or energy. To tide you over, I’ll actually finish the post about Downton Abbey. I don’t get it. I absolutely do not get the appeal of this show. […]

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On the evolution of trees

by meanlouise February 12, 2013 true life 2013

In honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, here’s an adaptation of something I originally posted on facebook while recovering from bronchitis or it’s ilk. On the evolution of trees: One of the most interesting, yet least known, examples of co-evolution involves the relationship between trees & reptiles. The earth started out covered in nothing but shrublike […]

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by meanlouise August 29, 2012 florida files

Speaking of unleashing things into Rock Creek Park, I thought I’d post a link to the story about the python that showed up in Rock Creek Park this week. It’s a nice change of pace from obsessing over all of the exotic invasives in the Everglades, I guess. Speaking of which, if you haven’t had […]

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How the King Cobra Maintains Its Reign

by meanlouise October 27, 2010 nature

Yesterday’s Science Times had a cool article about cobras, “How the King Cobra Maintains Its Reign.” (Don’t click that link if you don’t like pictures of snakes). I wanted to post a link to that article because I thought it was interesting. It popped up because I have a google alert set for cobras, not […]

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Invasion of the Giant Pythons

by meanlouise February 24, 2010 wild kingdom

Did you watch Invasion of the Giant Pythons this weekend on PBS? Me neither, but my Tivo, Overlord II, recorded it for me so I’ll watch it soon. In related news, I’m still marveling over this story out of Maryland: a woman claimed she was bitten by a cobra she picked up in the parking […]

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Martha vs. the Giant Python

by meanlouise January 18, 2010 television

Victor Garber is one of our favorite actors. His new show, Present Laughter, was in rehearsals when we were in New York a few weeks ago. We opted for dinner with some friends instead, but as a consolation prize we Tivo’d an episode of the Martha Stewart Show wherein Martha terrorizes Garber with power tools. […]

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what? no! argh.

by meanlouise February 4, 2009 wild kingdom

Fossils from northeastern Colombia reveal the biggest snake ever discovered: a behemoth that stretched 42 to 45 feet long, reaching more than 2,500 pounds. “This thing weighs more than a bison and is longer than a city bus,” enthused snake expert Jack Conrad of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, who was […]

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Maybe I won't lobby to go to Barbados for Christmas after all…

by meanlouise August 4, 2008 wild kingdom

“World’s smallest snake is as thin as spaghetti.” eek!

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