Monday, November 5, 2012

Species discoveries, glowing tides and inspirational spider webs

Monday morning again. It feels a bit odd that only one of my articles last week touched upon Hurricane Sandy, which devastated so much of the northeast and affected so many of my friends, family and co-workers. But even when one story dominates the news, other tales remain to be told. And there must have been a hunger for non-Sandy news because all of these stories had more than the usual number of readers.

We'll start this week's run-down with my two Extinction Countdown articles for Scientific American:

9 New Tree-Loving and Endangered Tarantula Species Discovered in Brazil

New Lizard Discovered in Australia, Threatened by Incoming Housing Development

Mother Nature Network kept me more than busy last week, and these articles touch upon at least six fields of science:

First all-carbon solar cell made with nanotubes and buckyballs instead of silicon

Will San Diego's tides glow blue again this year?

Michael Bloomberg endorses Barack Obama, 'a president to lead on climate change'

Europe's oldest prehistoric village found in Bulgaria

Vision evolved 700 million years ago, researchers find

Spider webs and gecko feet inspire potential pain-free bandage 

That last one was also reprinted by the Huffington Post.

In addition to the above, I turned in my next feature for Today's Engineer (and I'm deep into my next one for them), I have three features pending at Mother Nature Network,  Monday's SciAm article is already queued up waiting for an embargo to lift, and I am plugging away on two new features for Lion magazine. I'm so busy that my fingers have worn the letters off of seven keys on my keyboard. I guess it's a good things I'm not a hunt-and-peck typist!

More next week -- or follow me on Twitter for the latest headlines as they happen.

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