Listen up, people of Birmingham!
Many of us here in the Magic City count a lot of things as positives. Our city is small, quite navigable with lots of outdoors and, generally, a low cost of living. We also have an affinity for local music & local food. Right now, our fair haven is on the rise as a unique American living space. We will be legendary!
However, one element in our midst that sorely needs some attention is the air that we breath. In fact, parts of north Birmingham have been experiencing unusually devastating air pollution as a result of potentially negligent industry, which is affecting the health of lots of people in many detrimental ways - with sometimes deadly results. In fact, Birmingham was ranked the most polluted city in the South by air quality! This affects all of us here.
Help GASP - the nonprofit dedicated to better air quality in Alabama - finish its documentary “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret”, which chronicles this very problem. Check their film out over on Indiegogo: http://bit.ly/1hz2f7U and spread the word.
I really want to see artists tackle more feathered dinosaurs. Some people are crying about how it “ruins” dinosaurs for them. But come on, folks, not only is the evidence accumulating, but - you have to admit - nature is overwhelmingly decorative for a variety of reasons. Why would this trend skip dinosaurs?
We once thought dinosaurs were like today’s reptiles - slow, dumb, plodding, waist deep in some swamp eating tons of vegetation a day…but now all indications point to swift, agile, sometimes intelligent animals capable of much more animated behavior. If science can add these qualities, can we not accept a regal, resplendent, feathery presentation also?
This is an artist’s depiction of Beipiaosaurus inexpectus, one of the first feathered dinosaurs found. I think its is a beautiful animal.
Image: Zhao Chuang and Xing Lida
The America 2050 organization, a national infrastructure planning and policy program, lists 11 emerging megaregions in the United States. A megaregion is a human area that shares infrastructure, economic links, and culture, among other traits.
You may have seen this map floating around the high speed rail crowd. It is an oldie but a goodie.
BTW, we need high speed rail. Badly.
This explosion of exoplanet data, certainly a golden age of astronomy, is making my mind water. So. Much. Deliciousness:
"Since there are about 200 billion stars in our galaxy, with 40 billion of them like our Sun, noted planet-hunter Geoff Marcy said that gives us about 8.8 billion Earth-size planets in the Milky Way."
That’s more Earth-sized planets in habitable zones in our galaxy than there are people on the Earth! Let that sink in…
Mysterious evolutionary origins? No juvenile fossils? Useful arms? Feathers!?
Here is an interesting update about the things we don’t know about everyone’s favorite predator:
And as a bonus, here is an artist’s depiction of a feathered Tyrannosaur in what looks to be a mating dance. Image done by Nebezial over at deviantart.net: http://bit.ly/9dy1FQ (check out the rest of his/her awesome stuff).
PS - I love the idea of feathered dinosaurs. LOVE.