Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The pygmy seahorse is tiny, no larger than 2.4 cm. This species is known to occur only on gorgonian corals of the genus Muricella, and has evolved to resemble its host. The tubercles and truncated snout of this species match the color and shape of the polyps of the host gorgonian, while its body matches the gorgonian stem. The camouflage is so effective that the original specimens were discovered only after their host coral had been collected and placed in an aquarium!
More pictures here. Check out the incredible video below:
The Pygmy Seahorse! - video powered by Metacafe
(Hat tip: Fred Edmond)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Here is the schedule so far for my forthcoming lecture tour in New York:
Wednesday December 3, 8.05pm at YU, Weissburg Commons:
"The Decline and Rebirth of Rationalist Judaism"
Thursday December 4, 8:00pm at Young Israel of Woodmere:
"The Making of a Ban"
Shabbos December 5/6, at Congregation Ohav Tzedek, Manhattan:
Topics including cosmology, evolution, as well as the above topics.
Sunday December 7th (tentative):
Torah Tour of the Bronx Zoo. $30 adults, $25 children. By reservation only.
I am still free for Sunday afternoon/ evening, and probably for Thursday morning/afternoon; please contact me if you would like to arrange a presentation for your school/ community. "Contacting me" means writing to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, not leaving a comment!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Can you guess what creature this is? It's something that many people find repulsive... but with some effort, it is possible to learn to appreciate the beauty and wonder of them. More astonishing pictures can be found here. (Note: one reader said that the link included a banner with un-tzniusdik women, although that didn't show up on my computer.)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For the full series of incredible photos, click here.