Monthly Archives: March 2015

Dating the Pictographs in Horseshoe Canyon, Utah

By A.R. Williams [1] Using new techniques to gauge how long rocks have been exposed to sunlight, researchers have significantly narrowed the period in which [the surreal-sized pictographs in Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Utah] must have been painted. Their … Continue reading

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What Do Giraffes and Michelangelo’s Moses Have in Common?

Neither has real HORNS.  The giraffe is a wonderfully regal animal with a long neck and stubby horns. The giraffe’s horns remind me of the short “horns” on Michelangelo’s statue of Moses (talk about a bad segue). Which brings up … Continue reading

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Exact Minute French Impressionism Was Born

by Jeremy Berlin [1] At 7:35 am on November 13, 1872, in the port city of Le Havre, France, the art world changed forever.  Claude Monet gazed out his hotel window and began to paint what he saw.  The result … Continue reading

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Giraffes: Saving the Long-Legged Beauties

During my many trips to Muchison Falls National Park in northwestern Uganda, I’ve enjoyed watching the giraffes.  These gentle herbivores are gangling when they walk and have an awkward stance when they drink.  Yet they are wonderfully regal. But all … Continue reading

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Is the Ethiopian Village of Awra Amba Really a Utopia?

My Ethiopian guide had mentioned a possible visit to the village of Awra Amba.  I had never heard of the place, so I looked it up on the Internet.  When I learned that it was a “utopian” community in northern … Continue reading

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Inoculating Mormons Against Creationism

In a recent discussion on the origins of Mormon polygamy, rameumptom made the following comment on [More pressing than the issue] of Joseph [Smith’s] polygamy [is the] need to inoculate against 6-day Creationism and the like.  Too many kids … Continue reading

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Chauvet Cave: 36,000-Year-Old Movies?

by Chip Walker [1] In his book La Prehistoire du Cinema, filmmaker and archaeologist Marc Azema argues that some the Chauvet Cave artists (recently discovered cave in southern France) were the world’s first animators, and the artists’ superimposed images combined with … Continue reading

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Spectacular Aerial Photographs of Murchison Falls, Uganda

Toward the end of Jan 2015, my son-in-law and grandson flew our Phantom 2 drone over Murchison Falls, on the Nile River in northwestern Uganda.

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Cave at Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc, Southern France

by Chip Walter [1] It is as if we are walking into the throat of an enormous animal.  The tongue of a metal path arcs up and then drops downward into the blackness below.  The ceiling closes in, and in … Continue reading

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Getting Real About Water Conservation

Every time a region of the United States enters a short- or long-term drought, out come the histrionics.  “The sky is falling.”  But crying “wolf” is not a remedy.   Careful planning by considering existing and future technological advances is … Continue reading

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