Take a trip inside the magical world of….The Book of Clocks. This guide sits in the control rooms at WNYC and has the standard “clocks” for each show. How long the segments are, where the breaks come, when the network hands off to the local affiliate, etc… Without this, we’d be flying blind. Also makes for great bedtime reading.
Also known as the yapok, the water opossum is a species of semi-aquatic marsupial found in Mexico and parts of Central and South America. Like most opossums this species does have a pouch, but the pouch is found in both sexes a trait only found in the extinct thylacine. As its name suggests this opossum is mainly aquatic, living near riverbanks and swimming at night to catch fish and crustaceans. They are the only known extant marsupial to live this lifestyle. Living near water presents problems for a marsupial as they keep their young in a pouch, however the water opossum has a evolved a way to combat this it has a strong ring of muscle which can close the pouch and make it watertight, so the young don’t drown when the mother is swimming.
I’m sort of thrown off today. it’s hard to be motivated to bring you science when there’s Reality going on.
When something hits us upside the head like the Boston Marathon explosions, we can feel dizzy, disoriented … left swirling in a dust-storm of rapidly beating hearts, furrowed brows, held breath and shaking heads. That’s how I feel, anyway. I’ve been sitting here, repeatedly muttering statements that begin with “What the f…” and simultaneously cheering and cursing the power of social media to communicate painful news. I keep looking through Twitter and blogs, knowing exactly what I’ll see and don’t want to. So powerful, but so unfiltered.
It’s not the first time in the past year that this message from Fred Rogers has been appropriate, and that’s perhaps the ultimate tragedy. But he’s right. Every photo of violence and blood in the streets of Boston that we won’t unsee is full of people running in to help. And if we have to look, that’s what we should focus on.