The California Gray Whale

In closing the first chapter, "The California Gray Whale" in his monumental book, The Marine Mammals of the Northwestern Pacific Coast of North America, Charles M. Scammon, a former whaler and whaling captain turned anti-whaler and environmentalist, says this, "This species of whale manifests the greatest affection for its young, and seeks the sheltered estuaries …

“COVID-19 is a Neurological Disease”

And unlike other diseases, it appears that the less-severe the traditional symptoms (e.g., fever, congestion, cough, or muscular aches) the greater the cognitive effects. We present five (5) PDF articles that are available via Common License or open access that have been published this past Fall tracking the neurological disease that is COVID-19... 41582_2020_article_386Download 1-s2.0-s0092867420310709-mainDownload …

The 2020 Faraday Christmas Lectures at The Royal Institute – A User’s Guide To The Planet from the podcast Outrage! + Optimism

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9vdXRyYWdlYW5kb3B0aW1pc20ubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M/episode/NjI5MTdhYmItNGFhMy00N2FiLWI4NjQtMDUxNGM1ZjBjN2Vl?hl=en&ved=2ahUKEwiQmuyJ7-ntAhUm11kKHWslBqoQjrkEegQICBAF&ep=6 Did you contact your ISP, Cable, or Public Broadcast Channel and ask them when will they cover the "famous" Faraday Christmas Lectures presented on BBC 4, or how you might receive them - or more to the point - your children might receive them? OR Check out the Royal Institute website here, https://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures

Some background and a few thoughts on evolution, phylogeny and new variants of SARS-CoV-2.

Figure 1: Phylogeny in terms of date from NEXTSTRAIN.ORG FIGURE 2: Phylogeny of SARS-CoV-2 from NEXTSTRAIN.ORG in terms of Divergence BACKGROUND From the NEXTSTRAIN website... "This phylogeny shows evolutionary relationships of hCoV-19 (or SARS-CoV-2) viruses from the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This phylogeny shows an initial emergence in Wuhan, China, in Nov-Dec 2019 followed …

Comparative molecular dynamics study of the receptor-binding domains in SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV and the effects of mutations on the binding affinity

"ABSTRACT "Here, we report on a computational comparison of the receptor-binding domains (RBDs) on the spike proteins of severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS-CoV-2) and SARS-CoV in free forms and as complexes with angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as their receptor in humans. The impact of 42 mutations discovered so far on the structure and thermodynamics of …

8 Flora – parent of the L chondrite family of meteorites

Flora's spectra indicates that its surface composition is a mixture of silicate, pyroxene, olivine with nickel-iron metal. Flora is considered a good candidate for being the parent body of the L-chondrite meteorites. Sci-fi fans may remember 8 Flora from The Green Slime (1968), where an orbital perturbation propels the asteroid Flora into a collision course with Earth. A …

1 Ceres – Readying to Image the “First Asteroid”

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/pia18920.gif The day that the Dawn spacecraft first entered 1 Ceres orbit, 6MAR2015 Credit: NASA Soon, I'll make my first attempt to image the first asteroid discovered by humans. In 1778, Johann Elert Bode first suggested an undiscovered planet could exist between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Bode observed that there was a regular …