Is Octopus Ink Similar to Fountain Pen Ink?

"What Is Octopus Ink? The ink of the octopus, or any cephalopod, is composed of highly concentrated melanin. This is the same dark pigment that we humans have, and which is responsible for skin color and the color of dark... Read More


Lightning 101

"The time between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder it produces is a rough guide to how far away the lightning was. Normally, thunder can be heard up to 10 miles from the lightning that makes it. Lightning... Read More


The Elephant Listening Project

"The Elephant Listening Project (ELP) of the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program was founded in 1999 to assess the potential of acoustic monitoring as a tool for evaluating the abundance and health of elephants living in the dense forest. Because forest... Read More


Pursuit Curve

"If A moves along a known curve, then P describes a pursuit curve if P is always directed toward A and A and P move with uniform velocities.  Pursuit curves were considered in general by the French scientist Pierre Bouguer... Read More


Wollemi Pine

Seed collecting nets "The Wollemi Pine is one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. With less than 100 adult trees known to exist in the wild, the Wollemi Pine is now... Read More


“Weathering the Weather”

"During the spring and summer months of 1998, UCSD’s Mandeville Special Collections Library was pleased to exhibit a glorious selection of early and important works on meteorology from the collection of Kenneth E. Hill (1915-2001). Already well known for his... Read More


Decoded at last: the ‘classical holy grail’

"For more than a century, it has caused excitement and frustration in equal measure – a collection of Greek and Roman writings so vast it could redraw the map of classical civilisation. If only it was legible. Now, in a... Read More