Friday, May 23:
I was getting really good about doing the blog daily, but it will be spotty for the next few days. I am off to Canada to do an interview on prehistoric bears for a History Channel program. There are things more fun than that, but there are very few of them.
There's a lot going on in the scientific world, from NASA's preparations for Phoenix Mars lander to a vociferous debate over new enhancements and alleged details of the Patterson-Gimlin sasquatch film (see www.cryptomundo.com). (To me, that film has been analyzed past the point where any new efforts are likely to be valid or useful, if you keep in mind the image was 1.8 mm high on a 16mm frame, but it's the Zapruder film of cryptozoology - people will never stop debating it.)
Just to remind us exploration never stops: a core sample taken 1,600 m below the seafloor off Newfoundland revealed methane-eating microbes living deeper than any life discovered before: not only that, but the sampled organisms were thriving in temperatures up to 100 C.