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Can you beat me?: Think you can outrun a cheetah? Find out how fast they are.
Can you beat me?: Think you can outrun a cheetah? Find out how fast they are.Courtesy Sue Mainka / IUCN
So we're just three days into the 2012 London Olympics and the TV coverage is already predictable. A gymnast or two has cried, an Eastern Bloc athlete has been banned for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances and the guys playing water polo have extremely "ripped" bodies. So how about shaking things up and checking out this fun feature on the animal Olympics, and find out which species, according to the Olympic motto, go stronger, higher, faster.

Who says there can't be crime and intrigue in the world of paleontology? Here's a really interesting report of a possible black market sale of fossilized dinosaur bones, blown open by a museum paleontologist. Why do I want to think Scooby Doo and Shaggy will help solve this situation?

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
Now we're really into summer. The spring wildflowers are gone, young birds are out and about, the days are getting long and hot and storms keep rolling through. Check out this week's Monday Phenology: Nature's Week in Review where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what new nature observations were seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

Time-lapse taken by astronaut Don Pettit from the airlock of the Russian segment aboard the ISS. Here's a related article on the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine website. That's amoré!

It's Friday, and I *know* you didn't see a Science Friday video coming because, well, I haven't posted one in ages.

Science Friday
Science FridayCourtesy Science Friday

But it's Memorial Day weekend (officially, as it's after 5pm on the Friday before), and Memorial Day weekend opens the tomato season, so here goes...

"Tim Stark, tomato farmer and proprietor of Eckerton Hill Farm in Lobachsville, PA, describes his battle with late blight during the summer of 2009."

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
Many migratory birds are moving on, more dragonflies are emerging. The weather is both beautiful and unstable. Can we call it summer yet? Check out this week's Monday Phenology: Nature's Week in Review where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what new nature observations were seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.

The Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT organized a flash mob, where MIT scientists, local students, and community members acted out the targeted delivery of therapeutics to a cancer cell using nano particles. Pretty cool.

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Pine Needles cabin
Pine Needles cabinCourtesy Dave Brandon
Many people don't realize that the Science Museum of Minnesota features a world class water and environmental research station 40 minutes outside the cities on the Saint Croix river. Even fewer know about their long standing artist in residence program at the Pine Needles cabin. This year's crop of artists have just been announced. Having just made a trip out to this lovely neck of the woods myself, I'm excited to see what they come up with.

Twin Cities Naturalist
Twin Cities NaturalistCourtesy Twin Cities Naturalist
Wild temperature swings, migrating birds, flowers blooming, trees leafing out. These are some of the signs of spring this week. Check out this week's Monday Phenology: Nature's Week in Review where professional naturalist Kirk Mona of Twin Cities Naturalist discusses what new nature observations were seen around the Twin Cities area in the past week.

Phenology is the science of the seasons. It looks at how and when nature changes according to seasonal climatic conditions.

View a summary of phenology sightings in the Twin Cities this past week.